Sunday, March 29: "Tee Time in Tacoma"

Tacoma History Museum

By Ron Swarner on March 23, 2015

When I'm dead and gone, I hope to be incinerated and have my ashes scattered in a greenside bunker on whatever my favorite golf course is at the time. Then, whenever someone's ball lands in the bunker and he or she has to blast out of it, it's possible that a little part of us will be "on the green" - where I eternally yearn to be. In the meantime, I will check out the Tacoma Historical Society's "Tee Time in Tacoma" exhibit during a public reception Sunday afternoon at their Tacoma History Museum. Dr. Jerry Ramsey and Richard Sims pitched the idea about a year ago to coincide with the U.S Open Tournament. Historical Society president Bill Baarsma, treasurer Deb Freedman, curator Janine Greco and a host of volunteers worked together to develop the story and displays, with emphasis on the Tacoma Country and Golf Club, which was founded in 1894 as the first golf club west of the Mississippi and only the fourth one in the nation.  It was also the site of the first international tournament in North America. The exhibit will celebrate its grand opening April 1 with a look at the history of golf as it developed in Tacoma from 1894 to 1945 - 50 years of some credible accomplishments and a number of "firsts," unlike my golf game.

"TEE TIME IN TACOMA," 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, reception 2-4 p.m. March 29, Tacoma History Museum, 919 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, free admission, 253.472.3738