Ridgewood Country Club

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The Ridgewood Country Club (RCC) is a country club located in Paramus, New Jersey. It was founded in 1890 in neighboring Ridgewood, but has been at its current location since 1926.

History[edit]

The 27-hole golf course was designed by A. W. Tillinghast in 1929, and the clubhouse was designed by Clifford Wendehack. The greens are seeded with poa annua and bentgrass. The fairways and tees are seed with poa annua, bentgrass and ryegrass. It was certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in 1996. In the last 6 years, RCC has invested almost $8 million into the restoration of its golf course. Among the improvements have been the construction of 26 new tees, a new irrigation system, a new Greens and Grounds complex, an expansion of the pond on hole #1 on the Center nine, and the rebuilding of all the bunkers back to their original A.W. Tillinghast design. The course includes three challenging and scenic nines known as Center, West, and East, referring to their location relative to the clubhouse.

Golf legend Byron Nelson worked as an assistant professional at the club in the mid-1930s, early in his career, and represented Ridgewood for several of his early significant victories. Nelson went on to become one of golf's all-time greatest players.[1]

Rankings[edit]

  • Ranked #73 Classical in U.S by Golfweek magazine - July 2005
  • Ranked #83 in U.S. by Golf Magazine - 2009
  • Hole #6 Center ranked among Top 500 Holes in the World by Golf Magazine - 2000
  • Ranked #84 Most Prestigious Clubs in America by Golf Connoisseur magazine - Winter 2006

Major events hosted at RCC[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gettin' to the Dance Floor: An Oral History of American Golf, by Al Barkow, 1985

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°56′42″N 74°04′41″W / 40.945°N 74.078°W / 40.945; -74.078