Historians Question Golf Course’s Pedigree

Weird Golf Story of The Week

Even while celebrating its centennial, Philmont Country Club in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania is under fire because its pedigree is suspect.

It claims to be a “Flynn” when it may actually be a “Park.”

William Flynn and Willie Park were two early 20th Century golf course designers (Park also was a two time British Open Champion).  Either would be fine for most, but the Philmont Club wants to be included in the rota of clubs that include Flynn’s Shinnecock Hills, Cherry Hills, Philadelphia Country Club, Huntingdon Valley Country Club, Manufacturers’ Golf and Country Club, Rolling Green Country Club, Green Valley Country Club, and Lancaster Country Club.

Philmont is hosting this year’s “Flynn Cup,” and thus the controversy.

Can you hold the Flynn Cup on a courrse designed by Willie Park?

Only in golf can such things be so weighty.

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