October 4th, 2015

The Silvermine Golf Club

by Brian Walker, Greg Walker and Chance Browne

Hi and Lois Sunday page, black-and-white proof, November 9, 1980. Hi and Lois Sunday page, black-and-white proof, November 9, 1980.

In the previous post, I featured a map of Wilton, hometown of Hi and Lois, which was drawn by Chance Browne in 2010. In the upper left-hand corner, the Silvermine Golf Club can be seen. The picturesque red barn, where the maintenance equipment for the golf course is stored, is also shown in the first panel of the Hi and Lois Sunday page above and in the photo below.

The Silvermine Golf Club. The Silvermine Golf Club

Mort Walker and Dik Browne both joined the Silvermine Golf Club in the 1960s. For more than forty years it was the setting for the annual Cartoonists Invitational Golf Tournament. We will document the history of that event in a future post.

Founded in1959 as a nine-hole course by a golf enthusiast weary of long rounds at municipal courses but unwilling to commit to a traditional country club, Silvermine has grown into twenty-seven hole facility dedicated solely to the sport of golf. The original course, now known as “The Pro Shop Nine,” or the “Executive Course,” offers relatively rapid play, and is open year-round. The eighteen-hole course features narrow landing areas and a number of water hazards, providing a challenging round for novice and scratch golfer alike.

Stay tooned for more autumn-themed Sunday pages from our Hi and Lois archives.

– Brian Walker

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