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The Missing Links: America's Greatest Lost Golf Courses Holes ebook

by Daniel Wexler

These outstanding golf courses, and may others, have two things in common: they were designed by some of the greatest architects in the history of the game; and, sadly for golfers all over America, they no longer exist.

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is on the first tee of twenty-seven of America's once great golf courses.

Period photographs, detailed maps and informative text take you back to another time and place. The time, is the "Golden Age of Golf". is on the first tee of twenty-seven of America's once great golf courses. After you read this book, you will wish you could have played all of them.

America's greatest lost golf courses. Charles Banks Westhampton CC (Oneck) - Westhampton, NY Billy Bell & George Thomas El Caballero CC - Tarzana, CA Also by Billy Bell.

Through the use of period photographs and detailed maps, Wexler takes the reader on a hole-by-hole guided tour of some of the most famous courses-designed by some of America's most famous architects-that no longer exist.

Early on a mid-February morning, my regular golf-and-bowling buddy Bob Hacker and I drove to Brooklyn for a round at Dyker Beach Golf Course. Mentions Shore View Golf Club. It was built in the late 1990s by a group of Irish players who got fed up with the summer crowds at Van Cortlandt, Pelham Bay/Split Rock.

The golf course met its demise in the 1960s when the approach ramp to the George Washington Bridge cut right . In 1926, the club hosted th. .

The golf course met its demise in the 1960s when the approach ramp to the George Washington Bridge cut right through the middle of the property.

While it’s hard to imagine that famed Pebble Beach Golf Links would ever be dug up and turned into a residential community, similar fates have happened to other great courses in the past. Thankfully, due to the exhaustive research of Daniel Wexler, the full details on 27 of these exceptional layouts can be found in The Missing Links: America’s Greatest Lost Golf Courses & Holes.

Through the use of period photographs and detailed maps, Wexler takes the reader on a hole-by-hole guided tour of some of the most famous courses—designed by some of America’s most famous architects—that no longer exist. Alister MacKenzie’s Sharp Park GC in California (washed away in a Pacific storm), William Langford’s Key West GC in Florida (destroyed by a hurricane), and Charles Blair Macdonald’s Lido Club (sold to developers during the Depression) are but three of the classic courses that can be “played” once more.

Wexler does an outstanding job of recreating golf courses that are unfortunately gone. He uses he deep knowledge of golf courses and architecture to paint a picture of what the club was like when it was still in existence. His text is thoughtful and well written and it is accompanied by diagrams of the layout and where they exist (they often do) with period black and white pictures of the missing links.Details some of the great courses that have been lost including those by legendary designers such as C.B. Macdonald, Raynor, Ross and others. I have a large collection of golf books and find this is one I take off the shelves often to understand the history of game better.
Summary: The enthusiasm for private golf courses is almost as high now as it was when most were established around a hundred years ago in the United States. During the Depression and in the suburban expansions after World War II, many private golf courses either disappeared or were turned into home lots. Mr. Wexler has done an outstanding job of bringing these courses to life, even though we will never see most of these holes in person. The book features 27 of over 100 lost courses that he has found. Among these are courses that hosted the PGA Championship and the U.S. Open. So much for fame!
Review: If you did not know that these courses have ceased to exist in their original form, you would think that existing courses were being described. The 27 featured courses include a visual layout of the course, scorecard, hole-by-hole descriptions, history of its development, photographs of play and holes, a little about the course designer, and an assessment of how the course would be viewed today.
I was particularly impressed to see that many of these courses disappeared in New York State. Imagine having so many scenic spots changed away from golf today. It would never happen. Or at least I hope it wouldn't. What do you think?
Of the courses, I was shocked to learn that 6 or 7 would be in the top 100 in the U.S. today. Even if that is optimistic, it does seem like a shame to lose any great golf tracks.
As a Donald Ross fan, I was astounded to find out that expanding I-95 in New Jersey had helped doom his course, the Englewood Country Club. Even more remarkable was the loss of Pinehurst number four, so close to his masterpiece of Pinehurst number two.
In addition to enjoying this book, golf club members should think about how to provide for the financial security of the courses where they play. After all, many of these are on land that would sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars an acre. What is to stop conversions of more top courses into building lots in the future during times of economic troubles? Certainly, the many clubs that have invested extra millions in clubhouses and courses recently may have made this more likely.
After you finish enjoying this book, think about what else may have disappeared from your community. See if your local historical society has photographic records to help you see those missing parts of history.
Cherish what is fine . . . even when the costs are high!
who knew america lost so many great golf courses until this book came out? the list of architects reads reads like a "who's who" with tillinghast, macdonald, ross, reynor, mackenzie and others losing their works mostly to development and depression. more than 25 in all mostly from new york's long island, chicago and california.

representing the greatest loss was "the lido," a macdonald design on the tip of long island's southside long beach. it was ranked #2 in the world to new jersey's pine valley, with many prominent players and architects ranking it #1 overall in the world. a seaside links cut in hamptons-like dunes with ever-present ocean-winds, and with replicas of many of the world's most famous holes, the reader can't help but dream of going back in time and playing here. the other lost course that will leave you wishing for a time machine is a little further out on long island "Timber Point," from the lesser known architect C.H. Alison. from the images, it looks like a cross between pine valley and cyprus, with it's half in the pine forest, half in the dunes routing.

the writing style is at times choppy and more pictures or illustrations would have been helpful (assuming any more existed), but all in all it's an engaging work that would capture the attention of most golf enthusiasts. it should be a required coffee table book at private clubs. in addition to the history, club members should be weary that their club could fall victim to the "eminent domain" development demands or hard times that claimed so many of these once thought of as "untouchable" masterpieces.
This is an incredibly original and detailed work. Golf historians and enthusiasts will appreciate the detail, but the average sports fan might find it too tedious. But if you are a golfer, Wexner spookily evokes lost courses and estimates how the courses would play today. The book is a bit pricey; yet, that won't matter to the right customer. An excellent book within a narrow frame.
The Missing Links: America's Greatest Lost Golf Courses  Holes ebook
Daniel Wexler
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Wiley; 11 edition (June 29, 2000)
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