St. Louis Country Club
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.
SLCC has a strong historic tradition, hosting several major golf events:
- U.S. Open in 1947
- U.S. Amateur in 1921 and 1960
- U.S. Women's Amateur in 1925 and 1972
- Trans-Mississippi Amateur in 1919
- Curtis Cup in June 2014
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.
- 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 books.Google.com.
- Laffaye, Horace A. (2012). Polo in Britain: A History. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company. p. 70.
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