Established in 1897, Winchester Golf Club was the precursor to Winchester Country Club, which was inaugurated five years later. The original 9-hole course, designed by Willie Campbell near Winter Pond, no longer exists. The current layout at Winchester Country Club was established as a 9-hole course in 1903 and was extended to 18 holes in 1916, nine years before Donald Ross was called in to redesign the layout.
Holes are essentially built on the side of a hill close to Upper Mystic Lake with many of the fairways laid out side by side due to the lie of the land. Nonetheless, the design skills of Donald Ross were such that he still managed to create an interesting and totally engaging course.
The most difficult holes here appear around the turn, where the long par four 8th requires a fairway wood or long iron approach to the green and the slightly doglegged 10th is played to a tricky two-tier putting surface.The signature hole on the card is the 525-yard 13th, the second of back-to-back par fives, and bunkers separate its split fairway. A tee shot driven to the lower level on the left lessens the risk, but lengthens the hole whilst a drive to the right offers big hitters the chance of going for the green in two mighty blows.
June 09, 2015