Best Private Golf Course - 2000
Bellerive Country Club
There's a reason Bellerive Country Club (12925 Ladue Rd., 314-434-4400) keeps landing major tournaments, including the World Golf Championships-American Express Championship in 2001 and the U.S. Senior Open Championship in 2004. The course, located on a 353-acre site at Ladue and Mason roads, was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., and it is the only St. Louis course that is regularly recognized nationally as one of the Top 100 modern courses in the nation. It was the site of the 1965 U.S. Open and, more recently, hosted the 1992 PGA Championship. This impressive 7,503-yard course, with its zoysia fairways and large greens, is also incredibly exclusive. In the course's early days after its founding in 1897 as the Field Club of St. Louis, the club set a membership limitation of 350. The limit remains today.