Welcome to the Walter J. Travis Society Website

The Walter J. Travis Society was founded in 1994 to promote the legacy of Walter J. Travis,  America’s foremost amateur golfer of the early 1900s, golf journalist and publisher, turfgrass expert, golf course architect, and one of the great pioneers of golf in North America.

The Travis Society is dedicated to documenting the remarkable career of Walter J. Travis in order to fully understand and honor his varied accomplishments and contributions.

We strive to create an interesting and informative site that is updated regularly.  We invite your comments and suggestions.  To be a part of our mission to highlight and honor the Travis legacy, we invite you to become a member in the Travis Society.


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“Golf is a wonderful game—absolutely unique.  It develops the good qualities of a man’s nature and softens the poor ones.

“As a disciplinarian and establisher of character, it is without a peer.

“It cultivates patience and endurance under adversity and yet keeps constantly alive the fires of hope.  It is a leveler of ranks and classes:  rich and poor alike meet on common ground.  Skill at it cannot be purchased except by application, concentration, hard work, much travail of spirit and undying faith—all of which really represent a labor of love.
It has saved thousands of lives, and broadened, sweetened and enriched the minds and dispositions of many thousands more.  It has given birth to and firmly cemented friendships without number.

“It is the best, as it is the fairest of all outdoor pastimes—and it may be played from cradle to the grave.”

(The American Golfer, Feb. 1910)

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18 Responses to Welcome to the Walter J. Travis Society Website

  1. Steve says:

    Welcome Travis Society. Steve @ Troy Country Club

    • edhomsey1930 says:

      Thanks, Steve. It’s been an enjoyable project. Anything you can do to propagate awareness of the site will be greatly appreciated.


      • Ed says:

        Just a brief comment to alert everyone to the revisions of the Chronological Course listing, including the addition of two new Consultations by Travis, discovered by Rudy Zocchi. They are: Atlanta Athletic Club and Country Club of Springfield. Rudy is going through all issues of The American Golfer with a fine-toothed comb.

        Will get to the Alphabetical listing soon. There are other changes pending.


  2. Matthew Wolf says:

    Great looking blog. Nice Job. Thanks

  3. Tim Geary says:

    The site offers a great deal of information. This is a great place for Travis enthusiasts to connect.
    Kudos to the society’s leadership. Another feather in your cap, Ed.
    http://www.springbrookcc.net might be added to the list of member clubs under links of interest.

    • Ed Homsey says:

      Thanks Tim. I hope that “Travis enthusiasts”, and others, will connect here. Our goal is to keep it fresh, and add new information as it becomes available. Will add Spring Brook’s link.

  4. Don Cook says:


    Congratulations on a great start for what will be a wonderful way to tell the world about Walter Travis.

    Don Cook

    • Ed says:

      Thanks, Don. Nice to hear from you. Hope that Youngstown Country Club’s 100th year celebration of its golf course went well. Perhaps we could post something on our “News” page?

      • Jim says:

        It was a wonderful event. I was lucky enough to be on the winning team. It is amazing how many of the pictures here look like Youngstown Country Club. The course is a challenge every day and one uses all of the clubs in the bag in each round. The green complexes are fantastic. The 16th green at YCC is one of the hardest greens I ever played. The 10th hole is so demanding with the elevated green and devlish putting surface.

      • edhomsey1930 says:

        Thanks for your comment, Jim. Enjoyed your description of Youngstown Country Club. I regret that I was never able to get down there. When you have the opportunity, would you contact us via our email, travissociety@yahoo.com. I have some historic information about Youngstown CC that I would like to share with you.

  5. Greg Boring says:

    Mr. Homsey,

    The Blog looks great. Great idea to get this up and going. We are about the shut the project down here at CC of Scranton for the Winter. We have 6 holes remaining. You can monitor the progress on my blog at http://www.ccscrantongreen.blogspot.com

    Greg Boring, GCS
    CC of Scranton

  6. Ed says:


    Great hearing from you, and thanks for your comments. I posted your blogsite under the “News” section of the blog because I know it would be of interest to many people. You must be feeling very good about the progress you’ve made, and the outcome thus far.

    As you may have noticed, I “borrowed” some images from your blogsite for our “virtual Tour” page.

  7. Ed says:


  8. point 908 says:

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