'From Fields to Fairways' tracks early Minnesota golf

Town & Country Club head pro Jock Hendry
Head pro Jock Hendry (1925-1960) was in his fourth year at the club when KSTP radio broadcast the 1929 Minnesota State Amateur tournament from Town & Country Club, the first time a U.S. tournament was covered by live remote.
Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

There are nearly 600 golf courses in Minnesota, several of them -- Interlachen, Hazeltine, Woodhill -- with celebrated status. Those courses, along with a number of other private clubs, are profiled in a new book "From Fields to Fairways" from the University of Minnesota Press.

The book is an exhaustive compendium of rare photos and little known details of some of Minnesota's most beautiful and exclusive golf courses and how they were the precursors to the state's many public courses.

Author Rick Shefchik told Morning Edition's Cathy Wurzer that Minnesota has a long history with golf, paralleling the game's development in the United States.

Shefchik will launch his book and hold a presentation and book signing on Saturday, April 14 at 2 p.m. at the Theodore Wirth Golf Club in Minneapolis.

Click on the audio link above to listen to his conversation with Cathy Wurzer.

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