Where in the World….have I been?

So sorry for the lapse in my stories. We just moved to Florida and it was a most hectic transition from Washington DC to Ocala Florida. Life is much slower here, so that affords me the opportunity to start researching more as well as writing more. I apologize for the delay in getting back to the responses received. I also have some very exciting news on a major development in the ability to play golf into those senior years (of which I have now entered). At any rate new features on this old website are about to take place. We are expanding our base and exploring new possibilities on the history as well as the future of the game of golf. 

Richard Findlay

 

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Contributing writers wanted

It's come to the time when I have thought much about the past and the future of golf. To that end we will be reviewing and publishing stories from you, the golf loving enthusiasts. Please contact me via the contact info at the end of this article and we shall work together under a new heading. In the near future, we will also be adding a column concerning golf courses that are of special interest to you and courses that you have played. 

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Frederick Augustus McPherson Findlay & Albert Edwin Findlay in Australia

The one great thing about this web site is all the information pouring in throughout the globe. Even though I had the privilege of meeting my great Uncle Frederick, I have not personally met any of my other Great Aunts or Uncles. Now, at last by means of the printed newspaper pages I am able to start piecing together much of their lives. Of the ten children of Alexander Findlay and Mary Ann Miline Findlay had 5 took up golf. James Alexander the 2nd Alexander Hamburg the 4th, Albert Edwin the 6th David Horatio Miline the 7th and Frederick Augustus McPherson the 8th in line all became golfers, amateurs, professionals, club makers, course designers, lectures of the game of golf. This story will be about two of the three that imigrated to Australia Albert and Fred. Story beig compiled as we write this introduction.

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The Official Site of Alexander H. Findlay

A little history concerning this site and who is preparing the information. It is a joint effort of both myself Richard B. Findlay and my recently deceased older brother Ronald A. Findlay, grandsons of Alexander H. Findlay by his 3rd son Norman E.J. Findlay, Sr. Growing up in Philadelphia, PA we had a house full of one of the most extensive private golf collections of antiquity in existence. We knew that our grandfather was famous for golf but not actually sure of his legacy. You see he died before I was born and when Ron was only 7 years of age. Our father would tell us of his father’s accomplishments in early American golf. He would even indicate that Alex was "The Father of American Golf".

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Frederick Augustus McPherson Findlay by Steve Doorey and Dr. Michael Sheret

Frederick Augustus McPherson Findlay learned his golf at his home town of Montrose, which has a very old and classic links about 35 km to the north of Carnoustie. He migrated to Australia in December 1909. He became the professional at the Metropolitan Golf Club, Melbourne, from 1910 to 1922. Fred left Australia and arrived in America in 1923. He was joined in America by his only surviving child, his daughter Ruth, who had married American Raymond “Ben” Franklin Loving in Melbourne 1924. Ruth went to America with Ben in 1925 to live with him in Virginia. In America Fred had a very successful career as a golf course architect.

 

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Who Really is the Father of American Golf?

Who really is the Father of American Golf?

Is it David Deas, C.B. MacDonald, John Reid, Joseph Oil Fox, Donald Ross, Francis Ouimet, Robert Lockhart. Indeed there many standing in line for the title, but who really qualifies? 

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Golf….In the Beginning in the United States

We hear of many places claiming priority in the game of Golf. The first recognized Golf Club was at St. Andrews-on-the-Hudson, New York, fathered by Robert Lockhart and John Reid, two sturdy Scots late in the year 1888. Mr. Reid was a staunch friend of mine; he has passed on to the Elysian Heights. Many times and oft we have discussed the theme of Golf; he was proud to know of my game in Nebraska very early in the spring of 1887. To know him was to love him; he has left two worthy sons in John and Archie to carry on the good work. May the green sod rest lightly over his brow, as lightly, at least, as he dealt with it. He was a man.

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The Year is 1886

In 1886 there were only 38 states in the union. There were no golf courses to be found. The oldest state was only 99 years of age, Delaware. Colorado was formed as a state to the union in 1876. It would be two years before North and South Dakota would be admitted. Nebraska was only admitted as a state in 1867. 19 years previously. But it was here that the first Golf Course in the United States was laid out and played on. 

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Nebraska inducts Alexander H. Findlay into their Golf Hall of Fame.

When Alexander H. Findlay arrived in the United States in 1887 he immediately traveled to Nebraska with his golf clubs. Upon arriving at his destination a little west of Omaha he settled down in his new line of work, cowboy! It was a most amazing transition from world class golfer to 2nd hand hired hand cowboy. It's not that Alex did not take to riding a horse; he didn't totally understand anything about horses, cows or ranches. But a new start is a new start. It wasn't long before the urgings for a round of golf enveloped him. He heard there was a course in Denver, off he went in search of that course only to find out it was polo they were playing. He did this throughout the west and in the end he would start a new career, designing and building of golf courses.

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Father of American Golf - Who Says?

I thought it would be good to publish what others say regarding Alexander H. Findlay being "the Father of American Golf". I invite you to examine these sites yourself. If you find others please let me know and I will include them on this page.

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