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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 230
Mexico’s golf courses have endured some torrid times throughout a very storied history of the country’s involvement with the game. Indeed, the nation’s golf courses have been front and centre many times as Mexico descended into political upheaval. It’s hard to imagine now, but during the Mexican Revolution between 1910 and 1920, Mexico’s golf courses were theatres of war. 1899 US Open champion Willie Smith was enlisted during the revolution to create this weeks’ WGC venue, Club de Golf Chapultepec, while serving as the club professional at Mexico City Country Club. Club de Golf Chapultepec now lies in an affluent neighbourhood halfway between Mexico City and Naucalpan. But in the early 1900s Mexico’s golf courses could have been mistaken for the wild west, as rebels hell-bent on damage and destruction rode into town. In a 1953 article in the USGA Journal and Turf Management, six-time Mexican Amateur champion Percy Clifford chronicles Smith’s incredible story of survival when rebels raided the Mexico City Country Club, situated to the north-west of Club de Golf Chapultepec. “Willie remained at the Country Club all during the 1914-15 revolution, refusing to leave for safer quarters and risking his life for the Club he loved so much,” Clifford wrote. “The clubhouse was shelled and smashed by rebel troops. Armed bandits rode in on horseback, used the ballroom as a stable, ransacked the locker rooms, took the members’ belongings and used the wood to build bonfires at night.” “Defending troops on the river bank 1500 yards to the north brought up small artillery and shelled the club again, trying to oust the rebels. Willie hid in the cellar and, when found, was in critical condition.” THE TOUR DISTANCED ITSELF FROM THEN FUTURE PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP’S CONTINUED STANCE AGAINST MEXICANS AND STRIPPED HIS PRIZED COURSE – TRUMP NATIONAL DORAL – OF THE WGC-CADILLAC CHAMPIONSHIP.
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