HISTORY OF RCC

156 year tradition

Ridgeway Country Club was founded in 1861 as a young men's club under the name of the Southern Club on the banks of the Mississippi.

1861- 2017 A 156 Year Tradition:

Ridgeway Country Club was founded in 1861 as a young men's club under the name of the Southern Club on the banks of the Mississippi. When Federal forces occupied Memphis in 1863 the commanding general objected to the name hence, the name was changed to the Rex Club and occupied quarters over the Lyric Theatre on Madison Avenue. On January 15, 1908, the Club purchased a plot of ground at Dunlap and Madison and built the new home of the Rex Club. In 1919 the Rex Club purchased 178 acres of land at 5854 Poplar, which is now Ridgeway Road and constructed the first nine holes of golf, two tennis courts and a clubhouse. On August 21, 1921, the name of the club was changed to the Rex Ridgeway Country Club. In 1935 four additional tennis courts were constructed and in 1939 a swimming pool was built. On December 27, 1941, the corporate name of the club was again changed and it became known as Ridgeway Country Club. In 1950 the second nine hole of the golf course were completed.  In 1971, the 5854 Poplar property was sold and the present land at 9800 Poplar was purchased. Ed Seay and Ellis Maples were hired as architects of the present golf course. In 1998 construction was completed on the present clubhouse.

At Ridgeway Country Club, you will enjoy the company of a diverse, wide-ranging membership, innovative programs and a fresh approach to just about every aspect of the country club experience. At Ridgeway Country Club, our goal is to create a sense of belonging you just won’t find any place else. Our emphasis isn't on having the biggest membership possible. It's on making sure that each individual membership is as enjoyable and rewarding as possible. That means providing opportunities for the entire family to be involved, to play golf, enjoy tennis, swim, dine, entertain clients, celebrate events and mark the important occasions of our lives.