I recently found this 1950 clipping about the new Rice mandatory PE program for girls. (There’s nothing to indicate which newspaper this appeared in but it feels like the Post to me.) It was pasted into one of the literary society scrapbooks and it’s extremely interesting. You really should read it:
I hardly know where to begin. Coed recreational swimming! Periodical physical examinations! Sterilized gym clothes! It would take months for a competent social historian to unpack all this material.
So let’s just focus on what I do best instead. Here’s the photo that accompanied the article:
Did you read that caption?? Where was the Rice golf course? I’ve heard whispers and rumors for years that there were once a couple (or a few?) golf holes laid out on campus but this is the first time I’ve ever actually seen anything that suggests it was true. Anyone know anything about this? Maybe where the holes were located?
Coincidentally I got fitted for new clubs this morning.
UPDATE: I just noticed something. See the shrubs in the background? Those can only be the hedge that ran from the dorms over to the old stadium So look at this aerial, taken July 3, 1956:
The hedge I mean is the long diagonal on the right. I think that’s where they were, on one side or the other of that small softball field. Might that be a rough green right in the corner behind West Hall?
Bonus: Engineers need love too. Or so they would have us believe.