PUT UP THOSE CLUBS! Order of Police to Golfers at Country Club.
Sunday golf playing at the Country club was brought to an end yesterday forenoon in a decidedly abrupt manner by the Brookline police.
For some weeks past it has been the custom of several members of the swell Brookline club to spend Sunday morning playing the game lately introduced into this country, and Brookline residents have objected. No complaint was made, and the objection consisted of more or less gossip among the residents who live in the neighborhood of the club. Yesterday morning the matter reached a climax when a prominent resident passed the club grounds on his way to church. The game was being played and several people were looking on.
Without entering any protest the church member in question—the name of whom the police decline to give—drove to the police station. He told Capt. Bowman that golf was being played on the Country club grounds, which was prohibited by the “Sunday law,” and requested him to take immediate steps to stop it.
Capt Bowman called up the club on the telephone, and informed the superintendent of the grounds that members of the club were violating a town ordinance, and told them to stop playing at once.
A few minutes later he received word that the game had been stopped and a voluntary statement that there would be no more playing.
Then Capt Bowman, bent on ascertaining if his orders had been complied with, detailed a couple of patrolmen dressed in citizens clothes to go to the club grounds and investigate. On returning they said that “everything around the club was as quiet as a church.”
In the meantime Capt Bowman was in communication with several of the directors of the club. He informed them that the “Sunday law” had been violated, that a complaint had been made to him, and obtained their word there would be no cause for action on his part.
Boston Daily Globe, November 5, 1894.