There was a time not too
many years ago when new golf courses were sprouting up all over the region,
public and private.
I can recall writing round-up
stories in the Philadelphia Inquirer
about the half-dozen or so courses that would be in various stages of planning,
construction or their first year of operation.
How many courses have opened
That course is Applecross CC in Downingtown, sister
course to Talamore CC in
Ambler, which the owners, the Talamore Group,
are promoting as a 2-for-1 membership.
"If there is a better deal in
town, I’d like to know what it is," said Jon
Hazelwood, general manager of both clubs.
Given the laws of supply and
which opened July 1, could be it the last new course in the area for a while.
even further, bluntly predicting, "Applecross will probably be the last new golf course built
in the state of Pennsylvania.There is no reason for there to be another one, unless the game of golf
Good point.Rather than grand openings, the talk in
most grill rooms these days are rumors about what courses and clubs are barely
hanging on or facing mergers or outright closure.
Why, then, did the Talamore Group, open Applecross?
Because he thought he could make
a go of it even in the down golf economy.
"The courses complement one
another – the courses and the distance between them," said Hazelwood."Applecross
was a great product to add to the products we already had. But to think it’s
not going to be a grind is very naive."
In 2005, when Applecross CC was first envisioned as the
centerpiece of an upscale residential development by the Pulte Group, the Talamore Group
wanted to develop the country club component.It lost out to ClubCorp,
at the time a big privately-held Dallas-based club management company.In 2006, ClubCorp sold off everything except the Pinehurst
Resort to private-held equity firm, KSL Capital Parnters.
"Well, apparently Applecross wasn’t
a good fit for KSL," said Hazelwood. In 2009, the Talamore Group
was back in the picture.
Any regrets, considering the
"No," said Hazelwood."Once we got involved, it was full steam ahead.If you’re not going to go full steam
ahead, then don’t get involved."
So far, said Hazelwood, the toughest part of
is getting potential members to appreciate and understand the 2-for-1
membership – 4-for-1, if you include two more sister courses in
Pinehurst, Talamore Resort
and the Mid South Club.
"The concept of multi-club memberships
is very new to this area," said Hazelwood."You have Philly Cricket with two
courses, but I don’t know of anybody else who has two different facilities."
A Tier 1 full golf
membership is a $12,500 refundable deposit with various incentive plans; annual
dues are $2,995.Like most clubs
in the area, those numbers are down from years past ($4,200 in 2009, $5,200 in
So far, Applecross has about 115 full
golf members and another 200 or so social members.Talamore
has 300 golf members. The goal is
for each to have 350 full golf members.
"We’re getting there," said Hazelwood."We’re continuing to grow, weathering the storm.I can tell you that in the times we are
in, it could be worse."
Word just in from Golf
Channel that the network is launching a morning show, beginning in January.
Here’s the full
Fla. (Sept. 15, 2010)
– Golf Channel announced today
that it has greenlit the network’s first-ever morning
show. Tentatively titled Dawn
Patrol and currently in development, the show is slated to debut in
to air live, weekdays from 7-9 a.m. ET
from Golf Channel’s Orlando, Fla.,
studios, the show will feature news and commentary on the biggest sports and
news stories of the day.
a news/talk show format, the sports-driven morning show will place an emphasis
on golf while also offering a fresh perspective on topical news, sports and pop
program will feature field reporting and an array of in-studio guest
appearances from a variety of industries. Golf
Channel currently is searching nationwide to cast the program’s two
wanted to introduce a morning show to Golf
Channel for a number of years and felt that now was the right time," said Tom Stathakes,
Golf Channel senior vice president
of programming, production and operations. "Tackling everything from Tiger Woods to Brett Favre, the show’s format will be unlike anything we’ve done
before and we are very excited to be launching it in 2011."
Is there an argument to be
made that Sean O’Hair got snubbed by
by not being one of his four captain’s picks?
Nah, not really.
Despite winning $1.8 million
so far, 2010 has been a so-so year for O’Hair,
the West Chester resident.He
hasn’t won, he has only three Top 10 finishes and, barring a huge week at the BMW Championship in Chicago, he’ll
likely be done for the season.
For anyone who notes that Captain Pavin
had to skip over O’Hair, at 18th
in Ryder Cup points, to get to rookie sensation Rickie Fowler, 20th in points, don’t forget that Fowler has racked up those points in
only one year.
