One of the many fun aspects of this site is the variety of opinions one finds. There is, however, little variety in the reviews of The Country Club. Not one of the site’s reviewers found it worthy of six balls, making it one of two of the site’s top 50 U.S. Courses to earn that distinction (Southern Hills being the other).
This review will not change that and here's why:
-The green complexes are dull. While many (2,4,5,6,9,10, 11 and 18) are tilted to make for big breaks, only three (7,12 and 17) have any contours to really challenge the player’s green reading ability..
-There’s little variety in the par 3s. Having only 3 doesn't help and two of these (7 and 16) often require the same club.
-For a traditional course, the player is forced to approach the greens aerially too often. Some of these are the result of elevated greens. Others are because of bunkers fronting the putting surfaces. But in a number of cases (2,6,9,10,16) there is room in front for a running approach, but what could be fairway is maintained a rough, eliminating the running approach.
I can think of a half dozen courses within 30 miles I’d rather play.
The course does have a fine collection of par 4s, but the real highlight of a visit is the clubhouse, a museum to the club’s storied history. You may take a moment to climb the stairs to see one of the original stimpmeters, invented by member Edward Stimpson after the 1935 U.S. Open at Oakmont. Of course, the club doesn’t tell you the full story—that Stimpson was a member at nearby Wellesley Country Club when he devised it.
Date: July 10, 2017