Hardcover book in very good condition.
Limited edition of 500. 64 pages, including incorporation certificate, constitution and by-laws, officers and committees and list of members. Devereux Emmett designed the course, and the club was incorporated in 1899. Thus, this handbook was published one year after the club opened. Emmett is listed among the membership and so is Walter Travis who would make changes to the renowned layout in the 1920s. All three members of the great architecture firm McKim, Mead and White (William Mead, Charles McKim and Stanford White) are listed as members. Theodore Havemeyer, the first president of the USGA was also a member as was Henry Taft, the president's brother.
The club's initial membership was limited to 250 members with an entrance fee of $100, and a caddie fee of 40 cents.
Garden City is well known for being an all male club that doesn't allow women in the clubhouse or on the golf course. It was not so when the club opened. Rule 10 states that 'the wife of a member shall be admitted to the use of the clubhouse and grounds.' And rules 12 and 13 outline that the privileges of the Club House shall be extended to ladies introduced by members, at all times and that ladies may play the course on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and Wednesday mornings.
A rare Garden City book.