The Pepper Pike Club’s next door neighbour, The Country Club, grabs most of the attention in this east end Cleveland suburb with both clubs sharing the architectural heritage of William Flynn. Only the lucky few will be invited onto the first tee of the ultra-exclusive and small membership Pepper Pike Club where Ian Andrew is currently renovating the bunkers on this little-known and under appreciated Golden Age layout.
The club’s founders were members of Mayfield Country Club (now Mayfield Sand Ridge Club) who wanted to branch out and form their own club but World War I intervened and their plans were put on hold. The formal opening of the club took place a decade later, on 6th July 1925 to be exact, and today there are 240 members upholding the golfing traditions of almost a hundred years.
Pepper Pike recently renovated its clubhouse at a cost of $3.5 million and a further $1.5 million was invested in a four-year master plan to upgrade the course, which completed in 2020. The layout is now as close to the original design intent of architect William Flynn as when the course first debuted.
The Pepper Pike Club is an ultra exclusive gem in Cleveland & its famous neighbor is The Country Club. Both courses were designed by Flynn & Toomey. I caddied @Pepper during the early 70's while in high school. At the time I did not realize how special & that almost every member was a CEO of a major company. The course is not overly long, and in recent years went under a major change with the removal of hundred of trees!! Pepper now has more of a links look, with sweeping views of the course, and fescue grass along some fairways. The greens are sneaky tough, tabletop fast & some severe slope. Very easy to putt off some greens( #4,#7 & #14 come to mind. Superb conditions as always. Pepper hold a special place in my memory, being a 16 yr. old, looping for CEO's & being scared to death of the Caddie Master ( Ernie) so I would not lose my job if I screwed up!! Tough to get on, but given the chance, GO!!! By the way #2 may be the toughest 360 yd. hole you may ever play.
Pepper Pike Club (PPC) was designed by William Flynn and touches another William Flynn course, The Country Club (Pepper Pike). This causes some confusion, even among locals. While The Country Club is the better of the two, PPC is one of the most exclusive clubs in the country. Nearly all members are CEOs or Presidents and it is literally invitation only (you can't apply, they have to ask you).
There are no tee times at PPC and the course is rarely crowded. Most of the foursomes are not members playing with each other, but members hosting clients.
Hole number 2 is the best hole on the course and one of the best holes in Ohio. You have a downhill tee shot and if you go right there is a creek and left your approach will be blocked by a tree. The second shot is uphill and tough to get close with a long iron.