Harbor Links Anniversary Celebration


This year, Harbor Links golf course is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
On Thursday, Aug. 10, from 7 to 8 p.m., the Roslyn Landmark Society will host a talk by Phil Carlucci on the history of that golf course and Long Island’s longtime standing as a golfer’s paradise.
The event will take place at Harbor Links, located at 1 W. Fairway Drive, Port Washington.
In addition to Carlucci, North Hempstead engineer Jill Guiney and North Hempstead town historian Ross Lumpkin, will also be speaking about the course’s construction and legacy.
Carlucci is a local golf writer and editor, as well as the creator of Golf On Long Island, a website covering Long Island’s public courses since 2008. The images in this book were collected from libraries, historical societies, museums, and clubs across the region to trace the history of Long Island golf from its 19th-century roots to the present.
He is also the author of Long Island Golf, a publication in the popular Images of America series. The dust jacket for that book states:
“When the European sport of golf found its way to Long Island and took root in the Hamptons at Shinnecock Hills in 1891, its journey across the Atlantic served as the opening drive of a recreational era that now spans three centuries. Home to more than 130 golf courses, the area boasts prestigious American clubs overlooking picturesque Atlantic bays and inlets, along with public layouts climbing and descending the region’s sloping terrain. Long Island is home to the most popular municipal golf facility in the country, the centerpiece of which is Bethpage Black, “the People’s Country Club.” Celebrated architects like A.W. Tillinghast, Devereux Emmet, Seth Raynor, and C.B. Macdonald built many of Long Island’s famous courses, which have challenged the brightest of golf’s stars. International tournaments and star-studded exhibitions have all been decided on Long Island turf, helping it grow into one of the world’s most prominent golf settings.”
Online reviews were positive.
“Great, informative book if you are from Long Island,” said one Amazon customer.
Another customer was more effusive.
“I enjoyed this book a lot. It’s a great photo-history collection covering the development of Long Island and its golf courses.
“What I liked most was that it covered the well-known Long Island clubs as well as the lesser-known public courses and the clubs that disappeared long ago. I grew up near Lido Beach and didn’t realize the Lido Club had such an interesting backstory. I also have family near Timber Point and wasn’t aware that public course used to be a very exclusive private club. It also goes into detail about courses like Bethpage, Montauk Downs, Eisenhower Park, Shinnecock and others. Some cool aerial photos too, like one showing Mitchel Field surrounded by golf courses.”
“I’d recommend it to anyone interested in golf history, whether from Long Island or not. And if you play on Long Island, there’s plenty in there about today’s popular courses.”
—Information by the Roslyn Landmark Society


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