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  • History
    • “The entire history of the Winchester Country Club is fraught with evidence that it was founded, and has continued, on the proposition that among the durable satisfactions of life, the chief is human relationships at their best.”

      These words from club president Ralph Bonnell, on the occasion of the club’s 50th anniversary in 1952, continue to resonate today. As Bonnell referenced for members, the land on which the club resides has long brought together people of many walks to share in the blessings of life, nature, and each other.

      In the early 1600s, the present-day towns of Winchester and Arlington belonged to the domain of the Massachuset people and their leader, Nanepashemet. He was so highly regarded that he was often referred to as the “Great Sachem,” indicating his prominence among the people of the eastern woodlands. His name is translated as “New Moon” or “Moon god,” and it is in his memory that the club displays a crescent moon in its seal. However, by 1617, the Massachuset numbers had dwindled due to disease, and in 1619, Nanepashemet was killed by the attacking Tarratine tribe. It then fell on his widow to hold together the remnants of a people who had been decimated by both disease and war and now had to face arrival of European settlers.

      While, she initially approached these immigrants with caution, with time, she learned that despite their differences, there was ample opportunity for cooperation and friendship. As sachem, she shrewdly forged alliances that would result in the founding of much what is now Greater Boston. However, for the land west of the Mystic Lakes, what was said to be among her favorite and is also the present-day home of Winchester Country Club, she reserved a special gesture. In 1637, she willed 480 acres of this land the young child of Edward and Margaret Gibbons, noting that her generosity was in recognition of the “many kindnesses” the family had visited upon her and her people. It is in her honor that the club’s seal features a teepee, symbolizing a temporary shelter, as she would seasonally visit the land.

      Upon her death in 1650, the land transferred to the Gibbons and over time it fractured into several independent parcels through inheritance and purchase. One of those parcels became the property of the Swan family, who began farming the land in the 1700s. It was the Swans who built the structures that would eventually form the heart of WCC’s clubhouse. According to local history, the family would continue to welcome the descendants of Nanepashemet, who would visit and camp on the land in the summer months. However, by the mid-1800s, the Massachuset had vanished, most dying off and the remainder being assimilated into the culture of the day.

      In 1897, a small group of residents formed the Winchester Golf Club and leased land near Winter Pond in Winchester. However, by 1902, much of the membership was looking for a more accommodating location. On May 5, 1902, the Winchester Country Club was formally incorporated and initiated the purchase of about 60 acres of the old Swan Farm. Over the next dozen years, club acquired 115 more acres, reassembling a large portion of what Nanepashemet’s widow had first provided as a gift to a young boy.  

  • Guests
    • Winchester Country Club welcomes the guests of its members and asks for their cooperation in following the club’s rules and dress code.

      No denim clothing of any style is allowed on club property. The lone exception is white denim is permitted for dining during summer months.

      Men and boys are to remove hats or visors before entering any area of the clubhouse, including the pro shop. Women and girls may wear golf hats or visors during lunch in the clubhouse. Hats, when worn, are to have the visor facing forward.

      When using the pool facility, enter and exit via the poolhouse entrance. Bathing attire (including coverups) is not permitted in the main clubhouse. If dining in the adjacent outside areas (terrace, pool bar, lawn), coverups, shirts, etc. and footwear are to be worn.

      Club casual dress is acceptable during all normal dining hours and locations. For holiday events and certain other occasions, club formal (jacket and tie for men and boys) is required.

      Guidelines for club casual dress:

      • Men: collared shirts or mock turtlenecks with golf/dress pants or shorts.

      • Women: collarless shirts are permitted as long as they have sleeves. Golf/dress skirts or shorts should be no shorter than mid-thigh length.

      • T-shirts, workout pants and shorts, etc. are appropriate only in the tennis area, sports center, or swimming pool grounds.

       

  • Membership
    • Thank you for your interest in membership at Winchester Country Club. Information regarding membership is only available through an active member in good standing of the club, no information is distributed publicly.

   

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