Historic Pelham

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Monday, January 11, 2010

The First Pelham Country Club's Plans for a July 4, 1898 Opening of its New Nine-Hole Golf Course Accessible by a New Trolley Line

There once 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, 1898.  It quickly developed a small nine-hole golf course on land it leased in Pelham.  In 1904, the Pelham Country Club secured land to open a larger course in New Rochelle.  The Club subsequently evolved into The Wykagyl Country Club.

To read a little more about the Club, see

Thursday, November 26, 2009:  The First "Pelham Country Club" Established in 1898 Built a Nine-Hole Golf Course in Pelham in 1898

Thursday, October 1, 2009:  Pelham Country Club Secures Land for New Golf Course in 1904

It turns out that after its establishment, the Pelham Country Club planned to open six holes of a nine-hole golf course by July 4, 1898.  It failed to make that deadline, instead opening the small course in the fall of that year. 

Today's Historic Pelham Blog posting transcribes a very brief reference to the Club's plans to open the course by July 4, 1898 that appeared in the June 28, 1898 issue of the New-York Daily Tribune.


The Pelham Country Club plans to open the new course on July 4.  By that day it is expected that six holes will be in good playable condition, and the full nine holes shortly afterward.  The links may be reached from Pelham Manor, by the new trolley line, which will soon run past the grounds on the Boston Post Road.  The new extensions of the trolley system between Mount Vernon and New-Rochelle will make the links convenient for residents in those places.  The membership is limited to one hundred.  G. K. Perry, the secretary, Pelham, N. Y., will be pleased to answer any inquiries."

Source:  Notes of the Golf Links, New-York Daily Tribune, Jun. 28, 1898, p. 6, col. 2.

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