Vintage Golf Photos in Cleveland From the 1920s to 1970s

Temperatures have climbed and Cleveland's glorious roster of golf courses public and private are welcoming golfers back for the season. While it feels like not much has changed on the landscape recently, that's hardly true for decades past. These vintage shots show not only how courses like Firestone that we know and love (to watch on TV) looked years ago but also some courses that have closed and some golfers, amateur and otherwise, who duffed it around Northeast Ohio.

All photos and captions courtesy the Cleveland Memory Project.

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Spectators and participants in the 1933 Womens' City Golf Championship, held at the Country Club in Pepper Pike. "Monday afternoon in fourth day of annual city golf club tournament for Women's Golf Championship, July 26, 1933."  --photo verso.  The tournament was won by Edith Begg of the Canterbury Golf Club.
Spectators and participants in the 1933 Womens' City Golf Championship, held at the Country Club in Pepper Pike. "Monday afternoon in fourth day of annual city golf club tournament for Women's Golf Championship, July 26, 1933." --photo verso. The tournament was won by Edith Begg of the Canterbury Golf Club.
"Ambassador West Golf Studio. 11901 Berea Road, Cleveland, Ohio. Phone 941-4449. Eighteen hole golf course - Driving nets - private and class lessons - Golf supplies - Open year around."--card verso.
"Ambassador West Golf Studio. 11901 Berea Road, Cleveland, Ohio. Phone 941-4449. Eighteen hole golf course - Driving nets - private and class lessons - Golf supplies - Open year around."--card verso.
"Tire kings and future tire kings out for a round of winter golf, on the Miami Beach Bayshore Golf course. Left to right: Leonard Firestone, Harvey S. Firestone Jr., Harvey Sr., Raymond Firestone and J. W. Thomas; vice president of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company." -- photo caption, 1927.
"Tire kings and future tire kings out for a round of winter golf, on the Miami Beach Bayshore Golf course. Left to right: Leonard Firestone, Harvey S. Firestone Jr., Harvey Sr., Raymond Firestone and J. W. Thomas; vice president of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company." -- photo caption, 1927.
"Golf practice helped these steel strikers pass the time of day as they stood picket duty at the W. Third Street entrance to Republic Steel Corp. blast furnace plant." -photo verso, 1959.
"Golf practice helped these steel strikers pass the time of day as they stood picket duty at the W. Third Street entrance to Republic Steel Corp. blast furnace plant." -photo verso, 1959.
"Geneva-on-the-Lake - Golf pro Harry Orsuto instructs Mrs. Jeanette Catano, watching - Mrs. Dorothy Pasqualone, " Bernice Volpone - Geneva-on-the-Lake - General" - photo verso, 1961.
"Geneva-on-the-Lake - Golf pro Harry Orsuto instructs Mrs. Jeanette Catano, watching - Mrs. Dorothy Pasqualone, " Bernice Volpone - Geneva-on-the-Lake - General" - photo verso, 1961.
Lithograph by artist H. C. Summersett of Brecksville Golf Course Club House, Brecksville, Ohio.
Lithograph by artist H. C. Summersett of Brecksville Golf Course Club House, Brecksville, Ohio.
Photo shows the Tudor Revival Euclid Golf Club clubhouse which  was constructed around 1900.  A circular driveway lined with  small trees is shown to the right of the clubhouse as is a  flagpole flying the American flag.  Written at the bottom of the  front of the postcard is, "I often wonder how you and -- Donald  S. are enjoying life and each other's society.  J. G. A."  2510-2568 Derbyshire Road, Cleveland Heights, OH
The back of the postcard reads "POSTCARD;  D 1866a, The Rotograph Co., N.Y., City. (Germany);  SOL-ART PRINTS; The R CO.; Photo.  only, Copyright 1905 by the Rotograph Co."  A one cent postage  stamp is postmarked March 14, 1910.  The card is addressed to  Mrs. John Morrison in Napoleon, Ohio.
Photo shows the Tudor Revival Euclid Golf Club clubhouse which was constructed around 1900. A circular driveway lined with small trees is shown to the right of the clubhouse as is a flagpole flying the American flag. Written at the bottom of the front of the postcard is, "I often wonder how you and -- Donald S. are enjoying life and each other's society. J. G. A." 2510-2568 Derbyshire Road, Cleveland Heights, OH The back of the postcard reads "POSTCARD; D 1866a, The Rotograph Co., N.Y., City. (Germany); SOL-ART PRINTS; The R CO.; Photo. only, Copyright 1905 by the Rotograph Co." A one cent postage stamp is postmarked March 14, 1910. The card is addressed to Mrs. John Morrison in Napoleon, Ohio.
Postcard of the Aquamarine Resort & Country Club Golf Course, 1970s to 1980s
Postcard of the Aquamarine Resort & Country Club Golf Course, 1970s to 1980s
The layout of the Country Club golf course in Pepper Pike, host of the 1935 National Amateur Tournament.  Photo is marked by Press staffers for publication, showing the location of each of the courses's 18 holes, including the distance from tee to cup.
The layout of the Country Club golf course in Pepper Pike, host of the 1935 National Amateur Tournament. Photo is marked by Press staffers for publication, showing the location of each of the courses's 18 holes, including the distance from tee to cup.
"Orange Village, Ohio: Cleveland Mayor Ralph Locher [right] gets a tip from Ed Furgol, one of the pros participating in the Cleveland Open Pro-Am tournament here today."  --photo caption, 1963.  The tournament was won by the team of amateur Mason Rudolph and pro golfer Jack Nicklaus.
"Orange Village, Ohio: Cleveland Mayor Ralph Locher [right] gets a tip from Ed Furgol, one of the pros participating in the Cleveland Open Pro-Am tournament here today." --photo caption, 1963. The tournament was won by the team of amateur Mason Rudolph and pro golfer Jack Nicklaus.