“Seven Oaks: A History of Golf at Colgate University” has been published by the Upstate Institute and the Colgate University Press, and is now available at the Colgate Bookstore. Compiled by local resident Jim Ford, “Seven Oaks” tells the story of the Colgate University golf course through newspaper articles, personal letters and notes, and information from the Colgate University Archives. With many historic photos and maps, the book presents the story of the course from 1916 to the present, and explores the history of golf in Hamilton.
Designed by legendary golf course designer Robert Trent Jones and universally regarded as one of the finest courses in New York State and one of the top collegiate courses in the nation, Seven Oaks Golf Course offers a challenge to golfers of all abilities and affords panoramic views of the surrounding hillside and the Colgate University campus.
Ford begins the story of the course with the opening of the Hamilton Golf Club at the top of the Colgate hill. The course was reconfigured, expanded and renamed in 1928, and new designs for the course in its present location were introduced in the 1930s, only to be put on hold by the Great Depression and World War II. The current 18-hole configuration as designed by Jones was finally completed in 1965.
“Seven Oaks” is available from the Colgate University Bookstore.