The scene at The VinnyLinks at Shelby Park on Saturday caused pedestrians and drivers to do a double take as twenty-two teams, all dressed up in attire from the turn of the century, competed in the first Hickory Golf Club Classic,.
The Hickory Golf Club Classic was created by the Tennessee Golf Foundation, with the two-man teams playing 9 holes of alternate shot and 9 holes of best ball format, using four wooden shafted clubs and gutta percha balls. The golfing clock was turned back some 120 years and the 44 players used the original 13 Rules of Golf to play the 1100+ yard, par-28 VinnyLinks course.
"One of the most interesting features of the day was the comments made by the players regarding the vast difference in technology and how the golf equipment has changed over 100 years," stated Dick Horton, TGF President. "The players were somewhat surprised at how well they could shoot using the hickory clubs and playing by the original 13 Rules of Golf."
All participants dressed in the time period of the late 1800