A few years ago I found a great website while researching old courses - the Hagley Museum in Wilmington, DE. Their digital archives have all kinds of photos and print materials from years gone by. The most interesting collection for golfers is the Dallin Aerial Surveys photograph collection. There are hundreds of aerial photos of... Continue Reading →
A Beautiful Sight: Bella Vista Golf Course
In the northwestern suburbs, along the 422 corridor, there is a bounty of public golfing options compared to the rest of the region. One that stands out among the 16 courses in the area is Bella Vista Golf Course. Opening in 2002, it was designed by Jim Blaukovitch and is set over rolling countryside. While... Continue Reading →
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 →
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 →
The Grass is Always Green: Turtle Creek Golf Course
Conditions are a big factor in how Americans judge a golf course. While the quality of the playing surface is certainly important to a golfer's experience, this has taken on too much importance in considering how "good" a golf course is. Why is it this way? The largest influence is certainly what we see weekly... Continue Reading →
Great Golf comes in Small Packages: Paxon Hollow
Golf courses don't always have to be long to be good. Paxon Hollow is a fun, old Philadelphia golf course with excellent green complexes and a lot of variety.
Cobbs Creek Golf Club
The Cobbs Creek Olde Course is the crown jewel of Philadelphia's public golf options. Though rough around the edges, the historic courses are fun and affordable.
Welcome to PhilaGolf
PhilaGolf is a website that explores the Philadelphia golfing scene. While primarily focused on reviewing public golfing options, we will explore many golf-related topics. I love playing golf. It’s a sport that combines social, athletic, competitive and natural experiences. I’m a 16 handicap and have three sons (14, 10 and 5), so time and money... Continue Reading →