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Bellerive Country Club represents more than a century of golf tradition. In its early days it was a site for avid St. Louis sportsmen and golf enthusiasts and through the years it hosted several events including the historic U. S. Open in 1965 when legendary golfer Gary Player won the Championship. Bellerive Country Club still remains one of the golfing community's most popular destinations for championship and tournament play.

Founded in 1897 by a group of St. Louis sportsmen who wanted a regular site for golf and leisure activities, Bellerive Country Club was originally known as “The Field Club.” Situated on ground leased from the expansive Bissell estate, built by Daniel Bissell, the new club had just enough acreage for nine holes.

A few years later, the city of St. Louis hosted the 1904 World's Fair and made golf a prominent attraction. Spurred by an increasing population with an appetite for golf, members of The Field Club decided to increase the size of their beloved golf course to eighteen holes. In 1910 they relocated the club and course to the town of Normandy in St. Louis County. At this new site on Natural Bridge Road they adopted a new name, Bellerive, after the last French Governor in North America – Louis St. Ange de Bellerive. To accommodate the club's growing membership, the members also built their signature Georgian-mansion style clubhouse.

Wanting to share their love of the game, these same members began hosting what would become a multitude of varied tournaments and championships over the coming years. Following the Great Depression and two major World Wars, Bellerive Country Club hosted its first major golf tournament in 1949, the Western Amateur Championship. Four years later in 1953 the club again hosted a major tournament, the 50th Western Open. However, with more and more members living in the area now known as west St. Louis County and a clubhouse deteriorating from age, the members of Bellerive again voted to relocate the club.

A new era for Bellerive began in 1959 when famed golf course designer Robert Trent Jones assisted in selecting the club's new site, a 347-acre site at the intersection of Ladue and Mason roads in suburban St. Louis. A new Georgian-style clubhouse was constructed and opened to ecstatic members on Memorial Day 1960.

In addition to the 1965 U.S. Open, Bellerive has been the site for several significant championships and tournaments, including the 1981 U. S. Mid-Amateur when St. Louisan Jim Holtgrieve won the title and the 1992 PGA Championship. Nick Price, who won the 1992 title, proclaimed “I will always have a special place in my heart for Bellerive Country Club. Your first major championship is always the most important. The fact that mine came at Bellerive…showed how much I enjoyed the golf course.”

In September 2001, the club was set to take the world stage for the World Golf Championships – the American Express Championship, but unfortunately the tragic circumstances of September 11th cancelled what would have been the club's most prestigious event yet.

Today, however, Bellerive is again looking forward to exciting championship play as it makes plans to host the 2004 U.S. Senior Open July 26th through August 1st. In celebration of the event – as well as of Bellerive's continuing role as a leading site for top-rated golf competition -- senior player Gary Player will return to serve as honorary Chairman.

Other USGA Championships at Bellerive Country Club:

  • 1965 U.S. Open Championship
  • 1981 U. S. Mid-Amateur Championship
  • 1999 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship qualifying rounds
  • 2004 U.S. Senior Open Championship