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Cedarbrook Country Club

Basic Information

Address

180 Penllyn Pike | Blue Bell, PA 19422


Phone:

(215) 646-9410


Fax:

(215) 646-1194


Email:

cedarbrookcc @cedarbrookcc.com


Website

www.cedarbrookcc.org

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Club Contacts
Golf ProfessionalBrad J Nelson(215) 643-3560
Club ManagerBucky Scott(215) 646-9410
General Manager (215) 646-9410
SuperintendentTim Kelly(215) 646-9410
Course Information
Club TypePrivate
Founded1909
ArchitectW.F. Mitchell
Tee Sheet Front 9 Back 9 Course
Rating Slope Rating Slope Rating Slope
BlackMen 36.9 133 37.5 13874.4136
Black/BlueMen 36.3 133 36.9 13573.2134
BlueMen 35.9 131 36.2 13272.1132
Blue/WhiteMen 35.2 128 35.4 12970.6129
WhiteMen 34.5 127 35.0 12269.5125
RedMen 33.2 122 34.0 11767.2120
Family BlueMen 30.2 107 30.5 10560.7106
Family GoldMen 28.7 101 29.1 9957.8100
WhiteWomen 37.4 130 38.3 14375.7137
White/RedWomen 36.8 127 37.6 13774.4132
RedWomen 35.3 127 36.8 12972.1128

History

Today’s Cedarbrook Country Club is a direct outgrowth of Stenton Country Club, which was founded in 1909 and played its golf on leased ground near Stenton Avenue and Washington Lane in the Chestnut Hill section of the city. But within 10 years this land had grown substantially in value. Unable to renew its lease, the club examined a number of sites in North Philadelphia, and in 1919 purchased a tract known then as Cedarbrook Farm. It was bounded by Cheltenham Avenue, Easton Road and Limekiln Turnpike.

The Stenton members who led the move north were George M. Bridgeman, W.G. McKechney, John E. Wick, Al Pierce, Porter Paine, and A. Raymond Raff. A decision was made to rename the organization Cedarbrook Country Club. Michael Hanson was elected president. He was succeeded by George Bridgeman.

A.W. Tillinghast was commissioned to lay out the course. Though most of the designs for which he would become celebrated were still several years in the future, he had already fashioned two of his best, the eighteens at San Francisco Golf Club and at Somerset Hills, in northern New Jersey. While the 45-year-old Tillinghast was bringing his talents to bear here on gently rolling land that had been used chiefly for grazing cattle, the members, whose lease had expired at the Stenton Avenue course in late summer of 1920, were temporarily playing their golf at Sandy Run, thanks to a special arrangement with that hospitable club.

On the Fourth of July 1921, the course and clubhouse in Cheltenham Township were formally opened. J. Hampton Moore, Mayor of Philadelphia, personally raised the club emblem to the top of the flagpole and, in a brief address, predicted a long and prosperous life for Cedarbrook. He did not guarantee that the club would stay put.


Cedarbrook’s clubhouse as it appeared in the mid-1940s, when the club was located in Cheltenham

It was in the late 1920s that Donald Ross was brought in to revise the Tillinghast design. By and large, the original routing plan was retained. But holes were lengthened, bunkering was made more stringent, and a creek brought more prominently into play. One of only two Philadelphia courses designed by the great Tillinghast now also bore the stamp of the great Ross. Nobody’s design was sacred. And in the years to come, numerous additional changes were effected, some aimed at toughening the layout, others with a view toward eliminating what some judged to be unfairly penal situations. It was here in 1947 that the 4th Annual Inquirer Invitation was held, with Ben Hogan dueling Bobby Locke.

During the 1940s, Temple University offered on three occasions to purchase the club property for a second campus. Each time the club declined. In 1955, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as part of its highway program, acquired, through condemnation, 20 1/2 acres of Cedarbrook’s land for use in the construction of the Route 309 Expressway. Serious consideration was at first given to revising the course and rehabilitating the clubhouse, but in September, 1958, a resolution to sell the property for the specific purpose of relocation was passed by the membership.

Four years later, in June 1962, a new Cedarbrook course designed by Massachusetts’ William F. Mitchell in consultation with William F. Gordon, of Doylestown, would open in Blue Bell.

For more on Cedarbrook’s history, check out the Golf Association of Philadelphia Magazine piece on the club’s centennial, which appeared in the Winter 2009 edition.

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Locations

180 Penllyn Pike | Blue Bell, PA 19422

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