The Country Club of St. Albans had only recently opened during 1992 with a Tom Weiskopf/Jay Morrish course when it turned to another esteemed design duo — Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry — to add another 18 in the Tavern Creek course. Although the ultimate idea of course was to provide a slightly less challenging option for members (Tavern Creek plays to 6,800 yards to Lewis & Clark’s nearly 7,400 yards), this route is no pushover, thanks largely to the title creek.
The Tavern comes into play in some form or another on 12 holes, whether that means a forced carry (or two) mid-par five, or a demanding approach shot to a green placed dangerously close. The creek isn’t the only body of water that comes into play, however.
The course includes scenic views of the Missouri River, which builds into the club’s celebration of the region’s history (noted by the Lewis & Clark references). American history is also preserved across the Tavern Creek routing by multiple Civil War-era graves.