In honor of the MSGA celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, we are proud to announce the release of a book to commemorate the occasion, The Game Has Come to Stay: The Evolution of the Maine State Golf AssociationThis full-color book chronicles not only the storied 100 year history of the MSGA, but traces the history of the game back to its origins in 1894 when golf first came to the Pine Tree State. The Game Has Come to Stay is lavishly illustrated with photographs and postcards from golf's earliest days to the present, showcasing both the golf courses and the players that have made the game's history in Maine so complete.

 

 

 

 

 

The Game Has Come to Stay chronicles the changes in golf in the Maine over the years, all while incorporating the history of Maine and the United States into the story, showing how major events like the World Wars affected the game in many ways. The fascinating history of the game in the state is further enhanced by the wonderful collection of photographs that grace the pages of the book. The book features photographs of the beautiful courses that cover the state, from the mountains to the oceans and everywhere  in between.

 

 

An early view of the 16th hole at Kebo Valley GC

Courtesy of David Cummings

 

No golf enthusiast's library will be complete without this book. The Game Has Come to Stay has the perfect blend of history and insight into the rich history that Maine has with golf. In addition to the wide-ranging selection of timeless photographs, the book describes some of the most important people in Maine golf history. From U.S. presidents to lifelong amateurs, Maine is rich in golf history that has invariably been shaped by the people that play the game here. 

 

 

Early play at Lake Kezar CC

Courtesy of the Lovell Historical Society

 

 

The MSGA is proud to be celebrating our centennial this year and this book wonderfully showcases the great history of golf in Maine. Don't miss your chance to get a piece of Maine golf history. These commemorative books are available for purchase for only $40, including shipping! Click the banner below to order your copy now.

 

Click here to read an interview with MSGA Secretary Michael Moore, who conducted some of the research for this book. The is the featured interview for May, and appears on Golf Club Atlas, a website devoted to golf course architecture.