Golfers enjoying restored course at Philadelphia’s Union League Golf Club

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    The restored fifth hole at the Union League Golf Club

  • Lovely Golf Course

    The fifth hole before restoration work

  • Lovely Golf Course

    Architect Stephen Kay led the restoration of the course

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    The renovated practice area at ULGC

Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley

Golfers at the Union League Golf Club in the Torresdale area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania have reacted positively to a restoration project completed earlier this year.

Originally designed by Donald Ross and previously named Torresdale Frankford Country Club, the recent project at the course was led by golf course architect Stephen Kay.

Masterplanning started in early 2014 and Brad Klein, a noted golf course architectural critic and historian of Donald Ross’ work, provided input on the restoration.

Work included the restoration of all sand bunker and tees, while all 18 greens were restored to their original size.

Fairways at the course were widened and more than 250 trees were removed.

New back tees were added on certain holes, which resulted in the addition of more than 200 yards to the length of the course from the championship tees.

A new practice facility and short game area have also been developed, and the total cost of the golf course restoration came it at around the US$3 million mark.

The course reopened for play in late May 2015. 

The Union League of Philadelphia took over primary ownership and responsibility for management of the golf club in early 2014. The recent work forms part of a 15-year masterplan for the club, which includes further enhancements to both the golf course and the clubhouse.