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Cherry Hills Country Club
Cherry Hills Country Club
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Club information
Location Cherry Hills Village, Colorado, U.S.
Elevation 5,300 feet (1,615 m)
Established 1922, 95 years ago
Type private
Total holes 27
Tournaments hosted 2014 BMW Championship
2012 U.S. Amateur
2005 U.S. Women's Open
1993 U.S. Senior Open
1990 U.S. Amateur
1985 PGA Championship
1978 U.S. Open
1976 U.S. Senior Amateur
1960 U.S. Open
1941 PGA Championship
1938 U.S. Open
Website chcc.com
Championship Golf Course
Designed by William Flynn
Par 72
Length 7,348 yards (6,719 m)[1]
Course rating 74.7
Slope rating 139 [2]
Rip Arnold Course (par 3)
Designed by William Flynn
Par 27
Length 665 yards (608 m)
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Entrance on University Boulevard.
Cherry Hills Country Club is located in the US
Cherry Hills Country Club
Cherry Hills Country Club
Location in the United States
Cherry Hills Country Club is located in Colorado
Cherry Hills Country Club
Cherry Hills Country Club
Location in Colorado

Cherry Hills Country Club is a private country club in the western United States, located in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado, a suburb south of Denver.

Founded 95 years ago in 1922 and designed by William Flynn,[3] the club features a championship 18-hole golf course, a 9-hole par three course, eight tennis courts, and a lap pool. The nine-hole course is called the Rip Arnold Course, named for the club's head professional from 1939 to 1962. It hosts a pro-member invitational event every September named for Warren Smith, the head pro from 1963 to 1991. A bas relief of Smith, the PGA of America's Golf Professional of the Year in 1973, is near the tenth tee.

In 2005, Cherry Hills completed a $12 million renovation on its club house facilities.[] As of 2006, the membership fee is $95,000.[] The club's signature colors are cherry red and white.

Course

The par-72 course measures 7,348 yards (6,719 m) from the member back tees, and now extends to 7,466 yards (6,827 m) at par-71 for championships.[1] The course plays much shorter because its average elevation exceeds 5,300 feet (1,615 m) above sea level.

A significant restoration by noted architect Tom Doak was carried out during 2008 and opened for play in spring 2009. The course was extended to over 7,500 yards (6,860 m) and many trees were removed. In addition, several original bunkers that had been removed over the years were restored, bringing the course more in-line with William Flynn's original design.

Notable tournaments hosted

Bolded years are major championships on the PGA Tour.

USGA championships

Cherry Hills has hosted seven United States Golf Association (USGA) championships, including the U.S. Open in 1938, 1960, and 1978. It hosted the U.S. Amateur in 1990, won by Phil Mickelson.[4] The U.S. Senior Open was won by Jack Nicklaus in 1993,[5] and Birdie Kim won the U.S. Women's Open in 2005, holing out from a greenside bunker on the final hole.[6] The U.S. Amateur returned to the club in 2012 and was won by Steven Fox.[7]

U.S. Open

The first of the three U.S. Opens at Cherry Hills in 1938 was won by defending champion Ralph Guldahl. He shot an even-par 284, six strokes ahead of runner-up Dick Metz. In 1960, Arnold Palmer won with 280 (-4), two strokes ahead of the runner-up, amateur Jack Nicklaus.[8] After three unsuccessful attempts (including a double bogey in the first round), Palmer finally drove the first green (346-yard (316 m) par four) in the fourth round on his way to victory.[9] Tied for the lead with Palmer as he came to the par-5 17th hole, 47-year-old Ben Hogan hit his third shot into the water and bogeyed. He hooked his final tee shot and triple-bogeyed the final hole to finish four strokes back at even par, which ended his chances of a tenth major championship. Playing with Hogan, 20-year-old collegian Nicklaus from Ohio State bogeyed the final hole and finished second, the obvious low amateur.[10][11][12]

As a result of Palmer's feat, the USGA commissioned construction of a new tee prior to the 1978 edition, which extended the hole fifty yards (46 m). The third and most recent Open at Cherry Hills, it was won by Andy North by one stroke with a score of one over par.[13] Until 2006, this was the most recent U.S. Open in which the winning score had been over par.

PGA Championships

Two PGA Championships have been held at Cherry Hills. The first in 1941 was a match play event; Vic Ghezzi defeated defending champion Byron Nelson 1 up in the 36-hole final. Seven of the eight quarterfinalists in 1941 won a major title during their career.

The championship changed to a stroke play format in 1958 and returned to Cherry Hills in 1985; Hubert Green won his second major with a score of 278 (-6), two strokes ahead of defending champion Lee Trevino.[14] Through 2017, it is the most recent major played in the Mountain time zone.

Scorecard

Tee Rating/Slope 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Championship 389 409 323 430 552 161 415 266 479 3424 447 594 219 430 520 242 441 544 487 3924 7348
Back 340 409 323 430 540 161 415 225 438 3281 428 550 195 401 482 214 441 544 487 3742 7023
Member 340 398 317 423 522 154 396 194 431 3175 407 542 172 381 463 188 400 512 458 3523 6698
Regular 318 387 291 374 490 147 382 154 407 2950 371 505 172 359 449 162 390 482 449 3339 6289
Forward 288 387 291 345 490 140 364 154 376 2835 371 438 115 296 449 113 351 407 418 2958 5793
Par Men's 4 4 4 4 5 3 4 3 4 35 4 5 3 4 4 3 4 5 5 37 72
Par Ladies' 4 4 4 4 5 3 4 3 4 35 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 5 5 38 73
Handicap Men's 13 3 9 11 1 17 7 15 5 14 4 16 12 10 18 6 2 8
Handicap Ladies' 9 3 11 13 1 15 7 17 5 14 8 16 10 12 18 4 2 6

Source:[1][2]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Course Tour: Scorecard". Cherry Hills Country Club. Retrieved 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Course Rating and Slope Database: Cherry Hills Country Club". USGA. Retrieved 2012. 
  3. ^ "Cherry Hills Country Club - Club History". Cherry Hills Country Club. Retrieved 2007. 
  4. ^ "The 104th U.S. Amateur Championship". United States Golf Association. 2004. Retrieved 2007. 
  5. ^ Garrity, John (July 19, 1993). "A Bear Necessity". Sports Illustrated. 
  6. ^ Shipnuck, Alan (July 4, 2005). "Watch the Birdie". Sports Illustrated. p. G10. 
  7. ^ Cotton, Anthony (February 6, 2009). "Cherry Hills gets 2012 U.S. Amateur". Denver Post. 
  8. ^ Jenkins, Dan (June 19, 1978). "There's never been an Open like it". Sports Illustrated. p. 38. 
  9. ^ Palmer, Arnold (June 11, 2010). "A long look back at the 1960 Open". USGA Museum. Retrieved 2012. 
  10. ^ Garrity, John (May 9, 2010). "The fortunate eyewitnesses to the 1960 U.S. Open.." Golf.com. Retrieved 2012. 
  11. ^ Wind, Herbert Warren (June 27, 1960). "Destiny's new favorite". Sports Illustrated. 
  12. ^ "Hole by hole for the 2005 U.S. Women's Open Championship". United States Golf Association. 2005. Retrieved 2007. 
  13. ^ Jenkins, Dan (June 26, 1978). "The bogey that won the Open". Sports Illustrated. p. 14. 
  14. ^ McDermott, Barry (August 19, 1985). "The Greening of the PGA". Sports Illustrated. p. 20. 

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Coordinates: 39°38?35?N 104°57?47?W / 39.643°N 104.963°W / 39.643; -104.963


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