Founded in 1897, Brae Burn Country Club began its golfing life with an elementary 9-hole layout which was quickly expanded to a full 18-hole course six years later. In 1906, the new layout hosted the US Women’s Amateur Championship, the first of a handful of prestigious ladies amateur events to be held at the club down the years.
Donald Ross redesigned the course in 1912, seven years before the club held the US Open, and then he returned in 1928 to make further modifications for the club’s hosting of that year’s US Amateur. The course in play today (which has since held two Curtis Cups and two Women’s Amateur Championships) is largely the one that Bobby Jones played when he won the fourth of his five Amateur titles in 1928.Stand out holes at Brae Burn include a couple of par threes on the front nine at the 159-yard 6th and the 225-yard 8th: the former plays downhill to a small green which is circled by sand and water, the latter plays across a yawning gorge to a distant target. On the back nine, the par three 17th is a real tester so late in the round as it features a demanding 255-yard downhill tee shot to a narrow green.
October 19, 2015