From George F. Grant’s invention of the golf tee in 1899 to the dominance of superstar Tiger Woods in the 1990s, Game of Privilege: An African American History of Golf by Dr. Lane Demas challenges stereotypes and the fundamental story of race and golf in American culture.
This groundbreaking history of African Americans and golf explores race, class and public space in golf course development; stories of black golfers during the age of segregation; legal battles to integrate public golf courses and the little-known history of the United Golfers Association, a black golf tour that operated from 1925 to 1975.
Demas charts how African Americans nationwide organized social campaigns, filed lawsuits and went to jail to desegregate courses. He also provides dramatic stories of golfers who confronted wider segregation in their local communities.
Demas is the winner of the 2018 Herbert Warren Wind Book Award, which recognizes and honors outstanding contributions to golf literature.
“I’m proud of the fact that this book provides a narrative and historical content that’s accessible to everyone, especially the everyday golf fan,” says Demas. “It’s very humbling to receive this prestigious award and be recognized by a premier organization such as the USGA.”
The Wilmington Star News says, “The story [Demas] has to tell is enthralling. . . . Reminds us that golf can be serious business—and that it’s much more than a game.”