GREENWICH, Conn. -- Tamarack Country Club in Greenwich is celebrating 85 years as one of the premier clubs in the region.
Tamarack was designed by noted Golden Age architect Charles Banks and is one of only a few original designs by Banks.
The completion of a Master Plan implemented by architect Brian Silva has improved and enhanced the golf course’s playing conditions without altering Banks’ original design intent.
Silva’s work included enlarging Tamarack’s putting green surfaces, leveling and increasing in size all tees with the inclusion of new forward and championship back tees on certain holes, and restoring bunkers. All existing fairway bunkers were rebuilt and 24 additional bunkers were installed, while a small number of greenside bunkers were rejuvenated.
As one of eight country clubs in Greenwich, Tamarack long has been viewed as the club that was content to underplay its pedigree and stature as one of the area’s finest examples of classic golf course architecture.
“While the moniker ‘hidden gem’ may sound somewhat pedestrian today, it is true that Tamarack has been just that,” says president Jeff Young. “We have a rich history that actually dates back to 1909 at another site, and the club is proud to have hosted some important Met area tournaments.”
Tamarack gained local fame as co-host of the popular Ike Championship during its formative years from 1953 to 1962. The Ike was named in honor of former President Dwight Eisenhower, who personally approved the competition, and many of the top name amateurs of the day who were affiliated with Met area clubs competed for this prestigious title.
Tamarack, named after a species of pine indigenous to the region, has a reputation as a friendly, family-oriented club. There are many children’s activities such as kids cooking classes, karaoke, tennis, swim meets, junior golf programs, summer day and sports camps, and the annual Family Fun Day.
For more information about Tamarack Country Club, visit www.tamarackcountryclub.com or call 203-531-7300.
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