St. Louis Country Club

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St. Louis Country Club is a country club located in Ladue, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis.


SLCC is home to a private golf course designed by Charles B. Macdonald and opened in 1892. Macdonald is considered the father of golf in this country, whose National Golf Links of America set the standard for greatness. Macdonald only designed a handful of courses in addition to St. Louis Country Club and the National. These include The Creek, Sleepy Hollow, Piping Rock, the Greenbrier's Old White Course and the historic Chicago Golf Club.

As was almost always the case with Macdonald, Seth Raynor was in charge of actually building the course, which was finally completed as it stands today in 1914. Macdonald and Raynor almost always used "prototype" holes on other courses and St. Louis Country Club is no exception. It has a brilliant collection of holes patterned after some of the greatest holes in the world, originating from the British Isles.

In 1919 Stewart Maiden left East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia, having been replaced by Willie Ogg, to accept a post as professional at the St. Louis Country Club.[1]

SLCC has a strong historic tradition, hosting several major golf events:

Today, this challenging course is generally considered too short for modern men's PGA events because it is only 6,534 yards from the tips (par of 71).

Like at two other Macdonald designed courses, there is a full-sized polo field in front of the clubhouse that also serves as a driving range. Unlike the polo fields at Chicago Golf Club and the Piping Rock Club, the SLCC field is still in use for matches.[2]


  1. ^ Eubanks, Steve (2010). To Win and Die in Dixie: The Birth of the Modern Golf Swing and the Mysterious Death of its Creator. New York: Balantine Books. p. 120. ISBN 9780345510815 – via 
  2. ^ Laffaye, Horace A. (2012). Polo in Britain: A History. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company. p. 70. 

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Coordinates: 38°39′01″N 90°22′31″W / 38.650226°N 90.375209°W / 38.650226; -90.375209