Peoria Landmark #471
Granted there were some good guesses, but this was harder than I realized it was going to be, but stumping is good once in a while. Sunset would indicate a hole towards the end of a round on a green with a pretty good slope. Surprised no-one mentioned #6 at Kaufman in Eureka, which is a beast.
Some history, according to the book The Grandest Views, A History of the Peoria Park District.
What is now known as Madison Golf Course was once a real park, designed by Oscar Dubuis, architect of Glen Oak Park and Grand View Drive, with a “winding roadway and a drive into the lowlands of the sprawling property (86 acres at the time) which would include a playground and floral displays.”
“The traditional flavor of the times was evident in the swinging bridge, the shelter, and the multitude of trees, though the park overall was virtually unknown in the city growing to the east and still a distance from public transportation.”
“Madison furnishes an attraction which none of the other parks could supply, and of which very few cities can boast – public golf links. A splendid nine hole course has been established and the park given over to this most exhilarating sport.”
“It would be a quarter century later before an annex to Bradley Park would be converted into acres of cut greens and known as Newman Golf Course.”
- 1894 – 86.39acres purchased
- 1904 – roadway and shelter built
- 1909 – nine hole public golf course built
- 1915 – new pavilion built (the current clubhouse)
- 1917 – course lengthened to 3,234 yards by renounced golf architect Tom Bendelow
- 1925 – back nine opened
- 1929 – annexed to the City of Peoria
What I don’t know understand and there is no explanation is this sentence, of the 1925 year, “owing to the breaking of the dam on account of a cloudburst, the three bottom holes were abandoned for part of the season, and only 10 cents was charged during that period for the six holes.”
Did the course go down into the lower portion where the police shooting range is now?
Post Cards courtesy of JW