Sunnyside Country Club

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Sunnyside Country Club
Sunnyside Country Club and 18th green
Club information
Location Fresno County, at Fresno, California
Established 1906
Type Private
Total holes 18
Tournaments hosted Fresno Open (LPGA)
Website sunnyside-cc.com
Designed by William P. Bell
Par 72
Length 6,950 yards (6,360 m)[1]
Course rating 73.5
Slope rating 132
Course record 63 Nick Watney

The Sunnyside Country Club is a private country club with a championship golf course. It is located in the Sunnyside neighborhood in Fresno County, at Fresno, California, a historic community southeast of the city limits of Fresno. Designed by golf course architect William P. Bell and opening in 1911, it is the oldest golf course in Fresno and one of the oldest in California. In addition to the golf course, Sunnsyside Country Club has a swimming pool, tennis courts, exercise facilities and a restaurant and bar for its members.

History[edit]

Sunnyside County Club traces its origins back to one of the early vineyards of Fresno County. In 1890, the land on which the club currently sits was purchased by William N. Oothout from Frederick Roeding, creating the Sunnyside Vineyard.[2] By 1911, a group of wealthy and well-known Fresnans, including George C. Roeding, C.C. Teague and Frank Romain, bought a portion of the old Sunnyside Vineyard and Oothout’s colonial home to build a golf course for the club.[2] The men hired Bell to design the golf course, which was completed in 1911. Oothout's colonial home was used at the clubhouse, until it was destroyed by fire in 1941.

The existing clubhouse is built in the mid-century modern style an contains a large fireplace sculpture by Fresno artist Stan Bitters. The clubhouse was built in 1948 and was designed by H. Rafael Lake.[3]

The Fresno Open on the LPGA Tour was held at Sunnyside in 1951 and 1952, with Babe Zaharias winning both tournaments. Sunnyside currently hosts numerous NCAA and amateur tournaments.

Throughout its history, many well-known Fresnans have lived on the course itself, including Fresno State Bulldogs Football Coach Jim Sweeney (hole 7) and World War II Flying Ace Pappy Boyington (hole 14).

Scorecard[edit]

Sunnyside Country Club[1][4]
Tee Rating/Slope 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Blue 73.5 /132 415 388 459 195 525 133 445 424 548 3532 341 471 341 159 420 551 346 203 586 3418 6950
White 71.4 /128 407 366 432 177 512 121 385 403 537 3340 325 414 326 150 375 530 320 178 512 3130 6470
Gold 69.8 /126 394 352 407 163 496 108 366 388 493 3167 309 394 319 141 364 490 279 140 493 2929 6096
Par 4 4 4 3 5 3 4 4 5 36 4 4 4 3 4 5 4 3 5 36 72
Handicap 5 7 1 11 15 17 9 3 13 18 2 6 16 4 8 10 14 12
Women's 75.6 /128 394 352 407 163 496 108 366 388 493 3167 309 394 319 141 364 490 279 140 493 2929 6096
Women's 72 /124 356 303 400 157 452 93 331 348 459 2899 296 371 253 137 334 443 263 128 424 2649 5548
Par 4 4 5 3 5 3 4 4 5 37 4 4 4 3 4 5 4 3 5 36 73
Handicap 5 11 15 13 1 17 9 3 7 16 2 10 14 8 6 12 18 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Scorecard". Sunnyside Country Club. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "A Concise History of Sunnyside". Retrieved May 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ "A Guide to Historic Architecture in Fresno, California". Retrieved May 28, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Scorecard". Sunnyside Country Club. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 

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