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Argyle Country Club originated in 1923 in Washington, DC when the Argyle Tennis Club merged with the Brightwood Caddie’s Association. The club property was approximately bounded by Georgia Ave., Kennedy St., New Hampshire Ave., and Buchanan St., NW. After about one year at the DC location, the club moved to what is now known as Sligo Creek Golf Course in Silver Spring, Maryland where the land was leased from the Argyle Land Company.

The Sligo facility had nine holes of golf and several tennis courts. An old farmhouse served as a clubhouse where light food was served. Operations at this location ceased in 1945 when several of the stockholders, knowledgeable in real estate, gathered a majority of the stock and sold the property for a good profit to Montgomery County for use as a public course that still exists as Sligo Golf Course.

In December 1945 a new Argyle Land Company was formed and the present location of approximately 150 acres was purchased from Mr. and Mrs. Roland McKenzie. A non-profit subsidiary was formed with a common board of directors and common ownership. The primary reason for the separate incorporation was the tax advantage in having the operating corporation organized for social purposes rather than for profit. Over a period of time, membership in the country club changed and the two boards were no longer identical.

At the time of the purchase, the property was an operating dairy farm. The barn became the clubhouse utilizing the hay loft for locker rooms, the milking shed for office space, and the stanchion area as the main lounge. Initially, no food was served, and the furnishings were very rudimentary.

Over time, improvements were made. The grill room, which began as a deck, was enclosed. The pool and pro shop were added in the mid-1950’s, and the tennis courts were built in 1978. A major renovation in 1967 enlarged the clubhouse, eliminating its barn-like appearance.

The philosophy in creating the club was to provide golf for the working man and his family. It was not a socially minded club, but rather a no-frills, utilitarian, reasonably priced club facility offering topnotch golf. From the beginning, members volunteered their time on the property doing jobs ranging from collecting rocks on the golf course to light carpentry work in the clubhouse. Some members donated trees and shrubs.

With an overall membership of approximately 500 families today, Argyle Country Club provides first-class leisure and enjoyment in a family environment.

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