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The idea of building a championship golf course in Russia dates back to the early 1970's, when Dr. Armand Hammer , an American executive with a voracious entrepreneurial spirit, was invited to Russia by government leaders. The purpose of this visit - what did Russia need to entice Western business? The legendary answer...limousines and a golf course! Now that statement seems obsolete, since foreign business came to Russia because of economic opportunity. One thing remains true however, the sport of the Western businessman is golf and it is becoming the sport of the business community world wide.

The idea became reality in 1988 when construction began on what six years later would become Russia's first and only 18-hole golf course. The project developed into Moscow Country Club, a one-of-a-kind golf resort only 45 minutes from the City Center

The course itself was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. who is regarded by many as one of the world's foremost architects of golf courses. The course is set in the deep Russian forest where large evergreens, birch and native wildlife complete a very impressive setting. The course surroundings include lakes, two streams and a variety of sand bunkers. The concept is a classic strategy with the hazards placed to create risks and rewards and to challenge even the most experienced player. Commenting on the course as it was being constructed Mr. Trent Jones Jr. said, "It was designed to be a very traditional parkland course. From back tees it has sufficient length and difficulty to host any type of championship tournament." This statement has proven itself to be true.

The very first Russian Open Golf Tournament was held at the club in 1993 on the front nine holes. MCC is now the permanent venue for this event. The importance that the Russian Government places on Moscow Country Club is evident through the President's patronage of the President of Russia Golf Cup, which takes place at the Club each year at the end of May.