Town & Country Club
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|Location||St. Paul, MN|
|Tournaments hosted||Various Amateur Events|
|Designed by||E. J. Frost/(R) Robert Foulis|
Town & Country Club is a golf club located in St. Paul, Minnesota which was founded in 1888. Designed by George McCree and E. J. Frost, and later redesigned by Robert Foulis. Foulis, an early professional at Town & Country Club who was recommended to the membership by C.B. MacDonald.
As the first “country club” in Minnesota, Town & Country Club was founded as a social organization inspired by the clubs in Saint Paul that were formed as a nucleus of the annual Winter Carnival. A residence on Lake Como was used as the first clubhouse in 1887, however the Club moved to its present home at the Marshall Avenue Bridge on the Mississippi River in 1890. Today, this “country club” is in the heart of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, but in 1890, it was in the far reaches of Saint Paul.
The original Town & Country Club, a Saint Paul landmark, was designed by state capitol architect, Cass Gilbert, and built in the early 1890s for $25,000.
The first round of golf in Minnesota was played at the Town & Country Club of Saint Paul in 1893. Golf began here as an afterthought. George McCree, a transplanted Scot, who had migrated to Minnesota from Canada and was familiar with the game of golf. According to an early member “I took McCree out to the Club with my lawn mower in the back of my roadster to help lay out the course." Using an old driver and a twenty-five cent gutta percha ball, after a couple shots, McCree marked a spot with a stake - “This is the first hole." In this fashion, the first five holes were laid out.
In 1895, E. J. Frost, a well-known amateur out of Chicago, was hired to lay out Town & Country Club’s first nine holes with the help of Charles B. Macdonald and Henry James Whigham. In 1897, $2,000.00 was budgeted to lay out the new course. On June 9, 1898, the new nine holes were opened for play. Also at this time, the first golf pro and expert maker of clubs, Robert Foulis, was acquired from St. Andrew’s Golf Club. The first greens keeper was also engaged at this time.
Town & Country Club's golf course is the 2nd oldest golf course in the United States still being played on its original land, the behind only Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in New York.
The Town & Country Club has hosted the following events:
Walker Cup (1940*)
U.S. Women's Amateur (1951)
Women's Western Amateur (1937)
Minnesota Amateur (1903, 1907, 1910, 1916, 1929, 1941, 1960, 1982)
Minnesota Senior Amateur (1961, 1971, 1980, 1993)
Minnesota Junior Boys' Championship (2001)
MGA Players' Championship (1987)
Minnesota Mid-Amateur (2012)
*Was awarded but not played due to World War II