In 1916 the Garden City Country Club commissioned Walter J. Travis to design a championship 18 hole golf course. At that time, Travis was one of the most famous golfers in America, having won the U.S. Amateur in 1900, 1901 and 1903. In 1904 he became the first American to win the British Amateur Championship.
The golf course opened on June 1, 1917 and played at 6408 yards. It Travis' third in Garden City. The Garden City Country Club's course is said to have included holes modeled after prominent Met-area holes.
Early in 1917, professionals Walter Hagan, "Long Jim" Barnes, as well as amateurs Jerry Travers and John G. Anderson played an exhibition match at the club for the benefit of the Red Cross. On August 13, 1939 two leading women players of the time, Helen Hicks (of Long Island) and Helen Detweiler were paired with host professional Jam Mallon and Willie Klein.
Recent championship events held at Garden City Country Club include the 2000 Long Island Amateur, won by current PGA Tour professional Mark Turnesa and the 2003 Metropolitan PGA Head Pro Championship won by Mike Diffley from the Pelham Country Club. In 2012, Garden City hosted the Metropolitan Senior Open. Knickerbocker Country Club Head Professional, Ed Whitman, set the course record record of 65. The Championship was ultimately won by Professional Pete Busch from Galloping Hill with a two day score of 140.