Golf History

In 1967, Golf course architect Ed Ryder designed a 9-hole course for the Club. Construction began in the summer of 1967.  

After the seeding of the nine holes was completed in the summer of 1968, it was decided to concentrate on the four holes that looked the best so they could play them by Labor Day. All of the greens were growing in nicely, and by Labor Day the four holes were ready.








There were eight members who played in the first tournament held at the Redding Country Club.  Founder Nick Nerich won that first tournament and started a Labor Day tradition, The Four Hole Open,  that continues today.

In 1971 the U.S.G.A. wrote an article that was published in their magazine, The Golf Journal.  All players play each hole together in what the article called a "gangsome." There were cuts after the second and third holes with the remaining players playing the last hole for the championship.  The event is played on what are now the 10th, 7th, 8th and 9th holes.

In early 1969, as the fairways filled in and the members helped with removing rocks and debris from the construction, the course was open for play.

Photo from the 1985 Four Hole Open.




Ten years later in 1978, golf course architect Rees Jones transformed the original 9 holes into a unique and challenging 18-hole layout, among the finest in the Metropolitan area.
 


The new 5th green


Jones took full advantage of the natural streams and ponds found on 12 holes, and incorporated the precipitous changes in elevation to carve out a deceptively long short course measuring only 6,320 yards.  Construction began in the summer of '78 and continued until the new 18-hole layout was opened for one day, the Dirt Open, on the first Saturday in November of 1980.   The Completion Classic, a 36-hole stroke event for men and 18-hole event for women, celebrated the official formal opening of all 18 holes on May 23, 1981.


Redding First Selectman Mary Anne Guitar cuts the ceremonial ribbon to formally open the new 18-hole course.  With her are founder Russ DiFranco, his wife Roni, founder Louis Nazzaro and his wife Serena.





Bob Tway, winner of the PGA championship in 1986, won the Men’s Club Championship in 1973 at the age of 13.