Portfolio Naples October 2017 - Page 42

Shell Landing In 1913, Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States, spent his Christmas holidays on the Coast playing the Oaks #1 course every day except Sunday and was photographed in front of the original club- house swinging a club. Land north of the L & N Railroad was acquired in 1921 by the owners, the Stewart family of Gulfport, to make room for an additional nine holes. By 1922 they were completed. e course soon became 40 PORTFOLIO MAGAZINE known nationwide, at- tracting such golfing greats as Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen, Jock Hutchinson, and Henry Cotton. In the early 1940’s, the course became a stop for golfing legends Sam Snead, Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan on a Southeastern states tour which pre-dated the official PGA tour. In 1944, Harold “Jug” McFadden won the Gulf Coast invitational. In the 1945 Gulf Coast Invitational,