There are only three golf courses that can claim to have hosted the Olympic Games (until Kasumigaseki Country Club finally gets its due post-COVID), and only one in the United States. That course is Glen Echo, designed by 1896 U.S. Open champ James Foulis and built along with his brother Robert. George Lyon would win the first major competition, which leaves Canada tied with England and the United States for individual gold medals in men’s golf. The course also hosted numerous LPGA events throughout the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s.
The club also bears distinction for allegedly being the first golf club west of the Mississippi River, and is certainly the longest-running golf club west of the Mississippi. The Scottish Foulis brothers made note of Manifest Destiny with the No. 12 hole, named “Westward Ho” (also a tribute to Royal North Devon Golf Club).
The club remains largely unchanged across the years, and a Pete Dye testament in regard to Glen Echo explains why: "I wouldn't change a thing, even if I wanted to, they wouldn't let me build a course like this today. It's a classic."