Golf Book Spans 100 Years
One Hundred Years, A History
of Essex Golf & Country Club: 1902-2002
Jeff Mingay with Richard H. Carr
Foreword by Lorne Rubenstein
published by The Walkerville
On the porch at Essex Golf and
Country Club: 1929
courses and country clubs were a rarity at the beginning of the
20th century. Walkerville was home to one of the first golf and
country clubs in Canada, thanks to Hiram Walkers benevolence,
(see Issue #25). The primitive Walkerville Country Club eventually
led to the development of Essex Golf and Country Club, which celebrates
its centennial in a new book, One Hundred Years, A History
of Essex Golf & Country Club: 1902-2002, published in
Dick Carr and Jeff Mingay appeared at our office searching for rare
photos of The Walkerville Country Club for the book, our interest
was piqued. We soon were involved in the books layout, design
and publication, and some two years later, our collective efforts
have been rewarded with the fascinating tale of Essex- long considered
one of the finest country clubs in North America.
involvement in the book dates back to 1996. Since that time, he
has played the role of Essex official historical detective,
seeking out documents and information about this venerable course,
designed by Donald Ross- acknowledged by many as the greatest golf
course architect of the 20th century.
travels led him to the Pinehurst Resort in South Carolina, Ross
home base. He uncovered the original blueprints for the course and
greens at the Tufts Archives- these play a prominent role in the
books hole-by-hole section.
Carr, a former Walkerville resident and past club president, has
long been the clubs unofficial archivist. His deep and abiding
knowledge of the clubs history has now been recorded for posterity.
its 100 year history, Essex Golf & Country Club developed and
maintained a formidable reputation as one of Canadas premier
golfing havens. Subject to two moves and as many name changes, Essex
cultivated a rich history filled with remarkable people committed
to providing a first-class club and a world-class golf course for
one of only three Canadian golf clubs to have hosted a PGA Tour
(1976 Canadian Open), an LPGA Tour (1998 du Maurier Classic) and
a Senior PGA Tour (2002 AT&T Canada Senior Open) event, Essex
and its 1929 Donald Ross-designed golf course has received high
praise from a number of the worlds greatest golfers, including
two-time Masters Tournament winner Ben Crenshaw.
me, (Essex) perfectly typifies what Donald Ross said about a golf
course. It should be a pleasure not a penance, said Crenshaw,
who competed in the 1976 Canadian Open and the 2002 AT&T Canada
Senior Open at Essex. This is an absolutely beautiful depiction
of how to do an interesting golf course on flattish terrain. Its
one beautiful hole after another.
also unearthed information about Roseland Park Country Club- now
Roseland Golf Course- which forms a chapter in the book. Roseland
Golf Course was built by Harry Neal, a successful local entrepreneur
and avid sportsman brought Ross to Windsor in 1926.
18-hole course was the centrepiece for Roseland Park, a stately
residential neighbourhood he was developing on the citys south
side. Neals plan was for those who purchased homes in Roseland
Park to automatically become members of Roseland Park Country Club,
completed in 1928.
suddenly in October 1929, development in Roseland Park stalled with
the onset of the Great Depression. The sale of homes and lots surrounding
the course, from which Neal and his brothers expected to recoup
their investment in the golf course, ceased.
Hundred Years, A History of Essex Golf & Country Club: 1902-2002
includes comprehensive sections on the development, history and
evolution of the clubs classic Ross-designed course, perennially
ranked among the top-25 layouts in Canada, and the major professional
tournaments that have been contested over it throughout the years.
The 192-page hardcover book is filled with historic and contemporary
photographs that compliment the detailed text.
the clubs humble beginning as Oak Ridge Golf Club, to its
eventual relocation to Matchette Road in 1929, right through to
the 2002 AT&T Canada Senior Open, One Hundred Years, A History
of Essex Golf & Country Club: 1902-2002 chronicles the many
events that established Essex outstanding reputation and profiles
the most significant contributors to the clubs development,
giving readers an extraordinary look at how one of Canadas
most prestigious golf and country clubs came to be.
work adds to Essex lore, writes The Globe & Mails
Lorne Rubenstein in his foreword to the book. It is a significant
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