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Course of the Week: The Country Club

By |  June 13, 2022 0 Comments
Johnson says the health of the courses’ fairways and rough have been an important part of The Country Club’s restoration.

(Photo: USGA/John Mummert)

In recognition of the 2022 U.S. Open this week, our Course of the Week this week is The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.

The Country Club was founded in 1882 and is one of the oldest clubs in the U.S. It is also one of five charter members that founded the United States Golf Association (USGA) in 1894 and has hosted 16 USGA national championships.

Golfdom interviewed Dave Johnson, director of grounds at The Country Club, for our May 2022 issue. 

Dave Johnson, director of grounds at The Country Club. (Photo: Jason Paige Smith Photography)

Dave Johnson, director of grounds at The Country Club. (Photo: Jason Paige Smith Photography)

“This place is so rich in history,” Johnson said. “I love when you pull into the property. It feels like stepping back in time. I never take it for granted.”

With just four short years to get the bulk of the work done at TCC, Johnson says the team revamped nearly every aspect of the course: greens, bunkers, tees and roughs.

The Country Club worked with Gil Hanse, stripping the edges and expanding 17 of the Championship Course’s 18 greens out- ward to improve surface drainage and create added hole locations. This process led to rebuilding or modifying all the bunkers that surround the greens. The team has also modified most tee boxes to improve surfaces and add more length so that the course will play around 7,263 yards.

Read the full story with Johnson and others from The Country Club here.

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