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Old York Road Country Club
801 Tennis Avenue
Spring House, PA  19477                     Printable Version

Architect:  William and David Gordon
Founded:  1910

 Club Contacts 
 President Peter Clearkin (215) 738-0935 
 Golf Professional Jeffrey M Sikina, PGA (215) 643-2182 
 General Manager James T. Carnahan, III (215) 368-0180 
 Superintendent Drew Goehler (215) 643-0180 x111 
 Caddie Master Jason E. Probst (215) 643-0180 
 Slope Rating 

TeeFront RatingFront SlopeBack RatingBack SlopeCourse RatingCourse SlopeCourse Bogey
 White 38.8144 38.3 138 77.1 141 0.0 
 Black 36.5140 36.4 128 72.9 134 0.0 
 Emerald 37.4139 36.7 129 74.1 134 0.0 
 Grey 35.8138 36.0 127 71.8 133 0.0 
 Green 36.7136 35.6 128 72.3 132 0.0 
 White 35.5137 35.6 126 71.1 132 0.0 
 Ruby 35.2125 35.1 127 70.3 126 0.0 
 Emerald 34.9127 33.6 124 68.5 126 0.0 
 Family Tee 27.991 27.3 88 55.2 90 0.0 
 Green 34.4125 33.2 122 67.6 124 0.0 
 Family Tee 26.297 26.1 94 52.3 96 0.0 

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 Club History 

In 1909, a small group of Jenkintown residents, many of who were Quakers, began meeting to discuss forming a local golf club. On Feb. 17, 1910 the first officially recorded meeting of this new Club was held and a group of seven men were empowered to obtain an option on 67 acres of land, on Old York Road in Jenkintown, from Abington Friends Meeting.

Buttonholing their friends and acquaintances in Jenkintown, Wyncote, Ogontz, Glenside, Melrose, Elkins Park and Oak Lane, the group committed to the formation of a club that would include a nine-hole, 3,000-yard golf course, designed by Jimmy Lang, former professional at Huntingdon Valley Country Club. Exclusive of seed and fertilizer the cost to build the nine was $648.

Members were charged a $25 entrance fee and annual dues were $25.

Old York Road’s clubhouse photographed in June, 1911, one year after its opening.

The rent paid to Abington Friends Meeting was $1,500 per year.

Old York Road Country Club officially opened on June 4, 1910 with putting and driving contests for men and ladies, a baseball game, a reception and tea, and a dinner dance.

After one year the Club had 250 members and 30 on the waiting list.

In 1912, an additional 35 acres were leased to create an 18-hole layout that opened in 1913.

The first Old York Road Invitational was held in July of 1920. E.C. Clarey of Bala captured the inaugural two-day event. Over the years other winners of Invitational, one of the oldest tournaments of its kind in the region, include J. Wood Platt, William Hyndman III and Jay Sigel, to name just a few.

In 1962, the Club faced its most daunting challenge ever. Under obligation to put its land to the most profitable use in order to support its expanding school, the Trustees of Abington Friends Meeting requested that Old York Road CC relocate. Forced to start over after 52 years, 57 properties were inspected by the Club’s search committee before selecting the 126 acre Bennerbrook Farm, located in Spring House Montgomery County.

A sum of $250,000 was spent to acquire the land and $500,000 was spent to renovate the Manor House, Cannon House and Barn, as well as convert the cornfields into an 18-hole golf course.

William and David Gordon were contracted to design and construct the course. One hundred and sixty-four members committed to make the move to Spring House and the first ball was struck from the first tee of the new course on July 4, 1963.

Measuring 6,600 yards from the back tees, the Gordons created a great walking course that is a demanding test of golf. Length is not the challenge. The course difficulty lies in hitting precise approach shots and putting the fast, severely sloped, undulating greens.

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