The original golf holes in Westport, New York, was a 6-hole course called the "Westport Golf Links" - in conjunction with the then famous, now defunct Westport Inn.
Shortly after the turn of the century, the course was expanded to 9 holes under the supervision of greens-keeper Thomas Lee. At the time, it was noted, the fairways were kept closely cropped by Lee's green's crew - his flock of sheep.
In 1928, Scottish Architect, Thomas Winton was hired to turn Westport into an 18-hole course. Winton came from Montrose Scotland, where his father was a famous club-maker. He learned golf architecture from noted Scotsman Willie Park. Upon coming to the U.S., Winton was hired by the Westchester County Parks to upgrade courses in that area. Winton contributed to major renovations at famous courses, such as, Siwanoy, Apawamis, Sleepy Hollow in New York, and the Congressional Blue Course in Washington D.C. Unfortunately, Thomas Winton's years in the U.S. coincided largely with the Great Depression - when very little golf course work was contracted. Winton died shortly after finishing Westport's current 18 holes. Some say it may have been his finest completed work.
During the 50's, Westport became the summer home of famed Scottish Pro Henry Picard, who lived on what is now 18 Harbour View Drive. The fairways of Westport were also frequented by the likes of Babe Ruth, Stan Musiel, and Harry Carey.
With the demolition of the Westport Inn in the late 50's, the golf course became it's own enterprise, operated briefly by the Town of Westport, then several private enterprises including businessman/philanthropist - Arthur Pepin. Mr. Pepin was a grand gentleman who courted numerous celebrities through Westport.
In 2001, Westport Country Club was purchased from the Pepin Estate by a PGA group - the Westport Golf Investors LLC. This current operating group cordially invites you to the relaxing, scenic golf experience we offer in historic Westport, New York.
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