Hudson River Valley
Hudson River Valley

Dutchess County

Golf Courses

 All Amenia Listings

 Amenia Golf Courses

12501, Country Club, Amenia, Dutchess County, Hudson River Valley, environmentally-friendly, all-season resort, Berkshire Mountains, golf, equestrian, activities, hunting, hiking, biking, fishing, cross-county skiing, antiquing, Golf Course, Attractions | Dutchess Public Golf Course - Silo Ridge Country Club

  Silo Ridge Country Club is located at 4651 Route 22, Amenia, NY 12501 in Dutchess County. Nestled in the Hudson River Valley, the planned Silo Ridge Resort is an environmentally-friendly residential community and resort. The all-season resort, featuring a 300-room hotel and located at the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains in Amenia, NY, is a place where residents and guests can enjoy golf, equestrian activities, hunting, hiking, biking, fishing, cross-county skiing, antiquing, fine dining and more. Press blue button for more information about Silo Ridge.

Public Golf Course - Silo Ridge Country Club | Dutchess  website and more . . .
 All Fishkill Listings

 Fishkill Golf Courses

12524, Fishkill Golf, miniature golf, 18 holes miniature golf, Fishkill Driving Range, Fishkill, Dutchess County, Hudson River Valley,  Golf Course, Attractions, Driving range, Practice greens, night play, Pro shop, Tees | Dutchess Public Golf Course - Golf, Driving Range, Miniature Golf

  Fishkill Golf Course & Driving Range is located at Routes 9 & I-84 in Fishkill, NY 12524 in historic Dutchess County. The Fishkill Golf Course was designed by Wilton Villetto.

From Fishkill Golf Course: "Fishkill Golf Course and Driving Range is located in the historic Dutchess County Town of Fishkill. We proudly feature a 12 hole Par 41 2571 Yard Executive Length Golf Course, a genuine grass tee range, along with covered and lighted mat stalls. We also feature chipping and putting greens, as well as a sand bunker so your perfect practice will translate to perfect play! Great barbecue, ice cold beer, and live entertainment at THE YANKEE Revolutionary Barbecue & Beer Garden located on premises. Public Golf Course - Golf, Driving Range, Miniature Golf | Dutchess  website and more . . .
 All Hopewell Junction Listings

 Hopewell Junction Golf Courses

12533 Hudson River Valley private 18-Hole golf course Golfers Hudson-Valley clubs | Dutchess Private Golf Course - Trump National Golf Club

  Trump National Golf Club is located at 178 Stormville Road, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533 in the Hudson River Valley.

From Branton Woods: "Imagine yourself taking a ride in the country, turning onto a long private drive, where, at its conclusion, you are met by a smiling face. Ahead of you, a spectacular 14,000 square foot rustic style cabin; your clubhouse and home away from home. Everywhere you turn, you are welcomed and greeted by name. Private Golf Course - Trump National Golf Club | Dutchess  website and more . . .

12533 Dutchess County Hudson River Valley Public Golf Course Berkshires Hudson-Valley
views Scorecard Course Layout Group Clinics | Dutchess Public Golf Course - Beekman Country Club

  Beekman Country Club is located at 10 Country Club Road, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533 in Dutchess County.

Beekman offers 3 challenging 9 hole courses and a full service clubhouse. The course designed by Cortlandt Fish, and is located where the foothills of the Berkshires begin to rise from the Hudson Valley. Public Golf Course - Beekman Country Club | Dutchess  website and more . . .

12533, Golf Course, Hopewell Junction, Dutchess County, Attractions, Golf only facility, 9-hole, regulation | Dutchess Public Golf Course - Dogwood Knolls Golf Course

  Dogwood Knolls Golf Course is located at 722 Route 376, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533 in Dutchess County.

From Dogwood Knolls: "Dogwood Knolls Golf Course is a 9-hole regulation length golf course in Hopewell Junction, NY. The course features 3,105 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 36. The course rating is 69.3 and it has a slope rating of 122. Holes are quite challenging and interesting. Dogwood Knolls Golf Course and McShane’s Pub is open all year around." Public Golf Course - Dogwood Knolls Golf Course | Dutchess  website and more . . .
 All LaGrangeville Listings

 LaGrangeville Golf Courses

12540, Links at Union Vale Golf, LaGrangeville, Dutchess County,  Hudson Valley, New York City, southern Dutchess County, links-style course, Stephen Kay, Best New Public Golf Coursec, top 100 courses, USGA,
18-hole links-style course | Dutchess Public Golf Course - The Links at Union Vale

  The Links at Union Vale is located at 153 North Parliman Road, LaGrangeville, NY 12540 in Dutchess County. Located less than 90 minutes north of New York City in southern Dutchess County, this remarkable links-style course is reminiscent of the famous links courses of Ireland and Scotland.

