The Country Club will, of course, always be in the shadow of its famous neighbour. Make no mistake though, this is a great and historic club with an impressive course. It predates the National and members will tell you that it provided the inspiration for Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts to pick the adjacent plot of land for Alastair Mackenzie to lay out his masterpiece. A plaque on the par 3 14th hole serves as a permanent reminder of Jones' fondness for the Country Club, as the site of his hole-in-one in the Southeast Open. The course features many of the original Donald Ross traits, including a few crown greens and plenty of false fronts. Quirky updates of his design have created square-cut greens on many of the holes, which give the appearance of a cloth laying on a turtle's back. Stand-out holes are the downhill par 5 8th, the par 3 12th with its elevated tee and steamy pond, and the fun punchbowl green on the par 4 16th. It's refreshing to see slightly wayward approach shots eventually nestle down in the centre of the huge green there! If you get the chance, you'll be playing a course which will surprise and thrill you in equal measure. No wonder that a course built with such great imagination has produced champions including Larry Mize and Charles Howell III.
Date: May 24, 2010