Something about this book helps envision what many early immigrants wanted for the golfing community. The visionaries wanted to create escape for men where they can escape the real world and rather enjoy time with their families. But the book also brings up that country clubs were exclusive for the Mere elite Social class, and Honestly if you look at many country clubs today this focus is rather still intact. Even though, golf became a very a popular sport for woman in 1990's the rules have not changed for some CC's. If we look at Butler CC in Oakbrook, IL we can still see that women are not allowed even on the grounds expect on terms of picking up their husband from the course. The courses started off in the Mid-Atlantic region (New york) and started pushing towards the west, this would include Chicago. Where many of the clubs that were first built, to now where hundreds and hundreds lay across the United States today.
The book also analyzes the effects on the economy, society and the effect it had on the world.
This book is a great secondary source, I'm doing my senior thesis on: Cog Hill Golf and CC and Its Never Ending Journey of Receiving a PGA Tournament. Where it goes very in-depth with the history of golf in America. The book also speaks about golf in the Chicago land area and it speaks of Frank Jemsek.
If you're a golfer or your a lover of sports, this book is great read.