Ask Jack Burke or Jimmy Demaret when they first decided to build a golf course of their own and neither can remember an exact time or place that the subject was discussed. It didn't happen as a result of a specific plan. It simply evolved, somewhat like a trip to the altar after a long courtship during which marriage was never discussed.
Individually, they nurtured the idea of building a course during most of their playing careers. And although they had developed a strong friendship early in life that was to stand the test of time, their coming together as partners in the spectacularly successful venture that was to become Champions Golf Club was almost by accident.
So late in 1956 almost everything was "go". The land was bought, partnerships had been formed, building architects and land planners were employed, and Demaret's old friend from Hermann Park days (Ralph Plummer) was to build the course. With a lot of help from James Newton Demaret and Jack Burke, of course.
Thus was created one of the most beautiful and most spacious club settings in American golf. The clubhouse was set far back from the road, using up highly valuable land but creating a magnificent front vista of spacious flower-strewn lawn. It also set the first and tenth tees far enough from the clubhouse to create a superb view from the dining area, where members may sit at a table and watch the action at six different locations - the first and tenth tees, ninth and eighteenth greens, the practice tee and practice green.
It is probably the most functional clubhouse area for major tournaments in the country. Thousands and thousands of spectators can mill around the grounds and catch a major portion of the excitement of a tournament without ever venturing out on the course.
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Ryder Cup: 1967
U.S. Open: 1969
Houston Champions Internationals: 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970 & 1971
Southern Amateur: 1973 & 1980
U.S. Women’s Mid Amateur: 1998, 2017
Nabisco Championship: 1990
U.S. Amateur: 1993
PGA Tour Championship: 1997, 1999, 2001 & 2003
Champions Cup Invitational 1961 – 1968 and 1976 – 2016
Future Tournaments - 2020 U.S. Women's Open