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The 1930s Birth of a Classic

In 1930, a chapter of golfing history began as the first golf ball soared from the tee at Moraine Country Club. For over 90 years,  Moraine has etched itself into the hearts of its members and the annals of the sport. It became a venue where legendary golfer Byron Nelson secured his ninth major championship, marking his remarkable streak of 11 consecutive victories. But beyond championships, Moraine Country Club has fostered lifelong friendships and cherished family memories.

The club's inception owed much to Colonel Edward A. Deeds, co-founder of the Wright Airplane Company and co-inventor of the automobile self-starter. Though not a golfer himself, Deeds recognized the joy the sport brought to others. He, along with Charles F. Kettering, former Ohio governor James Cox, and esteemed Dayton merchant and civic leader Frederick H. Rike, laid the foundation for Moraine by proposing the idea of a golf course on the Moraine Farm property, Deeds' 170-acre land. Embracing the vision, they became the founding fathers of Moraine Country Club. To craft a magnificent course, they enlisted the expertise of Alec "Nipper" Campbell, a golf course designer with a masterful touch, known for his ability to join the game to the land instead of forcing the game upon the land. Campbell, originally from Scotland, saw the potential in the glacier-carved hills of Moraine Farms. He crafted a Scottish links-style course, reminiscent of the famed courses in his homeland, including those at St. Andrews, Troon, Prestwick, and North Berwick.

1945 PGA Championship

In the summer of 1942, a momentous event unfolded in the early history of Moraine Country Club, forever shaping its reputation as a golfing haven. Renowned touring professionals, Jimmy Demaret, Byron Nelson, Chick Harbert, and Toney Penna, captivated a large and enthusiastic crowd with an exhilarating 18-hole exhibition match. The resounding success of this event, infused with glowing praises from the participating professionals, captured the attention of the golfing world.

Club president Chick Allyn and head professional Tommy Bryant, inspired by the event's triumph, extended invitations to other golf professionals to experience the course's allure. The enthusiasm and acclaim didn't go unnoticed, drawing the keen eye of the PGA. In recognition of Moraine Country Club's exceptional playing qualities and warm hospitality, the PGA made an esteemed decision. They chose Moraine as the venue to host the prestigious 1945 PGA Championship.

The young Club embraced the honor, well aware that all eyes in the golfing world would be upon them. As the championship approached, anticipation mounted, and it surpassed expectations. The 1945 PGA Championship at Moraine made history by boasting the largest field of players ever assembled for the event, setting new attendance records. 

In this pivotal championship, golfing legend Byron Nelson secured his ninth consecutive title. With unmatched prowess, he secured his ninth consecutive title, a feat unparalleled in the history of golf. This extraordinary achievement marked the beginning of an astounding streak, culminating in 11 consecutive victories, further solidifying Moraine Country Club's place in golfing lore. In the years that followed, Moraine continued to attract prolific golfers such as Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, and Babe Zaharias, who graced the course with their skills during exhibitions. Moreover, the club took immense pride in regularly hosting the Ohio Amateur Championship since 1979, providing a platform for the state's most competitive amateur golfers to showcase their talents.

Through decades of golfing excellence, Moraine Country Club remains a celebrated destination for players and spectators alike. Its hallowed fairways echo the unforgettable moments and historic triumphs that have left an indelible mark on the sport of golf, continuing to inspire generations of golfers to come.

The Tradition Continues 2016

In 2016, a momentous transformation brought Moraine's historic course back to its Scottish links style origins, thanks to the brilliant vision of golf course architect Keith Foster. With meticulous care, Foster undertook the extensive, year-long restoration process; Nipper Campbell's masterpiece was completely and lovingly restored. Every intricate detail was lovingly revived, breathing new life into the course's time-honored charm.

The revitalization efforts extended beyond the fairways, encompassing a modernization of the clubhouse to ensure the continuation of its tradition of gracious hospitality. While cherished reminders of the club's storied past remain throughout the clubhouse, a contemporary touch now graces the interior with state-of-the-art facilities, inviting furniture, and a brand-new kitchen.

Golf course architect Keith Foster aptly described the essence of Moraine Country Club as "Moraine, A Place of Pride." This sentiment resonated profoundly with the club's members and staff, who wholeheartedly embraced it. To them, Moraine is more than just a golfing destination; it is "A Place of Pride for Members and Staff." It symbolizes the collective joy, camaraderie, and passion that bind the Moraine community together.

Harmony Between Change and Continuity

Moraine Country Club exemplifies the perfect harmony between change and continuity. Led by exceptional and forward-thinking leaders, the club constantly adapts to meet the needs of the modern world while preserving its cherished traditions.

Environmental stewardship is deeply ingrained in Moraine's guiding principles, earning recognition from the esteemed Audubon Society. Impeccable agronomic practices, including a water-recycling green equipment wash station, ensure the protection of the environment by keeping harmful substances away from reusable water.

The devoted and loyal staff play a vital role in preserving Moraine's unique essence. They uphold both tangible and intangible aspects that make the club a true privilege and pleasure to experience. The club's motto, "Amicitia Inter Ludos" - Friendship through Sports, rings true for generations past, present, and future, fostering a sense of unity and camaraderie that endures through time.