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Hole In One: The Lore and Lure of Golf

Take a walk on the greens of the past with this exhibit, which canvasses the history of local golf and golfers from the 1890s to the present. Chicago played a vital role in the history of American golf, and it was Lake Forest where it all began.

Clubs and courses featured include Onwentsia, Old Elm, Shoreacres, Knollwood, Deerpath, Mill Road Farm, Mellody Farms, Lake Bluff, and Conway Farms. “Hole In One” premiered in our museum galleries in 2009.

  • Introduction
  • Golf Begins, 1890-1895
  • Fairlawn: The First Chicago Golf Links
  • Lake Forest Golf Club
  • Onwentsia Club
  • Golf Grows, 1895-1915
  • Old Elm Club
  • Golf Blossoms, 1920-1929
  • Shoreacres Golf Club
  • Knollwood Club
  • Deerpath Golf Course
  • Golf and the Gentleman Farm, 1920-1940
  • Mill Road Farm Golf Club
  • Golf Hits A Rough Patch, 1930-1950
  • Mellody Farms Country Club
  • Golf Goes Public, 1950-1980
  • Lake Bluff Golf Club
  • Golf Goes Residential, 1980-1995
  • Conway Farms Golf Club
  • Golf Today

The display at right uses Flash. If you are unable to see it, you can view the document directly by clicking here.