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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.

 

Self Guided Walking Tour – The Lexington (MA) Revolutionary Experience

If you haven’t explored Lexington MA, a great way to start is with the self guided walking tour from the Lexington Historical Society.  According to their websitehttp://lhsoc.weebly.com/self-guided-walking-tour-brochure.html, the sites include Buckman Tavern, the Lexington Minuteman Statue, Parker Boulder, the Flagpole, the route to Concord, the Meetinghouse, Belfry Marker, the Revolutionary War Monument and the Frieze. 

Another way to explore Lexington is with the Historic Scavenger Hunt. 

Lexington Scavenger Hunt

Explore Lexington’s historic houses (Buckman Tavern, the Hancock-Clarke

House, and Munroe Tavern), the Battle Green, and Ye Old Burying Ground, and

see if you can answer the 10 questions below. You can

print a copy of this

scavenger hunt

and bring it with you to Lexington when you visit.

How many patriots are buried on Lexington’s

Battle Green?

1.

What is a niddy noddy? 2. Have you seen one?

Name a popular Colonial tavern drink. Do you

know the recipe?

3.

4. What are the “Doolittle Prints” and why are they important?

5. What is a Meeting House? Where was Lexington’s?

Name two men who lived in the same historic house (at

different times) and also share a gravesite.

6.

Can you find the burial site of Captain John Parker? Are you

sure you have the right Captain Parker? How can you tell?

7.

Whose large, round kitchen table is at the Hancock-

Clarke House?

8.

What, or who, was left in Mary Munroe Sanderson’s

bed?

9.

What mark did the British soldiers leave at Munroe

Tavern?

10.

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Why did the Hancock-Clarke House have wallpaper in

1775 and Buckman Tavern did not?

How was Reverend Jonas Clarke related to the patriot

John Hancock?

Who fired the First Shot of the American Revolution?

It’s all part of the history of Lexington and a fun way to learn the characters that played a part in the Revolutionary War.   

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