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Bellerive Country Club

Saint Louis, MO Private

Overview

Once the darling of the USGA, which awarded this Robert Trent Jones design the 1965 U.S. Open, making it the second youngest course to host an Open in the 20th Century (after Northwood in Dallas), Bellerive is now favored by the PGA of America, which successfully concluded the 2018 PGA Championship on it. The polished course that hosted the PGA is a far cry from the immature one of 1965. Hardwoods along holes now have 50 years worth of growth, fairways are now Zoysia and architect Rees Jones has replaced his father’s bunkering with that of his own style, positioned farther off the tees to challenge big hitters. Rees also filled in a pond in front of the 17th green and added chipping areas next to several putting surfaces.

About

Holes 18
Length 7460
Slope 146
Facility Type Private
Year Opened 1960
Designer Robert Trent Jones, ASGCA/(R) Rees Jones, ASGCA

Awards

100 Greatest
100 Greatest the Second 100
Best Courses in Every State

Ranking history:

Second 100 Greatest: Ranked since 2015.
2023-'24 ranking: 169th.
Previous ranking: 165th

100 Greatest: Ranked from 1966-2004.
Highest ranking: No. 47, 1985-'86.

Best in State: Ranked first, 1985-2003, 2017-'20. Ranked second, 2013-'16. Ranked third, 2021-'22. Ranked fifth, 2011-'12. Ranked inside the top five since 1977.

Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4.5

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.4122
Character
7.4706
Challenge
7.6483
Layout Variety
7.1972
Fun
7.2585
Aesthetics
7.2979
Conditioning
7.422

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