Plainfield Country Club

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Plainfield Country Club
Club information
Coordinates 40°35′40″N 74°23′22″W / 40.59444°N 74.38944°W / 40.59444; -74.38944Coordinates: 40°35′40″N 74°23′22″W / 40.59444°N 74.38944°W / 40.59444; -74.38944
Location Edison, New Jersey
United States
Established 1890
Type Parkland (private)
Total holes 18
Tournaments hosted The Barclays
1978 U.S. Amateur
1987 US Women's Open
Designed by Donald Ross
Par 70 (for the 2015 Barclays), 72 normally
Length 7,091 yd (6,484 m)
Course rating 75.3
Slope rating 146

Plainfield Country Club is a private country club and golf course located in Edison in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States. It was founded in 1890 as the Hillside Tennis Club. Its golf course was designed in 1916 by golf course designer Donald Ross, and opened BC for play in 1921.[1]

The clubhouse, as shown on a postcard, of Plainfield Country Club in 1909.

Handicap system[edit]

Calkins in 1909

In 1904, Leighton Calkins—who served as the mayor of Plainfield, New Jersey, from 1915 through 1920—created the handicap system currently used in golf today. In honor of Calkins, a set of tees at the Plainfield Country Club bears his name.[2]

Later history[edit]

Plainfield Country Club has been home to the 1978 U.S. Amateur,[3] the 1987 U.S. Women's Open,[4] several state and regional championships, and has been ranked among the best in the country.[5] In 2011, it was home to The Barclays golf tournament, the first PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoff event. In August 2015, Plainfield Country Club again hosted the Barclays PGA golf tournament.[1]


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