Nestled on 236 acres of land, The Country Club which is ranked at number 33 in the world was established in 1882 first as an equestrian and social club and later in 1893 golf was introduced. This club which is a major supporter of amateur level golf is one of the clubs that founded the United States Golf Association (USGA). To date, The Country Club which has approximately 1,300 members has played host to 16 USGA competitions amongst them 6 USGA Amateurs and 3 US Opens.
Other facilities provided at The Country Club include indoor tennis courts, paddle and squash courts, outdoor tennis courts, skeet shooting, hockey, skating, and an Olympic-sized swimming pool.
An Overview of Brookline
In the 19th century, Brookline was described as the richest town in America. It is a leafy suburb which is surrounded on three sides by the city of Boston. As you drive around Brookline, the mansions that were built long ago are still visible to date. Brookline also boasts of some great names including John F. Kennedy who was born here.
The Country Club is surrounded by fences on all sides and a tree lined entry driveway leads you to the main entrance a couple hundred feet away. The club house is one of the most beautiful in the golf world fitting perfectly into the serene landscape thanks to its beautiful ochre color. Because of the facilities mentioned above, this is a destination for all sorts of sports and a beehive of activity all through the day.
The Golfing Course
Both amateur and veteran golfers have labeled the course here as one of the most varied routing they have ever set their eyes on. It carefully follows the contours of the land and stealthily meanders its way round the property. A number of people are credited with the designing of the course amongst them Willie Campbell, William Flynn, Rees Jones, and Geoff Cornish.
One of the most distinguished features that you will encounter as you go along the course is glacial rock formations into which holes are routed through and around. One of the famous ones is the par-five-eleventh hole named the Himalayas.
The terrain for the 18 holes is a bit hilly, but not a very difficult course to walk. The third hole has a blind second shot to the green.
The course also has a Redan hole which plays from an elevated tee downhill and measures only 130 yards. Although not considered as a typical or traditional Redan hole, it is very good and guarded by a plethora of bunkers ahead.
The 17th hole is considered the most historic in the game. This is because it is where Francis Ouimet won the playoff while competing against Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in 1913. It is also the same spot where Justin Leonard made his memorable putt in the 1999 Ryder Cup.
The entire course is actually 27 holes, but the 18-hole course is the one that is played on daily while the 9-hole is a primrose course.