historians and scholars study the work of the great architects and are hampered by a lack of documentation. Other times, long-term planning such as “Master Plans” are dependent upon the information about the original design and designer. In other words, for any number of reasons, one day your course and club will need that information and want it.

      For others who have enjoyed a club that is 50, 75, 100 or more years of age, chronicling its history in a manner that protects it and provides for its use by future generations of club members is most important.

      So whether your club is relatively young or quite mature in years, we at Golden Age Research can provide the services that you will need to set up everything from a simple history room to a complex archival and research center for your club. To answer the many questions you might have and to aid in helping you in establishing what you need for this, we’ve prepared a brochure titled, “Remembering our History.” Feel free to ask us to send you a copy.

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 Archival Services
It has been said that “Golf is a game of history.” The author of that statement was speaking to the idea that unless it is the very first time a shot has been struck on a golf course, every other one ever made follows in the history of what has gone before. Consider it this way, even the least impressive short 9-hole golf course out in the middle of what some would consider “nowhere” has a record for the lowest score ever shot on it that one person at least takes great pride in. Every time someone has a “good round” going it is compared to the one that stands as the record.
      Whether it is a course record or the results of a major championship, each course can and should take pride in what those who have attempted its challenges have managed to accomplish.
      What sets the game of golf apart from every other athletic endeavor is that greatness as a player is not defined by score, but rather how one fares on specific courses that have proven themselves to be great. One never reads of any specific baseball stadium as being important when Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s record to set the all-time record for home runs for a career, nor is there any importance attached to the field upon which a team wins a Super Bowl. But there isn’t a golfer alive or dead that wouldn’t swear that winning the Open at St. Andrews sets one apart from all others who have played the game. In golf it isn’t just the win but where the win takes place that establishes the greatness of the player and their accomplishment.

Remembering and Celebrating History

      That is why it is important for every club and course to remember and celebrate its history, for it defines the measure of every person who walks its fairways and attempts its challenges, even where they are few in number.          
      So you might ask yourself, to what level should my club recognize our history? A good place to start would be in forming a permanent History Committee. Even if your club is but a few years old, history has been set there. For example, it can be found in newspaper articles that announce and report on its opening. Why should something like this be archived? Because one day someone will want that information. 
      Maybe it will be for an anniversary book or an article being written about the founding of the club in a local or national journal or magazine. Consider also how one day your course may be included in a listing of designs by one of the great architects of your day or all-time. Today,

Previously Unknown 1970s

Newspaper Article That Makes Mention of course Record 62 for Bethpage Black