Columbia Country Club: A History
In 1915, a group of citizens got together with one goal in mind: to plan and build the first Country Club in Columbia, Missouri. All were in agreement that this city needed a place – a club – which offered a wonderful golfing experience along with a variety of amenities that catered to the individual and families alike. From this vision came the creation of Columbia Country Club; and in 1921, the Club’s original 9 holes of golf were designed by J.M. Watson.
In the 1940’s, Columbia Country Club proved its appeal and cemented itself as the premier course in Mid-Missouri by playing host to legendary PGA professionals Ben Hogan and Sam Snead, who conducted playing exhibitions on its hallowed grounds.
In 1987, sixty-six years after first opening its doors, the back nine was designed by Larry Packard and added to the property, transforming CCC into a 6,436 yard, par 71 championship golf course that captivated both serious and novice golfers alike. The beautiful classic layout boasted tight fairways carved through heavily wooded areas, lightning fast greens, and the Hinkson Creek meandering through the layout. Just two years after expanding, the Columbia Tribune ranked six of CCC’s eighteen holes as Top Golf Holes in the area.
In 2011, Stephen’s College partnered with Columbia Country Club to re-introduce its Women’s Golf program, which will utilize the Club as its home course. Once nationally ranked (1974 -1978), the program is back, and both the college and the Club look forward to a lasting relationship.
In 2012, world-renowned golf course design firm Hurdzan/Fry was awarded the task of a complete course redesign. The philosophy was to create a visually stunning layout that rewarded great golf shots and offered playability for golfers of all skill levels. The result was a masterful golf course with breathtaking views at every turn, an emphasis on the Hinkson and its tributaries, a magnificent waterfall and an overall agronomical marvel. Tour quality golf, championship shot making, player friendly layout, aesthetically pleasing – the ultimate golfing experience.
1921 – Present Day…over 90 years. The Club is still providing a fantastic golfing experience and is still offering a variety of amenities for both families and individuals. Other courses and clubs have come and gone, but the original maintains and remains incomparable. Come join our family, our Club…The Columbia Country Club.