In the year 1897, a group of St. Louis Sportsmen established a small nine-hole course as a place to play golf and other activities. The course has expanded and relocated several times over the course its history before finally settling at its present location at Town and Country in 1960. The current course was designed by Robert Trent Jones and it stands at 7,547 yards with a par of 71. In 2006, the course underwent a renovation at the hands of Rees Jones, the son of Robert Trent Jones.
Length is the focus at Bellerive. The longest hole on the course is the 10th-hole at 519 yards. It is not only the length that is difficult, for the fairway has a left dogleg around a bunker and closer to the green is the courses signature creek. The creek comes into play on nine holes, crosses the fairway creating yet another obstacle on the downhill slope. The course’s lake comes into play on the second hole. The lake stretches all the way to the green, creating a risk-reward shot.
As the creek comes into play on nine holes, water hazards are used on eleven. The lake has also been expanded. Watch your strokes, unless you want to get wet.
Hole seven also crosses the creek, with a formidable bunker complex on the right side. Adding to the challenge is a green that is on a back left pin.
These changes may seem intimidating along with its list of championships, but Bellerive is a classical course with a proud heritage. While the course honors its past, the future of Bellerive looks bright as well, for in 2018, the golf course will host the 100th PGA Championship. Truly, that will be an auspicious event for the course and for golf.
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