Philadelphia Cricket Club hasn’t even officially unveiled the renovations to
its Wissahickon Course in Flourtown, yet the club is beginning to reap the
of America will announce on Tuesday that in 2015 the Cricket Club will host the
48th PGA Professional National Championship, the biggest tournament
in the country for club pros.
Cricket Club, designed by A.W. Tillinghast and one of the elite courses in
Philadelphia, closed for renovations soon after the U.S. Open at Merion in June. The club is set to showcase the changes
in the spring.
and after photos of restoration
and after video of restoration
Photos/thread on restoration on GolfClubAtlas.com
the press release from the PGA of America:
PHILADELPHIA CRICKET CLUB SELECTED TO HOST THE 48th PGA PROFESSIONAL NATIONAL
CHAMPIONSHIP IN 2015
GARDENS, Fla. – The Philadelphia Cricket Club, the only country club in
America to have opened a golf course in each of the past three centuries, has
been selected to host the 48th PGA Professional National Championship presented
by Club Car, Mercedes-Benz and OMEGA, June 21-24, 2015. It marks the second
time the PGA of America’s showcase event for PGA Professionals will be hosted
in the Philadelphia PGA Section.
Championship will bring a field of 312 to Philadelphia Cricket Club, located 20
minutes northwest of downtown Philadelphia, Pa. The Championship will utilize
the Wissahickon Course (formerly Flourtown), built by renowned golf architect
A.W. Tillinghast in 1922; and the Militia Hill Course, a 2002 design by Dr.
Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry. Wissahickon, named after the creek that borders
one side of the property and dedicated to Tillinghast, will host the
Championship’s final 36 holes.
exciting to have our PGA Professional National Championship coming to
Philadelphia Cricket Club, a venue that connects much of the early history of
golf in this country with the design excellence of A.W. Tillinghast, who was a
key advisor at our founding nearly a century ago," said PGA of America
President Ted Bishop. "Our talented field of PGA Professionals will find a
great test at Philadelphia Cricket Club and we anticipate that an outstanding
Champion will be crowned in 2015."
1854, The Philadelphia Cricket Club is one of the oldest clubs in the U.S.
devoted to the playing of games. Its English founders played cricket on
available grounds before the club’s first golf course, St. Martins, was built
in 1895 by Willie Tucker. It was expanded to 18 holes two years later. The
course hosted the 1907 and 1910 U.S. Open, before the club purchased its
current property. The original nine-hole St. Martins layout exists today.
honored to host the 2015 PGA Professional National Championship, with our
historic Wissahickon Course designed by our legendary member, A.W.
Tillinghast," said Philadelphia Cricket Club 2015 Tournament Chair Bob Bauer.
"After years of research and planning, the club hired Keith Foster, a
Tillinghast golf course restoration specialist, to return the original and
distinctive features to the course and bring it up to date to account for
changes in golf technology. We are confident this historic course will provide
a worthy test for the finest PGA Professionals competing in this prestigious
Championship. We look forward to welcoming the PGA of America in 2015."
Wissahickon’s restoration will be complete this May.
Philadelphia Cricket Club has been the site of both Golf Association of
Philadelphia and Philadelphia PGA-sanctioned championships. The par-70,
7,119-yard Wissahickon highlights Tillinghast’s
unique strategic bunkering, contoured greens, and narrow fairways.
a past member of "America’s Top 100 Courses" by Golf Digest, has hosted
numerous state and local championships and has been a multiple honoree as a
"Top 100 Classic Course." Militia Hill, a par-72, 7,199- yard design, was named
in honor of the surrounding parkland, which commemorates George Washington’s
last encampment before Valley Forge. The course was dedicated to Willie
Anderson, a former Philadelphia Cricket Club Professional, who was one of four
players to win the U.S. Open four times. Militia Hill has been a regular "Top
25" Golf Digest selection in Pennsylvania.
have a fantastic membership that I know is looking forward to hosting this
National Championship," said Philadelphia Cricket Club PGA Director of Golf Jim
Smith Jr. "Wissahickon and Militia Hill are two distinctly different courses,
but complement each other so well. Militia Hill received rave reviews for its
design and conditioning while hosting multiple Section and Golf Association of
Philadelphia events. Our membership is confident that the restoration of
Wissahickon will have this Tillinghast design mentioned as one of his finest
The PGA Professional National Championship
1968, The PGA Professional National Championship provides additional playing
opportunities for PGA Professionals. In over four decades, it has become the
showcase event for PGA Professionals, featuring some of the finest players in
the Association. The Championship’s 312-player field represents 41 PGA
Sections, with its 20 top finishers earning a berth in the PGA Championship.
National Championship is televised live by Golf Channel to viewers across the
U.S., Canada, China, Japan, Korea, Latin America, Malaysia, the Middle East,
Scandinavia, and Singapore. Last year’s PGA Professional National Championship
reached a potential audience of 110 million.
This summer’s 47th National Championship will
be contested June 22-25, at the Dunes Golf & Beach Club and Grande Dunes
Resort in Myrtle Beach, S.C.