HISTORY IS COOL: 100 years ago
March 16, 1923
New golf course?
A committee of the chamber of commerce, of which Frank Swift is chairman, and the other members are Seymour Dunn, golf instructor at the Lake Placid Club, Fred Dashnaw, E. E. MacConnell, Thomas Roland and Frank Leonard, met about a dozen other businessmen in the town hall Tuesday evening, to consider the possibility and the advisability of establishing a public golf course for Lake Placid.
Mr. Dunn stated that he had examined a tract of land on the Newman farm now owned by J. B. Hurley and Fred Johnson, as well as he could under a foot of snow. The tract referred to comprises 80 acres now occupied by the Elliott sawmill and hardwood lumberyards and the Red School house. Mr. Dunn found the ground ideal for a golf course — undulating, neither too flat nor too hilly.
Mr. Dunn said he would lay out such a course and spend the necessary time to superintend its construction entirely free of charge. The fees for such an undertaking are usually in the neighborhood of $2,000 or $3,000.
It was suggested that a nine-hole course might be laid out south of the road, and if the 80 acres north of the road were not sufficient for an 18-hole course, which usually takes at least 100 acres, additional land could be got from the Stevens family to put in a complete 18-hole course in addition to the nine-hole course. Hubert Stevens, who was at the meeting, said his family could sell some of the lands of the Stevens Hotel Company adjacent to the Hurley and Johnson tract, and extending to a point near the railroad station, for the project.
Mr. Dunn thought that about $15,000 would be sufficient to put the nine-hole course in usable shape and to build a modest golf house, but he said he could use $150,000. He is certain that if the local people will start the ball rolling, the summer visitors will keep it moving. He dwelt at some length on the need of the courses, saying that the courses at the Club are crowded and only open to Club guests. This is likewise true of the Stevens House golf course and the links at Whiteface Inn. He said guests are being driven from Lake Placid because of inadequate golf facilities.
There was some sentiment expressed adverse to the Hurley and Johnson tract, as not providing the best “setting” for such an undertaking. The suggestion was even made that they go out farther and buy a 300- or 400-acre farm that might be used for still further development of courses.
According to the Tupper Lake Herald, lumbering is pretty well completed for this season. The supply on hand for the Oval Wood Dish plant is about the greatest in the history of the facility, while the Santa Clara Lumber Company has taken advantage of the excellent weather and has lumbered logs enough to provide for the season.
Several of the jobbers have already finished their jobs and others are expected to complete their work in a week or more. This has been a profitable season for the lumbermen.
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