Barrett C. Nichols Memorial TournamentOak Hill Country Club - Fitchburg, MA
Registration Date: TBA
Oak Hill Country Club opened on July 4, 1921. The 9 hole golf course was designed by renowned architect Wayne Stiles. The impressive clubhouse, designed by prominent Fitchburg architect Albert Francis opened five weeks later, to great acclaim. A year later, two tennis courts were constructed (on the site of today’s swimming pool), completing the founders’ vision of a first-class country club for Fitchburg.
The success of the club encouraged the members to expand the golf course to 18 holes. In 1925, the club hired Donald Ross, who is still considered one of the greatest golf architects of all time, to design the new nine. Two years later, the second nine was ready to play.
The grand opening on July 30, 1927 featured a 36-hole exhibition match between U.S. Open champion Tommy Armour and Metropolitan and Massachusetts Open champion Johnny Farrell. The players’ fame was such that the opening of Oak Hill’s 18-hole golf course received extensive coverage in the Boston and New York newspapers as well as in the national golf magazines. Farrell established the initial course record with his 2nd round score of 70, defeating Armour by three shots.
Oak Hill has been a prominent site for local and regional championships. Beginning with the 1935 Massachusetts Open – won by Gene Sarazen – Oak Hill has hosted 15 Massachusetts Golf championships, three New England Amateurs, three New England PGA championships, the 1966 Tri-State matches, and countless Mass Golf and USGA qualifying events. Local golf officials consider Oak Hill to be one of the state’s best competitive venues, a recognition that has resulted in the club being awarded a 7th Massachusetts Open Championship in its Centennial Year of 2021.
The Barrett C. Nichols Memorial Tournament format is a best two balls of four net aggregate. In the event of a tie, winners will be determined by a matching of cards subject to USGA rules.
Prizes will also be awarded for the team with the lowest gross score and for the next three low net scores.
USGA rules apply and participants will be advised of any local rules. A team captain shall keep the card and upon completion of play, sign and turn it into the scoring table for confirmation and final posting.