Birchwood Country Club Local Jewel, Hidden In Plain Sight

As one of the top nine hole golf courses in the nation, Birchwood equally affords its members with opportunities for serious competition or a quick casual round among family and friends. Its convenient location and nine hole layout provide the ease of access and shortened time commitment so important today.

Our Head Golf Professional Kammy Maxfeldt is ranked top among her peers and was a recent recipient of the LPGA National Professional of the Year award. She is a certified U.S. Kids instructor and has been responsible for the creation of an active and growing junior golf program at the club.

With opportunities for single competition, couples events and numerous junior golf programs, there is something for every skill level be it casual play or competitive events.

Under the watch of Director of Tennis Michael Kember, Birchwood has quickly made a name for itself as home to a fine tennis program. Michael’s “ Drop In “ programming format is a perfect fit for a busy lifestyle. The program has all levels of tennis represented and a robust Junior program that is producing many fine young players.The recent addition of platform tennis has brought year round activity to the club with a fast paced cold weather alternative to traditional tennis.

Prominently Featured in New Book "The Finest Nines"

Ranked 14th in North America Among Nine Hole Courses

This continues the record of recognition Birchwood has received over the years as one one the finest nine hole courses in North America (14th in North America and 12th in the United States). At a time when many feel that the game takes too long and is not conducive with family time, the value of golf as a nine hole game has taken on new relevance.

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  • History
    • The concept of Birchwood Country Club was conceived in late 1945 after the conclusion of World War II. The property and landmark homestead upon it, belonging to the then defunct Westport Country Club, was acquired by Birchwood Country Club, which formed and incorporated in 1946.

      The existing but damaged and overgrown original eighteen hole golf course had been crammed into the approximately eighty three acres of the land parcel and was in need of almost total rebuilding. It was, at its best, a very short and weak eighteen holes. The newly formed Club leadership engaged the services of Orin Smith, a highly regarded golf course architect of that era, to consult and develop the best plan to refurbish or redesign the course. The decision was made to create a challenging nine-hole course to replace the very weak, old and decayed eighteen. That turned out to be a wise choice. In 1997 Sports Illustrated” published an article on nine hole golf courses in the USA, (at that time there were over 4,000 and now well over 6000) and rated Birchwood in the top 10 of all those courses in the country. More recently, in 2010, Golf World recognized Birchwood Country Club as the 6th best nine hole golf course in America. This course is complimented by seven Har-Tru tennis courts and a picturesque pool and tennis complex, giving Birchwood’s families much to enjoy.

      Almost from day one the Club was known for the quality of its membership, which largely was drawn from New York City north and east to Bridgeport, CT and beyond. That membership as well as the style, ambience and atmosphere of Birchwood has always been admired and considered to be among the finest of the many clubs in metropolitan New York. Our restaurant, which has long been regarded the best in the entire Westport area, is the envy of most clubs whose members have been dinner guests at Birchwood.

      Recent renovations and enlargements to the facilities have made Birchwood a fine location for Club and private events. Conveniently located, but in a pastoral setting Birchwood stands out as a the finest venue Westport has to offer.

      The quality of our facilities and our staff make Birchwood a most desirable “home away from home” for our members.

      Congratulations to Birchwood Country Club

      Ranked #6 in "Best Nine Hole Courses in the US" Sports Illustrated
      Best 25 Nine Hole Courses in America Golf World Magazine