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Glen Oak Country Club
250 Oakford Rd
Clarks Summit, PA  18411                    Printable Version
web:  www.glenoakcc.com

Architect:  William Harrison
Founded:  1951

 
 Club Contacts 
 
 
 President JP Sweeney (570) 587-7600 
 Golf Professional Robert Sedlak (570) 587-4024 
 Club Manager Jeff Spagna (570) 587-7607 
 General Manager Jeffrey L. Spagna, CCM (570) 587-7600 
 Superintendent Gino Marchetti (570) 587-7600 
 
 Slope Rating 
 
 

TeeFront RatingFront SlopeBack RatingBack SlopeCourse RatingCourse SlopeCourse Bogey
 Gold/Blue 35.1128 36.4 136 71.5 132 0.0 
 Gold 35.9130 36.7 139 72.6 135 0.0 
 Blue 34.7124 35.8 137 70.5 131 0.0 
 White 33.4120 34.2 132 67.6 126 0.0 
 Red 36.4127 37.2 130 73.6 129 0.0 
 Green 34.4118 34.5 127 68.9 123 0.0 
 
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 Club History 
 
 

In the 1940s, a group of prominent Scranton businessmen began a search for a site for an alternative country club. This search originally encompassed the entire Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area but soon shifted to Clarks Summit

In September, 1951, the Oakford Estate became available and 16 future Glen Oak members contributed $100 each for an option on the 138-acre property. The property included a barn (now the maintenance center) and two bungalows (which now house the general manager’s and course superintendent’s families), as well as the Oakford family’s summer estate.

The club was called the Excelsior Social Club until December 1952 with Harold Phillips serving as the first club president

Soon after the club was organized, the membership retained James Harrison, a noted area golf architect with several dozen layouts to his credit, to design the course. Some of Harrison’s other efforts include Penn State University Golf Course, Scotch Valley Golf Club in Holidaysburg, Latrobe Country Club and Warwick Hills Country Club in Michigan, site of an annual PGA Tour event.

Work on the course began in 1952 under the direction of Isadore Spitz and Irving Jackman. The first nine holes (now holes 1-5, 15-18) were opened for play on Oct. 11, 1953. The remaining nine holes opened on June 3, 1961 and the course reconfigured to the present sequence. The first hole, a downhill, then uphill par 5, is extremely narrow but features an attractive panoramic view of the majority of the course. Holes 2-5 are a gentle introduction to your round. The difficult sixth requires an uphill, left to right tee shot placed between two large oaks, but shots lost here can be recovered on the wide open, short par 5 seventh. Holes 8-11 demand precision but then two more birdie opportunities arise in the short par 4s, 12 and 13. The course finishes with five very difficult holes.

In recent years, additional forward and back tees were constructed. As a result, members can play the course from as short as 4,800 or as long as 6,600 yards.

In 2002, the club totally redesigned and rebuilt the ninth hole, a short par 3 that sits in front of the clubhouse. The original hole featured a severely sloping green, which became almost unplayable over the years.

Architects raised the front of the green and eliminated the back as well as added bunkering to the front left.

The Oakford home was converted into a dining facility in July 1952 with a dining room added in 1955 and a major kitchen expansion in 1971. In 1978, the main clubhouse burned to the ground and was replaced by the present locker room facility. The new clubhouse was completed on Aug. 17, 1987.

The club has also constructed several putting, chipping and bunker practice areas, a driving range and tennis courts. In 2001, the club completed construction of a new swimming pool house featuring a cafe and locker rooms, a big hit with the club’s families.

Glen Oak joined the Golf Association of Philadelphia in 2002.


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