Final Round of Golf
RIVER GOLF CLUB
Routes 28/30, Indian Lake, Opens Memorial Day; closes Columbus
Star Lake we drove down to Indian Lake to Cedar River Golf Cub,
which proved to be an even more splendid nine-holer. The track
was built in 1932 by three local men, including Dr. Hubert Carroll,
on property owned by another physician, Dr. Carol Goulet, who
also owned the adjacent Cedar River House.
1947 Dr. Goulet sold the inn and the course to Dewey Brown, who
is described thus in Peter Martin's Adirondack Golf Courses...
Past and Present: "Dewey was a black man who had learned
the game as a caddie in New Jersey. He was to golfing what Jackie
Robinson was to major league baseball: a black pioneer in a white
world, a superb athlete, a sportsman and a gentleman. He was one
of the first black members of the PGA, if not the first. He has
been described by sportswriters as the 'Knight of the Fairways'
because he was one of God's great gentlemen and sincerity was
his trademark." Brown was also a renowned club-maker who
crafted a set for President Harding. After he retired, in 1972,
he gave the place to his son, who sold it four years later to
Robert Below, a golf professional. In 1976 the hotel was bulldozed
and the course lay dormant.
present owners are Peter and Anna Lou Goldblatt. "Dewey brought
the course up to standard," Peter Goldblatt told us, "and
was admired as a gentleman and a gentle man. He taught not only
the swing, but the rules and the courtesy. When we bought the
course in 1986, the grass was waist-high and the grass on the
greens was dead, so we cut off the greens with a sod-cutter and
described the layout modestly as a "natural little golf course
laid out to follow the river." In fact it is a gem. Number
one is a nice 320-yarder over a dip; the second hole is a beautiful
dogleg left, with the river along the right, winding through the
middle of the course, waiting to receive a slice. The greens are
lightening fast by Adirondack standards. At the end of number
three you gaze at pristine wilderness across the river. Only the
Links (formerly the Lower) course at the Lake Placid Resort compares
for scenery, but this is much wilder. The river frames the third
green on three sides, then it snakes around so on the 155-yard
number four it's hooking and pulling you have to worry about.
could be the best Adirondack nine-hole course of all," Ben
enthused, and we all agreed that it was definitely up there. Vista-wise,
it was the most pure Adirondack track of the summer. The last
hole required a near vertical pitch of maybe fifty feet, and is
one of the Adirondacks' great elevated finishing holes, on par
with those of the Lake Placid Mountain Course and the Barracks.
After the round we made a pilgrimage to Dewey Brown's grave, which
was right down the road. The headstone read "Dewey Brown