The honored tradition of Sunday golf was secured in New York when Benjamin Adams successfully defended himself after he was arrested for disturbing the “peace of the day” by playing golf on a Sunday at Saegkill Golf Club in 1901. At that time, it was illegal to play sports on Sundays.
Seeking a pay hike from 50 cents a bag to 75 cents, Siwanoy Golf Club caddies went on strike in 1914. Some beat up their replacements, and others stole golf balls and clubs. eventually most of the striking caddies returned to work— at the old rate.
The '70s and '80s were a dangerous time for golfers in NYC. It wasn't unusual for players to hit around abandoned cars, get mugged or worse. "We get a certain number of dead bodies," John DeMatteo, a driving force to clean up golf in the city, told The New York Times in 1985. "I try not to be the first one out on the courses in the morning."
New York City auction houses have brokered the sale of Andy Warhol's famous Jack Nicklaus painting (sold for $52,500 in 2012), Frank Sinatra's golf cart ($20,700 in 1995), and an original program from the first Masters Tournament ($12,650 in 1995).