The beautiful Stow Acres Country Club site is distinguished by two award winning championship 18-hole golf courses, the North and South, anchored by a renovated antique Victorian Clubhouse. The two courses, designed by noted achitect Geoffrey Cornish, were designated Best Golf Course by Boston Magazine. The South opened in 1921 as a 9-hole course.
The North was selected as one of America's 50 best public courses by Golf Digest (1984, 1996) and hosted the U.S. Amatuer Public Links Championship in 1995 (only second time ever in New England). From 2003-2006, Stow Acres hosted the Monday qualifier for the PGA's Deutsche Bank Championship held at the TPC Boston.
Around 1920, the parcel of land was purchased by Charles M. Cox, a wealthy grain merchant from Boston. Mr. Cox played golf, and it was he who began the legacy at Stow Acres Country Club. Local information maintains that Mr. Cox used the property to establish a golf course that was open to African Americans. They were unable to play at other courses due to the unfortunate, yet inherent, segregation of that period of American history. In 1926, Stow Acres, then known as Mapledale, was the site of the first national black men's championship.
Over the years, Stow Acres changed ownership several times. In 1954, the Pages, three brothers from Waltham, bought the property and expanded the course from 9 holes to its present 36-hole layout. The course was again sold in 1986 to Walter Lankau, Jr. and Roger Kane, Jr. An extensive renovation of the clubhouse took place at that time. The restoration returned the building to spendid condition, making it one of the most popular and unique sites in the area for special functions.
Continued improvements to the golf courses, and the addition of such amenities as motorized golf cars, a full service Golf Shop, Golf School, and an expanded grille area, have made Stow Acres a popular modern destination for golfers and social guests alike. In 2002, Walter Lankau became the sole owner of Stow Acres.
Stow Acres has been through a steady and dramatic transformation - from 19th century physician's gentrified country estate to an award-winning golfer's mecca - all within the space of 100 years. There is a great measure of pride in Stow Acres' historically significant past. We are equally positive about its very important position in the history of the great game of golf in New England. May there always be people who come to enjoy its beauty - and its challenges - for another hundred years.