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Daylight to dark at Tenison Park. Trevino playing with a taped up Dr. Pepper bottle, not to mention Titanic Thompson.
Rich,We recently had a thread that touched on Stanley Thompson’s work, including courses in the Cleveland area.Big Met in Fairview Park is a course with only a few interesting holes but it gets a ton of play and can be frustrating from a pace of play perspective.Years ago I played with a guy who told me he bet a local pro he couldn’t break 80 at Big Met. The pro laughed and thought it was a joke until one Saturday afternoon when he painfully struggled through a round of 84.He liked to play fast and just couldn’t stand the slow pace of play. It cost him a steak dinner.
No discussion of American Munis is complete without Cobbs Creek in Philadelphia:https://www.golfclubatlas.com/forum/index.php/topic,31872.0.htmlMight as well add Paxon Hollow:https://www.golfclubatlas.com/forum/index.php/topic,70039.0.htmlAlso, Try Torresdale-Frankford, Walnut Lane, Juniata, FDR and Five Ponds
How about a public course that began as a private club? Tilly, who was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame, redesigned and rerouted the existing Cedar Crest Country Club course in 1920. The original course was designed and built in 1919 by S. J. Cooper. He was quite upset when the club hired tilly to rip up what he built and create a new course, so he quite his job and went to another club. He brought with him his son, Harry" not yet Lighthorse" Cooper who, the year before, set the record for the original course at 14 years of age. In 1926, Macdonald Smith won the Texas Open Championship, today's Valero Open, Smith would be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.Another 14-year old who caddied at the club in 1928, was a young man named Lloyd Mangrum, who turned professional the next year. Both "Lighthorse" Harry Cooper and Lloyd Mangrum were also inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. In 1927 the course hosted the PGA Championship, won for the last time by Walter Hagen. Like many clubs of its time, the financial strain of the Great depression drove it into bankruptcy. It was purchased by the city of Dallas, Texas and has been enjoyed by many public players ever since.In 1954, the course hosted the UGA Negro National Open, won by Charlie Sifford. He would be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame as well. That same year, Gene Andrews would win the USGA Public Links championship, also contested at Cedar Crest. As far as I know, it is the only course to host the PGA, Negro National Open and the USGA Public Links championships.This November Cedar Crest will be the site of a new, annual amateur tournament. It has been named the "Southwest Airlines Showcase at Cedar Crest." It is a unique event as there will be 42 invitation sent out, these going to the "top 21 male and female black collegiate golfers in the country." It will be a three-day, 54-hole tournament debuting on November 13, 2023 and each day's play will be televised live by the Golf Channel.The course will have a tweaking to it later this year and a restorative renovation to take place over the next several years, allowing the course to be open for regular play and the tournament to be played as well. This is going to be an exciting event. [size=78%].[/size]
JLahrman - Avon Fields sounds amazing. Stories like these are what I want to bring to the golf world, and not keep them just local stories.
Rich,Check out the story of Audubon Golf Course in New Orleans. It started as a private club in 1899 on leased land in Audubon Park. The city took over the golf course by the 1920s. A young prodigy Joe Bartholomew got his start there as did many generations of caddies and players. The first pro was a Scot named William Stoddard from Brookline. Later Fred McLeod was the professional. Audubon Park was laid out by the Olmsted Bros. after the New Orleans hosted the World’s Fair in 1884. The golf course was converted to a par 60 executive course in 2002. The golf course shares space with hundreds of joggers, walkers, cyclist, tourist, students, etc. on a daily basis. There is also a world class zoo so close that your can hear the lions roar. A little nerve racking to say the least! Good luck with your project.
Walnut Lane in Philadelphia designed by Alex Findlay, par 62, 4510y:https://golfclubatlas.com/countries/walnut-lane/After finishing your round, a walk nearby to D'Allesandro's for their famous cheesesteak can't be beat,