Why Eastmoreland History Project?
After most rounds you'll find me in the 19th Hole enjoying a cider or whiskey and reminiscing on the best shots and lamenting the bad breaks, bad decisions and just poor play.
Each day I would marvel at the 1918 plates that framed the entryway from the 19th hole back to the bar - along with the cool shots of the original players "The Wolves" with their 1947 team trophy, the gaggle of crowds following one of the earliest City Championship finals or Frank Dolp and his dapper attire among the Model T's.
Many private clubs will have books celebrating the long storied history of their origins, the development and redesign of the land, memorable turning points for the club, and the celebrate the varied characters that golfed through the decades. Each of these clubs share a singular thread, the love of the game, the fascination with the struggle to make par from the beginning of time to today. Without any doubt at all, I can imagine the power to time travel might reveal how much changes have occurred. Though I can also surmise that when one pipes the ball and splits the center of the fairway, or hits a beautiful chip just inches from the hole - the magic and mystery and awe that comes from a well played game of golf.
With the encouragement and support of Club President Vinny DiGiano a modern torch bearer of the "Wolves" game (famous scratch players from the 1950's that would play anyone who was willing to bet) - along with Jack Schneider, Byron Patton, Jason Wood, Ray Comella, and Randy Grosz.
So I've set my effort to documenting the storied history of how this amazing jewel of a golf course came into being. I'm delighted to discover that Eastmoreland story is tied to the entire the community as the game was originally intended.