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 →

Like a Ross: LuLu Country Club

Donald Ross was perhaps the most prolific of Golden Age golf course architects, producing over 400 courses in 40 years. While only a few courses are seen as elite (Pinehurst #2, Seminole and locally Aronimink), nearly every Ross course is excellent due to inspired routing, interesting green complexes and solid design principles. In most cities... Continue Reading →

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 →

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