Garden City Golf Club

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Club information
Location Garden City, New York
Established 1899
Type Private
Total holes 18
Tournaments hosted U.S. Open
U.S. Amateur (4 times)
Walker Cup
Designed by Devereux Emmet
Walter Travis
Par 73
Length 6,922 yards
Course rating 73.6

The Garden City Golf Club is a private golf course in Garden City, New York. The club was founded in 1899, and is also known as the "Garden City Men's Club" or simply the "Men's Club" to distinguish it from the Garden City Country Club, and Cherry Valley Club, all of which are located in Garden City, NY. It remains one of the few men-only golf clubs in the United States.[1]

The course first opened on May 29, 1897 as the Island Golf Links, a nine hole layout for guests of the Garden City Hotel.[2][3] Designed by Devereux Emmet, it was soon expanded to eighteen holes with a total length of over 6,000 yards (5,500 m), making it the longest course in the United States.[4] The expanded course was incorporated as the Garden City Golf Club on May 17, 1899. Its club house was designed by Richard Howland Hunt.[5]

Garden City Golf Club hosted the U.S. Open in 1902, which was won by Laurie Auchterlonie. It marked the first time that a player had shot lower than 80 in all four rounds.[6] Amateur Walter Travis, a founding member of the Garden City Golf Club, finished second in the tournament. A few years later, Travis redesigned the layout of his home course, adding numerous bunkers and modifying the greens.[7] Ironically, Travis hit a ball into a new pot bunker near the eighteenth green during the 1908 U.S. Amateur at the Garden City Golf Club, which led to his defeat in a semifinal match against Jerry Travers.[8] In addition to hosting the U.S. Amateur in 1908, Garden City Golf Club also hosted the tournament in 1900, 1913, and 1936.[9] Garden City was also the host of the Walker Cup in 1924.[10]

After the death of Walter Travis, the Garden City Golf Club renamed its Spring Invitational to the Walter J. Travis Invitational in 1927. Held annually since 1902, it has now become one of the premier mid-amateur golf tournaments in the New York metropolitan area.[11]

In 2013, the Garden City Golf Club was ranked 26th overall in Golf Magazine's list of the Top 100 Courses in the U.S., 47th in Golf Magazines list of the Top 100 Courses in the World, 55th in Golf Digests list of America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses, and 9th among Golf Digest's golf courses in New York.[12][13][14]

Course Layout[edit]

Garden City Golf Club
Tee Rating/Slope 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Championship 73.6/140 302 137 407 523 360 440 550 418 323 3460 414 426 204 538 343 447 405 495 190 3462 6922
Regular 72.2/136 285 133 376 502 353 418 537 406 306 3316 399 416 184 520 333 405 388 471 159 3275 6591
Par Par 4 3 4 5 4 4 5 4 4 37 4 4 3 5 4 4 4 5 3 36 73
Handicap Handicap 15 17 9 7 11 1 3 5 13 6 8 16 4 14 2 10 12 18

References[edit]

  1. ^ O'Keefe, Michael (June 11, 2003). "Pol: No Women, No Tax Breaks". Daily News (New York). Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  2. ^ "Garden City Golf Club". Links Magazine. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  3. ^ Quirin, William L. (2002). America's Linksland: A Century of Long Island Golf. Chelsea, MI: Sleeping Bear Press. p. 46. ISBN 1-58536-087-2. 
  4. ^ "For Longer Golf Courses; Many Clubs Are Preparing to Have the Full Eighteen Holes Next Season". The New York Times. December 19, 1897-12. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  5. ^ Smith, Mildred H. (1998). Garden City, Long Island, in Early Photographs, 1869-1919. New York: Dover. p. 38. ISBN 0-486-40669-5. 
  6. ^ Anderson, Dave (June 14, 2009). "For the 22nd Time, The U.S. Open Is the New York Open". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-09-06. 
  7. ^ "Garden City GC". GolfClubAtlas.com. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  8. ^ "The Greatest Long Island Golf Moments". United States Golf Association. June 5, 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  9. ^ "List of Past Champions". United States Golf Association. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  10. ^ "Match Results: 1922 to 2007". Merion GC Walker Cup Committee. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  11. ^ Herrmann, Mark (2008-05-18). "Walter Travis Remains an Honored Name in Golf". Newsday (Long Island). 
  12. ^ "Golf Magazine's Top 100 Courses in the U.S.". Golf Magazine. Sebtember 2013. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  13. ^ "Golf Magazine's Top 100 Courses in the World". Golf Magazine. Sebtember 2013. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  14. ^ "2013-14 Ranking: America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses". Golf Digest. February 2013. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 

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Coordinates: 40°43′36″N 73°38′33″W / 40.726554°N 73.642416°W / 40.726554; -73.642416