November 19, 1944
“Police yesterday raided Sequoyah Country club, seizing five slot machines and took into custody the club president, Dr. Chauncey P. Pond, prominent physician and golfer. Dr. Pond was booked at Eastern Station and then released on his own recognizance and the word of Police Judge Joseph A. Kennedy, himself a former president of the club.”
In the 50’s life returned to normal at Sequoyah. The mens’ upstairs grill (the Skyroom) was added and the interior of the clubhouse was completely redecorated. The original Oakland Raiders football franchise was created by a group of Sequoyah’s members.
Throughout the 60’s and 70’s members rode chartered buses to see the team play and returned to the club for a nightcap and recap of the day’s game. But it wasn’t until the 1980’s that the membership of the club truly began to reflect the ethnic and cultural diversity of its East Bay community. Today, all groups are represented at Sequoyah, and the club is much richer for this.
Change has always been part of Sequoyah’s history. More than 80 years ago The Oakland Observer commented that “changes have been made at various holes from time to time, new bunkers introduced, tees moved,” etc. As Sequoyah moves forward, the best is yet to come.