From The Links at Union Vale: "The Links at Union Vale is, as one reviewer described it, '18 holes of Ireland, faithfully recreated in Dutchess County.' Our championship course rides lightly on top of a rolling landscape, with sweeping views of the lush Hudson Valley countryside. It is the fulfillment of the dream held by the golfers, over 500 members of the Irish Golf Association and 16 Gaelic golfing societies in the New York City area, who built it. The Links, constructed on a nearly treeless site with sweeping views of the Hudson Hills and Catskill Mountains, is a beautiful golf course to play. Public Golf Course - The Links at Union Vale | Dutchess  website and more . . .
 All Millbrook Village Listings

 Millbrook Village Golf Courses

12545, Golf, Tennis Club, Dutchess County, Hudson Valley, north of Manhattan, golf course, golfing, Attractions, 18-hole regulation length course | Dutchess Private Golf Course - Millbrook Golf and Tennis

  Millbrook Golf and Tennis Club is located at 103 Route 343, Millbrook, NY 12545 in Dutchess County.

From Millbrook Golf and Tennis: "The Millbrook Golf & Tennis Club was founded in 1900 by six local residents who leased 60 acres of land. Two years later, that land plus another 8.5 acres, was purchased for $20,000 and the next year the Golf Club House was erected. In 1912 the first directory was published with about 24 regular members." Private Golf Course - Millbrook Golf and Tennis | Dutchess  website and more . . .
 All Town of Pawling Listings

 Town of Pawling Golf Courses

12564, Dutcher Golf, Golf Course, Pawling, Dutchess County, Golf Course Attractions, 9-hole regulation, Oldest public course in US, Oldest course, Putting green | Dutchess Municipal Golf Course - Dutcher Golf Course

  Dutcher Golf Course is located at 135 East Main Street, Pawling NY 12564 in Dutchess County, NY.

Dutcher Golf Course was designed by John Dutcher and opened in 1890. Dutcher is the oldest municipal course in United States. Municipal Golf Course - Dutcher Golf Course | Dutchess  more . . .
 All Pine Plains Listings

 Pine Plains Golf Courses

12567, Thomas Carvel, Carvel Country Club, Pine Plains, Dutchess County, 18-hole course, Golf Course, Attractions | Dutchess Public Golf Course - Thomas Carvel Country Club

  Thomas Carvel Country Club is located at Ferris Road in Pine Plains, NY 12567 in Dutchess County.

Carvel Country Club was built in 1967 by the founder of Carvel Ice Cream. The 18-hole course at the Thomas Carvel Country Club facility in Pine Plains, New York has well maintained greens; and features 7100 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 73. Public Golf Course - Thomas Carvel Country Club | Dutchess  website and more . . .
 All Pleasant Valley Listings

 Pleasant Valley Golf Courses

12569, James Baird, Pleasant Valley, Dutchess County, Robert Trent Jones, 18-hole golf course, golf course,  golfers, Hudson Valley, Golf Course Attractions, 18-hole regulation, Park Attractions | Dutchess Public Golf Course - James Baird Golf Course and State Park

  James Baird State Park and Golf Course is located at 14 Maintenance Lane, Pleasant Valley, NY 12569 in Dutchess County.

From James Baird State Park Golf Course: "James Baird State Park is situated on farmland once owned by James Baird, a contractor and engineer whose firm constructed the Lincoln Memorial. In 1939 James Baird donated the 590 acres of land to New York State under the stipulation that it be known as James Baird State Park. Work began on the park and golf course in 1940. Construction continued intermittently during World War II and the golf course was officially opened in 1948. Nationally renowned golf architect, Robert Trent Jones designed a scenic, fairly flat 18-hole golf course on this large tract of farmland in Pleasant Valley. To golfers' delight, the par 5, 13th hole is one of the most challenging in the Hudson Valley. Public Golf Course - James Baird Golf Course and State Park | Dutchess  website and more . . .
 All Poughkeepsie Listings

 Poughkeepsie Golf Courses

12603, McCann, Golf Course, public golf course, Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, 18-hole course, Hudson Valley, Golf, Attractions, Best Golf Course, Hudson Valley, Attractions, Golf only facility | Dutchess Municipal Golf Course - Mc Cann Memorial Golf Course

  McCann Memorial Golf Course is a public golf course, located at 155 Wilbur Blvd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 in Dutchess County.

