Mayflower CC
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Mayflower CC
The story of the first Thanksgiving started when the first settlers crossed the Atlantic Ocean and signed up to join the Mayflower Country Club, named after one of their trusty ships.
Mayflower CC
Plymouth CC: #4
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Plymouth CC: #4
The first New England settlers journeyed long and far, and when they reached American soil they decided to settle at Plymouth Country Club
Plymouth CC
Pilgrim's Run GC: #17
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Pilgrim's Run GC: #17
They became known as Pilgrims, and they tamed the land and developed Pilgrim’s Run Golf Club
Pilgrim's Run GC
Wampanoag CC
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Wampanoag CC
Meanwhile, the people who lived closed to the Pilgrims, the Wampanoag tribe, had long made their home at Wampanoag Country Club
Wampanoag CC
Indian Wells Golf Resort
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Indian Wells Golf Resort
The Wampanoags were among the original inhabitants of the continent. All of these peoples lived in a boundless paradise they called Indian Wells Golf Resort Indian Wells Golf Resort
Harmony Golf Preserve
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Harmony Golf Preserve
The Pilgrims and the Wampanoag’s had good relations, and met each other regularly at Harmony Golf Preserve.
Rich Harvest Farms - Links: #3
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Rich Harvest Farms - Links: #3
In late fall of that first year, both the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags enjoyed the bountiful fruits of the land at Rich Harvest Farms.
Rich Harvest Farms
GC at Thanksgiving Point
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GC at Thanksgiving Point
The Pilgrims and the Wampanoags came together to give thanks for the harvest as they celebrated with a great feast at the Golf Club at Thanksgiving Point. GC at Thanksgiving Point
Wild Turkey Trace GC
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Wild Turkey Trace GC
The featured food of this Thanksgiving feast was prepared from the plump turkeys of Wild Turkey Trace Golf Club
Curacao Golf & Squash Club
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Curacao Golf & Squash Club
Ripe squash was also served, produced from seeds that were first cultivated on a distant island at Curacao Golf & Squash Club
Curacao Golf & Squash Club
Cranberry Valley GC: #13
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Cranberry Valley GC: #13
Of course, the cranberry sauce came from the Cranberry Valley Golf Course Cranberry Valley GC
Apple Greens GC
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Apple Greens GC
And everyone wanted more of the apple sauce made at Apple Greens Golf Course
Apple Greens GC
Pumpkin Vine GC: #14
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Pumpkin Vine GC: #14
The prized desert of the first Thanksgiving dinner was pumpkin pie from Pumpkin Vine Golf Club
Pumpkin Vine GC
The Course at Wente Vineyards
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The Course at Wente Vineyards
Everyone washed down their food at this feast with rich red wine from The Course at Wente Vineyards
The Course at Wente Vineyards
Cowboys GC: #17
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Cowboys GC: #17
At the first Thanksgiving feast, they even managed to celebrate American football at Cowboys Golf Club.
Tobacco Road - no. 14
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Tobacco Road - no. 14
Before the night was done, the Wampanoags brought out the peace pipe and everyone smoked the aromatic tobacco from Tobacco Road Golf Club with pledges of continued harmony.
Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Sleepy Hollow - 2nd green
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Sleepy Hollow Country Club - second green
It was a glorious night, and everyone went home happy for a sound slumber at Sleepy Hollow Country Club, but not before vowing to celebrate the feast of Thanksgiving every year. The End.
Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
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A golfer's rendition of the first Thanksgiving

Golf courses around the country whose names were inspired by the landing of the Mayflower.

As we come together with family and friends this holiday season to count our blessings and celebrate Thanksgiving, it's only fitting to take a moment to reflect on the true meaning of this favorite night of feasting. What better way than to look back on the first Thanksgiving?

And so, in the tradition of gathering ‘round the fire to listen to a tale, please enjoy this look at the first Thanksgiving as told with a nod to the golf courses that may have been involved when the first Pilgrims and their Indian neighbors gathered on that glorious Thursday night in late November in 1621.

Bill Irwin has been the managing editor of Golf Odyssey for nearly twenty years. During that time he has written hundreds of golf travel stories for the publication at destinations all over the world. For most of his assignments he has traveled anonymously and unannounced. A graduate of Cornell University and the University of Virginia, he earned a PhD in American History with a focus on the history of tourist destinations and has written books about Niagara Falls and the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
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