The Charlevoix Historical Society will repeat its well-received program on the History of Golf in Charlevoix at the Depot, Depot Beach, at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 8.
Tom Heid, director of golf and grounds at the city's Charlevoix Golf Club and Steve Braun, former pro at the Belvedere Golf Club will narrate the program. The program will trace the development of the Chicago Club course, designed in 1896 by a young Willie Watson who would soon become one of the world's most famous course designers, through its turning over to the city in 1937 because of the Depression and later reduction from 18 to nine holes.
The Belvedere course was established in 1925. Watson returned to design what quickly became recognized as one of the finest courses in the country. Golf greats who have played the Belvedere besides Walter Hagen (in photo), are the immortal Bobby Jones, Gene Sarazen, Tommy Armour, Sam Snead, Ken Venturi, and Tom Watson, who claims the Belvedere is one of his favorite courses. The Michigan Amateur tournament has been played more times at the Belvedere than at any other course in the state and is scheduled to return in 2012.
There will be no admission charge, but donations in support of the society are appreciated. Light refreshments will be served. Call (231) 547-0373 for more information.
Historical Society to again present golf history program
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