From McCann Memorial: "Designed by William F. Mitchell and updated by Stephen Kay, McCann Memorial Golf Course welcomed its first players in 1972 after being constructed with a generous grant from The James J. McCann Charitable Trust. The course is operated by McCann-Caven Golf Courses, Inc., a New York not-for-profit corporation, without any cost to the City or Town of Poughkeepsie. In addition to reasonable greens and cart fees, McCann has a great staff, a well-appointed pro shop and a driving range. The course has a snack bar, full bar, and Christos Restaurant is available for elegant dining and events." Municipal Golf Course - Mc Cann Memorial Golf Course | Dutchess  website and more . . .

12601 Poughkeepsie Casperkill's public golf courses Hudson River Highlands Dutchess County four stars  Golf Digest online tee times range programs | Dutchess Public Golf Course - Casperkill Golf Club

  Casperkill Golf Club is located at 2320 South Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 in Dutchess County.

From Casperkill Golf Club: "Casperkill's public golf course, built in 1944, was designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Play amidst tranquil ponds, magnificent ancient oaks and the meandering Casperkill Creek. Our Poughkeepsie golf course gracefully incorporates the landscape's rolling hills with elevated tees, manicured valley fairways and well-bunkered, terraced greens that make each round a new challenge. Public Golf Course - Casperkill Golf Club | Dutchess  website and more . . .

12602 9-hole College-Hill William F. Mitchell, ASGCA | Dutchess Public Golf Course - College Hill Golf Course

  The College Hill Golf Course is located at 41 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12602 in Dutchess County.

From College Hill Golf: "College Hill is a very well conditioned nine hole golf course in the North-East section of Poughkeepsie. It was designed by William F. Mitchell and opened in 1933. The combination Pro Shop-Snack Bar has been completely renovated. The course and accommodations are all in great shape.

"PGA Professional Vince Benedetto has created a fully stocked pro shop with the latest golf equipment, attractive apparel and all the accessories you will need. The shop also stocks a variety of beverages and snacks for your enjoyment. Vince also provides a full range of professional services including lessons, club fitting and club repairs. Public Golf Course - College Hill Golf Course | Dutchess  website and more . . .

12604, Vassar Golf, Golf Course, Poughkeepsie, NY, Dutchess County, 9-hole course, public golf course, Vassar College, walking course, Vassar Golf, Golf Course Attractions, Golf only facility | Dutchess Public Golf Course - Vassar Golf Course

  Vassar Golf Course is located at 124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604 in Dutchess County.

From Vassar Golf Course: "Vassar Golf Course is a nine hole public golf course situated on the beautiful Vassar College campus in Dutchess County, New York. Established in 1930, the course offers a scenic 2,500 yard layout with beautiful mature trees, character and charm. All players are welcome on a first come, first serve basis. Vassar is a very enjoyable walking course, however, golf carts are available. An average round of golf requires only two hours. Vassar welcomes golfers of all levels, including juniors, seniors and families. The course is a fair challenge for beginner to intermediate golfers." Public Golf Course - Vassar Golf Course | Dutchess  website and more . . .
 All Town of Red Hook Listings

 Town of Red Hook Golf Courses

12571, Dutchess County,  Hudson Valley, 18-hole,18 hole semi-private, golfers, Golf Course, Attractions, Golf Course Attractions, Practice Range, Red Hook Golf, Golf Club | Dutchess Semi-Private Golf Course - Red Hook Golf Club

  The Red Hook Golf Club is located at 650 Route 199 in Red Hook, NY 12571 in Dutchess County.

