Max R. Beck, 89, former manager of the Columbia Country Club and before that the Washington Golf and Country Club, died Wednesday in Freiburg, Germany.

He had retired from the Columbia club in 1964, and returned to his native Freiburg in 1973.

Mr. Beck began a career in the hotel business at the age of 15, when he went to Geneva to become an apprentice in the Hotel L'Angleterre.

He worked in other European hostelries such as the Cote d'Azur on the Riviera and hotels in the French Vosges Mountains before moving to New York in 1906.

Mr. Beck became a protege of the famous Oscar of the Waldorf. There he met Diamond Jim Brady, Jay Gould, Jim Fiske, Anna Held and other notables who threw fabulous parties. He also worked at the old Belmont Plaza and the Biltmore.

In 1918, he moved to Philadelphia's Whitemarsh Valley Country Club. Two years ater he came to the Columbia Country Club here.

In 1925, Mr. Beck moved to the Washington Golf and Country Club, remaining there until 1935, when he rejoined Columbia.

He is survived by his son, Robert, also a retired manager of the Columbia club, who lives in Silver Spring; his sister, Helen Beck, of Freiburg, and one grandchild.