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The Country Club of Virginia - James River Course

The Country Club of Virginia’s James River course was designed by William Flynn and opened in 1928. Flynn is also known for his work on Cherry Hills Country Club in Colorado, Shinnecock Hills in New York and The Upper Cascades in Virginia. The James River Course hosted the 1935 and 1967 Southern Golf Association Championship. In 1955 and 1975 the River Course welcomed the USGA Men’s Amateur Championship. The 1955 event, won by Harvie Ward, also featured then 15-year-old Jack Nicklaus, the youngest competitor in the field. Fred Ridley was the 1975 champion, having bested a field that included Curtis Strange, Jay Haas, Peter Jacobsen and Andy Bean The River Course has also hosted several men’s and women’s Virginia state amateur championships, including in 2005, which was won by Billy Hurley. The River Course was renovated in 1992 by Rees Jones and by Lester George in 2003. In 2015 Andrew Greene restored the 18th green to its original position and character and added a new 18th tee. Golf Digest recognized the James River as one of America’s best newly remodeled courses of 2005 and among the best in the state for 2007–2008. The fairways are currently Tifsport Bermudagrass and the greens are A4 Bentgrass.