Washtenaw Golf Club Opening 1899

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Washtenaw Country Golf Club Opening article, August 25, 1899

The Washtenaw Country Golf Club’s grand opening was covered by the Ann Arbor Argus-Democrat on August 25, 1899.

Golf Club’s Opening
It Will Be Celebrated Next Saturday Afternoon
There Will Be A Golf Tournament, Supper and Dancing

The Washtenaw County Golf Club will celebrate its opening next Saturday at 2 o’clock. In the afternoon there will be a putting and driving contests and a general golf tournament. Supper will be served on the plaza from 6 to 8 o’clock, after which the party will spend the evening in dancing.

The club house will be completed Saturday and the furniture will be brought there from Ann Arbor.

The Washtenaw Country Golf Club was formally incorporated on July 18, 1899.

Washtenaw Country Club still exists today, although it is now a part of the Polo Fields Golf and Country Club.

Washtenaw Country Club
Washtenaw Country Club

Washtenaw Country Club is one of the oldest golf clubs in Michigan. The oldest is likely the Charlevoix Golf Club, a nine hole affair that was designed by Willie Watson and opened in 1896. Washtenaw may be the fourth or fifth oldest in the state. It is likely the third oldest eighteen hole course, after the Detroit and Saginaw Golf Clubs.

Legend has it that Donald Ross visited the course in its early years and said “When God created this beautiful rolling land he must have intended it for a golf course.”

There’s actually a bit of a controversy between the Washtenaw Country Club and the Ann Arbor Golf and Outing Club as to which is the oldest in Washtenaw County. Washtenaw’s incorporation date is earlier, but Golf and Outing say they were playing informally before that.

3 thoughts on “Washtenaw Golf Club Opening 1899”

  1. Washtenaw is “going public.” The Polo Fields is going to open up Washtenaw to daily fee players this year. I think that is great for we local golfers as the course is a lot of fun and frankly, better than Polo Fields Ann Arbor in my opinion.

    • I spoke with a Polo Fields representative at the Golf Show. Washtenaw is allowing public access while Ann Arbor is still private. The members will continue to get preference if they want to play Washtenaw. I don’t really know more than that.

      I think I gave them my email address as part of a “contest/drawing” and presumably I will hear something later this spring.

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