Canterbury Golf Club was founded in 1921. It has a rich history of major golf championships
including the US Open, PGA Championship, Senior Open, US Amateur Championship, and
Senior PGA Championship. Canterbury is only the second club in the country to have hosted
all five of the major golf championships that are played throughout the country.
The course was designed by Herbert Strong and outside of some minor changes such as
adding additional yardage, very little has changed since 1921. For many years, Canterbury
Golf Club has been one of America’s Top 100 courses as rated by Golf Digest, Golf,
and Golfweek magazines.
Tees Yardage Par Rating Slope
Championship 7012 71 74.3 139
Canterbury 6538 72 72.0 133
Mid-Forward 6224 72 70.8 129
Forward 5491 72 72.4 128
- The final three holes at Canterbury are considered by many to be the best three finishing holes in golf.
#16 – Par 5 – 617 yards
This par five requires two accurate and long shots. After that you are on the plateau of the fairway 130 yards
from the green. If you can carry this hill with your second your approach will be blind into a severely sloped
green from back to front. Hole locations can be tricky so making putts is difficult. When Canterbury was
founded in 1921 this hole played 662 yards long and was par six!
#17 – Par 3 – 229 yards
Take par as your score here and go to #18. The hole is long and narrow with a green that is elevated and
has two tiers. The slopes off either side are severe. Getting the ball up and down will require creativity
and some luck because of the rough around the green and the slopes. The putting surface is extremely
difficult with significant slope. Many players will be happy with a bogey here.
#18 – Par 4 – 439 yards
This hole is uphill with a sloping fairway from right to left. Bunkers protrude into the fairway from
the right and trees guard the left side putting a premium on an accurate tee shot. The approach shot will
be a long one to a green that is heavily bunkered. Although the green appears to be very flat it is
deceivingly fast from back to front. Ben Hogan’s three putt in 1946 caused him to miss the U.S.
Open playoff eventually won by Lloyd Mangrum.