Rochester Golf & Country Club—Celebrating a Century (2016)
Printing: Johnson Printing, Book Design: Emily Benike, Editing: Marjorie Toensing
Located two miles west of the heart of downtown, Rochester Golf and Country Club celebrated its one-hundredth anniversary in 2016. Many of the world’s best golfers, including Gene Sarazen, Walter Hagen, Patti Berg, Byron Nelson, and Arnold Palmer, to name a few, have played this classic A.W. Tillinghast–designed course. This coffee table book contains photos and stories of the club’s history.
From Bob Moore, RGCC member from 1971 to 2000: Our club golf professionals also provided us with memorable stories, several that involved Wendell Pittenger. I remember a Sunday in the 1980s when my parents golfed with me at the club. Dad took a caddy. We waited to tee off on No. 1. As we waited again to tee off on No. 2 (there was a backup on No. 3), Dad sent his caddy off to forecaddie for him on the right side. We waited and waited and finally teed off. When we reached Dad’s ball, his bag was nearby but his caddy was nowhere to be seen and never reappeared. In the clubhouse after the round, Dad said to Wendell Pittenger, “Wendell, we have a big problem here. Your caddy disappeared on me on the second hole.”
Wendell said, “Oh my gosh, Mr. Moore. Don’t tell me you lost your caddy; they are hard to recruit. We’re going to have to charge you extra for that.” To this day, I have a pair of beer glasses on which is inscribed the newspaper headline “Bob Moore loses caddy in rough.”
Another day, a club member was complaining to Wendell about the cost of golf shirts. “Wendell, I don’t understand why all of your shirts in the pro shop are $90. I don’t see why you can’t sell $35 shirts.”
Wendell came back with “Well, I do. I just charge $90 for them.”