The Country Club

Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

While giving the club a name as simple as “The Country Club” may seem pretentious, it’s not. This was in fact the very first country club in existence in the USA and by the look of things here, they have spent the years since 1895 on perfecting the art. Brookline is the birthplace of John F. Kennedy and the entire experience speaks gently of class, refinement and old, old money. On the way to one of the finest clubhouses anywhere you pass a guard house manned by Woody – look a little closer and you’ll notice that even though he is well dressed he is, in fact, entirely wooden.

The course has as varied a routing as you will find, following the natural contours of the land and you will often be surprised at the route to the next tee. Perfect wide fairways, deep bunkers and small greens feature everywhere; rock formations from the last ice age are prominent on some holes and present unusual hazards close to the greens. The most recognizable hole is probably the 17th, where Justin Leonard sunk a monster putt to complete a remarkable US comeback in the 1999 Rider Cup.

After you have finished your round, take a walk around the old buildings – as much a monument to golf as any other place you could imagine, as many of the buildings have been kept in their original state and design. It is one of the most historic and special places in world golf.

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