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Preferred Player's Guide To Illinois Golf (1999 Annual)

By Golf Directories Inc.

Golf Directories, Inc.
Paperback (304 pages)

Preferred Player s Guide To Illinois Golf (1999 Annual)
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Finally, a book that gives you all the golf information that you need along with the discounts that you want, and it's updated completely every year. Preferred Player's Guide to Illinois Golf (PPG) is a comprehensive listing of all public golf courses and practice facilities within the entire state. Information on the courses include directions and phone numbers, USGA Ratings and Slope, Yardage from different Tees, Green Fees and Specific Discount information (as seen on the Preferred Players Discount Card). The Guide offers discounts on 133 Golf Courses and 20 Practice Facilities. In addition the PPG lists all Retail Golf/Repair shops. The Guide also contains numerous tips for improving your game.

Golf in America (Sport and Society)

By George B. Kirsch

University of Illinois Press
Hardcover (280 pages)

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In this concise social history of golf in the United States from the 1880s to the present, George B. Kirsch tracks the surprising growth of golf as a popular, mainstream sport, in contrast to the stereotype of golf as a pastime enjoyed only by the rich elite. In addition to classic heroes such as Francis Ouiment, Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead, and Ben Hogan, the annals of golf's early history also include African American players--John Shippen Jr., Ted Rhodes, and Charlie Sifford--as well as both white and black female players such as Mildred "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias, Louise Suggs, Betsy Rawls, Ann Gregory, and former tennis champ Althea Gibson. Golf in America tells the stories of these and many other players from different social classes, ethnic backgrounds, races, and genders.

Examining golf's recent history, Golf in America looks at the impact of television and the rivalry between Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, both of whom in 1996 were impressed by an upstart named Eldrick "Tiger" Woods. Kirsch also highlights the history of public golf courses in the United States, from Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx to Boston's Franklin Park, Chicago's Jackson Park, and other municipal and semiprivate courses that have gone relatively unnoticed in the sport's history. Illustrated with nearly two dozen photographs, this book shows that golf in America has always reflected a democratic spirit, evolving into a sport that now rivals baseball for the honor of being acclaimed "America's national pastime."

Illinois golf map: Golf road map

By Inc Fore Better Golf

Fore Better Golf
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Illinois golf map: Golf road map
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20th Century Golf Chronicle

By Chi Chi Rodriguez

Publications International Ltd., Illinois
Hardcover (576 pages)

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Northbrook (Images of America: Illinois)

By Karie Angell Luc & Northbrook Historical Society

Brand: Arcadia Publishing
Released: 2008-10-20
Paperback (128 pages)

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Northbrook, "the Village of Friendly Living," was incorporated on November 18, 1901, as Shermerville. Prohibition and the Roaring Twenties brought new hopes, dreams, and a new identity--Northbrook, named for the West Fork of the North Branch of the Chicago River. An airport and seven golf courses opened, and new streets were paved in anticipation of a building boom that went bust, cut short by the Great Depression. Early-1940s expansion was temporarily put on hold for World War II, but by 1949, subdivisions began sprouting up in farm fields. The long-anticipated growth of Northbrook had finally begun. New roads leading to Northbrook and the desire for suburban living caused the quaint 1950s community of 3,348 to grow to 11,635 residents a decade later. Today almost 35,000 people call Northbrook home.

Golf and the American Country Club (Sport and Society)

By Richard J. Moss

University of Illinois Press
Hardcover (232 pages)

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In this entertaining cultural history, Richard J. Moss explores the circumstances that led to the firm establishment of the country club as an American social institution and its inextricable connection to the ancient, imported game of golf.

The founders of the early country clubs sought to counter the nationalization and standardization of American life by creating closed, controlled communities that reminded them of the village America being snuffed out by industrialization. Initially little more than informal groups of friends playing golf in pastures and orchards, country clubs were soon draped in "instant" history and prestige and their members distinguished by uniform dress. By 1901, the country clubs that had sprouted all over the country had undergone another change, becoming "country estates" in the suburbs where the prosperous registered their social status.

The transformation of the club from country retreat to suburban playground went hand in hand with a widespread shift in attitudes toward health and sport. Golf was perceived as a democratic game, one that was physically sedate enough to accommodate players of both genders and all ages and that employed a handicap system to level the playing field. Other factors spurred the growth and expansion of country clubs in the 1920s: the advent of professional golf architects, the rise of public golf courses, increased discretionary time and income for many Americans, and a shift away from the Protestant ethic of deferred gratification toward values that justified increased leisure and pleasure.

The Depression brought this expansion to a screeching halt. After World War II the business of golf changed, with public and private daily-fee courses, corporate country clubs, and gated golfing communities, as on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, presenting steep competition for the private clubs. Moreover, the clubs confronted demands for equal access by minorities and women.

Pairing a conversational tone with rock-solid scholarship, Golf and the American Country Club offers a readable and even-handed treatment of a venerable and controversial American institution.

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