London and Area Golf History February 9, 2017

Let’s start with the City of London golf courses. As far as I know, Moe never visited River Road.
In 1956 Moe won the Thames Valley Invitational the year before he turned professional. He shot a 64 in a competitive round which many people [myself included] still consider the course record. There have been so many changes to the Thames Valley layout and so many different sets of tees that it is hard to compare rounds.
Moe played in the Ontario P.G.A. at Fanshawe Traditional in 1975 and shot 67,66 to finish one shot behind Herb Holscheiter who shot 66,66. He also hit one of the most memorable shots that I have ever seen, spinning back a wedge from the back fringe and into the cup for an eagle 3 on the present #13 Traditional. I followed Moe for 9 holes in the 1987 PGA Spring Open but he did not win that tournament.
As far as other London courses go, I remember Moe hitting balls down the first fairway @ Highland after the Labatt Amateur but by far Moe was most comfortable at East Park. The East Park driving range was a magnet for Moe but I think he felt most comfortable with the golfers and staff there. I am busy putting together information to add East Park to our list and I understand that there may be an East Park scorecard with Moe’s name on it. I will also check for photos.

13 Comments

  1. If you talk to Bruce Atkins I know Moe played Echo Valley with Bruce many times. Once behind me and a few buddies.. He played 2 balls every hole and they always landed close to each other..

  2. What are the current course records for all the city courses Fanshawe Rivier Road and Thames ??

  3. Does anyone have the recording off Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf from 68? I checked You Tube but nothing came up. If someone has the tape, could we find a way to get it uploaded?

  4. Surely there must be a tape of the 1968 Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf episode. The Golf Channel aired a match from 1968 around Christmas and I tried to contact them with no success so far. I would assume they have the rights to all of the tapes for that year……..if not all the years. I have heard that the London Hunt Club has a copy but I have not been able to confirm that.
    I have seen all of the promotional parts about London and its “Fortnight Festival” which I think may have only lasted two years. I can guarantee that this video would be great entertainment for all London and area golfers with Arnie, big crowds and an exciting finish where Dan Sikes had a chance to tie Ben Arda but left his birdie putt short on #18 green.

  5. Good job John. Info on the Fairmont Golf Course would be great to see. We lived next door to Harold Parker.

  6. Thanks Dan. I am still confident that we will be able to find plenty of information on Fairmont Golf Club. Surely we can get a scorecard or a layout diagram at the very least. Yes Harold Parker was one of the best members ever. Used to walk all winter at River Road and collect every can, bottle and tidbit of paper that had been discarded in the rough that summer. He was the one who informed Mike, Fred and I that Fairmont Golf Course ever existed.

  7. Would like to see something on Maple Ridge, Rick Rickards or Mike Killkenny could help. Rick’s father in law, Angus Jaynes designed and built it. both nines then sold it to Jack Gurd.

  8. Hi Dirk, Yes we would be happy to include Maple Ridge. It can be part of the next group which will hopefully include East Park and the former course at the Elsie Perrin Williams Estate.

  9. I’ve been a member since I was a kid, started in 1997 stopped playing for a while and then picked it up again and have been active since 2004. I’ve heard a lot of history about my home course(Thames) from some super seniors and some long standing members that have played the valley for decades. I’d love to see this project come to fruition, it means a lot for golf and it means a lot for local history, good luck.

  10. Thanks Alex, we have lots more info on Thames Valley that we will post soon.

  11. Did u just call me a super senior?

  12. I had a complete set of hickory shaft clubs, with hand made heads that were made for my Mom by John Innis about 1925. I gave them to the Club Professional around 1990.

  13. Thanks for your comment John. I will talk to Fred Kern about the clubs

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