Brookside Country Club was inaugurated following its move to Canton from the Myers Lake area when the club was then called the Lakeside Country Club. Donald Ross was the architect commissioned to design a new 18-hole course and it opened for play in 1922 just before the official club opening.
Despite a Robert Trent Jones Snr upgrade in 1962, the course began to lose its Donald Ross style and shape so Brian Silva was hired in 2003 to restore the layout and recapture the essence of the original architecture. Brookside has now become a true reflection of Ross’s design, with larger greens, sculpted fairways and an authentic routing.
Prominent holes include par threes at the 222-yard 4th, where the green sits beside the Sippo Creek, and the heavily sand-protected 142-yard 14th. The creek also comes into play at the left doglegged 11th and 387-yard 16th, where it cuts across in front of the green at both of these par fours. Testing back-to-back par five holes conclude the round at the 575-yard 17th and 529-yard 18th.
Brookside is on the radar of a lot of golfers who try to play top 100 courses. The restoration was a success and there is a comfortable openness to the course. However, the comfort leaves as one gets on the undulating greens. Some criticize the greens for being too contoured for modern speeds, but they are no more difficult than some greens at Pinehurst #2, Muirfield Village, Oakmont, and Augusta that people don't seem to mind.
The most poignant feature of this Ross course is the excessively contoured greens. In today’s world of quick greens and the ever-growing expectations around conditioning, many of these greens wouldn’t work (or be of any enjoyment to players) if they were rolling above 9 on the stimpmeter. While this is not true for every green, the majority of greens are too extreme. Tree clearance continues to move this well routed course in a great direction as vistas have been opened up across the sweeping topology. It is a wonderful golf course!