When the European sport of golf found its way to Long Island and took root in the Hamptons at Shinnecock Hills in 1891, its journey across the Atlantic served as the opening drive of a recreational era that now spans three centuries. Home to more than 130 golf courses, the area boasts prestigious American clubs overlooking picturesque Atlantic bays and inlets, along with public layouts climbing and descending the region's sloping terrain. Long Island is home to the most popular municipal golf facility in the country, the centerpiece of which is Bethpage Black, "the People's Country Club." Celebrated architects like A.W. Tillinghast, Devereux Emmet, Seth Raynor, and C.B. Macdonald built many of Long Island's famous courses, which have challenged the brightest of golf's stars. International tournaments and star-studded exhibitions have all been decided on Long Island turf, helping it grow into one of the world's most prominent golf settings.
About the Author
Phil Carlucci is a local golf writer and editor, as well as the creator of Golf On Long Island, a website covering Long Island's public courses since 2008. The images in this book were collected from libraries, historical societies, museums, and clubs across the region to trace the history of Long Island golf from its 19th-century roots to the present.
Table of Contents
1 Long Island's First Tee Shots 9
2 Golf's Big Boom 33
3 Depression and Disaster 57
4 Survival and Struggle in the Suburbs 77
5 Long Island's Second Wind 85
6 Tournaments and Exhibitions 101
7 Into the 21st Century 113