Celebrating a “Tradition of Excellence” for 90 Years
Davenport Country Club is a private member-owned club offering elegance, relaxation, and exceptional recreational and social facilities within a magnificent setting. Founded in 1924, the club features one of the premier courses in the State of Iowa. Renowned golf course architects Harry "Harry" Colt and Charles Hugh Alison were selected to design the original course with Alison being the principal architect involved within the initial routing plan. The course makes dramatic use of the natural terrain and elevation, with two beautiful creeks coming into play on five holes. From the opening day, the reputation grew quickly, and it soon became known as one of the best courses in the Midwest. The course has always been rated by Golf Digest as one of the best in the state, and the famed 16th hole has twice been awarded national recognition as an “All American Golf Hole” by Sports Illustrated magazine.
The course hosted two Western Opens during a time when it was considered a major golf tournament. The first, played in 1936, was won by Ralph Guldahl. During the second Western Open played here in 1951, George Fazio shot a 63 and broke the course record of 64 that was held by Gene Sarazen and Ralph Guldahl. That year, the 16th hole got its nickname the “Hole of Grief” when Sam Snead lost his chance to win the Open after hitting his tee shot into Spencer Creek. The ensuing penalty allowed Marty Furgal to become the Champion. The 1951 Western Open also has the distinction of being the first golf event fully televised. In 2014, the golf course underwent renovations to continue the great golf tradition for years to come.