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Thursday, October 01, 2009

Pelham Country Club Secures Land for New Golf Course in 1904

There was another "Pelham Country Club" that pre-dated the club now known by that name.  The first Pelham Country Club was organized during a meeting held on May 12, 2898.  It subsequently evolved into The Wykagyl Country Club. 

In 1904, the Pelham Country Club secured land to open a larger course in New Rochelle.  A brief article about the development appeared in the December 19, 1904 issue of The New York Times.

Extensive Property Secured in New Rochelle -- Plans for Tennis and Squash.

An eighteen-hole golf course, with a playing distance of 6,200 yards, will be available for the members of the Pelham Country Club of Pelham Manor early next year.  The club which was organized several years ago, has had only a nine-hold course at Pelham Manor.  The difficulties of enlarging the course and the steady growth of the club during the past two years has led the committee to look around for new quarters, and a few days ago a tract of 186 acres was leased in New Rochelle.  The property borders on North Street, and having been used as a pasture during the greater part of the last thirty years, its facilities for an excellent golf course are apparent.

Plans for the new course have been drawn and work will begin as early next season as possible.  It is the intention of the officers to have nine holes ready for use by May 1 and the entire eighteen holes are expected to be thrown open by June 1.  In addition to the enlarged golf course, the club proposes to add other attractions to its list of amusements.  A number of tennis courts will be laid out near the new clubhouse, and plans are being made to build a house for squash courts.

T. L. Jaques is Captain of the Pelham Country Club's golf team, and, with the additional opportunities for playing next year, he hopes to arrange a number of team matches with neighboring clubs and to hold several tournaments."

Source:  New Links for Pelham Club, N.Y. Times, Dec. 19, 1904, p. 10, col. 3.

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