Legendary Golf Clubs of the American Midwest

The Midwest has a rich history of golf clubs, classic golf courses, and epic battles on the fairways. Charles Blair Macdonald and his pioneering work in and around Chicago are well known. But he was not alone. There were many other enthusiastic golfers in major cities like St. Louis, Milwaukee, Detroit, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Cincinnati, and Kansas City who created some of the region’s oldest and most respected clubs and built some of the country’s best golf courses. The clubs in this book bring together the great shapers of the earth during the golden age of golf course architecture.

Here you will see on display the artistry of Donald Ross, C.B. Macdonald, Seth Raynor, Harry Colt, Charles Alison, A.W.  Tillinghast, and Perry Maxwell.

The team of photographer Anthony Edgeworth and writer John de St. Jorre has already portrayed the iconic clubs of Britain (Legendary Golf Clubs of Scotland, England, Wales, and Ireland), of Ireland  (Legendary Golf Links of Ireland), and of the eastern part of the United States (Legendary Golf Clubs of the American East). They now open the clubhouse doors and golf courses of twelve great clubs in the Midwest.

Anthony Edgeworth’s photographs evoke the past and present with lush, dramatic images of the landscape, the golf courses, the clubhouses, the members and staffs, and the historical artifacts of these private clubs. John de St. Jorre complements the visual array with profiles of each club, tracing its history, describing the evolution of the golf course, recalling great sporting moments and heroic players, and eliciting every club’s individual ethos through letting the members speak for themselves. And golf being golf, there is plenty of humor, eccentricity, and “characters.”

This sumptuous book invites you to sample the rolling sand hills of Prairie Dunes Country Club in the middle of pancake-flat Kansas; to see where Arnold Palmer won his career-launching victory at the Country Club of Detroit; to gaze down at the untrammeled beauty of the valley that cradles Kirtland Country Club’s back nine; to discover how Tom Watson learned his golf at Kansas City Country Club and meet the man who taught him; to walk the Donald Ross golf course at Interlachen where Bobby Jones won the third stage of his historic Grand Slam; and to track Jack Nicklaus’s formative years at Scioto Country Club.

It is entirely appropriate that America’s greatest golfer, a Midwesterner born and bred, should write the Foreword to this book.

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