East Atlantic Ave,
Pine Valley, New Jersey 08021
Office+1 (856) 783 3000
Pro shop+1 (856) 783 3000
Fax+1 (856) 783 3137
Golf proCharles M. Raudenbush (General Mgr); David W. Clark (PGA Golf Professional).
18 holes. Tree-lined "heathland". Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
George Arthur Crump (Philadelphian hotelier and Pine Valley's founder) and Harry Colt. The extent of Colt's input is much debated, but would seem to have been significant in terms of the detailed design of each hole, not least the bunkering and green complexes. The feared par-3 5th and 10th holes are among several fully attributed to Colt.
1.5 mi SE of Clementon / 17 mi SE of downtown Philadelphia.
Pine Valley Golf Club is home to the world's greatest golf course, so say many golf writers and course raters. The stunningly handsome layout presents as tough a test of golf as you'll find anywhere. "Penal, uncompromising and strategic" partly describe its attributes. "Big, bold and beautiful" are also frequently ascribed.
The layout's routing through the sandy pine barrens of southwest Jersey was conceived by its owner George Crump, who worked on the detail of each hole with English architect Harry Colt. Together Crump and Colt forged Pine Valley's indomitable character, based on an excellently crafted array of tree-lined "heathland' holes that test your game to the full, and most likely every club in your bag. In this wonderfully natural and tranquil woodland environment, there are long carries to be made over sandy waste areas. Sand in abundance also features alongside many fairways and around the well-defended greens, often in the form of small deep bunkers.
Two of Pine Valley's most feared holes are the par-3 5th and 10th. One long, one short, both require accurate tee-shots, supported by a nerveless touch with the putter. "On in one, down in ten" has oft been said of the long par-3 5th, which is played from an elevated tee, across a wide valley to a slightly higher shelf green. The much shorter par-3 10th leaves no margin for error; its array of greenside bunkers includes one deep pot-bunker from which the hole gets its name, "the Devil's Asshole."
Inland golf courses don't get any better than the big, bold and grand design of Pine Valley. It may not have stunning views over oceans, mountains or lakes, but on this course such vistas would constitute an unnecessary distraction from the sublime splendour of Crump and Colt's design. As with many of America's top courses however, this is a private club, only playable by its members and their guests.
Private club; guests may only play if hosted by a member.
Pine Valley is predominantly a walking course. Caddies available.
Although regarded as one of the world's greatest courses, Pine Valley does not host major championships and tour events, as do many of its peers. However, it was the venue for the 1936 and 1985 Walker Cup matches.
Pine Valley was the vision of George Crump, a Philadelphia hotelier who identified, bought and cleared the land on which the course was built. Crump decided the routing for the holes, then in 1913 worked closely with the English architect (and Secretary of Sunningdale Golf Club) Harry Colt on the individual design of each hole.
Crump died in 1918 at the age of 46, while the final few holes of Pine Valley were still being constructed. Despite having spent a large part of his fortune and five years of his life on the project, he never got to play the full 18 at Pine Valley, which was completed and opened in 1919.
2019/20 Golf Digest rating: No.1 course in the USA and No.1 in New Jersey.
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