Golf and the American Country Club

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In this entertaining cultural history, Moss explores the circumstances that led to the establishment of the country club as an American social institution and its inextricable connection to the ancient, imported game of golf. Moss traces the evolution of country clubs from informal groups
of golf-playing friends to “country estates” in the suburbs and eventually into public and private daily-fee courses, corporate country clubs, and gated golfing communities. The book shows how...
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Overview


In this entertaining cultural history, Moss explores the circumstances that led to the establishment of the country club as an American social institution and its inextricable connection to the ancient, imported game of golf. Moss traces the evolution of country clubs from informal groups
of golf-playing friends to “country estates” in the suburbs and eventually into public and private daily-fee courses, corporate country clubs, and gated golfing communities. The book shows how these developments reflect shifts in American values and attitudes toward health and sport, as well as changing social dynamics.
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"Golf and The American Country Club tells us how elite, white Victorian America nurtured a game that made Tiger Woods a household name. In doing so, it provocatively offers the country club 'as part of the social capital that makes democracy possible,' despite its reputed history as a privileged, exclusive place for fat-cat Protestant white American men."
-- Peter Levine, author of Ellis Island to Ebbets Field: Sport and the American Jewish Experience

"Golf and the American Country Club is an immensely interesting history concerning a subject intrinsic to the art form of designing golf courses. The business world of golf yearns for history related to its industry, and this volume provides historic information that business people seek."
-- Geoffrey S. Cornish, past president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252074134
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 12/7/2007
  • Series: Sport and Society Series
  • Edition description: ANN
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 826,520
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Country Club Idea and American Experience 5
2 Golf and the Early Clubs 20
3 Golf Takes Root 43
4 Golf, the Country Club, and the American Family 60
5 From Simple to Complex 77
6 The Golden Age 102
7 An Endangered Species 138
Conclusion 173
Epilogue: The Family Drama Surges Onward 183
Notes 193
Index 207
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