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Donald Ross Design

Before arriving at the CCC, Haskins served as an assistant pro at East Lake Country Club. He served under Head Golf Professional, Stewart Maiden, and learned many tricks of the trade that he planned to use in the future. In 1922, the Country Club of Columbus was looking for a full-time golf professional. With a recommendation from golf great, Bobby Jones, Haskins made the trip and was eventually offered the job. Soon after taking over the position, Haskins worked out a deal to bring the Georgia State Championship to the CCC.

To prepare for the tournament, Mr. Haskins knew that a redesign and expansion of the then 13-hole course was necessary, but he couldn’t do it alone. Mr. Haskins worked to convince several Club officials to employ the help of professional architect, a name that still resonates in the golf world today, Donald J. Ross. Ross sketched his plans for the CCC by hand, and to this day the original sketch hangs on a wall outside of the Men’s locker room.

Ross has over 400 golf course designs to his name, including more top-100 courses than any other golf course architects. We are proud to be a Donald Ross course; and know that his legacy has helped nurture the golf game of thousands through the years.
 


Haskins Award

Mr. Haskins, highly recommended by Bobby Jones, was a wonderful teacher, and he encouraged children young and old to learn the game by implementing his Saturday morning junior clinics, where children learned golf fundamentals and life lessons. The juniors that attended these Saturday morning classes went on to win over 150 collegiate and amateur tournaments. In 1971 a group of CCC Members, eventually known as The Haskins Commission, created and award to honor both the memory of Mr. Haskins life as well as the year’s outstanding college golfer. Notable winners of the esteemed award include:
 

Ben Crenshaw

Brad Faxon

Russell Henley

Matt Kuchar

Hunter Mahan

Phil Mickelson

Justin Thomas

Matthew Wolff

Tiger Woods

This coveted trophy, to this day, continues to honor the year’s outstanding college golfer and the memory of Fred Haskins, an obscure club professional that spent his life nurturing and mentoring amateur Golfers. The Haskins Commission over the years has grown to support all Division 1 Men’s and Women’s golf teams. The CCC and Haskins Commission is proud to be the home of the Haskins Award and a friend of the ANNIKA award. 


Southeastern Amateur

The Southeastern Amateur was created in 1922 by Fred Haskins at the Country Club of Columbus, and was originally known as the Columbus Country Club Invitational. W.H. Dismuke Sr., a familiar player at the CCC, won the inaugural event. The tournament would be postponed in 1923 due to construction on the golf course, but it would return. After the Donald Ross design was put into place between 1923 and 1925, making the course a full 18-holes, the tournament began to grow.

Country Club golfers were known to dominate the field in the early years of the tournament’s conception. In 1938, the tournament, despite uproar from multiple parties at the Club, would be renamed the Southeastern Amateur in the hopes that it would broaden the appeal of the tournament. With the conclusion of the 1938 Southeastern, the stature of the tournament’s field would continue to grow. By the 1950’s the tournament had garnered the reputation of being the premier tournament for amateurs in the southeastern United States.

With the continued development and ease of travel over the years, the tournament became what it is known today, a top-level amateur tournament that attracts top golfers from around the World. The Southeastern Amateur tournament would eventually become the longest running amateur tournament in the southeast, and is still played each year at the CCC.

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