The Greenock Country Club was listed as a member of the United States Golf Association in 1895, making it one of the first formally recognized clubs in the U.S. The 19th century course was largely unchanged until Donald Ross, the Scottish architect and golf course designer, was hired in 1927 to modernize the 9-hole layout. The course has remained largely intact and still contains many of Ross' trademark design concepts, including elevated greens, tightly mown chipping areas and the incorporation of natural terrain. In the early 2000s, the club restored many of the greens back to their original composition. Greenock is one the few existing 9-hole golf courses designed by Donald Ross and one of 50 Massachusetts courses included in the Donald Ross Golf Trail.