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The Apawamis Club

Club information
The Apawamis Club is located in the United States
The Apawamis Club
Location in the United States
Coordinates40°59′16″N 73°41′33″W / 40.98778°N 73.69250°W / 40.98778; -73.69250
LocationRye, New York
United States
Total holes18
Tournaments hosted1911 U.S. Amateur
WebsiteThe Apawamis Club
Designed byWillie Dunn, Jr.
Herbert Strong
Length6,741 yd (6,164 m) Longest hole is #9 - 600 yd (550 m)

The Apawamis Club is a golf and country club located in Rye, New York. The 1911 U.S. Amateur Championship was contested here, resulting in a playoff between the reigning British Amateur champion, Harold Hilton, and his lesser-known American opponent, Fred Herreshoff. Many notable players were in the field, such as Francis Ouimet and Walter Travis.[1]

Trophy presentation to Harold Hilton, winner of the 1911 U.S. Amateur, by Silas H. Strawn, President of the USGA

Club founding

The Apawamis Club was founded on June 25, 1890 as a social organization by a group of 40 gentlemen from Rye, New York, and the surrounding area.[2] The Apawamis Club was the home course for golfing great Willie Anderson from 1901 through 1906.[3]

The Apawamis Club has a rich golf history. The golf course was designed by Willie Dunn, Jr. who had previously designed the links-style course at Shinnecock Hills, which is located on Long Island. Herbert Strong was hired as the head professional in 1906 after Willie Anderson left to take another job. Strong made changes to the golf course, which included adding bunkers, between 1906 and 1911 in preparation for the 1911 U.S. Amateur.[4]

The origin of the Club's name refers to an area in the southwest section of Rye, now called Rye Neck, formerly called Budd's Neck (after John Budd – who purchased it in 1661), that was originally called Apawamis by the Native Americans. The name is derived from the words "appoqua" which means “to cover” and "mis" meaning “the trunk of a tree” – together the name implies “the covering tree”.

On January 6, 1945, after being married at the First Presbyterian Church in Rye, New York, future U.S. President George H. W. Bush and his wife Barbara held their wedding reception at the Club.[5]

1911 U.S. Amateur

The 1911 U.S. Amateur Championship was contested at Apawamis Club in 1911, resulting in a playoff between the reigning British Amateur champion, Harold Hilton, and his lesser-known American opponent, Fred Herreshoff. The field was laden with a number of fine players, such as Francis Ouimet and Walter Travis, but they could not keep pace with Hilton and Herreshoff. Ouimet would later win the U.S Open in 1913 at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Herreshoff defeated Chick Evans in the semi-finals. He was trailing Hilton by six holes in the final match but managed to mount a stunning comeback to tie the match and send it to a playoff. On the 37th hole of the match, Hilton sliced his approach shot badly but instead of finding the deep rough right of the green his ball ricocheted off a flat rock and luckily landed on the green. Herreshoff, meanwhile, topped his approach shot to a position short of the green. His pitch shot to the par 4 hole went 20 feet past the pin. Hilton two-putted for par while Herreshoff was unable to make his 20-foot putt to save par. Hilton was declared the winner and was awarded the Havemeyer Cup, a trophy given to the USGA by golf enthusiast and millionaire sugar dealer Theodore Havemeyer.[1] Havemeyer, who died in 1897, served as the first president of the USGA.

Tournaments at Apawamis Club

Harold Hilton hitting a drive on the first hole at The Apawamis Club in the 1911 U.S. Amateur

Tennis and squash tournaments

In addition to golf and other amenities offered for members and guests at The Apawamis Club, they are also the host for important tennis[15] and squash[16] tournaments.


  1. ^ a b "Hilton Is Golf Champion; Match Goes Extra Holes". The Washington Post. September 17, 1911. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
  2. ^ "Club History - The Apawamis Club". Retrieved February 20, 2015.
  3. ^ "The Chicago Daily News Almanac: For Harvard College". The Chicago Daily News. 1918. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Master List of Herbert Strong Golf Courses". Retrieved February 21, 2015.
  5. ^ "Barbara Bush, former First Lady, fondly remembered her Rye hometown". Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  6. ^ "Mrs. Manice is Champion". The New York Times. June 15, 1902. p. 7 – via ProQuest.
  7. ^ "Mrs. Manice is Champion". The New York Times. June 19, 1904. p. 9 – via ProQuest.
  8. ^ "Tee Shots". Golf Illustrated. 17: 24. July 10, 1903.
  9. ^ "Sporting Records: Golf". Brooklyn Daily Eagle Almanac: 190. 1905.
  10. ^ "Golf". Collier's Self-Indexing Annual. 1905. p. 676. Retrieved July 8, 2019.
  11. ^ "Message from the President" (PDF). Apawamis Now. Apawamis Club: 2. Fall 2012.
  12. ^ "Tom McNamara Wins Metropolitan Championship". Fitchburg Daily Sentinel. July 12, 1912. Retrieved February 22, 2015.
  13. ^ "Hollis Stacy wins 1970 US Junior Girls' Amateur at Apawamis Club". Archived from the original on May 12, 2011. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
  14. ^ "Diane Lang wins 2005 U.S. Senior Women's Amateur at Apawamis Club". Retrieved February 21, 2015.
  15. ^ "Byrne, Jim - Rye on the Ball". Retrieved February 20, 2015.
  16. ^ "Dinerman, Rob - A History of Squash at Apawamis". Retrieved February 20, 2015.


Former Apawamis Club head professional Herbert Strong, who in 1912 was playing out of Inwood Country Club, placed third in this event.

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