Baltimore Country Club was founded in 1898, but grabbed the attention of the golfing world when the club engaged A.W. Tillinghast to build the East Course.
It opened to general acclaim in 1926
More recently the club appointed Keith Foster to restore the East Course, successfully bringing the Tilly design to the modern age.
Baltimore Country Club has hosted many championships over the years.
Of note are:
- the 1889 U.S. Open
- the 1928 PGA Championships
- the 1932 Men's U.S. Amateur
- the 1965 Walker Cup
- the 1988 Women's Open Championship
- the 2007-2009 Senior Players Championships (Men)
Baltimore CC’s East course is an attractive parkland course with an impressive history.
It is beautifully presented with slick putting surfaces complementing a well maintained property.
The course is generally undulating but quite walkable.
There are a number of holes with raised or uphill greens, so the player’s ability to carry the approach is at a premium.
When pins are forward that generally means a putt back down the green to the pin- and they are hard to stop!
The par 3’s in particular are a bit samey in this respect- although all good holes..
Holes 6 and 14 are regarded as holes of interest- the sixth hole has a barn in play somewhat similar in concept to the 17th at St Andrews, and the 14th because of it's impressive cross bunkering..
Notable holes include:
Hole 2 (Poplars), a challenging par 4 to a raised green.
Hole 4 (Plateau), a mid length par 3 to a raised green surrounded by 5 bunkers. It’s all carry
Hole 6 (Barn), an interesting par 5 with cross bunkering adding to the challenge
Hole 7 (Dogleg), with a fairway turning left, players need to hit a green protected by 6 deep bunkers
Hole 8 (Sidesaddle), a short twisting par 4 with a burn in play
Hole 9 (Spectators), an extremely elevated uphill par 3. It’s all carry. Putting from the rear of the green is lightning quick (- see pic mid page)
Hole 10 (Pond), a strong par 4 with water lapping on the front and left of the green, protecting the green from a long approach
Hole 14 (Hell’s Half Acre), a long par 5 with bunkers, mounds & rough confronting the golfer
Hole 17 (Picturesque), a par 3 over water to another very elevated green
Baltimore Country Club has hosted an impressive array of championships over the last century, and with the recent Keith Foster renovation still offers a serious golfing challenge in the modern age.
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