A Difficult Par: Rancocas Golf Club

As I've learned more about golf course architecture, I've become fascinated with mid-20th century design. Robert Trent Jones, Sr. was the most influential golf course architect of the post-World War II era up through the 1980s. He was most widely known as the "Open Doctor" for his work altering Golden Age courses to fit the... Continue Reading →

Philadelphia Golf: Coronavirus Updates

Over the last week there have been a lot of visitors to the website as a result of searching for things like "golf course closed" in Google. Many people have landed on our "Here today, gone tomorrow" post about permanently closed courses from the fall. Since that's not quite the information most people are looking... Continue Reading →

Max Confusion: JC Melrose Country Club

Philadelphia boasts golf courses designed by most of the great Golden Age architects. We have numerous contributions from Donald Ross, William Flynn and A.W. Tillinghast. However, there's only one surviving local course with the design influence of either Perry Maxwell or Alister MacKenzie - JC Melrose Country Club in Cheltenham, PA - and it's open... Continue Reading →

2019 Year in Review

When I started this website in the Fall of 2018, I thought it would be a fun hobby and didn't expect anybody to actually read what I've written. But thanks to social media, I was able to reach a wider audience than expected. Thank you to all that have followed, read and commented on the... Continue Reading →

Stuck in the Middle with You: Middletown Country Club

In the borough of Langhorne, in lower Bucks County, sits the oldest public golf course in the Philadelphia region. Built in 1913, Middletown Country Club has retained a lot of old-school charm despite several changes over the years. Like many municipal courses, Middletown certainly needs some TLC (tree management), but provides fun and affordable golf... Continue Reading →

Take a Ride: Reading Country Club

If you follow the Schuylkill River out 50 miles or so from 30th Street Station - past Conshohocken, King of Prussia and Pottstown - you'll come to the 5th largest city in Pennsylvania. Most familiar to Philadelphians based on it's railroad history (like the Terminal Market and the property in Monopoly) and minor-league baseball team, the... Continue Reading →

Pure Genius: Tobacco Road

One of the great things about being a golfer is dragging your clubs around the globe to experience all the different types of golf the world offers. Philadelphia golf is an opposite of Florida, which is very different from the deserts of Southern California and Arizona, which is nothing like Scotland. The Getaway section will... Continue Reading →

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