Back in 1990, John Garrity experienced that thrill of discovery in a very profound way, uncovering an 1891 Old Tom Morris design on the isolated Scottish island of South Uist. The course -Askernish - had not simply eluded American visitors. It had literally been lost to the ages!
The Pacific Grove Municipal Golf Links rests just a few miles north of some of the priciest golf real estate in the world. Yet despite its glamorous locale, there is no elaborate clubhouse, no bag drop, no parking attendant—and green fees are less than lunch for two at the Tap Room at the Pebble Beach Lodge.
These are a few of the reasons that Pacific Grove Muni has a special place in Peter Finch’s heart; it has nothing to do with the fact that the course was the site of Peter’s finest round!
In 1926 Canadian Pacific’s rival, Canadian National Railroad, unveiled a golf course of their own, Jasper Park, four hours north of Banff Springs. Jasper Park was quickly hailed as one of the greatest courses in Canada – indeed, in the world. Rankled by this development, Canadian Pacific decided that they would have to have a world class course of their own to complement their grand hotel…and they hired Stanley Thompson, Jasper’s creator, to work his magic.