Golf in Columbus at Wyandot Country Club: A Lost Donald Ross Classic

Golf in Columbus at Wyandot Country Club: A Lost Donald Ross Classic

by William R. Case


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The Donald Ross-designed golf course at the Elks and Wyandot Country Clubs was celebrated as one of Ohio's best from its ballyhooed beginnings in 1923 until its closing in 1952. During its too-short history, the course and the two clubs associated with it overcame many obstacles, including a lack of money and resources during the Great Depression and lack of materials and manpower during World War II. Home to the 1931 Ohio Amateur and the 1948 Columbus Invitational, its membership roll included three-time major champion Denny Shute. Author Bill Case covers the birdies, bogeys and pars in this long-overdue chronicle of a lost jewel from golf's golden age.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626197466
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 11/11/2014
Series: Landmarks
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,023,040
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Bill Case is a retired Columbus, Ohio litigation attorney. His love of golf and appreciation for its history and courses has launched him into researching and writing about the game. As a member of the Donald Ross Society, Bill has a special interest in preserving Ross's work as well as the memory of his lost"? courses. Bill and his wife Lisa split their time between Columbus, Scotland and Ross's home of Pinehurst, golfing at all three locales whenever possible."

Table of Contents

Foreword Kaye W. Kessler 7

Acknowledgements 11

Introduction 17

Part I The Elks Years, 1922-31

1 The Founding Father 21

2 Pomp and Circumstance 27

3 The Great Man Arrives 33

4 "Play Away Mr. Kaufman!" 40

5 Exploring the Lost Course 47

6 Denny Shute and the "Maker of Champions" 52

7 The Inventor 61

8 "Indian Bill"-The Last of the Wyandots 71

9 Fire Fork! 77

Part II The Wyandot Years, 1931-46

10 Fire Sale! 85

11 Three Weeks 95

12 The End of a Great Elk 102

13 Ladies First 109

14 Fun Times 115

15 The Pro's Pro 123

16 Victory Gardens 131

Part III The Municipal Course Years, 1946-52

17 Reprieve! 141

18 Showdown! 156

19 Final Shots 166

Epilogue 173

Appendix: Memories of the Wyandot Golf Course Bill Amick 179

Index 181

About the Author 191

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