Renovation completed in 2002
Founded in 1909, the Country Club of Columbus has stood long as the home of the Southeastern Amateur. The Club’s history is deep rooted, with a course designed originally by Donald Ross (in 1925 and updated again in 1938) and serving as the home of the Haskins Trophy, which is given each year to the most outstanding collegiate golfer.
The Club hired Arthur and I to renovate the course in 1997 after determining they had become less competitive and were no longer the leading, preferred private club in town. A plan was created that would completely bring the tired course back to life and into modern times again. Using the old Ross sketch plans, we fashioned a sympathetic restoration of the entire course, including the small crowned greens, the tees and all of the original bunkering as it was described. Hundreds of hardwoods were removed to expose the stately stands of pine throughout the property as well. The results were met with great delight and satisfaction, to say the very least.
To this day, some of the strongest personal relationships I have are with those fine folks in Columbus. This is a great Club with a wonderful group of members. I am proud to say that they also have a great golf course again.
Designed by Donald Ross in 1925, with updates in 1938
Home of the Haskins Award for the most outstanding collegiate golfer
Annual host to the Southeastern Amateur Championship
Georgia State Amateur in ‘09
Course photography courtesy of Russell Kirk
Donald Ross in Chicago, Nov. '22
“Your work has helped to bring our Club back to life. Our member pride has soared and guests feel privileged to play.”
- John Shinkle, Country Club of Columbus, GeorgiaCol. Arch Arnold, Mr. Fred Miller, Drew Rogers, Mr. John Shinkle at the course re-opening
“Our 90 year old Donald Ross designed course was in need of a major renovation and updating. Drew Rogers took our Donald Ross drawings and was able to recapture the Ross vision along with the incorporation of other basic needs required to protect our limited yardage course from today's evolving golf equipment. What resulted was a challenging and enjoyable golf course that is truly a Donald Ross gem again. Speaking as a golf course superintendent, Drew Rogers is as professional, knowledgeable, and as easy to work with as a golf course architect could be. We still have a great relationship with Drew and continue to call on his expertise today.”
- William Smith, Country Club of Columbus, Georgia