Coming off his strong
performance in the 2009 Presidents Cup,
where he went 2-2-1, it is fair to argue that O’Hair would have brought something of a veteran’s perspective to a
team that already included three first-timers (Matt Kuchar, Bubba Watson and Jeff Overton).
Still, it’s hard to complain
picks: Tiger Woods, who is still No.
1 in the world appearing to be getting back on track; Ryder Cup veterans Zach
Johnson (11th in points, Ryder
Cup record 1-2-1) Stewart Cink (14th in points, Ryder Cup record 4-7-4) and Fowler,
the hottest rookie on the PGA Tour.
Fact is, O’Hair was in the conversation for the
U.S. Ryder Cup team – he was
mentioned prominently in all speculative stories -- but he needed to turn some heads coming down the homestretch,
which he didn’t to.
For fans of Pine Valley Golf Club, circle Sunday, Sept. 12 on your calendar.That’s the day of the finals of the 86th Crump Cup.
The George Arthur Crump Cup Memorial Tournament, named for the founder
and main architect of the club, is a four-day competition among a field of top
amateurs.The day of the finals is
the one day of the year that Pine Valley,
near Clementon, N.J., the No. 1
ranked course in the country, throws open its doors to any and all comers.
Here is the pertinent
information for this year’s Crump Cup.
-- Doors open at 1 p.m., Sept. 12.
-- Parking is at the Clementon Lake Amusement Park, 144
Berlin Road, Clementon.Signs will
be posted to direct you to the designated parking area.(Police will not allow parking o East
-- Parking is $20 per car, which will include a
shuttle bus ride to the course.
-- The Clementon Youth Athletic Association will set up a refreshment
stand inside the front gate.
-- Video, photographs and cell
phones are not permitted.Do
not bring cameras.
-- In case of inclement
weather, call 856-783-3000, Option4.
For your reading enjoyment, here’s
a tour of the course from GolfClubAtlas.com.Here’s
a good magazine story on the Crump Cup.Photos from last year’s Crump Cup are under Photos on the MyPhillyGolf Home
47, a reinstated amateur who is now a car dealer in California, earned his No.
1 seed the old fashioned way:He
shot a 62 on the first of two days of stroke-play qualifying. Davis
earned his spot another old-fashioned way:He arose early Wednesday morning to be one of 16 players
vying for six final match play spots.
Having earned the last spot,
Davis was plugged into the line for sacrificial
victims in the match play bracket, facing the No. 1 seed.
But the match didn’t work
out as expected.Davis stunned the favorite, standing at
the equivalent of 4-under par through 17 holes when he closed out Wilson with his sixth birdie of the day.
defeat immediately raised questions about the "medalist jinx."But Davis shook off the suggestion, citing his own hot hand as the
played awesome," said Davis."If he had run into somebody who played
pretty good golf today, he would have smoked him.But, I didn’t play pretty good golf."
Like so many young golfers these days, Davis is a near-novice at match
play."I haven’t played play match
play since high school, my sophomore year in high school since I was 15 years,"
In today’s Round 2 match, Davis faces Brad Benjamin,
23, from Rockford, Ill., the 2009 U.S.
Amateur Publinks champion.
In the locals watch of
Philadelphia-area golfers in the U.S. Amateur,after the first of two days of
stroke-play qualifying, two players – AmoryDavis from Chadds Ford and Brian
Belden from Emmaus – are in good position to be among the low 64 who
advance to match play.
senior at the University of Virginia, is the low local, having shot 2-under 70 on The
Home Course, tying him for 11th..Today, he’ll play Chambers
Bay, which will host the match play portion of the Amateur.
Belden, a senior at the University of Kentucky, is tied for 24th after shooting even par
72.He also plays Chambers Bay
Michael Brown, 37, from Cheltenham, winner of the 2010 Philadelphia Open, shot 3-over 75 and
his tied for 97th, along with Brandon
Detweiler, from Akron, Pa., a senior at N.C. State,
who was medalist at local qualifying for the Amateur.
Robert Savarese, from Lafayette Hill, shot 4-over 76 and is tied for
123rd.Marc Mandel, from Conshohocken, shot 6-over
77 at Chambers Bay, leaving him tied for 164th.