Top 100 Golf Courses: Aronimink Golf Club
It's not often you get to play one of the Top 100 Golf Courses in the country but finally, I played my first. Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square is ranked #76 in the United States by Golf Digest and it did not disappoint.
When I received the invite (thank you JJ & MJ) I actually debated if I wanted to or not. I had played private courses before so I thought, "How different could Aronimink be?" Well, I'm an idiot for even considering not playing and now I think I might be hooked on the Top 100 Golf Courses. As a golf fan enthusiast, I needed to play this so I could truly understand what I have been missing. Without further delay, here is Aronimink Golf Club.
(The clubhouse at Aronimink Golf Club. The club was founded in 1896 and moved here in 1928.)
Aronimink Golf Club is located just outside of Philadelphia, PA in Newton Square. Although founded in 1896, the club changed locations several times before finally settling here in 1926 and opening its doors in 1928. The club sits on 300 acres and they own an additional 90 acres which would be able to host an additional nine holes.
The course is a traditional Donald Ross design it's nothing short of spectacular. How good? It's rumored Ross him self was quoted as saying "I Intended to make this my masterpiece but not until today did I realize I built better than I knew". The course has undergone some changes since the original design and but the majority of it remains the same.
The Club hosted it's first PGA Championship in 1962 and in 1977 hosted the USGA Amateur Championship. After 20 years without an event, the 1997 USGA Junior Amateur Championship was played here and just 6 years later, the Senior PGA Championship was hosted by Aronimink. Wondering if we would ever see an event here again, The AT&T Championship (Tigers Woods Tournament) signed up to play the 2010 & 2011 events as Congressional undergoes some changes.Continued on the next page