CHESTNUT HILL GOLF FINDS NEW HOME
Courtesy of Greg Gornick, Chestnut Hill SID
Philadelphia, PA - (2/8/2010) - The Chestnut Hill College golf team has found a home as the Department of Athletics and Whitemarsh Valley Country Club recently came to an agreement that would provide the Griffins with a home course. Whitemarsh Valley Country Club is a private club that has a rich tradition of golf history in the greater Philadelphia area. Located in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, the club is located just north of campus and is approximately 20 minutes from center city Philadelphia. The golf team will have use of the facility for practice two days a week and the opportunity to host up to three matches a year.
Whitemarsh Valley Country Club was founded in 1908 and was the first course ever designed by famed golf course architect George Thomas, Jr. who went on to design Riviera Country Club as well as the North Course at Los Angeles Country Club. The club hosted the 1934 U.S. Women's Amateur as well as the IVB Philadelphia Classic on PGA Tour for 18 consecutive years, from 1963 through 1980 with a notable list of winners including, Arnold Palmer in 1963 which was his only professional win in his career in Pennsylvania, Jack Nicklaus three times, Tom Weiskopf, as well as the first tour win of the respective careers of Tom Kite and Tom Jenkins.
The club is also very active in hosting various Golf Association of Philadelphia events and will host the 2010 Pennsylvania Women's State Amateur.