In 1908, a group of businessmen calling themselves "The Westwood Club" longed for a challenging course on Cleveland's west side, where they could "put on our comfortable togs and play a round of golf, or, when we like, put on our best clothes and have a real party". This group of founding fathers included John Zangerle, Mortimer J. Weber, John Crider, John Hinz, Robert Reid, and John Kerlin. The Westwood Country Club Company was incorporated February 1914.
The original golf course property was completely redesigned by Charles Hugh Alison, one of the foremost golf course architects of the day and a partner of the prestigious international firm, McKenzie, Colt, & Alison. The course was finished in June 1926 and used for the first time in the State Tournament of that year. Many of golf’s greatest names have enjoyed playing Westwood over the years including legends Bobby Jones and Arnold Palmer, who holds the professional course record of 64.
Westwood Country Club’s state-of-the-art clubhouse opened in 2009 and features modern amenities in a luxurious, colonial revival style building. The golf course showcases the natural beauty of the property with acres of expertly manicured fairways and greens, along with beautiful natural stone bridges and water features that complement the scenic and challenging design. Members enjoy all the Club’s amenities including the Olympic-size Swimming Pool, Kiddie Pool, Clay Tennis Courts, massive Lounge Patio, Banquet Facility, Gazebo Veranda, Dining options, and all the fantastic events for those of all ages. What began as a dream among a handful of golfers 100 years ago is today considered one of the finest country clubs in northeast Ohio.