It’s reckoned that when Waverley Country Club was founded in 1896, it was only the second private golf club established west of the Mississippi River. Chandler Egan redesigned and improved the layout soon after he became an honorary member in 1913 and Gil Hanse has been advising the club since drafting a restoration master plan at the start of the new millennium.
Since Hanse’s involvement, hundreds of trees have been felled, improving strategy by creating more width. Many of Egan’s Golden Age design elements had disappeared, so a good number of bunkers from the original design were reinstated.
Laid out on a tight parcel of land beside the Williamette River, the course has hosted a raft of prestigious USGA tournaments down the years, including three US Women’s Amateur Championships (1952, 1981 and 2000), the US Senior Amateur Championship in 1964, the US Amateur in 1970 and the US Junior Amateur in 1993, when Tiger Woods won the event for the third consecutive year. More recently the club hosted the 2017 Senior Women’s Amateur, won by Canada's Judith Kyrinis.
Highlight holes include the 177-yard 6th (“Trap”), the first of the par threes which plays downhill to a left-to-right sloping green, the 603-yard 8th (“Lone Pine”), where the fairway bends slightly left to a green protected by a necklace of bunkers on the right hand side, and the 532-yard 17th (“River”), which features an enormously long, two-tiered putting surface.
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Hanse earned a Master's degree in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University in 1989, achieving the William Frederick Dreer Award, which allowed him to spend a year overseas with Hawtree Ltd.