Jackson Park Golf Links

Jackson Park Golf

This week is the U.S. Open and I was lucky enough to go to one of the practice days this week. I saw Tiger Woods on two holes and a bunch of other golfers whose names I don’t really remember, except for Ernie Els because spectators were chanting his name when he walked by us at one point.

The above card shows golfers in Jackson Park and was mailed in 1910. I was able to find a brief history of Jackson Park’s golf course at the Examiner, shown below:

“On May 11, 1899, Jackson Park in Chicago had a nine holes golf course. However, shortly thereafter, workers demolished this course to make space for the World’s Columbian Exposition. Six months later when the fair ended, architects created another golf course; this one had 18 holes. This course became the first, public golf course west of the Allegheny Mountains. Until 1920, attendants did not charge greens fees. (Jackson Park’s 18 holes are still available for golfers to play, but now golfers must pay greens fees.)”

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3 Responses to Jackson Park Golf Links

  1. harrise says:

    Cool card! Golf doesn’t interest me but I know the name Ernie Els because it is often in my crossword puzzles!

  2. Mandy says:

    For some reason these postcards showing golf, tennis, fishing and the like really interest me! I guess because, for now, it seems like such an odd subject for a postcard. The same could be said of a lot of these old cards though!

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