Forty years after its formation in 1889, The Country Club moved to its present-day 300-acre site at Pepper Pike, where a new course was laid out for the members by William Flynn – a layout that later garnered national recognition by hosting the US Amateur Championships in 1935.
Gradually, down the years, the course lost its way a little. Playing corridors had become too narrow due to excessive tree growth and greenside bunker complexes had been added unnecessarily. To rectify this situation, the club enlisted Brit Stenson of IMG Design in 1992 to restore the layout to its former glory.
The Country Club hosted the US Women’s Amateur in 2012 (won by New Zealand's Lydia Ko) when spectators and competitors appreciated such a fine example of William Flynn’s architectural expertise.
Many people confuse Country Club at Pepper Pike and the Pepper Pike Club. Both are designed by William Flynn and the courses border each other. Both are good courses, but "Country" as locals call it, is the better course of the two. It is an underrated course with good variety and great greens. The par 3 9th and par 3 11th are outstanding, but the par 4 17th is a whole lot of fun.
William Flynn laid out more than one “The Country Club” in the United States. For those of us familiar with the club in Brookline, it’s ironic to stumble across another club with the same name by the same architect.
“Country” as it’s referred to by the locals is arguably the most historic and significant club in this part of the nation. Its membership included Coburn Haskell who introduced the one-piece rubber cored ball in 1898. The clubhouse is 77,000 square feet with at least 8 dining rooms.
The routing is focused on the many ridges that run through the property, and it highlights the talent of the architect to find the holes that took advantage of these ridges and changes in elevation. The property is set about 15 miles east of Cleveland where the terrain really begins to rise and fall. The changes in elevation throughout the course are significant, but it is one of the best walks in golf.