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This is a rare scene of two women playing the original Nantucket Golf Club course on Cliff road. Later to be named the Tupancy Links this is now a place where many people go to walk their dogs. The following text is from J.C. Gamble's A history of Nantucket's Golf Courses, from the Nantucket Historical Associations fall, 1998 publication of Historic Nantucket.

"Nine links have been laid out in the vicinity of the waterworks and there every Saturday afternoon will be found the gayest company in Nantucket. The new Club has about one hundred members, all of whom want to play, so that when the official games come on Saturday it is necessary to begin early in the morning and keep it up all day."

A grounds crew of sheep and goats kept the fairways of the little course in playable condition. During that inaugural year, Pauline Mackay, who later went on to the United States Women's Championships, teed off on the course. On the very ground where tents had been erected for the first meeting in 1897, a full-fledged clubhouse was constructed just two years later, with a formal fete on July 15,1899.

In succeeding years, golf enjoyed great popularity in recreational circles and, not surprisingly, the Nantucket club soon expanded to eighteen holes. Many years later, in 1949, the Nantucket Golf Club became the Tupancy Links when Sankaty Head professional golfer Oswald "Tup" Tupancy purchased the land. With only a fraction of the Nantucket Golf Club's original acreage, Tup's course was a modest nine-holer open to the public for a mere four years when he decided to suspend play on the course. In 1976, the land that once comprised Nantucket's original course was donated by Tup and his wife, Sallie Gail Harris Tupancy to the Nantucket Conservation Foundation (NCF)."

This card is an original H. Marshall Gardiner black & white. It is unused and in mint condition.

Nantucket Golf Links, A Dandy Hazard, Gardiner black & white post card

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