Wilshire Country Club


On October 20, 1919, Mr. G. Allen Hancock leased a large tract of his land to the Wilshire Country Club with an option to purchase at $1,250 per acre and on the condition that the property be maintained as a golf club until 1950. The first officers of the club were Marion R. Gray, President; Charles E. Toberman, Vice-President; George G. Greenwood, Treasurer; and Thomas G. Bundy, Secretary. The main clubhouse was built in 1920 on the northwest corner of Rossmore Avenue and Beverly Boulevard. At the time, it was the firs of numerous country clubhouses in Southern California to embody the mission style of design which is distinctive of California architecture. It was in this clubhouse that an orchestra lead by Dick Alter with Paul Whiteman at the violin, played "Do You Ever Think Of Me?" Six years later, on May 28, 1926, G. Allen Hancock relinquished all interest in the property to the club. The old clubhouse was redecorated five times before it was torn down in 1970 and replace by a 50,000 square foot structure. The irregular-shaped 105 acres of the Wilshire Country Club is bounded by Melrose Ave, on the north, Rossmore Ave. on the east, Third St. on the south and Hudson Ave. and June St. on the west. During the depression years, many people had to give up their memberships, but the club managed to survive that difficult time. The caliber of members, which reads like a Who's Who of Los Angeles, has remained the same throughout the years. A few years after the depression, the female membership, once noted mainly for giving parties, began taking more and more to the game of golf. Today, both men and women can be seen on the fairways and greens of this fine club

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Groundbreaking of the Wilshire Country Club
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Groundbreaking of the Wilshire Country Club.
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Some founding members of Wilshire C.C.  C.E. Toberman is 4th from left (standing)
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Aerial photo of Wilshire Country Club
Wilshire Country ClubGroundbreaking of the Wilshire Country Club
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Wilshire Country ClubGroundbreaking of the Wilshire Country Club.
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1920
Wilshire Country ClubSome founding members of Wilshire C.C. C.E. Toberman is 4th from left (standing)
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1920
Wilshire Country ClubAerial photo of Wilshire Country Club
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