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By Rick Shefchik
of the 1920s
An excerpt from From Fields to Fairways,
which was published by the University of Minnesota Press in March.
four part se
Part two in th
MINNESOTA GOLFER Spring 2012
Note: This is the second excerpt from Rick recently published book,
From Fields to Fairways. Two more excerpts will appear in Minnesota Golfer this year.
hen soldiers returned to Minnesota from the European in 1919, abundant money and more leisure time combined
to create an explosion in the demand for new golf courses. Three
golf course architects were primarily responsible for the
Minnesota courses that have survived from that 10-year building boom: Seth
Raynor, Tom Vardon and William D. Clark.
Charles C. Gordon and C. Milton Griggs split from the Town Country Club in
1919 to start Somerset Country Club in Mendota Heights. Each had been present
at the inception of Town Country in 1893, but felt it had become too crowded.
To design its new golf course, Somerset hired Raynor, a Princeton-educated civil