18. The Country Club (Clyde/Squirrel)
Willie Campbell (1895) / Alex Campbell (1902) / Gil Hanse (2012)
The Country Club’s 18-hole course that was the scene of the 1963 and 1988 U.S. Opens is not the 18-hole course ranked by Golf Digest. Those events were played on a composite course, utilizing a few holes from the club’s third Primrose nine. We rank the Clyde & Squirrel combination, clearly good enough to be one of the top courses in the world. Gil Hanse performed some course restoration prior to the 2013 U.S. Amateur at The Country Club. A new configuration of 18 holes will host the 2022 U.S. Open.
100 Greatest History: Ranked 1966 and since 1969. Highest ranking: No. 10, 1985-86. Previous ranking: No. 16
Panelist comments, The Country Club (Clyde/Squirrel):
"TCC is such a special place. They have done a marvelous job "showing off" the incredible property, the exposed rock that is now visible along with the expanded sightlines following significant tree removals is terrific. I loved the utilization of the lower tee on hole 4 for historical reasons. The new back tees are a true test. The ambiance they've created around the 1st and 10th tees with expanded putting green, short game area and rerouting of 10 is very neat! I'm excited to see the routing they decide to use for the US Open in a few years!"
“I watched the 1988 Open and the 1999 Ryder Cup at The Country Club, and TV did not do that course justice. This place feels like the Scottish Highlands -- with the rock out-croppings, rugged and dangerous-looking bunkering, and small, pear-sized greens, it certainly doesn’t feel like you’re in the middle of Boston.”
“Any American golfer will appreciate walking past Francis Ouimet’s house, and the depths of other history seen at The Country Club. This is an American treasure that is tough to beat for atmosphere.”
“New changes before the 2013 U.S. Amateur included revamping bunkers, tree removal and opening up vistas, including new tees on Nos. 1, 5, 10, 13, 15 on main course. A variety of these updates gave the course some added bite to be a good modern test.”
"Make sure to have a Fernando after the round."