Arthur Hills is well known throughout the golf course industry. This Sylvania resident has left his famous imprint on either the design or restructuring of numerous courses throughout the country. More information about can be obtained by connecting with his web site at hillsforrest.com.
At age eleven, Herman Lang began his golf career as a caddy at Sylvania Country Club. Three years later, he started caddying at Highland Meadows Golf Club. He also worked in the pro shop for the head professional, Duke Snyder. When Mr. Snyder moved, Herman became an assistant to Duke’s successor, Jimmy Cromb. Upon Mr. Cromb’s departure from Highland Meadows, Herman (at age twenty) became the club’s head professional. Herman stayed in that capacity until he went to Inverness Club as an assistant to Byron Nelson in 1941.
Herman briefly played the tour in the autumn of 1941. From 1942 to 1946, Herman served in the United States Army. Following World War II, he returned to Highland Meadows as head professional and remained there until he accepted the head pro position at Inverness Club in 1966. During his tenure at Inverness, the Club played host to both the US Amateur and US Open. Herman retired at the end of 1980, but continued to give lessons until 2000 at various places in the Toledo area. He last taught at The Legacy in Ottawa Lake, Michigan.
Mr. Lang is a two-time Toledo Open winner, a member of the Toledo Golf Hall of Fame, a member of the Northern Ohio PGA Hall of Fame, a former Club Pro of the Year in the Northern Ohio PGA, a recipient of the Burt Silverman Award, the Glass Key to Toledo, as well as a recipient of the Inverness Clock Award. Herman is also a Life Member of the Western Golf Association Par Club, a Life member of the PGA, and an honorary member of both Inverness Club and Highland Meadows.
He and his wife Neva, also an avid golfer, have been married for over 60 years. They have one daughter, Debbie, who is a former Toledo Women’s District Match Play Champion.
Among Herman’s other interests are college basketball and his dog, Duffy.
On October 6, 2007, at the age of 93, Herman J. Lang died in his Sylvania home following a brief illness. He will be long remembered as a Legendary golf figure in the Toledo area golfing community.