From Red Hook Golf Club: "Red Hook Golf Club, Inc. is a semi-private Club located in the beautiful Mid-Hudson Valley in Red Hook, NY, near historic Rhinebeck, NY, and easily accessible from the Taconic State Parkway and Rt. 9. Founded in 1931 as a 9-hole course, we are celebrating our 83rd year. In the mid-90's we expanded the course to 18 holes and constructed a new Pro Shop/Locker Room facilities. Semi-Private Golf Course - Red Hook Golf Club | Dutchess  website and more . . .
 All Staatsburg Listings

 Staatsburg Golf Courses

12580, Staatsburg NY, Mills Memorial State Park, Staatsburgh State Historic Site, Dinsmore Public Golf Course, best hiking in the hudson valley, walking, jogging, hiking, cycling, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, views of the Hudson River, History | Dutchess Ogden Mills & Ruth Livingston Mills State Park

  Ogden Mills & Ruth Livingston Mills State Park is located at Old Post Road, Staatsburg NY 12580 in Dutchess County. The Ogden Mills and Ruth Livingston Mills State Park adjoins Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park and together, comprise more than one thousand acres. Ogden Mills & Ruth Livingston Mills State Park | Dutchess  website and more . . .

12580, Golf Course, Staatsburg, NY, scenic 18-hole course, Ogden Mills & Ruth Livingston Mills State Park, Mills Mansion State Historic Site, Scenic hiking trails,  marina, Golf Course Information, 18-hole, Driving range, Practice putting greens | Dutchess Public Golf Course - Dinsmore Golf Course

  Dinsmore Golf Course is located at 199 Old Post Road, Staatsburg, NY 12580 in Dutchess County.

From Dinsmore Golf Course: "This scenic 18-hole course offers a panoramic view of the beautiful Hudson River and majestic Catskill Mountains from the Ogden Mills & Ruth Livingston Mills State Park. It is the third oldest golf course in the country. Built as a private 9-hole course in the 1890s, it was an amenity to the estates of the Dinsmore, Hoyt and Mills families. The land was donated by Helen Hull. The original course, which is now the south nine, was expanded to 18 holes in 1962. Public Golf Course - Dinsmore Golf Course | Dutchess  website and more . . .
 All Wingdale Listings

 Wingdale Golf Courses

12594, Golf Club, Wingdale, Dutchess County, Golf Course Attractions, Golf Course, Attractions, 9-hole, regulation length course, Putting green | Dutchess Semi-private Golf Course - Harlem Valley Golf Club

  Harlem Valley Golf Club is located at the foothills of the Berkshires at 109 Wheeler Road (Route 22) Wingdale, NY 12594 in Dutchess County.

From Harlem Valley Golf Club: "Harlem Valley Golf Club is located in the foothills of the Berkshires at Wingdale, NY. Our challenging 9 hole, semi-private golf club designed by Donald Ross in 1928, is open to the public most weekdays and afternoons on weekends and holidays. Tee times are not required. Semi-private Golf Course - Harlem Valley Golf Club | Dutchess  website and more . . .

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Golf Terminology
    Private Equity Golf Course
    A "Private-equity-club" is a club where your membership fee makes you an owner of the golf club. This is similar to a "partnership". If you leave the club you can sell your ownership to someone else - subject to the rules of the club. You are also responsible for assessments that might arise if the club has financial problems.

    Private Non-Equity Golf Course
    In a "Non-equity club", your membership fee is generally an up-front initiation charge. If you leave the club, you cannot recover your membership fee.

History of Golf

    Pre 1400: The Origins of the Game
    Throughout recorded history, every civilization has played a game with a club and a ball. Pangea for example, as described by Roman scribes, would appear to be the father both of modern hockey and the Celtic games of Shinty and Hurling. In one form or another, the variant games of present day golf were clearly enjoyed throughout Europe in the Middle Ages. The game persisted over the centuries and the form that it took and rules that were applied varied as widely as the terrain the game was played over. In short, the game consisted of knocking a ball from one pre-designated place to another where the ball was to be struck off a predetermined object in the least number of blows. Games often extended from village to village.

    That this game was ousted from the towns and onto the commons land beyond is one possible solution to the question of how it all began. Whatever the exact origins, it is known that by the 15th century, kolf as it was known in the Netherlands and golf as it was referred to in England, was a pastime enjoyed by Kings and Commoners alike. It's kinship to the Great Game however, remains entirely questionable. So widespread was the game of Gowf , as it was known in Scotland, that an Act of Parliament was passed to prevent the playing of the game on Sundays and thus preserve the skills of Archery. The citizens of Aberdeen, St. Andrews and Leith on Scotland's East Coast were the principal gowfing miscreants and it was no coincidence that rolling sandy links land was commonplace here. On this very terrain, a game that started with a cleek and a ball took on a form that started an evolutionary process that continues to this day.

