Canoe Brook Country Club

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Canoe Brook Country Club
Club information
Location Summit, New Jersey, U.S.
Short Hills, New Jersey, U.S.
Established 1901
Type Private
Total holes 36
North Course
Designed by Rees Jones
Par 72
Length 7,163 yards (6,550 m)
Course rating 74.3 (Blue Tees)
72.3 (White Tees)
70.8 (Gold Tees)
73.8 (Red Tees)
Slope rating 136 (Blue Tees)
132 (White Tees)
131 (Gold Tees)
134 (Red Tees)
Course record 66
South Course
Designed by Rees Jones
Par 72
Length 6,707 yards (6,133 m)
Course rating 72.7 (Blue Tees)
71.3 (White Tees)
69.3 (Gold Tees)
73.2 (Red Tees)
Slope rating 131 (Blue Tees)
128 (White Tees)
122 (Gold Tees)
128 (Red Tees)

Canoe Brook Country Club is a private, member-owned 36-hole country club located in both Summit, Union County, New Jersey and Short Hills, Essex County, New Jersey that was founded in 1901. Both of Canoe Brook's courses have been extensively renovated by Rees Jones whom the club credits as its designer.


Canoe Brook's original course was designed by Jack Vickery and his assistant Alex Smith. The first nine holes opened for play in 1902 and the second nine followed in 1905. In 1916, Canoe Brook hired Walter Travis to completely overhaul and extend the original course under the supervision of Isaac Mackie whom the club appointed Head Professional to replace former French champion, Louis Tellier, the proceeding January.[1] The Travis design lengthened what would become known as Canoe Brook's North Course to 6,611 yards from the Championship tees. In 1920, Harry Colt, Charles Hugh Alison and Alister MacKenzie were hired to design an additional 18-hole course South of Morris Turnpike. This property became the Canoe Brook South Course.

In the early 1950s, Prudential Insurance approached Canoe Brook with plans to "swap" land to make room for a shopping center that is now known as The Mall at Short Hills. Therefore, the North Course was extensively redesigned by Robert Trent Jones. In the 1960s, the construction and expansion of New Jersey Route 24 created the need for further design changes to both Canoe Brook courses. These changes, along with others in the period of 1990-2010, were designed by Rees Jones.[2]


Canoe Brook has played host to a number of USGA and MGA events over the years. It has been a U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying site on several occasions and hosted the 2013 New Jersey State Amateur in June. The club will be host to the 2015 Metropolitan Golf Association Ike Championship and will again be a U.S. Open qualifying site from 2016-18.


  1. ^ "Isaac Mackie's New Job". The New York Times. January 30, 1916. 
  2. ^ Quirin, William L. (2001). Canoe Brook Country Club, 1901-2001. Franklin, Virginia: Q Pub. ISBN 1931169004. 

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