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Golfing Before The Arch: A History of St. Louis Golf

Published in 1997, the 350 page book is jam-packed with the history of golf in St. Louis. Beginning in 1895 at the St. Louis Country Club, and ending with the newest area courses built by Tom Fazio, Arnold Palmer, Arthur Hills, Michael Hurdzan, Gary Kern, Bob Goalby, Keith Foster and Jack Nicklaus, the book highlights the players, the champions, the championships and the courses which have made for great golf in the Gateway City. From the 1904 Olympic matches at Glen Echo CC, to the 1921 US Amateur, the 1929 US Publinks, the 1947 Open, 1948 PGA, the 1965 Open, the 1971 Ryder Cup and the 1992 PGA, St. Louis golf has opened its doors to Amateur and Professional alike. State and National Champions are highlighted with names such as Jim Holtgrieve, Ellen Port, Hale Irwin, Bob Goalby, Eddie Held, Smiley Quick, Bob Cochran, Jim Jackson, Jim Tom Blair, Tom Wargo, Judy Rankin, Nancy Scranton, Don Bliss, Jim Manion, Barb Berkmeyer, Gene Andrews, Jay Haas, Tom Draper, Jess Sweetser, Jerry Haas and many more. If the 350 plus photographs don't excite you, then the listings of every significant golf event held in the city will amaze you. Also included are complete listings for every course which ever existed in the area, including those now resting below housing developments.


Glen Echo Country Club Centennial

Published in May 2001, this book details the history of this historic club, which is the oldest 18-hole private course west of the Mississippi. Glen Echo has hosted many National Championships over its history, with the hallmark being the 1904 Olympic Golf Matches, the only official ones held in conjunction with the Olympic Games. Typical of old, classic courses, Glen Echo was designed by Jim Foulis, the 2nd US Open Champion in 1896, and his brother Robert, with both having learned their trade from Old Tom Morris at St. Andrews. Together the two brothers, along with brother David, have long been considered the Founding Fathers of Midwest Golf. The history of the club and course will make wonderful reading for golf enthusiasts and lovers of the game.


Norwood Hills Country Club: The Club of Champions

Founded in 1922, Norwood Hills CC, then known as North Hills, was the area's first 36 hole complex. When initially designed by the legendary Boston architect Wayne Stiles, the plan called for 45 holes of golf. But following the opening, it was decided that the later 9-holes were not needed. Known for years as the "Club of Champions" many of St. Louis' finest amateurs, and a few professionals, began their careers at Norwood. But Norwood is also the club responsible for the growth of Golf Outings to promote charities throughout the St. Louis community. Since their earliest days in 1982, Norwood has remained the leader in promoting and hosting golf outings for charities, fund raisers and community events.


Algonquin Golf Club Centennial

Initially founded in 1899 in Webster Park, construction of new homes forced the club to relocate to their Berry Road site in 1903. Since that time Algonquin has been, and remains, a club dedicated to the neighborhood and the community. Read about this fashionable club where attention to detail and commitment to the membership has been the hallmark over the past century. Published in September 2003.


Old Warson Country Club: 50 Year Anniversary

Founded by W. Alfred Hayes and James Rarick on the old Boland Farm, Hayes and Rarick sought to create a club that would be founded on the principles of excellence. They hired Robert Trent Jones to design the course; they contracted with one of the top architectural firms in the area for the clubhouse, which they staffed with outstanding personnel. Lastly they assembled a membership that reflected the high standards and quality individuals upon which the club was based. Their efforts were rewarded in 1971 when the club hosted the Ryder Cup Matches. This 50 Year History reveals a club that remains committed to quality, with a staff, course and facilities that remain one of nation's best. Published in August 2005.


Westwood Country Club Centennial

One of the Premier Clubs in St. Louis, this century-old facility has a long and storied history. They moved from their original Glendale location in 1927 to their site on Conway Road and built an exquisite Maritz & Young Clubhouse and a Championship Golf Course to match. Though designed by little-known, but highly talented, Harold Paddock of Ohio, the original routing and a few modern updates continue to make it one of the most challenging layouts in the area. This Centennial book tells the story of how this storied Club, with many multi-generational families, maintains a leadership role in the area. Published in June 2008.


Bellerive Country Club: Championship Golf Legacy

As the premier tournament site in the area today, Bellerive continues to seek to bring top championships events to the St. Louis Area. As far back as 1913, when Harry Vardon and Ted Ray teed it up at the original Bellerive course in Normandy, the Bellerive membership as hosted the nation's top events time and again. At the new Bellerive in Creve Coeur, the 1965 U.S. Open, the 1981 U.S. Mid Amateur, the 1988 PGA Junior, the 1992 PGA, the 2001 American Express Championship, the 2004 U.S. Senior Open and most recently the 2008 BMW Championship, Bellerive continues to test the best golfers in the world to bring their "A" game if they hope to claim the championship trophy. Published in February 2009.