    The question of how it all began may be of pressing concern to some but to the Scot, it is sufficient to know that the game was born on the links land of eastern Scotland. Here, the game has been nurtured for over five hundred years and from here, it has been raised to the great game played and loved by millions throughout the world.

    1750 - 1850: The Robertons of St. Andrews
    This was the period when golf as we know it today came to be. It was in this time that many of today's great golf clubs were founded and the leading players of the era started to gain renown. The great club-makers and ball-makers of the era began to emerge and the clubs produced by these skilled craftsmen were coveted to the extent that forgeries became commonplace.

    Top players began to regularly gather for 'meetings' when medal and match-play rounds were organized, with distinctions made for the first time between amateur and professional players. Allan Robertson, of the famous ball-making family in St Andrews, is widely credited as being the first golf professional. But before Allan, his Grandfather Peter was described as a professional golfer and although history knows little of this man, his reputation survived him and his prowess was widely acknowledged. One epic contest in 1843 was between Allan Robertson and Willie Dunn, two of the best players of that time. The challenge was held over 20 rounds (2 rounds per day over 10 days) and it was Robertson who triumphed - two rounds up with one to play.

    1850 - 1890: The Morris and Park Era
    If golf as we know it had its birth in the dim and distant past of the 17th century and its upbringing under the Robertson family on the links of St Andrews, then its adolescence occurred abruptly between 1848 and 1852. Three highly significant events occurred in St Andrews that were to turn the game from the parochial into the global. The first of these events was the discovery of the "gutta percha" based ball, known as the "gutty" by James Patterson in 1848. More importantly, the durability of this new ball in turn encouraged the development of iron-faced clubs and so continued the process of evolution.

    Then in 1852 the railway came to St Andrews and with it the progenitors of the millions who have made the pilgrimage since. Now the links was played by all and sundry throughout the year and not simply restricted to the busy spring and autumn meetings. The R & A erected it's now famous clubhouse in consequence of the railway, scores of ex-pat colonialists retired to the town and families took up residence so that their sons could attend the University, which was gradually assuming a stature comparable with Oxford and Cambridge. If the 'gutty' transformed the game, the railway certainly transformed the town of St Andrews.

    The third event of this period, which comes in two parts, is surely one of the most important events in the long history of the game. Every individual who has made a living out of hitting a golf ball should hold April 20th 1851 as the nativity for that was the birth date of Young Tom Morris, one of the game's greatest early exponents. Similarly, every green-keeper, designer or administrator should express some word of gratitude on the 1st of July for it was on that day in 1851 that Old Tom Morris left for Prestwick to create the first purpose built golf course on the links of Monkton parish.

    It was in 1860 that the first Open Championship was held at Prestwick and was contested by eight leading professionals. The first winner was Willie Park for which he received a red Morocco leather belt with silver clasps as the first prize. The Open continued to be held at Prestwick for 11 years and the Morris's dominated the early events. Old Tom had won the event four times by 1867 and Young Tom subsequently completed a quartet of wins, after which he was allowed to keep the Belt.

    Young Tom Morris was raised on the links of Prestwick Golf Club and it was there that he honed a game that was as revolutionary as the new iron clubs that he had purpose made by Stewart in St Andrews. Irons that were previously resorted to for a bad lie were now used for driving, lofting, jiggering and putting.

    Young Tom Morris also knew his worth and he demanded and obtained a good living from the flair that he brought to the game. In this sense he was the first true modern professional golfer. The Morris's accrued an incredible record, with Old Tom winning the Open in 1861, '62, '64 and '67, while Young Tom won in 1868, '69, '70 and 72. Across the Firth of Forth in Musselburgh another family came close to matching them when Willie Park Sr. and Jr. won the Open six times between them. Old Tom and Willie Sr. won all but one Open (1865) prior to the emergence of Young Tom. Both were much-loved figures and were responsible for the standards of sportsmanship with which the game is synonymous today.

    1890 - 1914: The Great Triumvirate
    This era will always be remembered for the mark left on the game of golf by John Henry Taylor, Harry Vardon and James Braid. Known as the great triumvirate, they collected sixteen Open Championships between them and have left an indelible impression on the game of golf.

