Taconic Golf Club

Taconic Golf Club is a semi-private golf course located in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The land that Taconic Golf Club is owned by Williams College, but an independent Board of Directors oversees the daily operation. The course has repeatedly made Golf Magazine's list of the Top 100 Courses You Can Play[2] and Golfweek's list of top collegiate campus courses, where it was most recently ranked 3rd in 2020.[3] Golf Digest ranks Taconic as the 9th best course in the state of Massachusetts.[4]

Taconic Golf Club
Club information
Coordinates42°42′20″N 73°12′07″W / 42.705503°N 73.201863°W / 42.705503; -73.201863Coordinates: 42°42′20″N 73°12′07″W / 42.705503°N 73.201863°W / 42.705503; -73.201863
LocationWilliamstown, Massachusetts, U.S.
Established1896
Owned byWilliams College
Total holes18
Websitewww.taconicgolf.com
Taconic Golf Club
Par71
Course record64[1]

HistoryEdit

In 1896, William Howard Doughty, James M. Ide, and Edward C. Gale received permission from Williams College to install three tomato cans on land adjoining what is now the 18th fairway of Taconic.[5] In the same year, the course was expanded to seven holes; one of those holes, the present 17th, is the oldest at Taconic.[5] In 1897, a longer nine-hole course was laid out.[5]

In 1927, Wayne Stiles of Stiles & Van Kleek, a Boston firm, was commissioned to design and construct an 18 hole course.[6] Construction began in August 1927 and a par 73 layout was completed by Labor Day in 1928.[7] The course was revised in 1955 to a 6,640 yard (gold tees) par 71 layout.[7] In 2009, Gil Hanse completed a renovation of the course.[8]

Course layoutEdit

Many of the greens are located on top of knolls or small hills. The property is approximately 100 acres (0.40 km2).[7] In general, the course provides plenty of room off the tee, with the real challenge being ahead at the green. The greens are often fast, with significant slope from back to front, and it is usually preferable to remain short of the hole rather than beyond the flag stick.[9]

ScorecardEdit

Taconic Golf Club
Tee Rating/Slope 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 73.5 / 134 480 406 421 358 178 372 402 394 178 3189 506 478 377 403 163 441 460 246 545 3619 6808
Gold M: 71.8 / 131 470 355 383 346 157 356 368 382 167 2984 498 449 363 377 152 426 430 221 510 3426 6410
Purple M:68.9/128 W:74.8/129 450 339 373 318 135 335 350 360 152 2812 458 366 310 360 145 384 380 200 411 3014 5826
White M:65.8/117 W:70.5/123 391 324 344 256 126 257 293 297 143 2431 415 315 300 310 128 361 332 159 392 2712 5143
Par Men's and Women's 5 4 4 4 3 4 4 4 3 35 5 4 4 4 3 4 4 3 5 36 71
Handicap Men's 14 8 2 12 16 4 6 10 18 13 3 7 5 17 9 1 11 15
Handicap Women's 12 6 2 14 16 10 4 8 18 1 15 7 5 17 9 3 11 13

Source:[10]

Tournaments hostedEdit

Year Tournament Winner
1956 U.S. Junior Amateur   Harlan Stevenson
1958 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships[11] University of Houston
1959 Massachusetts Amateur   John Tosca, Jr.
1963 U.S. Women's Amateur   Anne Quast
1971 Massachusetts Amateur   Tracy Mehr
1972 NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championships[12] LSU-New Orleans
1981 Massachusetts Amateur   Steven Tasho
1992 Massachusetts Open   Andy Morse
1996 U.S. Senior Amateur   O. Gordon Brewer, Jr.
1999 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships Methodist University
2004 Massachusetts Amateur   Frank Vana, Jr.
2016 Massachusetts Amateur   Brendan Hunter

U.S. Junior AmateurEdit

In 1956, Harlan Stevenson of California defeated Jack Rule, Jr. of Iowa 3 and 1. Rule beat 16-year-old Jack Nicklaus in the semifinals 1 up. Nicklaus made a hole-in-one on the 14th hole at Taconic during a practice round, where an engraved rock commemorates this accomplishment.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Competitive Course Record Set in Mass Am at Taconic Golf Club". iBerkshires. Retrieved 2021-03-02.
  2. ^ "Taconic Golf Club at Golf.com". Golf Magazine. Retrieved 2009-07-23.
  3. ^ "Golfweek's Best 2020: Top 30 Campus Courses". Golfweek. Retrieved 2021-03-02.
  4. ^ https://www.golfdigest.com/story/massachusetts-best-in-state-rankings
  5. ^ a b c d "News Archive: NCAA Taconic Golf Club - Notoriety and National Tournaments". Williams College Athletics. Retrieved 2009-07-22.
  6. ^ Pennington, Bill (2008-08-04). "On Par - Stiles and Van Keek - Forgotten Architects Who Built Timeless Courses". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-07-23.
  7. ^ a b c "Taconic Golf Club at Williams College Women's Golf". Williams College Sports Information. Retrieved 2009-07-23.
  8. ^ "Taconic Golf Club Restoration Update". Hanse Golf Course Design. Archived from the original on 2009-06-20. Retrieved 2009-07-23.
  9. ^ "Taconic Golf Club at Golf Club Atlas". Golf Club Atlas. Retrieved 2009-07-23.
  10. ^ "Taconic Golf Club Scorecard".
  11. ^ "Houston University Golf Program: History and Records" (PDF). University of Houston. Retrieved 2009-07-23.
  12. ^ "NCAA News: LSUNO Golfers Lead CD Field" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved 2009-07-23.

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