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The Golf Shrine (New) (Snowmass)

This page is about what is called on this site the "New" Golf Shrine, which is the Golf Shrine that came into existence on Snowmass in November of 2018.  Many thanks to the extraordinary Vega Brhely for finding the new Golf Shrine, and then telling me its location.   

There is another page on this site that is about what is called the "Old" Golf Shrine, which is a Golf Shrine that came into existence on Snowmass in February of 2007, was torn out by the Snowmass Ski Patrol in February of 2017, was rebuilt, and then was torn out again when in the summer of 2018 the Ski Company put in a bike path that ran right down the middle of where it had been located.  This Old Golf Shrine was located on the right side of the Bear Bottom run, near the spot where the Gunner's View run intersected it.  The New Golf Shrine is located at a different location than the Old Golf shrine.   This is the link to the page on this site for the Old Golf Shrine:   

The new Golf Shrine consists of 7 trees which contain photos of deceased golfers, as follows, in clockwise order.

Tree 1:  Byron Nelson

Tree 2:  Ben Hogan

Tree 3:  Arnold Palmer

Tree 4:  Bobby Jones

Tree 5:  Harry Vardon

Tree 6:  Sam Snead

Tree 7:  Nine different golfers--Payne Stewart, Gene Sarazen, Francis Ouimet, Billy Casper, James Braid, Tommy Armour, Old and Young Tom Morris, and Henry Cotton.

The Shrine also appears to have in it the green and white street sign that was in the old Golf Shrine.

Photos of the New Golf Shrine, taken in the November 2018 to April 2019 time period, are in the photo section immediately below.  Click on images to enlarge.  Also see more material beneath the photo section.


Internationally famous ski writer Louise Hudson visited the new Golf Shrine, with her husband Simon, on February 5, 2019.  They were among the first visitors to this new Shrine.  She had this to say about it:  "None of the shrines are obvious from the slopes – indeed they are discreetly designed to evade the human eye not least because they are technically illegal under Forestry Service rules.  But one of the most cunningly concealed is in a closeted clearing which celebrates golf, Snowmass’s summer religion.  Supplicants have set up camping chairs to contemplate the careers of golfing greats such as Seve Ballesteros, Ben Hogan, Payne Stewart and Harry Vardon and, for the in-the-know, there’s also buried booty.  Ten-year whiskey, white wine and a couple of other quaffs are secreted in a snow-proof sack beneath the powder, ready for a toasting tribute to these seminal sportsmen - but only after each attendee has chosen an apposite golf quote to recite."  See this link:

For more on Louise, click this link:  

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