The Twaalfskill Club
Kingston, NY 12401
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June 22, 1905: “ As pretty a sight as has been seen in this city in many a day that at the Twaalfskill links at nine o’clock this morning when the fourth annual tournament of the Hudson River Golf Association began on top of the hill. The beautiful new club house was open for the first time, and with its picturesque lines and fine interior captivated the large crowd of golfers who gathered to contest for the blue ribbon of the association, the championship cup and the various other cups and medals offered by the members of the association and its friends. The morning mists hung over the links but did not deter the fifty or more young, athletic men in the most negligee of costumes from entering upon the play with all the ardor of the enthusiastic golfer. The caddies in the foreground looked like a swarm of bees as they clustered together two hundred yards in front of the first tee, waiting for the drive-off. Judge Clearwater, the president of the club, came up from the Rutgers commencement late last night and was at the clubhouse t welcome the clubs guests. With him were Frank Coykendall, the efficient treasurer of the club, to whom have been entrusted the important details of the tournament; Charles DeLaVergne, the clubs secretary, and Frank D. Dewey and Judge VanEtten of the grounds committee
The visiting golfers were enthusiastic in their praise of th club house and its furnishings of dark red rugs and dark green rattan furniture, a full description of all which will appear in a future number of The Freeman. One of the ladies present said it was a dirty shame to let so many men with dirty boots tramp over the handsome floors. The president of the Twaalfskil Club laughed and said the floors were made to be walked on. Augustus Hayes acted as scorer, and his table on the ladies’ putting green was constantly surrounded by a shifting crowd, who carefully observed the strict ettiquette of the golf links, and never commented about a drive except vigorously to applaud a fine one by a heart hand clapping. An improvised restaurant has been made upon the broad veranda of the club house, where at 1 o’clock every day of the tournament a luncheon will be served to the contestants. The governors of the Twaalfskill Club have been somewhat embarrassed in finding quarters for th evisiting delegations from ther clubs, owing to the crowded conditions of the hotels resulted from the circuit races, but they have succeeded in making every visitor here at least comfortable. “ (excerpt from Kingston Daily Freeman, vol. 29, June 22, 190, p.6)