From Fields to Fairways: Classic Golf Clubs of Minnesota

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From retreats for the middle class to playgrounds for the rich, golf clubs have been sources of recreation, fellowship, and business for Minnesotans for more than a century. Minnesota’s courses have hosted some of the sport's most dramatic tournaments and legendary players—including Bobby Jones, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods—and its clubs have been deeply involved in the development and popularizing of golf throughout North America.

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Overview

From retreats for the middle class to playgrounds for the rich, golf clubs have been sources of recreation, fellowship, and business for Minnesotans for more than a century. Minnesota’s courses have hosted some of the sport's most dramatic tournaments and legendary players—including Bobby Jones, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods—and its clubs have been deeply involved in the development and popularizing of golf throughout North America.

From Fields to Fairways is the first book to thoroughly explore the history, architecture, and joie de vivre of Minnesota golf clubs, bringing to life the personalities who founded and shaped the clubs and courses, including forgotten details of how the greatest courses were built. Rick Shefchik highlights the best-known golf architects and the clubs they designed, such as Donald Ross (Woodhill, Interlachen, Northland), A. W. Tillinghast (Golden Valley, Rochester), William Watson (Minikahda, White Bear Yacht Club), and Seth Raynor (Somerset, Midland Hills, Minnesota Valley). He also traces the evolution of the state’s public courses, which provided affordable playing grounds for the middle class as well as African Americans, who were not allowed to join private clubs. Another chapter focuses on the creation of private clubs by Jewish golfers, who were likewise once excluded from Minnesota’s elite golf clubs.

Featuring more than two hundred photos from newspapers, clubs, museums, and private collections—many of which have never before been seen by the public—From Fields to Fairways will be the book of record on Minnesota’s illustrious golf history for fans and players of all handicaps.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816677320
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 3/19/2012
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 678,682
  • Product dimensions: 11.40 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick Shefchik spent twenty-six years as a reporter and columnist for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and is the author of four novels: Amen Corner, Green Monster, Frozen Tundra, and Rather See You Dead. He has played golf in Minnesota since the 1960s.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Farms to Fairways

1. The Wellspring The Town & Country Club (1893)

2. Cradle of Championships The Minikahda Club (1898)
The Godfather: C. T. Jaffray (1865-1956)

3. Lake Superior Gem Northland Country Club (1899)

4. Crossroads of History Interlachen Country Club (1911)

5. Sailors and Golfers White Bear Yacht Club (1912)
The Unsung Hero: Tom Vardon
Minnesota’s Bobby Jones: Harrison R. “Jimmy” Johnston

6. Ross Shows His Stuff Woodhill Country Club (1915)

7. The Players’ Club Minneapolis Golf Club (1916)

8. Rising from the Ashes Golden Valley Golf and Country Club (1916)

9. Tillie’s Gift Rochester Golf & Country Club (1915)

10. Raynor Comes to Minnesota Somerset Country Club (1920)

11. The Professors’ Legacy Midland Hills Country Club (1921)
University of Minnesota Golf Course (1916)

12. No Longer a Rich Man’s Game Municipal Golf (1916-34)
The Mayor of Bronzeville: Jimmie Slemmons

13. Jewish Golf Oak Ridge Country Club (1920)
Hillcrest Country Club (1921)

14. Bring the Family Edina Country Club (1923)

15 Spreading the Game Southview Country Club (1921)
Stillwater Country Club (1925)
Minnesota Valley Country Club (1925)
Mendakota Country Club (1926)

16. The PGA Arrives Keller Golf Course (1929)

17. James J. Hill’s Retreat North Oaks Golf Club (1951)

18. Golf’s World Stage Hazeltine National Golf Club (1962)

Afterword. The Modern Classics: Golf’s Last Building Boom

National Tournaments in Minnesota

Illustration Credits

Index

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