HOME COURSES LLANERCH COUNTRY CLUB
Scenic Llanerch Country Club in Havertown, Pa., has served as the home for the Saint Joseph’s University golf team since 1959. Founded in 1919, Llanerch ranks as one of the finest courses in the Delaware Valley. Taking on many shapes over the years, the current 18-hole configuration opened on April 27, 1949 and measures 6,482 yards with a par of 72. Possessing a rich history, many of the nation’s best professionals have played on the Llanerch links over the past 80 years. Arguably the biggest tournament to be played on the site was the 1958 PGA Championship. Golf legend Dow Finsterwald captured the title that year with a score of 276 for 72 holes. That tournament became particularly prominent because stroke play format was used for the first time in PGA Championship history. Other notable events hosted by the course include the Philadelphia Inquirer Invitational in 1945. Byron Nelson captured the title that year, posting the seventh of 11 consecutive tournament championships. It was also the site of the 1949 USGA Women’s Amateur Championship, won by Dorothy Germain Porter. Llanerch has also served as the host of the Philadelphia Amateur Championship three times (1931, 1934 and 1998), as well as the Philadelphia Section PGA Championship five times (1940, 1941, 1942, 1943 and 1965).
Directions to Llanerch Country Club
From Pa. Turnpike & King of Prussia Area Take I-76 East towards Philadelphia. Exit at 331A to merge onto I-476 South towards Chester. Take Exit 9 toward Upper Darby. Turn left at West Chester Pike/Rte. 3. Make a right onto Manoa Road. The club’s driveway is located on the left side of Manoa Road.
From the South Using I-95 North, use Exit 7 to merge onto I-476 North toward Plymouth Meeting. Take Exit 9 toward Upper Darby, merging right onto West Chester Pike/Rte. 3. Continue on West Chester Pike/Pa.-3, making a right onto Manoa Road. The club’s driveway is located on the left side of Manoa Road.
From Southern New Jersey/Philadelphia Area Take I-676 West over the Ben Franklin Bridge, veering towards I-676 West/US-30 West. Keep left at the fork to continue toward I-676 West/US-30 West. Stay right at the next fork, and merge onto I-676 West/US-30 West. Merge onto I-76 West. Take Exit 342 for US-30 West/US-13 toward Girard Ave. Merge onto North 34th St./US-13/US-30 (signs for US-13 North). Turn left at West Girard Ave/US-30 and continue on US-30, making a left at City Ave/US1. Take a right at West Chester Pike/Rte. 3, proceeding to Manoa Road and making a left at the light. The club’s driveway is located on the left side of Manoa Road.
From the East From US-1 South, take the Pa. Turnpike exit, following signs for I-276 West/Harrisburg. Off I-276 West, use Exit 20 toward I-476 South/ Philadelphia/Chester. Merge onto I-476 South, and continue to Exit 9 toward Upper Darby. Make a left onto West Chester Pike/Rte. 3. Continue on West Chester Pike/Rte. 3, making a right onto Manoa Road. The club’s driveway is located on the left side of Manoa Road.
BALA GOLF CLUB
Established in 1897, Bala Golf Club has once again become home to the Saint Joseph’s golf program in recent years. The Hawks began playing out of Bala Golf Club following World War II, but changed courses after several seasons, only to return to Bala in 2007. Founded by George Reach and Charles Hickman, Bala Golf Club was originally designed by Willie Tyler as a nine-hole, 2,747-yard course (par 35 1/2). Following pressure to expand to an 18-hole course, Bala Golf Club hired William S. Flynn to renovate the course in 1923. Additionally, Bala Golf Club has continued to expand, inheriting several hole locations from Philadelphia Country Club’s previous home alongside Belmont Avenue. Additionally, Bala Golf Club has been home to numerous tournaments, including the 1952 U.S. Women’s Open.
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