Brae Burn - Massachusetts - USA

Brae Burn Country Club,
326 Fuller Street,
West Newton,
Massachusetts (MA) 02465,

  • +1 617 244 4411

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.
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Description: Venue of the 1919 US Open, the 1928 US Amateur, the 1958 and 1970 Curtis Cup and the US Women’s Amateur in 1906, 1975 and 1997, Brae Burn Country Club has hosted more than its fair share of top golf competitions. Rating: 6 out of 10 Reviews: 1
Fergal O'Leary
Donald Ross certainly left his mark in the state of Massachusetts, and Brae Burn Country Club Brae Burn Golf Course - Photo by reviewercertainly left its mark on the history of the U.S Open in the early days of the 20th century. In the sleepy suburbs west of Boston, Brae Burn is among a list of classic old courses known all over the world. The front nine is architecturally superior to most of the back nine, as Ross took advantage of the more interesting piece of rolling land. The changes in elevation are thrilling, combined with a routing that asks a golfer to shape the ball carefully in both directions to navigate the undulations. The back nine doesn’t heat up until you reach the 16th, which is the beginning of a fiercely difficult closing stretch.
October 19, 2015
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