Courtesy of Tom Moreland
|Mr. Moreland contributed the photo above and the information and anecdote below. Do you remember Rolling Knolls golf course? E-mail us your memories.
"Dad [Earl Wesley Moreland] told me a story about caddying there. It was a really coveted job because a boy could make pretty good money from tips. In order to keep down the number of those applying to be caddy, there was an unwritten rule. In order to be accepted, a boy had to run the gauntlet of existing caddies. All the caddies would get a big switch and line up facing each other. The "applicant" had to run down the middle of the two lines and each caddy would take his best shot with the switch. Dad told me this certainly kept down the number of aspiring caddies."
Tom Moreland also has informed fortsmithhistory.com that he believes the plot of land shown above along North O Street is all that remains of the course and it is about to be relandscaped.
Bob Davenport remembers the land as being purchased by Miss Ed Louise Ballman sometime in the 1950s. There was a clubhouse at Rolling Knolls and in the early 1950s and Bob remembers Preston Tucker showed his car there when he was trying to get his auto manufacturing company off the ground.
From Dusty Helbling:
I just saw the article in today's paper about this site and the Historical Society. I found the memories of a Caddy interesting and remember what they used to call the belt line, which was the same thing, but they were not very gentle in swinging their belts when they ran through! My father was the first golf pro at Rolling Knolls when it opened in 1932 and was there until 1941. I I was born in 1934, living upstairs in the club house until we left for Fort Worth, Texas, in 1942.