Golf in the 1920s had controversy
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.