Source: VT Golf Magazine | Issue: Summer 1995 | Author: Bob Labbance

Synopsis: This article is about how golf clubs arose and disappeared quickly within our history.


It happened in Montpelier, Barre, Hyde Park, Brattleboro, Sudbury, Arlington, Burlington, and about a dozen other towns in Vermont. A golf club sprung up, entertained golfers for as long as forty-five years, and then suddenly one year, disappeared forever. 

To those who played these courses of the past, the fond golfing memories will linger for a lifetime. In Burlington there were two layouts that preceded the Burlington Country Club by as much as thirty years. In the summer of 1897 Henry Holt, a publishing giant whose small family company became worldwide publisher Holt Rhinehart hosted golfing play on his estate. Holt moved in the societal circles of the Astors, Vanderbilts, Morgans, and visiting friends could play about on Fairholt, his wooded domain westerly views to the Adirondacks, and Mt. Mansfield to the east.

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