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Letter Dated 1901 from a Detroit Area Man who was staying at The Carolina in Pinehurst, North Carolina, on hotel letterhead.

Pinehurst 1901 8.5 x 5.5, two sheets, postmarked envelope 3.25 x 6.5. Fold creases, light soiling else very good, envelope slit open, torn, heavily soiled, lacking flap. Correspondence is addressed to "My dear Father" from Harry, the father is Dr. George B. Russel and Harry is Henry "Harry" Russel, both of Detroit. Harry writes that the The Carolina ". . . is a splendid hotel -- not so fine as Hot Springs, Va., but far more enjoyable -- in the heart of what I suppose was once the upland piney ranges of the State. The country has been timbered and burned so that the outlook in dreary." On a more cheerful note: "Golf makes the place. There are no invalids here. It is simply a resting place. The men outnumber the women two to one. A great number of fine-looking intelligent, active business men, the majority past middle age but all seeking the finest golf course in the south and the atmosphere." In 1895 Boston businessman James W. Tufts, known as the soda fountain king, bought 5,800 acres of what was to become Pinehurst, a world renowned gold course where some of golf’s greatest have played like Bobby Jones, Gene Sarazen, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson. In his letter Harry brings up Tufts and the doctor he hired for the resort. "There is but one doctor here and he thinks that the odor of pines is a panacea for all ills. . . Tufts, the soda fountain man, owns the hotel and the village and all that he can survey from the tower of the town hall and has given his friend the Doctor a monopoly. There is no apothecary shop in the place except his offices and he won’t give medicine except in extreme cases. It is a temperance hotel & as no confirmed invalids are permitted to come, he says that the balm of the piney breezes and total abstinence are sufficient." Harry was at Pinehurst during the first weeks that The Carolina hotel had opened to the public. Great content on one of golf’s premier courses.

Book Id: 99-1280

Price: $150.00

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