located in the town that gave it its name, was first established in 1914 and was known for many years as one of the top courses in the lower portion of the Vermont.
This gem is loaded with history, as befits many of the classic old New England tracks.
Somewhere near the present site of the Brattleboro Country Club a six-hole track was established in 1899, the Wantastiquet Golf Club, although golf was played earlier, in 1894, about five miles away in Dummerston by then-resident Rudyard Kipling and his guest from England, Arthur Conan Doyle. Yes, two of the greatest poets and authors of the English language.
If Kipling and Sherlock Holmes’ creator never played at Brattleboro Country Club, the 1913 U.S. Champion Francis Ouimet did. So did three-time U.S. Open runner-up Tom MacNamara, who designed the 2,754-yard nine-hole layout for the opening of the club on July 1, 1914.
The course as it exists today grew out of a 1930 do-over by Wayne Stiles, and a 2000 expansion and partial rerouting by Vermont native Steve Durkee. Eight classic Stiles’ holes remain (9-12, 15-18), with ten contemporary Durkee holes woven in (1-8, 13-14), with ample elevation, charming variety, and pleasing views at every turn.
The course measures 6,533 from the tips (71.1, 126 slope), 6,073 from the regular tees (69.1/122), 5,051 from the forward tees (64.2/112 for men; 69.8/114 for women). The course features rolling, tree-lined fairways with some elevation changes.
The second hole, a 532-yard par-five, has water right of the fairway to mess with your tee shot and then a large bunker and water left of the green.
The sixth is one of those neat par-fours everybody loves. It’s a drivable 260-yarder that the big hitters can reach in two and the rest of us can make birdie with a well-stuck tee shot and wedge into the green.
The club has hosted numerous state championship tournaments and been the qualifying site for USGA Men’s Amateur and USGA Men’s Senior Amateur events. There are two practice greens, a driving range, a fully-stocked pro shop and the Fairway Tavern, where you can enjoy a post-round cocktail and meal.
Brattleboro Country Club