Cape Arundel Golf Club Renames Clubhouse “41 House” in Honor
of 41st President and Cape Arundel Member George H.W. Bush
AUGUST, 2011 KENNEBUNKPORT, ME—Cape Arundel Golf Club’s historic hunter green clubhouse overlooking the Kennebunk River has a new name in honor of the club’s most famous member and 41st President of the United States George H.W. Bush: 41 House.
Club President J. Pierce O’Neil surprised President Bush at the club’s annual party by unveiling a burgundy “41 House” sign that is now mounted on the building. “From this point forward our clubhouse, which in many ways is the heart and soul of our wonderful club, will be known as 41 House in honor of our great friend and fellow member President Bush,” said O’Neil. “President Bush is and will always be one of the most memorable men in Cape Arundel Golf Club’s rich history, and this is a way to thank him for all that he has done for this great club.”
“I am so honored to have the clubhouse named “41 House,” said President Bush. “This golf course has meant a great deal to my family over the years, and we all have many happy memories of golf games won and lost. I am proud to be a part of Cape Arundel Golf Club’s rich history and heritage.”
O’Neil noted that it was especially appropriate to name the clubhouse after President Bush, as he and his many golfing guests over the years such as President Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew, Arnold Palmer, Fred Couples, Davis Love, Justin Leonard, Greg Norman, and David Toms, have often enjoyed a post round refreshment on the clubhouse’s famous porch. He also noted that President Bush was the 1947 Cape Arundel Club Champion.
Founded in 1896, the Walter Travis-designed course is known for its beauty and water views. The links-style layout features contoured greens, rolling terrain, and tidal creeks. Travis, known as “The Old Man” and the most successful amateur golfer in the United States in the early 1900’s, also designed or influenced the design of many other notable courses including Pine Valley, Pinehurst #2, National Golf Links, Westchester Country Club, and Garden City Country Club.
Cape Arundel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and from 2009-2011 underwent a restoration project overseen by Bruce Hepner of Renaissance Golf Design that included installation of new drainage and irrigation on every hole, the rebuilding of dozens of tees and bunkers to reflect the original course design; and restoration of eroded areas along the Kennebunk River.
The club’s course record of 60 is held by PGA professional Phil Mickelson, who captured it in 2006 while playing with President Bush. Our nation’s 43rd President, George W. Bush, is also a member.