The History of our course

Please note: There is no unaccompanied guest play at Winchester Country Club

Winchester Country Club’s course opened in 1903 with a nine-hole layout by Alexander Findlay. Six years later, the club consulted with Donald Ross to add bunkers, and thus began a relationship that would last into the 1930s, spanning the height of Ross’ prolific career as a golf course architect.

By 1915, the club had acquired a total of 175 acres, and handed to Ross this canvas upon which to paint an 18-hole masterpiece. On and off over the next two decades, Ross would continue to tweak and expand his layout as more property became available. Most notable about this parcel of land is its substantial elevation change. From the low point near the first tee to the course’s peak at the 13th green, there is a 165-foot differential. The front nine traverses rolling terrain that at one time served as farms and pastures. The back nine features back-to-back par-5s sandwiched between two par-3s, yielding a finish of four consecutive par-4s that rivals any other closing stretch in the state.

Since 1919, Winchester has hosted seven Massachusetts Amateur championships and two state opens in addition to other state and regional tournaments. However, its best-known contribution to Massachusetts golf is its annual Father & Son Tournament, the longest running such event in the country. First held in 1919, as sons and fathers returned from World War I, the invitational tournament quickly became a mainstay in Massachusetts golf.

Today, Winchester Country Club remains one of the premier courses in the state. Featuring views of both the Mystic Lakes and the Boston skyline, this Ross layout remains intact, providing both challenge and enjoyment for its members and their guests.