St. Louis Country Club: A Sports Legacy

While Golf has certainly been the centerpiece of the sports scene at The Country Club, there have been four other sports that have garnered additional attention: Tennis, Swimming, Hockey and Polo. The Country Club hosted five USGA Championships; including the 1947 U.S. Open, and the 1921 and 1960 U.S. Amateurs and the 1925 and 1972 U.S. Women's Amateurs. This alone sets the club apart from many others. Combine this with the designer of the layout, none other than Charles Blair Macdonald - with assistance from Seth Raynor - and it is easy to see why this design is something special. This work covers the club's golf history in great detail, while also focusing on the other club sports and how the membership has maintained a classic sporting environment over the grounds for nearly 100 years. Published in 2009.

Sunset Country Club Centennial

Founded by Brewery magnate Adolphus Busch as a dinner club in 1910, Sunset survived hard times during the prohibition, depression, two World Wars and numerous financial setbacks to be the premier private club in St. Louis' South County. Having hosted a number of significant championship event, including the first post-war Major in 1946, the Western Open, it was Ben Hogan who placed his mark on Sunset with his win that year. A decade later, Dow Finsterwald captured the Carling Open at Sunset, giving the club two outstanding professional champions who saw victory over the Robert, Jim and Dave Fouli design. A 1990 renovation by Dr. Michael Hurdzan only served to provide an update to the course infrastructure, while blending his trademark greens into the design. Published in November 2010.


Bogey Hills Country Club: Fifty Year Anniversary

When Dr. Charles Walters founded Bogey Hills in 1962 he could have hardly realized how important Bogey Hills would become to the hundreds of families who have called it home. Remaining a family-run and owned club since its inception, Doc, as he was affectionately called, first built 9-holes to begin his dream. Then in 1972, he created the Bogey Hills Invitational, a mini-tour event that was to become the early stomping grounds for nearly a dozen major champions and future PGA stars. It was in 1981 when Doc realized his dream of taking the club private, something he and Doris spoke of often. Today, Doc's son Denny, along with his daughter Angel and son Denny, manage the club for the enjoyment of hundreds of St. Charles families. Published in May 2012


Golfing Before The Arch: 1895-2017 - UPDATE

This follow up to the highly successful 1997 publication of Golfing Before The Arch includes all area significant events played from 1997 through 2016. This includes the 2009 US Women's Amateur, the 2004 US Senior Open, the 2001 US Senior Amateur, 2013 Senior PGA, the Curtis Cup Match of 2014 and the 2016 US Senior Amateur. Also included are updates to the St. Louis District Events, the Metropolitan Amateur Championships, Women's District, Missouri Golf Association and other regional titles.


St. Louis District Golf Association Centennial Book

Founded in 1916, the Men's District Golf Association has a long and wonderful history with a number of lengedary champions within it's record books. Included are the Men's Amateur, Two-Man, Jim Jackson Invitational, Father-Son event, Jim Benson 2-Man, Larry Etzkorn Pro-3 Senior, Bob Cochran Mid-Amateur and the District Challenge. Also as part of the book are profiles of top players, photos of players dating back to the 1920s through 2015.

Published in December 2015.


The Boys in the Park

This work, a collaboration between the author and Mr. Floyd Hall, chronicles the challenges faced by early black players looking to play golf in the St. Louis area. Beginning in 1922, when the issue of black golfers attempting to play in Forest Park, through the 1950s and into the modern game, it discusses such great p layers as Ted Rhodes and others who played the game with great skill. Another part of the book is more of a scrapbook; featuring photos and brief bios and stories of players from the 1970s through those playing today. The book is available at the Forest Park and Grand Marias golf shops, as well as Ruth Park.

Published in December 2016.


The Bogey Club

This exclusive club has a wonderful 9-hole layout. The club opened in 1911, in a large home, built by David Calhoun in 1904 for his family. His original 8 acres were gradually expanded to over 60 by 1910. Calhoun was persuadedby Murray Carleton, who would become the club's first president, to sell his home and grounds to the new group. Initially comprised of only 10 individuals, it grew to 20 over time, gradually becoming more inclusive and diverse with women and minorities among the 70 or so members.

Published in January 2020


Most Books are out of print or are available at the respective Club. On occasion, they may be found on Amazon, Ebay, or book archive sites. The self print site,, also contains some of the authors books available to order.

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