Fact or Fiction – St. Louis Golf History

Test your knowledge of St. Louis Golf with these true or false questions, written by Jim Healey during his years as the St. Louis area’s premier golf historian.  Click the box below to check your answers!

  1. The 1904 Olympic Golf Matches at Glen Echo were the first in Olympic History
  2. The first professional golf event held in St. Louis was the 1908 Western Open at Normandie GC.
  3. In 1913, before playing in the US Open at The Country Club, which was won by Francis Ouimet, Ted Ray and Harry Vardon played one of their last exhibitions in St. Louis at Glen Echo, Normandie, and Bellerive.
  4. The 1904 Olympic Golf event featured a driving contest, putting contest, team competition and an individual competition.
  5. The first 18-hole golf course in the St. Louis area was at Triple A.
  6. Glen Echo CC was sold at auction in 1915 and in 1916 renamed Ridgeale CC until 1920.
  7. Meadowbrook CC was formerly known as Midland Valley CC, located in Overland.
  8. The original name of Norwood Hills, when formed in 1922, was North Hills.
  9. Glen Echo is the oldest golf course west of the Mississippi.
  10. Before Bellerive opened in Normandy in 1910, it was located on Bellefontaine Road and was known as the Field Club.
  11. The first public golf course in St. Louis was Forest Park, which opened in 1912.
  12. Before 1900, there were nine courses that were built, each with 9 holes, none of which exist today.
  13. In 1898, the Ladies of St. Louis Country Club formed a golf club in Tower Grove Park with 9 holes, which only women and children were permitted to play and men were not permitted unless escorted.
  14. Ralph Guldahl was the 20-year-old professional at St. Louis CC in 1932. He went on to win two US Open and one Masters championships after leaving the club.
  15. Ed Furgol won the 1954 US Open while the club professional at Westwood CC, making him the last club professional to win a Major championship while working at a club.
  1. Golf was held at the Paris Olympics in 1900 at the Compiegne GC outside Paris.
  2. The event was won by Willie Anderson.
  3. The highest score they shot over these courses was a 71
  4. True.
  5. They had 18-holes in April 1901. It was closed in the summer of 1901 when the City took their land for the Worlds Fair.
  6. True.
  7. True.
  1. True.
  2. False. There are many 9-hole courses that are older. Glen Echo may well be the oldest 18-hole private course west of the Mississippi
  3. True
  4. True
  5. True
  6. True.
  7. True.
  8. True.