Early on, Sunset hosted three important golf championships: the 1930 St. Louis Open, the 1946 Western Open, and the 1956 Carling Open -- won by Tommy Armour, the Legendary Ben Hogan, and Dow Finsterwald Sr., respectively. All three players are enshrined in the PGA Hall of Fame, with Sunset Country Club forever etched in their biographies. Since then, Sunset has hosted many qualifying and championships events for the USGA, Missouri Golf Association, St. Louis Men's District, St. Louis Women's District and Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association.
The original course was designed and built by three brothers who learned their golf under the keen eye of Old Tom Morris at St. Andrews, Scotland: Jim, Robert and David Foulis. Known as the "Founding Fathers of Midwest Golf" they designed and built over 40 courses in Minneapolis, Chicago, Denver, and St. Louis. Their designs were among the best of the era and are considered classics today.
In 1989, Dr. Michael Hurdzan, Golf Digest’s 1998 Architect of the Year, was retained to rejuvenate and update the layout of Sunset, bringing it up to modern day golf course design standards. Dr. Hurdzan and his staff continue to work closely with our Superintendent to ensure the ongoing excellence of the course which later included a 2011 renovation redesigning a 300-yard practice facility and new green complexes on #11, #12, & #17.