The Making of Golf in America

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The Kingdom of Golf in America, by Richard J. Moss

Published by University of Nebraska Press, 2013. $34.99, 388 pages.

Professor Moss, the John J. and Cornelia V. Gibson Professor of History (emeritus), at Colby College, serves up for us the coming of the royal and ancient game to our shores in the steamer trunks of robber barons and Scottish groundskeepers, and its evolution as a social and economic phenomenon. Factual and academic (Footnotes! Complete sentences! Coherent paragraphs! The kind of book that makes you happy that you know how to read!) it is anything but dry. The industrial revolution and the five-day work week, world wars, streetcars, land use and lawns, television and the rise of professional tours, race, class, gender, profit motives, community, – along with the importance of –

Nice Pants, Memorable Nicknames, and Hats

And, of course,


If you play golf, and especially where you play, remains a political issue for most Americans.”

This book has it all – including a point of view about Donald Trump! (But then, these days, who doesn’t?)

SO, DJT good for the game – yea or nay? Read the book and see if you agree with the Professor!


Upon Reconsideration – NO MORE TIGERS…

Message carved into the green at the Trump National Golf Club, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, in response to the rolling back of EPA clean water regulations.

Clean water. What’s not to like? And it’s not as if golf courses can’t be managed in environmentally sustainable ways. On this, we golfers should be loud and proud. It’s the part about Tiger – a very clever play on words, but at Tiger Wood’s expense.

Tiger Woods. What remains to be said about a man who, at as a two year old, appeared on national television swinging a golf club? That was 39 years ago, and we’re still fascinated by Earl’s son hitting golf balls. This past fall, in his role as vice captain of the American Ryder Cup team, we saw the beginning of a man transforming from sole contributor to team leader. He has the potential to enrich the game that enriched him. To tar Tiger Woods with the brush meant for Donald Trump is unfair, misguided and counter productive.

Like it or not, golf is now caught in the white hot glare of the international political spotlight. We need the leaders of the game, people like Tiger, to make real the core values that groups like the First Tee instill in the future players of this ancient and royal game.

first tee values