|Bellerive Country Club
12925 Ladue Road
Tel: +1 314 434 4400
Location: 29 km/18 miles west of central St Louis
Nearest airport: Lambert - St Louis International Airport – STL (21km/13 miles)
Format: 72 holes stroke play
Cut to leading 70 players (+ ties) after 36 holes
Pre tournament Pro-Am: Tuesday 21 May
Entries close: 16:30 (US Eastern Standard Time) Friday 19 April (for exempt players)
For further information contact The PGA of America on +1 561 624 8493 or refer to www.pga.com.
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Tel: +1 561 624 8493
Fax: +1 561 624 8249
Bellerive Country Club began in 1897 in north St. Louis as a nine-hole course with 166 members. In 1910, the membership incorporated as Bellerive Country Club, naming the club after Louis St. Ange De Bellerive, the last French commander in North America.
That same year, Scotsman Robert Foulis designed the “new Bellerive” in Normandy where the club remained for 50 years.
Led by Hord Hardin and Clark Gamble, the membership decided to move west in 1955, and allowed renowned architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr. to pick a prime farm location for the new site.
The “Green Monster of Ladue” opened on Memorial Day, 1960.
In 1965, Bellerive became the “youngest” course to ever host the US Open. South African Gary Player won the event, and completed the career grand slam, by defeating Kel Nagle in a playoff after the two had tied at two-over-par. Player then donated his winning check to cancer research and junior golf.
The ’65 Open was the first of many national and world championships to be held at Bellerive. In 1981, it hosted the inaugural Mid-Amateur Championship that was won by St. Louis native Jim Holtgrieve.
Nick Price captured his first major by winning the PGA Championship there in 1992.
The 2001 American Express World Golf Championship, scheduled for September of that year, was cancelled due to the events of 9-11.
Major championship golf returned to Bellerive in 2004 when the club played host to the U.S. Senior Open where Peter Jacobsen won his first major by besting a stellar field of competition.
In 2008, Bellerive hosted the BMW Championship, as part of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, in which Camilo Villegas had his first career tour victory.
The golf course then underwent a year-long renovation and reopened in October, 2006. Rees Jones, son of original architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr., was entrusted with this project.
The PGA of America returns to Bellerive with the 74th Senior PGA Championship, May 21-26, 2013. With the playing of the Sr PGA, Bellerive will become only the third club in history to host all four rotating men's Major Championships (US Open, PGA Championship, US Senior Open and Senior PGA Championship.)
Looking ahead, Bellerive is also excited to play host to the 100th PGA Championship, in August of 2018, as the best golfers in the world come once again to St. Louis to contend for the Wanamaker Trophy and “Glory’s Last Shot.”
History courtesy of bellerivecc.org