Taconic Golf Club

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Taconic Golf Club
Club information
Coordinates 42°42′20″N 73°12′07″W / 42.705503°N 73.201863°W / 42.705503; -73.201863Coordinates: 42°42′20″N 73°12′07″W / 42.705503°N 73.201863°W / 42.705503; -73.201863
Location Williamstown, Massachusetts, U.S.
Established 1896
Owned by Williams College
Total holes 18
Website www.taconicgolf.com
Taconic Golf Club
Par 71
Course record 67

Taconic Golf Club is a semi-private golf course located in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The land that Taconic Golf Club occupies is owned by Williams College, and an independent Board of Directors oversees the daily operation. The course has repeatedly made Golf Magazine's list of the Top 100 Courses You Can Play[1] and has been ranked as one of the top collegiate courses.[2]


In 1896, William Howard Doughty, James M. Ide, and Edward C. Gale received permission from Williams College to install three tomato cans on land adjoining what is now the 18th fairway of Taconic.[3] In the same year, the course was expanded to seven holes; one of those holes, the present 17th, is the oldest at Taconic.[3] In 1897, a longer nine-hole course was laid out.[3]

In 1927, Wayne Stiles of Stiles & Van Kleek, a Boston firm, was commissioned to design and construct an 18 hole course.[4] Construction began in August 1927 and a par 73 layout was completed by Labor Day in 1928.[5] The course was revised in 1955 to a 6,640 yard (gold tees) par 71 layout.[5] In 2009, Gil Hanse completed a renovation of the course.[6]

Course layout[edit]

Many of the greens are located on top of knolls or small hills. The property is approximately 100 acres (0.40 km2).[5] In general, the course provides plenty of room off the tee, with the real challenge being ahead at the green. The greens are often fast, with significant slope from back to front, and it is usually preferable to remain short of the hole rather than beyond the flag stick.[7]

Tournaments hosted[edit]

Year Tournament Winner
1956 U.S. Junior Amateur United States Harlan Stevenson
1958 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships[8] University of Houston
1959 Massachusetts Amateur United States John Tosca, Jr.
1963 U.S. Women's Amateur United States Anne Quast
1971 Massachusetts Amateur United States Tracy Mehr
1972 NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championships[9] LSU-New Orleans
1981 Massachusetts Amateur United States Steven Tasho
1992 Massachusetts Open United States Andy Morse
1996 U.S. Senior Amateur United States O. Gordon Brewer, Jr.
1999 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships Methodist University
2004 Massachusetts Amateur United States Frank Vana, Jr.
2016 Massachusetts Amateur United States Brendan Hunter

U.S. Junior Amateur[edit]

In 1956, Harlan Stevenson of California defeated Jack Rule, Jr. of Iowa 3 and 1. Rule beat 16-year-old Jack Nicklaus in the semifinals 1 up. Nicklaus made a hole-in-one on the 14th hole at Taconic during a practice round, where an engraved rock commemorates this accomplishment.[3]


  1. ^ "Taconic Golf Club at Golf.com". Golf Magazine. Retrieved 2009-07-23. 
  2. ^ "Links Magazine Top 25 College Courses". Links Magazine. Retrieved 2009-07-23. 
  3. ^ a b c d "News Archive: NCAA Taconic Golf Club - Notoriety and National Tournaments". Williams College Athletics. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  4. ^ Pennington, Bill (2008-08-04). "On Par - Stiles and Van Keek - Forgotten Architects Who Built Timeless Courses". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-07-23. 
  5. ^ a b c "Taconic Golf Club at Williams College Women's Golf". Williams College Sports Information. Retrieved 2009-07-23. 
  6. ^ "Taconic Golf Club Restoration Update". Hanse Golf Course Design. Retrieved 2009-07-23. 
  7. ^ "Taconic Golf Club at Golf Club Atlas". Golf Club Atlas. Retrieved 2009-07-23. 
  8. ^ "Houston University Golf Program: History and Records" (PDF). University of Houston. Retrieved 2009-07-23. 
  9. ^ "NCAA News: LSUNO Golfers Lead CD Field" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved 2009-07-23. 

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