Posted on Feb 1, 2016 |

Thanks to Club Historian, Ed Homesy, for providing another interesting tidbit of info...

What about Walter J. Travis???
Yes—Travis designed our course, but did you know that he was the Tiger Woods of his era? No, definitely not from a fitness angle—too much Old Crow and big, black cigars--but as a player who influenced the game, and those who played it. He was the boyhood idol of Bobby Jones, later giving him a game-changing putting lesson. And, then, there was Francis Ouimet, who credited Travis with “opening my eyes” to the importance of “understanding how I play shots”. Jack White believed that he would never have won the 1904 British Open if he had not watched Travis win the 1904 British Amateur, stating “if this is the class of golf that wins the amateur championship, I must try it in the Open, and I did---“. After Travis put on a putting clinic to win the 1904 British Amateur, Schenectady putters became the hottest item in golf shops throughout the world. Those are a few examples of Travis’s remarkable influence during a period of time, from 1900-1910, when he was the most prominent and successful amateur golfer in all of America, if not the world. Even today, his influence is acknowledged. According to a recent statement by Michael Breed, of Golf Channel’s “Golf Fix”, the “fundamentals of putting go back to Travis”.