Waverley Country Club

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Waverley Country Club
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Location Portland, Oregon
Total holes18
Website Waverley Country Club
Designed by Jack Moffat
Par 71
Length6,668 yards
Course rating 72.0
Slope rating 134.0

The Waverley Country Club is a country club located in Portland, Oregon, United States. Chartered in 1896, the club was the second private golf club established west of the Mississippi River.

Country club private club typically offering recreational sports facilities

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Portland, Oregon City in Oregon, United States

Portland is the largest and most populous city in the U.S. state of Oregon and the seat of Multnomah County. It is a major port in the Willamette Valley region of the Pacific Northwest, at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers. As of 2017, Portland had an estimated population of 647,805, making it the 26th most populated city in the United States, and the second-most populous in the Pacific Northwest. Approximately 2.4 million people live in the Portland metropolitan statistical area (MSA), making it the 25th most populous MSA in the United States. Its Combined Statistical Area (CSA) ranks 18th-largest with a population of around 3.2 million. Approximately 60% of Oregon's population resides within the Portland metropolitan area.

Mississippi River largest river system in North America

The Mississippi River is the second-longest river and chief river of the second-largest drainage system on the North American continent, second only to the Hudson Bay drainage system. Its source is Lake Itasca in northern Minnesota and it flows generally south for 2,320 miles (3,730 km) to the Mississippi River Delta in the Gulf of Mexico. With its many tributaries, the Mississippi's watershed drains all or parts of 32 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces between the Rocky and Appalachian mountains. The main stem is entirely within the United States; the total drainage basin is 1,151,000 sq mi (2,980,000 km2), of which only about one percent is in Canada. The Mississippi ranks as the fourth-longest and fifteenth-largest river by discharge in the world. The river either borders or passes through the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana.



The club was established in April 1896, with its original golf course laid out several miles northeast, in the Richmond neighborhood, near the present-day corner of Southeast César E. Chávez Boulevard and Powell Boulevard. [1] Established two years after the Tacoma Country and Golf Club, Waverley was the second private golf club in the United States established west of the Mississippi River. [1] [2] [3]

Richmond, Portland, Oregon Neighborhood in Portland, Oregon, United States

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U.S. Route 26 in Oregon highway in Oregon

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A year later, in 1897, the club moved to its present location on the east bank of the Willamette River, just south of Sellwood. It was built on the site of an orchard owned by Oregon pioneers Henderson Luelling and Seth Lewelling, where Seth and his orchard foreman Ah Bing developed the Bing cherry. [4] [5] A golf course was built at the current location in 1898. Jack Moffat, Waverley's first golf professional assisted members in routing the new course. [1] Between May 1912 and 1924, H. Chandler Egan assisted members in establishing the current course routing, completed comprehensive bunkering and constructed numerous green complexes. Until his death in 1936, Egan continued to guide all golf course improvements. Over the past century many of Egan’s classical design elements had been overgrown, or had disappeared. In 2012, Gil Hanse using old photographs, was critical in recognizing the masterpiece of classic golf design Egan had imprinted upon Waverley. Today Egan’s vision can be seen in the expert restoration of numerous classic architectural elements at Waverley Country Club. [6]

Willamette River major river in northwest Oregon

The Willamette River is a major tributary of the Columbia River, accounting for 12 to 15 percent of the Columbia's flow. The Willamette's main stem is 187 miles (301 km) long, lying entirely in northwestern Oregon in the United States. Flowing northward between the Oregon Coast Range and the Cascade Range, the river and its tributaries form the Willamette Valley, a basin that contains two-thirds of Oregon's population, including the state capital, Salem, and the state's largest city, Portland, which surrounds the Willamette's mouth at the Columbia.

Sellwood, Portland, Oregon Neighborhood in Portland, Oregon, United States

Sellwood-Moreland is a neighborhood on a bluff overlooking the Willamette River in Southeast Portland, Oregon, bordering Westmoreland to the north, Eastmoreland to the east, and the city of Milwaukie to the south. The neighborhood is linked to Southwest Portland across the Willamette by the Sellwood Bridge, the southernmost of Portland's bridges.

Henderson Luelling American horticulturist of Oregon and California

Henderson William Luelling was an early Oakland, CA settler, horticulturist, Quaker and abolitionist. He introduced varietal fruits to the Pacific coast, first to Oregon and later to California, and gave the Fruitvale district its name. In his later years, he led a Utopian community from California to Honduras, only to encounter overwhelming adversity, which sent him back to California.

The club, which was originally spelled Waverly after the Waverly-Richmond district in which it was first established, changed its name to Waverley in 1912, with some accounts blaming an engraving error for the change in spelling. [1]


Waverley Country Club
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Tournaments hosted

The Blyth Tournament, one of the oldest international golf matches in the United States, has been held at Waverley since 1897. [1] The first Oregon Amateur Golf Tournament was held at Waverley in 1904. [1]

Winners of major championship tournaments held at Waverley:

1952 U.S. Women's Amateur Jackie Pung
1964 U.S. Senior Amateur William D. Higgins
1970 U.S. Amateur Lanny Wadkins
1981 U.S. Women's Amateur Juli Inkster
1993 U.S. Junior Amateur Tiger Woods
2000 U.S. Women's Amateur Marcy Newton

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Coordinates: 45°27′8.51″N122°39′12.49″W / 45.4523639°N 122.6534694°W / 45.4523639; -122.6534694

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