The History

Winding Brook Country Club CourseWinding Brook Country Club is a family owned and operated 18-hole, par 70, semi-private golf course. Spanning over 265 acres in Northern Columbia County, the golf course was designed and constructed by Paul J. Roth, the grandfather of Al Austin-current owner.

Construction began in 1961 and took two years to complete. Winding Brook was one of the first courses in the Northeast to install a complete automatic irrigation system for fairways, tees, and greens.

The golf course acquired its name from the “winding brook” that lazily flows through both the front and back nines, surrounded by large pines – all of which were planted by hand, bordering the fairways and the spring-fed ponds.

Winding-Brook-50th-WEB-2After originally opening as a private country club, Roth decided to become semi-private due to rising operational costs.

In 1984, Al Austin decided to join his grandfather in the capacity of Vice President and Manager. After 29 years, Al is now the owner and President of Winding Brook joined by his family; Kathi, Bud, and Katee.

Today, Winding Brook remains a semi-private course, taking in outside green fees and outings to keep the membership fee down for members.

The Austin’s pride themselves in being one of the few family-owned and operated golf courses in New York State.

They carry that feeling of family onto their employees, some of which who have been employed at Winding Brook for 30 years or more.