Golf in the 1920s had con­tro­versy

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Even back in the 1920s there were lots of golf sto­ries be­ing told in Bella Vista, per­haps sim­i­lar to the theme of this car­toon pub­lished in the July 14, 1927, is­sue of Life mag­a­zine, which was found in the Linebarger Broth­ers’ files.

The Linebarg­ers opened the Bella Vista Sum­mer Re­sort on June 20, 1917, and opened the first golf course in Bella Vista in 1921. It was a nine-hole course squeezed in be­tween Lake Bella Vista and the old high­way, which was then a two-lane gravel road that hugged the steep bluff along the west side of the val­ley.

Al­though it had been a large pas­ture, they still couldn’t fit in all nine holes, so they had golfers hit across the road up on the hill south of where the Artist Re­treat Cen­ter is now lo­cated, then to an­other hole up there, and then back down across the road to­ward the lake to fin­ish off the nine holes.

For more in­for­ma­tion about old Bella Vista, visit the Bella Vista His­tor­i­cal Mu­seum at the cor­ner of U.S. High­way 71 and Kings­land Road, next door to the Amer­i­can Le­gion. Free ad­mis­sion. Hours are cur­rently noon to 4 p.m. Wed­nes­day through Sun­day, but be­gin­ning Aug. 2, those hours shift to 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Check out the mu­seum’s Face­book page and web­site, www.bellav­is­ta­mu­seum.org.

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