Ridgewood Country Club

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Ridgewood Country Club
Club information
Location Paramus, New Jersey
Established 1929, 89 years ago
1890, 128 years ago (club)
Type Private
Total holes 27
Website rcc1890.com
West, Center, and East nines
Designed by A. W. Tillinghast
Ridgewood CC is located in the US
Ridgewood CC
Ridgewood CC
Location in the United States
Ridgewood CC is located in Bergen County, New Jersey
Ridgewood CC
Ridgewood CC

The Ridgewood Country Club (RCC) is a country club located in Paramus, New Jersey, a suburb northwest of New York City in Bergen County. It was founded in 1890 in neighboring Ridgewood, but has been at its current location since 1926. Its facilities were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015.[1]


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, and its fairways and tees are seeded 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 Tillinghast design. The three challenging and scenic nines are 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.[2]

Recent Champions[edit]

  • Men's Club Championship - Justin Niemeier
  • Women's Club Championship - Colleen Edelman
  • Junior Boys Club Championship - Prodigy Jack Edelman
  • Husband Wife Tournament - The Amesburys'
  • Upper Vs. Lower Tournament - Upper


  • 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
  • Holes #4 West and #6 Center Ranked among Sports Illustrated "Tillinghast Dream 18" - June 2006

Notable events[edit]


  1. ^ "Weekly list of actions taken on properties: 5/26/15 through 5/29/15". National Park Service. June 5, 2015. Retrieved 2015-09-19.
  2. ^ Gettin' to the Dance Floor: An Oral History of American Golf, by Al Barkow, 1985

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°56′49″N 74°04′41″W / 40.947°N 74.078°W / 40.947; -74.078