    Harry Vardon hailed from the Channel Island of Jersey and Henry Taylor from Devon in England. The emergence of Vardon and Taylor before the end of the 19th century attests to the rapid spread and widespread play of the game. Both had already established themselves as Open Champions before they were joined by James Braid. The three between them collected 16 Open titles and 13 second-place finishes and almost completely excluded a host of great Scots players from the records of the game during that particular period of time.

    While Vardon won the US Open of 1900 during a tour of America where he played in approximately 80 matches and winning 70 of them, Braid's decision to remain at home was well rewarded as an exhibition match player. Braid also established himself in course design, building Gleneagles and Nairn to name but two of his many jewels.

    What started as a trickle of Scots golfers to the US, became commonplace by the turn of the century when anyone who could swing a club on a Scots links was able to find a lucrative niche as a professional in the US. The early US Open Champions were all Scots born players who, as teachers and mentors produced players that would come to further transform the game.

    1920 - 1939: Between the Great Wars
    The First World War decimated Scottish golf. Every village war memorial attests to the numbers who fell in France and few clubs are without a memorial to some rising star, who played out his last match on the fields of Flanders. Some great players survived but the consequence of terror gutted their game. Those that came through unscathed were few in number, determined never to see the like again and often took the decision to play in America - golf's promised land.

    There was one notable exception in the mercurial George Duncan. He won the first post-war Open at Deal in 1920 when Sandy Herd at the age of 51 was runner-up. Duncan also played in the Ryder Cups of '27 and '29, captaining the side in 1931. Scottish golfers were sorely tried by the wave of first generation Americans that returned to assault the Championships after the War.

    Jock Hutchison was the last St Andrews born player to win the Open, while Paul Lawrie was the last native Scot when he won at Carnoustie in 1999. After Jock's win, the Open was dominated by the American, Walter Hagen who won the first of his four Open titles in 1922 at St George's and followed up with victories in '24, '28 and '29. Together with his compatriots Jim Barnes (1925), Gene Sarazen (1932) and the incomparable Bobby Jones who won in 1926 and '27, this was an unprecedented period of Open Championship domination by US players.

    The year 1922 saw 20 years old Gene Sarazen burst onto the scene in dramatic fashion, landing both the US Open and US PGA Championship, retaining the latter the following year after a play off with Walter Hagen. Hagen bounced right back after this setback and won the next four PGA Championships from 1924 to 1927. The Ryder Cup was held for the first time in 1927, when the United States, captained by Walter Hagen, took on and comprehensively defeated their counterparts from Great Britain & Ireland.

    1946 - 1960: The Emergence of the World Game
    If the First World War decimated Scottish golf, the second came close to gutting it completely. The First War took the players - the Second War took the golf courses.

    The Scottish links lands border long sandy beaches, usually in remote places of low population density. As a result, it did not take a brilliant military mind to reason that the links beaches would make for ideal disembarkation sites and the courses equally perfect places for airborne landings. Few courses remained unscathed - golf was not only suspended for the duration of the War, it was very nearly extinguished.

    US golf became pre-eminent and though the Americans may not have been entirely responsible for winning the war, they did win the battle of post-war golf. One could argue that not having experienced the social and economic upheaval of Europe or the long interruption of play, they were infinitely better prepared for the resumption of golfing hostilities.

    The US domination of the Open Championship itself however, did not occur after the war as it had in the pre-war era of Hagan and Jones. Sceptics argue that the Americans did not play because doing so would have resulted in loss of earnings at home but history tells a different story. Though Sam Snead won the first post-war Open at St Andrews in 1946 and Ben Hogan was victorious in his only visit to Carnoustie in 1953; every other major figure in US golf had come and gone with notably less success. English players were dominant in the immediate post-war years, with Cotton, Burton, Faulkner and Daly (Irish) all winning.

    It was the Colonials however; who were to do the real damage as far as the Open was concerned. Bobby Locke from the Transvaal, a first generation South African Irishman and Peter Thomson, an Australian of solid Scots stock were about to take the golfing world by storm. These two overwhelmed golf in a period of a few years when Locke won in 1947 and '51 and Thomson in '54, '55, '56, '58 and again in '65. Indeed, Thomson never finished worse than second from 1952 to 1958.

