Snubbed millionaire's backyard course stumped legends, then disappeared (Chicago)

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Duffers and history buffs alike will get to follow in the footsteps of Bobby Jones and Bob Hope this weekend as they retrace a vanished golf course considered one of the best in the country in its day.

The beautifully manicured fairways of Mill Road Farm, built in the 1920s, were replaced by subdivisions after World War II. Last winter 30 Lake Forest College students used original plats and satellite images to flag about 10 holes.

"What we found more than greens and tees were bunkers," said Holly Swyers, an anthropology professor who led the expedition. "A lot of the bunkers were still there, overgrown but clearly in the same shape that they were on the map."

The course was the brainchild of Albert Lasker, head of Lord & Thomas, a now-defunct Chicago ad agency that was among the largest in the U.S. Lasker rubbed elbows with celebrities, helped launch commercial radio and bought a stake in the Chicago Cubs, according to the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society, which is hosting the tour Saturday as part of an exhibit on local golf history.

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