LAST MONTH before social distancing was the order of the day, l-r, Chuck Thomas, Sonya Porter and Mark Bradley spent an afternoon sorting through old photographs and scrapbooks shared with the group by members and former members of what is now Tired Creek Golf Course. Historic photos and memorabilia dating back to 1960 is being solicited.
A campaign has been launched in an effort to collect old photos documenting the history of Cairo’s local golf course, and the public’s help is needed.
Spearheaded by Cairo businessman Chuck Thomas, a small working committee including Sonya Porter and Mark Bradley is attempting to locate photographs depicting the history of the former Cairo Country Club, now Tired Creek Golf Course.
“We realize that some families who had relatives who were involved in the course or may still be, could possibly have some photos to share. We are looking to scan the photographs and have a select number framed or enlarged to be displayed on the walls of the clubhouse,” Thomas said.
A number of people have shared their scrapbooks and photo collections with the group, but Thomas and his committee say they would like to involve as many people as possible in this project.
“We have a good start and some wonderful photos, but we would like more if they are available,” Thomas said.
The committee is asking local residents to assist by going through their collections or notifying others who may have photos to share and get in contact with the group.
Thomas said he hopes by issuing an open invitation a greater response to the solicitation will be realized.
“This is truly a community institution, and we want to record the history of the club as best we can,” Thomas said.
Anyone who has photos or memorabilia regarding the golf course may contact Thomas at 229-377-3652 or Sonya Porter at 229-377-4518.
Cairo Country Club was founded in 1960 originally as a nine-hole golf course, but quickly expanded to an 18-hole championship golf course.
Thomas has also recently spearheaded a capital campaign that has been deemed highly successful and attracted widespread community support and financial contributions to the continued health of the community’s recreational showpiece.