November 8, 2014:
The Walter J. Travis Society is pleased to announce a modest increase in its 2015 Scholarship awards from $700. to $750. This increase was made possible by very generous 2014 donations and an anticipated increase in our annual income as the result of significant additions in both Member Clubs and Individual Members.
November 4, 2014:
We are very excited to welcome Canoe Brook Country Club, of Summit, NJ, to the Travis Society’s roster of Member Clubs. Canoe Brook’s Directors invited Travis to inspect their existing course in 1915, and to offer suggestions for its improvement. The course changes proposed by Travis were described as “revolutionary”, increasing the length from 5700 yards to 6300 and 6700 yards. Travis altered “some greens and tees” and installed many bunkers throughout the course. The course became know as the North Course. Sadly, beginning in the early 1950s, commercial development and highway construction resulted in the removal of several of the Travis North Course holes.
We are appreciative of Canoe Brook’s wish to recognize and honor the important role that Walter J. Travis played in its early history.
With Canoe Brook CC’s membership, the Travis Society’s Member Club roster has grown to 19 clubs.
September 13, 2014:
Several members of the Travis Society enjoyed the general meeting that was held on Sept. 11th at Onondaga Golf and Country Club, in Fayetteville, NY. The day began with a very generous continental breakfast featuring fruit, pastries, juices, and coffee. Ralph Garnish, Travis Society President brought the meeting to order with a greeting to all, and special thanks to our gracious and welcoming host, Onondaga GCC. The highlight of the meeting was a very interesting presentation of the history of OGCC’s golf course and clubhouse by longtime member, Bob Salisbury, augmented by former OGCC President, Richard Russell.
Thankfully, the rain stopped, and OGCC Golf Professional, Russ Schreiber, provided guidance necessary to position each playing group out of the course. For most of us, it was the first opportunity to experience this old Travis course, with the major bunker and green restoration done 2006-08 under the leadership of OGCC member Ted Northrup and supervision of architect, Ian Andrew. After the round, though there were several lamenting their problems on the greens, there was enthusiastic praise for the beauty, challenge, and interest of the golf course.
We most most appreciative for the warm welcome and accommodating spirit and efforts of General Manager Mark Davies’ clubhouse and pro shop staff, and those OGCC members who made the get-together possible, including former OGCC President John Mott, who originally extended an invitation to us.
June 19, 2014