For golf’s true enthusiasts, the game is far more—and far more complex—than a simple hobby, commodity, or slice of the sports industry. It is a physical and mental place to be, a community. It has a history, a hierarchy, laws, a language, and a literature. And in Richard J. Moss, it has a chronicler.
From its beginnings in the northeastern United States in the 1880s, golf has seen its popularity, and its fortunes, wax and wane, affected by politics and economics, reflecting tensions between aristocratic and democratic impulses. The Kingdom of Golf in America traces these ups and downs, ins and outs, in the growth of golf as a community. Moss describes the development of the private club and public course and the impact of wealth and the consumer culture on those who play golf and those who watch. He shows that factors like race, gender, technology, suburbanization, and the transformation of the South that shaped the nation also shaped golf. The result is a unique, and uniquely entertaining, work of cultural history that shows us golf as a community whose story resonates far beyond the confines of the course.
Chapter 1. From Nothing to Something
Chapter 2. Golf Literature
Chapter 3. Clubs and Courses
Chapter 4. Golf before the War
Chapter 5. Golf and World War I
Chapter 6. Golf’s Golden Age?
Chapter 7. Golf in the 1930s
Chapter 8. Golf and World War II
Chapter 9. Hogan, Snead, and Nelson and the Rise of the Modern Touring Pro
Chapter 10. The Golf Community in a New Age of Affluence
Chapter 11. Golf and the Age of Television
Chapter 12. Golf and the Two-Party System
Chapter 13. Understanding the Golf Community
Chapter 14. Against the Wind
Appendix A: Golf, Parks, and the American Lawn
Appendix B: Golf Courses in 1920
Appendix C: The <SC>pga</SC> in 1935