Source: VT Golf Magazine | Issue: Summer 2002 | Author: David Cornwell

Synopsis: This article is about the Kilkare Golf Club in Heartwellville. It covers the history of the course from the architecture to when the course hosted the world’s best players.


    Eighty-five years ago, Vermont had a briefly famous golf course that drew high marks for its great natural beauty and tough challenges.

    In a time when virtually every club welcomed players, this layout was beyond “private”, one of the first personal courses in this country and the second longest nine-hole course in the state. None other than William Flynn is credited with its design as his architectural effort. It was even host to a professional tournament featuring most of the greatest golfers of the era during World War 1, but private ownership meant that public information about the course seldom appeared thereafter. This was the summer playground of the family and guests of millionaire William B. Plunkett. It was known as the Kilkare Golf club, at the crossroads in Heartwellville, Vermont, a small hamlet in the northwest portion of Readsboro. 

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