Founded by a small group of Memphis business leaders in 1913, Colonial Country Club has long been regarded as one of the premier private clubs in the Mid-South region.
Colonial has been located at its current site since 1972, when the club purchased over 385 acres to develop the sprawling facility our members enjoy today that includes an 18-hole championship golf course and pro shop, a massive 35,000 square foot clubhouse with multiple dining venues, an Olympic-size swimming pool, six tennis courts, a snack bar and dressing facility.
A significant part of the club’s rich history and tradition are its close ties to the PGA Tour. Beginning in 1958, Colonial hosted what was then known as “The Memphis Open,” which began with a purse of just $20,000. Over time, that event grew into what is known as the FedEx St. Jude Classic, and became a mainstay on the annual PGA Tour schedule. During its historic run as host of the event, Colonial produced a list of champions that includes some of the game’s all-time greats including Gary Player, Lee Trevino, and Jack Nicklaus.
During the 1977 Danny Thomas Memphis Classic, the club was also the site of two events that made national news. First, President Gerald Ford made a hole-in-one during the Wednesday Celebrity Pro-Am in what came to be known as the “Shot Heard Round the World.” Two days later, Al Geiberger shocked the golf world by firing the first-ever 59 in PGA Tour competition, a record that stood for several decades.
The club’s rich history and tradition has helped guide our vision for the future. We’re proud to carry on the legacy of over 100 years of down-home Southern Hospitality, world-class golf and genuine camaraderie amongst our members.