This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
Lee Brandenburg


Clubs: Spyglass Hill Founders Club (one of only 10 original members), La Rinconada CC Family: Wife, Diane (60+ years), three sons and one daughter, four grandkids and two great grandkids Occupation: Founding partner, Bran- denburg Properties, a real estate development fi rm that helped in the creation of San Juan Oaks, Wild Wings GC and Cinnabar Hills.


L


ee Brandenburg might be one of golf’s greatest raconteurs and collectors. The San Jose State alum has a lifetime of memories and arti- facts on display at the Brandenburg Historical Golf Museum located at Cinnabar Hills GC. Items such as rep- licas of major championship trophies, Walter Hagen’s Ryder Cup captain’s jacket, vintage balls and clubs, books and memorabilia dating to 1895 are displayed throughout the clubhouse.


Favorite memory: I snuck on Augusta National and somehow got to meet President Eisenhower 10 days after his election. I was a second lieutenant stationed at Camp Gordon in Augusta and had stopped by just to see the course. I’m lucky enough to now own Eisenhower’s original Augusta jacket.


Development philosophy: When you’re going to develop a golf course, you have to ask yourself one question—is there water? Without that you’ve got nothing. Then you have to fi nd the “Catch 22” of the project— what could stop it.


Pebble Beach connection: I fi rst played Pebble Beach in 1947. I used to play very early; we’d fi nd the ball by following the trail of dew. I got to play in the Crosby Pro-Am for six years, one year fi lling in for the actor George C. Scott (“Patton”).


On creating the museum: The motivation to create the museum came from knowing a lot of profes- sional golfers who gave me stuff through the years and collecting a lot of memorabilia. (Brandenburg has met and/or played with golfers and celebrities such as Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen, Arnold Palmer, Bob Hope and Michael Jordan, among many others).


Favorite piece in the museum: Tony Jacklin’s wood marquetry of me. Marquetry is a hobby of Tony’s. Also, the Eisenhower jacket and the wedge that Ken Venturi hit into the fi nal hole at Congressional the year he won the U.S. Open.


60 / NCGA.ORG / SPRING 2012


MEMBER SPOTLIGHT


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84