One Country Club Drive - Hardcover
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By Marty Peck
One Country Club Drive weaves amusing and heartwarming stories of growing up and working on a private country club. It follows the evolution of a historic golf course from its construction one-hundred years ago through the lives of its humble caretakers. The stories in this book revolve around the home that three generations of keepers of the greens lived in - coming of age and fatherhood themes mixed with golf history and plenty of humorous and lifelong lessons. The Peck family spent over 90 years in that house, watching the likes of Walter Hagan, Ben Hogan and Arnold Palmer play in their back yard. Author Marty Peck had the peculiar honor of growing up in that house, quite literally on golf course property while his father Harold was Greens Superintendent. Harold grew up in that same house watching his teamster father Andy use horses to sculpt the course from the former Post (cereal) family summer estate. Starting out with horse-drawn fairways mowers and two-man-drawn greens mowers, inventions like the 1925 Roseman Turf Tractor, motorized sand trap rakes and the hydraulically powered Triplex greens mowers seemed as advanced as the Space Shuttle. With 216 images, the book offers a rare perspective on golf that is educational as well as entertaining. Woven among hair-raising tales of slot-machine con artists, devastating fires and floods, and national scandals, are stories of family from three generations of Greenskeeping.