History

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History of Civilization Fireplace

Quaker Hill Country Club has a rich history that began with our founder Lowell Thomas. Lowell Thomas, author, explorer, world adventurer and chronicler, war correspondent and radio commentator moved to Pawling, New York with his wife Francis in 1926. In the late 1930ʼs Lowell Thomas purchased an old dairy barn and property to use as a community center. Touring the property one day with his friend and world famous golfer Eugene (Gene) Sarazen the idea of a golf course was born. They contacted another friend, renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. who designed our acclaimed golf course.

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Lowell Thomas - The Happy Golfer!

Quaker Hill Country Club was opened on May 30, 1941. Attending the ceremony with Lowell and his family and playing the inaugural round were golf professionals Gene Sarazen, Patty Berg, Jimmy Demaret and Helen Dettweiler. Since then Quaker Hill Country Club has hosted Presidents and world leaders, radio broadcasts, historical events, as well as tournaments and grand parties. At Quaker Hill Country Club history abounds from our great golf course to our beautiful converted dairy barn. Memorabilia and photographs fill the club house. The centerpiece of our barn is our grand “History of Civilization” fireplace containing artifacts from around the world detailing the history of mankind.