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Philmont Country Club

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301 Tomlinson Road | Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006


(215) 947-1271


(215) 947-1565


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Golf ProfessionalMichael McCarraher(215) 947-0741
General ManagerRick Burkhardt(215) 947-1271
SuperintendentTony Johnson(215) 947-0741
Course Information
Club TypePrivate
ArchitectWillie Park, Jr.
Tee Sheet Front 9 Back 9 Course
Rating Slope Rating Slope Rating Slope
BlackMen 36.9 141 36.5 13973.4140
BlueMen 36.4 137 35.8 13372.2135
WhiteMen 36.1 133 35.2 13271.3133
White/Gold ComboMen 35.3 131 34.6 12969.9130
GoldMen 35.0 130 33.4 12268.4126
WhiteWomen 38.8 145 38.3 13877.1142
RedWomen 37.0 134 35.4 12572.4130
BlueMen 33.9 129 34.7 13568.6132
WhiteMen 33.7 127 34.1 13367.8130
GoldMen 32.5 126 33.6 12966.1128
Cut Out-BlueMen 36.2 138 36.2138
Cut Out-WhiteMen 35.9 137 35.9137
Cut Out-GoldMen 35.1 132 35.1132
Cut In-BlueMen 33.6 133 33.6133
Cut In-WhiteMen 33.1 132 33.1132
High-BlueMen 33.1 127 33.1127
Cut In-GoldMen 32.5 129 32.5129
High-WhiteMen 32.6 126 32.6126
High-GoldMen 32.2 124 32.2124
MiddleWomen 36.9 129 36.8 12973.7129
ForwardWomen 35.1 122 35.6 12070.7121


At Philmont, neither the location or the name has ever changed. And as was the case at Springhaven, it was a woman who spurred this club into existence, even to the point of finding the site for it.

In the early years of the new century, there was a steady migration of the center-city Jewish population to the suburbs of eastern Montgomery County. This “exodus” inclined to follow the Reading Railroad line, with most people establishing their homes within an easy walk of the train station in such communities as Oak Lane, Elkins Park, and Jenkintown, though the more adventurous even went so far into the hinterland as Rydal and Meadowbrook.

Mrs. Samuel D. Lit, whose husband owned and ran the well-known department store at 8th and Market Streets, was convinced that what the former city dwellers needed was a country club. It would serve as a gathering place for those who had automatically seen a great deal of each other when they were all living in town. Equally important, it would provide desirable recreational opportunities (“Now that we’ve got all this fresh air, what are we going to do with it?”).

Since the next step was to find a location for the club, Mrs. Lit started looking around. It was in the late spring of 1906 that she invited Ellis Gimbel, Jack Aspen, and Harry Leopold to meet her just north of Bethayres one day at a little flag station (the train stopped only if you flagged it down) on Reading called Philmont. Nearby was a rolling, tree-studded 92-acre farm where ponies were being raised. It looked to be ideal, and it was for sale.

A $250 deposit on a lease at $2,500 a year secured the property together with an option to buy it for $65,000. A landscape engineer said that a nine-hole couse could be laid out for about $5,000. It was estimated that the farmhouse on the hill could be converted into a clubhouse for $8,000.

An organizational meeting was attended by nearly 200 people, including many who still lived in the city. Ellis Gimbel was elected president. Completing the slate were Jack Aspen (vice president), Ely Selig (treasurer), and Charles Fox (secretary).

The club, which took its name from the train station, was an instantaneous—indeed, rousing—success. Five months later it could point to 592 members, with regular members paying annual dues of $50.

Few of those who joined had ever struck a golf ball. In fact, when the first greens committee was appointed, only two members could be found who had played golf. Tennis was the most popular sport then at Philmont. Baseball also had plenty of enthusiasts. Even polo had its devotees. And the club’s younger women organized a basketball team.

Philmont officially opened on May 18,1907. In those days many of the members who continued to reside in the city took the 9:17 train on Saturday morning from Reading Terminal, and went back home on the 12:19 a.m., following the Saturday evening festivities. For them, a day at the country club was a long day. A horse-drawn bus transported them to and from the Philmont station.

Starting out with nine holes, Philmont now offers a pair of 18-hole courses (North & South). Even though there may have be some controversial discussions on who the original course designers were, history shows that the designer for the South course was John Reid, with future revisions conducted by Hugh Wilson (1913), Willie Park, Jr. (1923) and William F. Gordon. Reid also designed the original layouts at Atlantic City Country Club, Wilmington Country Club and Lancaster Country Club. The North Course was designed by Park Jr. and revisions were led by William F. Gordon. Park Jr. designed the famous Olympia Fields Country Club in Chicago, Ill.



301 Tomlinson Road | Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006

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