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      Glen Echo Country Club  1901-2001

                                                                                                         course in the area!

                          of their design remains with us as strong today as it did in those early years.

                                                                                                     When architects Jim and Robert

                                                             hole courses at St. Louis, the Jockey Club

                                           After arriving on our shores in 1896, Robert designed the Chicago area’s second eighteen-hole course at Onwentsia

                                                                          and winning the second at Shinnicock in 1896.  He was also the head professional at
                                                                               experience as a competitor, having competed in each of the early Open championships
                                                                                                                  years.  Unlike all others, Glen Echo was designed from inception as 18-holes and when
                                                                                                             we opened it was proclaimed the grandest and the only true championship quality
                                                                                                     first laid eyes on this abandoned farm, we can
                                                                                            under the watchful eye of Old Tom Morris, were their first thoughts about recreating the
                                                                                                only imagine their thoughts.  Born in St. Andrews and bred over those hallowed links
                                                                                   ate a new, more challenging links unlike any seen in America?  Jim certainly had broad
                                                                                       shotmaking required over the "Auld Links" here at Glen Echo?  Or did they aspire to cre-
                              ed as the finest links in the country by all who viewed it.  And although those first images may have been lost through the years, the essence
                                   Were they merely refining their skills for future, yet unnamed courses?  Whatever their inspiration, upon completion, Glen Echo was anoint-
                                       -- in 1897, still considered one of the country’s great classic courses.  Were these just the testing grounds for what they would create here?
             nally ran throughout the course providing hazards which few could recover from, today lies underground, the better to control runoff and
                 added to make play more interesting, while undulations were incorporated into most of the original level greens.  The creek, which origi-
                     But the course has also changed over the past century.  Trees grew larger while hills grew softer.  Bunkers and mounding have been
                                           -- then Lake Forest CC
                                                             and the Kinloch Club.  His brother Robert,
                                                                 Macdonald.  And he was no stranger to St. Louis golf, having designed the original 9-
                                                                      Chicago GC, the first 18-hole course in America, designed by the legendary Charles Blair
                                                old professional would not have done without complete confidence in Robert's ability.
                                                    having been given his first assignment in Scotland by Old Tom in 1893, something the
                                                         though not the player his older brother was, also knew much about great course design,
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