Celebrating a "Tradition of Excellence" for over 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 S. Colt
and Charles Hugh Alison were selected to design the original course, with Alison being the principal
architect involved with 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
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
Furgol to become the Champion. The 1951 Western Open also has the distinction of being the first golf
event fully televised.