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Monday, January 14, 2008

Golf at Pelham Manor in 1895

Pelham has a long tradition of supporting the ancient sport of golf. Indeed, I have written before about golf in Pelham. See Bell, Blake, The Early Days of Golf in Pelham, The Pelham Weekly, Vol. XIII, No. 36, Sep. 10, 2004, p. 12, col. 2.

One of the early efforts to establish golf in the Village of Pelham Manor occurred in 1895 when Mrs. John Cunningham Hazen (of Hazen's School for Girls) and her daugher, Miss Edith Cunningham Hazen established a club and laid out a tiny course. The New York Times published an article about the club. The text of that article appears below, followed by a citation to its source.



Mrs. Hazen Organizes a Club, with Prospects for Success.

PELHAM MANOR. N. Y., Nov. 9. - Residents of Pelham Manor are going to play golf every pleasant day until Winter begins in earnest. Every one who lives at the Manor has caught the
craze to become a golfer, and most of the talk bristles with golf terms. The golf fever, if it may be so termed, began here this Summer, and now, as a result, Pelham Manor has a golf club to which a number of prominent residents of this place and New-Rochelle belong. The organization of a club here is probably the forerunner of similar clubs through all Eastern Westchester County.

It is proposed to make the Pelham Manor Golf Club a society organization. The membership wlll
be limited probably to 100. The first requisite to become a member will be to have received an

Golf sticks, and all paraphernalia necessary for playing the game have already been secured by
the more enthusiastic golfers. Links have been layed [sic] out on Prospect Hill., adjoining Pelhamville Park. The first essay at playing the game was made a. day or so ago, when a number of golfers went out on the gruunds and practiced striking the little white balls.

The work of organizing the Pelham Manor Golf Club was begun and carried out by Mrs. John
Cunningham Hazen and MIss Edith Cunningham Hazen. Miss Hazen Is Secretary and Treasurer of the club. There are a good many details yet to be arranged before the club becomes thoroughly established, but enough has been done to insure a. highly successful organization by the time snow melts in the Spring.

The links were opened formally last week. A large tent was put up at the teeing ground, where a reception was held. Mrs. John C. Hazen, Mrs. Robert C. Black, Mrs. Jabish Holmes, and Mrs. Frank Hunter of Pelham Manor, Mrs. Richard Lathers, Jr., Mrs. Henry Loomis Nelson, and Mrs. Henry D. Noyes of New-Rochelle received.

Among those who have joined the club are Mr. and Mrs. Cholmondeley Thornton, Robert C. Fisher, Arthur L. Clark, the Misses Ogden, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gillett, Theodore M. Hill, L. Percy James, the Misses Le Barbier, the Misses Bolton, Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Roper, Mr. and Mrs. James Boothby, Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Corlies, Mr. and Mrs. H. B. B. Stapler, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Scribner, George A. Albro, and Mr. and Mrs. Frederic Remington."

Source: Golf At Pelham Manor - Mrs. Hazen Organizes a Club, With Prospects for Success, N.Y. Times, Nov. 10, 1895, p. 6.

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