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The game of golf got its start in the Southeastern United States in 1892 on four holes with sand greens at Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken, South Carolina. Within five years, Palmetto had expanded to eighteen holes and the first nine-hole course in neighboring Augusta, Georgia was designed at the Hotel Bon Air. For half a century, the Augusta-Aiken area flourished as the winter destination of choice for the rich, famous, and powerful in America. Presidents Taft, Harding, and Eisenhower vacationed here. Baseball great Ty Cobb bought a home in Augusta's quaint Summerville neighborhood. It was here that Bobby Jones began the improbable journey towards a Grand Slam, then built his dream golf course. By the turn of the century, winter tourism and grand resort hotels in the Augusta-Aiken area were well established. A favorable winter climate and easy rail access drew vacationers to Highland Park Hotel (1866), Willcox Hotel (1898), and Park in the Pines (1900) in Aiken; Hotel Bon Air (1890) and Partridge Inn (1913) in Augusta; and Hampton Terrace Hotel and Golf Club (1903) in North Augusta. Resorts in Florida and the growth of the air travel industry later coupled to mark the area's decline in winter tourism, but not before Augusta-Aiken's place in golf history was secure. In this unique volume, vintage images and accompanying text recall the unfo rgettable legends, the meticulously maintained courses, and all of the grandeur associated with the game.

About the Author

Author Stan Byrdy was voted "Best Local TV Sports Personality" by the Augusta Magazine reader's poll for nine consecutive years (1986-1994) and formerly served as sports director for WJBF-TV in Augusta. He culled photographs and memorabilia from local collectors, courses, museums, and civic organizations to create this memorable tribute to the game and the region to which it is forever linked. Augusta and Aiken in Golf's Golden Age will be treasured by area residents, golfers of all ages and backgrounds, and anyone with a love for the game.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780738514857
Author:
Byrdy, Stan
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing (SC)
Author:
Young, Foreword By Augusta Mayor Bob
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Golf - General
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
GOL; SPO
Subject:
Gäa
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Golf
Subject:
SPO
Subject:
Gol
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20021231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
200, Black and White
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
9.24x6.60x.34 in. .66 lbs.

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