A gem of a course in Pennsylvania serves as our example
Remember when golf courses suddenly started opening up pretty much everywhere in the 1990s? Notice how a number of them don’t exist anymore? Running a golf course after golf’s Tiger-related boom can be tricky, and the courses that turned out better for it have become mainstays of the hobby golfer’s life.
Olde Homestead Golf Club in Pennsylvania is one such new classic. Opened in 1994, OHGC is off the beaten path (roughly a half hour’s drive from Allentown) but it’s become a destination for the golf community of the eastern part of Pennsylvania.
To that end, I talked this week to Justin Smith, Olde Homestead’s general manager, about the course’s history and how it has managed to come out on the other end from the crowded market of seventeen years ago. We also discuss the course’s superb sporting academy and its focus on junior golfers, as well as the importance of using future generations to grow the game.
As his is a course that has a par three ninth hole that finishes right in front of their clubhouse’s patio, we briefly touch on how even the hobbyist can be thrown off by the presence of a “gallery” of sorts. The mental aspect of golf impacts us all, not just professionals.
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