The Rich History Behind the Lexington Golf Club

The following article comes from Wicked Local Lexington (August 28th) – “Lexington Golf Club has storied history”………… 

The annals of Lexington’s history are rich with many tales — some known to  only a few. One of those little known tales is the story of the Lexington Golf Club.

Founded in 1895, it operated out of an old barn on what was then the Monroe  property. The nine holes were much shorter, and as cows and horses were pastured  on the land it was necessary to fence the putting greens with wire and posts. A  ground rule was established that a ball hitting a wire could be played over  again. When the owners of the land complained that the players were annoying the  animals, the executive committee requested the club members be more mindful of  the animals when playing the course. But, use of the course by both two- and  four-legged animals became more contentious and the course was eventually moved  from the Monroe pasture to its present location on what was then the Vaille farm  in North Lexington (presently 55 Hill St.).

At that time many Lexington residences were summer homes and a significant  number of the club members were from the city of Boston. Announcement of most  scheduled golf events included the Boston to Lexington train schedules and  arrangements were made to meet players at the train station and transport them  to the course by horse drawn carriage.

The Golf Club did not hire a full-time professional until 1920. Instead, a  golf professional was hired from time to time to visit the club to give lessons  to those who had signed up for the service. In 1906, additional land was  purchased and improvements were begun that have continued to this day.  In  the early days there were also tennis courts and families enjoyed swimming in  the spring-fed pond near the second hole. Now Lexington Golf Club is strictly  for golf and the social gatherings associated with the sport.

Membership applications are being accepted and a lottery will be held on  Oct. 18 to determine the order of acceptance as openings become available. The  club permits about 300 playing members, which is a number that offers a good  flow of play at the nine-hole course.

New members pay an entry fee currently of $7,500 and annual dues of from  $800 to $3,500 depending on the type of membership.  The club employs a  full-time teaching professional and course superintendent. During the year, the  club hosts a number of local tournaments including those for the Lexington Chamber of Commerce and Lexington Historical Society.

Each new applicant needs to be sponsored by two regular members of the club  who will assist with the process and help the new potential members become  acquainted with the course. Current regular members are being encouraged to  bring new members to the Lexington Golf Club.

For more information, contact Bob Bicknell, club secretary and membership  chair, at mabicknells@rcn.com or go to lexingtongc.com.

The annals of Lexington’s history are rich with many tales — some known to  only a few. One of those little known tales is the story of the Lexington Golf Club.

Founded in 1895, it operated out of an old barn on what was then the Monroe  property. The nine holes were much shorter, and as cows and horses were pastured  on the land it was necessary to fence the putting greens with wire and posts. A  ground rule was established that a ball hitting a wire could be played over  again. When the owners of the land complained that the players were annoying the  animals, the executive committee requested the club members be more mindful of  the animals when playing the course. But, use of the course by both two- and  four-legged animals became more contentious and the course was eventually moved  from the Monroe pasture to its present location on what was then the Vaille farm  in North Lexington (presently 55 Hill St.).

At that time many Lexington residences were summer homes and a significant  number of the club members were from the city of Boston. Announcement of most  scheduled golf events included the Boston to Lexington train schedules and  arrangements were made to meet players at the train station and transport them  to the course by horse drawn carriage.

The Golf Club did not hire a full-time professional until 1920. Instead, a  golf professional was hired from time to time to visit the club to give lessons  to those who had signed up for the service. In 1906, additional land was  purchased and improvements were begun that have continued to this day.  In  the early days there were also tennis courts and families enjoyed swimming in  the spring-fed pond near the second hole. Now Lexington Golf Club is strictly  for golf and the social gatherings associated with the sport.

Membership applications are being accepted and a lottery will be held on  Oct. 18 to determine the order of acceptance as openings become available. The  club permits about 300 playing members, which is a number that offers a good  flow of play at the nine-hole course.

New members pay an entry fee currently of $7,500 and annual dues of from  $800 to $3,500 depending on the type of membership.  The club employs a  full-time teaching professional and course superintendent. During the year, the  club hosts a number of local tournaments including those for the Lexington Chamber of Commerce and Lexington Historical Society.

Each new applicant needs to be sponsored by two regular members of the club  who will assist with the process and help the new potential members become  acquainted with the course. Current regular members are being encouraged to  bring new members to the Lexington Golf Club.

For more information, contact Bob Bicknell, club secretary and membership  chair, at mabicknells@rcn.com or go to lexingtongc.com.

 

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