When searching for a home, remember to smell the flowers along the way - or is it the golf courses. Philadelphia has many private and public golf courses. Four links are very useful for locating a course near your new neighborhood:
Each site lists many of the same locations, but with a little different twist. Aside from the courses, there is information about the facilities where you can take the family for a meal. No matter what the weather, it is always a calming rest from the rigors of house hunting to enjoy a relaxing meal and get to know the golf possibilities in your new surroundings.
One of American's top ten courses (as designated by Golf Digest Magazine), Merion Golf Club, will be hosting the Walker Cup Matches this coming September 12th and 13th. The Matches face America's best amateurs against those of Great Britain and Ireland. Tickets are available at www.2009Walkercup.org. George Herbert Walker was the grandfather to Bush 41 and great grandfather of Bush 43. As the 1920 United States Golf Association President he was interested in starting a competition between teams from around the world. His inspiration came from two matches William C. Fownes, of Oakmont fame, had staged against a Canadian team. In 1921 Walker lead a team to Hoylake and defeated the British. The following year a call went out from the USGA for teams from around the world to meet at National Golf Links of America in Southampton, NY. Only a team from Great Britain and Ireland could afford to come. The press called the Matches the Walker Cup, and it stuck.
The Merion Golf Club's layout was designed by Philadelphian, and Club member, Hugh Wilson. He also designed the public course in the Philadelphia Park District, Cobbs Creek Golf Club, The Olde Course. The course is well worth the investment in time, probably under five hours, and money, a lot less than you expect.
First, find the house with our TEAM. Then take the family for a meal at a course of your choice. Maybe golf will follow!
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