Bellerive Country Club

By |  August 5, 2018 0 Comments

Bellerive CC has a proud history, and was first established as a club in 1897, with the golf course, a Robert Trent Jones design, constructed 63 years later in 1960.

Photo: Golfdom staff

Photo: Golfdom staff

The course underwent a renovation in 2005, led by RTJ’s son Rees Jones. Previous tournaments include the 1965 U.S. Open (won by Gary Player); the 1992 PGA Championship (won by Nick Price); the 2001 WGC-American Express Championship (cancelled in the wake of Sept. 11); the 2004 U.S. Senior Open (won by Peter Jacobsen); the 2008 BMW Championship (won by Camilo Villegas); and the 2013 Senior PGA Championship (won by Koki Idoki.)

The course’s motto is “Led by legacy,” and that legacy has brought an all-star crew of up-and-comers to the course, including assistant superintendents Jared Brewster (previously at Augusta National and Victoria National), Nick White (previously at Alotian Club and the National Golf Club of Kansas City) and the young Matthew Lennon, returning to the site of his internship after graduating from Michigan State University last spring.

St. Louis is well known for its hot, humid summers. The greens at Bellerive are A-4 bentgrass and the fairways are Meyer zoysiagrass, which can thrive in the heat with aggressive management. It’s all hands on deck when temperatures surpass 90 and humidity rises, says Assistant Superintendent Jared Brewster.

“We were one of the hottest cities in America last year — we had a day when it got up to 116 degrees in July,” says Brewster. “We’re trying to get the greens prepared for the tournament, because the goal isn’t just to have the best possible conditions for the tournament, but also to still have a course left when they leave.”

To learn more about the course, and the team behind its maintenance, check out our July cover story.

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