Creating a unique Victorian golf experience through restoration and preservation
The 1887 Project is a historic golf course renovation initiative formed in 2021 by a group of committed volunteers known as The Foxburg Golf Preservation. The group’s main goal is to address the course needs and to preserve the historic, recreational, economic, health, social and environmental benefits of the oldest golf course in continuous operation in the United States.
Foxburg Country Club traces its rich history all the way back to Scotland’s St. Andrews and the world’s official Home of Golf. But, as a result of economic conditions, Foxburg has simply not been able to sustain consistent investment in the course’s historic Victorian design, its infrastructure, personnel, equipment or promotion.
The Foxburg golf course was granted status by the Department of the Interior’s National Registry of Historic Places in 2007 and houses artifacts from the American Golf Museum. A revived, healthy golf course will preserve this national landmark, enhance the golf experience, expand regional opportunities and serve youth, veterans, and disabled golfers.
The 1887 Project has retained Ron Forse of Forse Golf Design, a leading national golf course historian and architect to provide a master plan for a Foxburg golf revitalization.
We Need Your Help!
YOUR PARTICIPATION IS ESSENTIAL
Golf has been played at Foxburg for the last 135 years. With your investment, the 1887 Project will be preserving an important piece of Victorian golf history and building a prosperous and sustainable future.
Specific funding priorities include:
Course Restoration and Improvement. Restoration of nine greens, 19 individual tee boxes, nine fairways, plus additional architectural features over 40 acres of playing surface. ($800,000 to $1,000,000).
Replacement of existing irrigation system, including new water storage tank, pumps, distribution lines and automated master control system. ($60,000 to $100,000)
Maintenance facility improvements and equipment upgrades. Specific needs include a larger facility, more modern and reliable turf equipment such as fairway mowers, greens mowers, aeration equipment and a sprayer. ($200,000)
Endowment. Future support for youth, veteran and disabled golfer programming, equipment, technology and personnel. ($1,000,000)
This can’t be done by anyone of us alone. It will be done by all of us working together.
FOXBURG COUNTRY CLUB
A small club house was built around the turn of the century in the grove of trees behind what at the time was the first hole. In 1941 the club purchased the summer home of the Grange family, which was constructed in 1912, to use as the clubhouse. The clubhouse has served the club since that purchase.
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