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Starting with our Ownership, Pro Staff, and Greens Crew – We love Golf! and we especially love sharing golf with others at BCC. We are a 100% public golf facility that sells seasonal member passes.
The Course – Made up of a mix of the original golf course design from 1914 by Tom McNamara, a redesign from Wayne Stiles in 1930 and an expansion and some re-routing of play by Steve Durkee the end product is 18 unique holes of great golf, measuring up at 6,533 yds. from the tips (71.1, 126 slope), 6,073 from the regular tees (69.1/122), 5,051 from the forward tees (64.2/112 for men; 69.8/114 for women).
Please see our hole-by-hole guide for detailed descriptions, but it will be tough to pick a favorite. The challenging par-5 second, that heads up a hill, takes a right turn to a narrow strip of fairway only to head up another hill for the third shot? The drivable par-4 sixth? The risk-reward of the par-5 seventh? Or the long march of the par-4 eleventh? These questions are best answered by teeing it up for a round with us and discovering Southern Vermont’s hidden golf gem. Vermont Business Magazine agrees, naming the BCC as the Best of Business Awards (BOB Awards) winner as Best Golf Course for Windham/Windsor Counties three years in a row in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
In 2014, BCC was a member-owned club that, like many semi-private clubs, was struggling financially. Melanie Boese and her late husband, Jack, decided to take on the responsibility for the fate of the club and purchased it from the members to ensure that it continued as a golf course for all to enjoy. Since then Melanie has made many noticeable improvements to the course and clubhouse. With a fresh look in the dining room, kitchen, and bar area. Irrigation, tree work, cart paths, enhanced gardens and much more, we feel as though we are on the upswing as to what we can offer you, your family and your guests in terms of your golf experience.
Michael Zaranek, Director of Golf at BCC is a highly engaging PGA golf professional and a sought-after teacher of the game by any level of player. Mike “Z” was our Head Pro from 1997 to 2000 and has returned to Brattleboro to help us create the experience that we want everyone to have. Local occasional golfers, regional visitors and longtime members are all very important to our reputation as a great place to play a round of golf…won’t you please Come Play with US!?
The GolfBoard is controlled using an ergonomically designed thumb throttle which allows the user to smoothly accelerate and decelerate, and power the GolfBoard on and off. The throttle mechanism also features an intelligent LED meter, providing details of when the GolfBoard battery needs to be recharged. It is specially designed to allow for intuitive, gentle, and smooth acceleration and braking. Hi/Low, and Fwd/Reverse switches are mounted on the Stability Bar for easy access.
In 1899, local residents formed the Wantastiquet Golf Club and established a six hole course near the present site. In December, 1913, Tom McNamara, a professional golfer from Boston, toured the site of the current course and plotted a lay out for a nine hole course. The property then was owned by the Brattleboro Retreat. The Retreat was approached to insure that favorable long term lease arrangements could be made. Because of the determination and enthusiasm of the founders, the process did not take long. On February 21, 1914, fourteen local business men incorporated the “Brattleboro Country Club,” apparently changing the name from the “Wantastiquet Golf Club”.
Three-time U.S. Open runner-up Tom MacNamara, designed the 2,754-yard nine-hole layout for the opening of the club on July 1, 1914.
The course as it exists today grew out of a 1930 do-over by Wayne Stiles, and a 2000 expansion and partial rerouting by Vermont native Steve Durkee. Eight classic Stiles’ holes remain (9-12, 15-18), with ten contemporary Durkee holes woven in (1-8, 13-14), with ample elevation, charming variety, and pleasing views at every turn.
Construction began in April of that year and the grand opening was held on July 1, 1914. Over 1,000 people visited the clubhouse and enjoyed the celebratory Japanese lawn party. In addition to the music and the golf, trap shooting (which has since been discontinued) was a highlight of the first day’s activities.The course measures 6,533 from the tips (71.1, 126 slope), 6,073 from the regular tees (69.1/122), 5,051 from the forward tees (64.2/112 for men; 69.8/114 for women).