    1961: Today - The Global Game of Golf
    The record books do not lie and Scottish Golf, though healthy at home, was faring ill abroad. The game had become truly global with players from Taiwan and Japan threatening for major honours. The Swedes were gathering amateur honours throughout Europe and there seemed no end to the talent emerging from Spain.

    American Golf had come into maturity with a vengeance in the form of Arnold Palmer. Palmer played the game as it should be played - with verve and a swashbuckling style.

    In Palmers absence in 1964, Tip Anderson carried the bag of Tony Lema through the most testing gales on the Old Course. It was Lema's win more than any other event that put paid to the excuse that the game had changed and that the new form of golf required only an accurate lofted shot to a soft pulpy green - a shot at which the Americans were clearly adept. The leader board of the '64 Open showed that Jack Nicklaus and plenty more US stars could play the chip-and-run under the wind as well as any that had gone before and as well as any of the home bred players.

    There is no doubt that the game itself had changed with the new courses that were being built throughout the world. American architects led by Robert Trent Jones were building courses that were both long and difficult. Greens were soft and holding in contrast to the hard running greens of the links. The grassy fairways presented another type of problem as the ball sat up on the lush grasses and required club contact quite different to that on the tight lies of the links. Possibly of greater significance was the early adoption in the US of the 'big ball' - the 1.66-inch ball that required a different strike and made for greater control.

    Great exponents of the game poured out of the US and the US Tour was becoming a multi-million dollar industry with even mediocre golfers, grossing millions of dollars not only through tournament play but also through commercial endorsements.

    Following the foundation of the European Tour and the opening of the Ryder Cup to European players, sponsorship grew and European golf blossomed into a money market comparable to that of the US tour. One final ingredient was required however - a star with the charisma of a Palmer and the appeal of a Nicklaus. And so as they say, a star was born. 1979 saw a smiling young genius becoming the first Spaniard to win the Open, with Jack Nicklaus coming second in the race for the Claret Jug for a record seventh time - Seve had arrived on the world scene.

    Lee Trevino won his second US PGA Championship in 1984, made all the more special by the fact that only eight years previously, he was seriously injured having been struck by a lightning bolt. Germany's Bernhard Langer turned the tables on Ballesteros in 1985, beating him in the Masters and gaining revenge for his two-shot defeat in the Open the previous year. 1985 also witnessed the first European success in the Ryder Cup and two years later the US team tasted defeat again but this time on home soil. The Masters of 1986 was perhaps the most thrilling of all. A fantastic late surge from the Golden Bear saw him win his sixth Masters title at the age of 46 - his 21st major victory in an as of yet unparalleled career.

    Not until 1994, did a player with the potential to match the greatness of past legends, come along. Speculation started when Tiger Woods won the US Amateur Championship, continued when he retained it the following year, grew when he became the youngest ever champion at the Masters and climaxed as he stormed to six wins out of six starts in the 1999/2000 season.

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Its your health - Protect It

If you are playing golf at an Dutchess County Golf Course, ask if pesticides are used on the golf course. If they are - ask why?

Health Tip
Tip on how to protect your health and minimize your pesticide exposure while on a golf course in Dutchess County.
  • Avoid golf course areas sprayed with pesticides until the pesticide has dried. Call the golf starter to ask about applications.

  • Never place tees or golf balls in the mouth.

  • Avoid placing food, cigars and cigarettes on the ground.

  • Wash hands and forearms at the end of a round or before eating.

  • Request MSDS sheets from the golf course superintendent for information about the chemicals applied.

The following questions and answers regarding the use of pesticides on the golf course are sourced from

    Are golf courses exempt from commercial lawn application (application of pesticides) marker posting?

    Under Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) 33-0101.46(e), the application of pesticides on golf courses is not considered to be a "Commercial lawn application." Visual notification markers of commercial lawn application of pesticides are not required to be posted on any treated area of the golf course .

    Do applicators (application of pesticides) need to notify people who live next to a golf course?

    Under ECL 33-0101.46(e), the application of pesticides on golf courses is not considered to be a "Commercial lawn application." Therefore, the applicator treating the golf course with pesticides would not need to meet neighbor notification requirements under ECL Section 33-1004. This means they would not need to notify neighbors, such as those in a single family dwelling or other premises within 150' of the site of application.

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