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 →
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: 2020 Edition
Despite all the challenges of 2020, the sport of golf has seen a resurgence. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people have flocked to golf courses as it's a sport that allows easy social distancing and enjoyment of the outdoors. Since courses reopened in May, most have been packed, even into the Winter. The Golf Association... 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 →
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: 2019 Edition
In the fall of 2019, three Philadelphia area golf courses will close for good - Limekiln Golf Club, FDR Golf Course and Upper Dublin Golf Club.
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.
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 →