Not Possibly Last
Golf Comes to
An excerpt from From Fields to Fairways, which is coming from the
University of Minnesota Press in March
By Rick Shefchik
note: Rick new book
chronicles the origins of golf in Minnesota. This is the in a series of installments of From Fields to Fairways that
we will share with our readers.
arly in the summer of
1893, a disgruntled young
St. Paul Dispatch reporter
wandered into William
looking for society gossip. He walked out with a misunderstanding that would lead to the creation of
Thirty-seven years later, in 1930, last survivor
among the young men who had founded St. Town
Country about the origins of the club, which
started as a year-round offshoot of a St. Paul Winter Carnival club called the Nushkas. After moving from its tiny
clubhouse on Lake Como to a splendid new Cass Gilbertdesigned clubhouse on Marshall Avenue in 1890, the club
had been seeking a reason for its continued existence.
Enter Mr. Hawkes. He had been assigned to a gossip
column with society task he
loathed. Peet suggested Hawkes write a
story about the game of golf, a Scottish
import that was just beginning to capture the imagination of outdoor enthusiasts on the East Coast. Instead, Hawkes
returned to his and wrote that
Peet intended to bring the game to the
Town Country Club. That erroneous
newspaper item enticed a Scottish immigrant and locomotive machinist named
George McCree to visit the following day and
offer to help him start a course.
toyed with the idea for a day or two and took
McCree out to the Country Club with my lawn mower in
the back of my runabout and, with the assistance of the yard
man, we cut the grass on the Peet wrote.
began playing on our present course in 1893 and have played
on the same ground continuously ever
McCree oversaw the layout of a course over pasture land owned by neighboring farmer Barton Eberhardt.
His son, John A. McCree, who accompanied his father and
Peet, told the Chicago Tribune in 1969 about the experience
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