Inverness Club

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Inverness Club
Club information
Location Toledo, Ohio
Established 1903
Type Private
Total holes 18
Website Inverness Club
Designed by Donald J. Ross
Par 71
Length 7,255 yards (6,634 m)
Course rating 75.9
Inverness Club
File:Inverness Club from Dorr.jpg
Main building, seen from Dorr Street
Inverness Club is located in Ohio
Inverness Club
Location 4601 Dorr St., Toledo, Ohio
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Area 203 acres (82.2 ha)
Built 1919
Architect Ross, Donald; Devore Company
Architectural style Bungalow/Craftsman, Tudor Revival
NRHP Reference # 93000398 [1]
Added to NRHP May 10, 1993

Inverness Club is a country club in Toledo, Ohio that is famous for its golf course (and also has a 25-yard pool with a tiki bar and several tennis courts). The golf course is so well known since it has hosted four U.S. Opens, two U.S. Senior Opens, two PGA Championships, and a U.S. Amateur. It also hosted the Inverness Invitational Four-Ball from 1935 to 1953.

Inverness Club was founded in 1903, when many of Toledo's wealthiest citizens purchased a parcel of land and built a nine-hole golf course. The course was eventually expanded to eighteen holes. In 1916, the club hired Donald Ross to construct a championship-caliber golf course, which was finished by the end of 1918. In his unpublished book, Golf Has Never Failed Me, Ross discussed Inverness's design, one of only seven of his hundreds of courses to be given a discussion.

In 1945, Lloyd Gullickson became the head professional at Inverness Club, succeeding Byron Nelson. He remained at Inverness as the head professional until his retirement in 1965.[2]

The course has been refurbished three times: once after the 1920 Open by A.W. Tillinghast and Dick Wilson; then in 1978 by George and Tom Fazio; and finally in 1999 by Arthur Hills. Currently Inverness is ranked #37 on Golfweek Magazine's America's Best Classic Courses, and #41 by Golf Digest.[3]

Point of Interest

Before the 1920 U.S. Open, golf professionals were not treated as the stars they are today. Inverness changed all of that by becoming the first club to allow professional golfers into the club house marking a paradigm shift in the way professional golfers would be treated forever.

As a gift for the boldness and generosity Inverness had shown, Walter Hagen gathered other professional golfers when the U.S. Open returned to Inverness in 1931 so that a gift could be purchased for the club.[4] Together they purchased a grandfather clock for the club house which stands there to this day. On the brass plate of the clock an inscription was written that left no doubt concerning the shift that had happened just 11 years before:

God measures men by what they are
Not by what they in wealth possess
This vibrant message chimes afar
The voice of Inverness


Winners of major tournaments held at Inverness Club include:

U.S. Open
U.S. Amateur Championship
PGA Championship
U.S. Senior Open


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  3. America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses - Golf Digest
  4. A Paradigm Shift in Golf History - USGA

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