Oakmont Country Club

Fox Chapel Golf Club

USA, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
6 (7)
Course Opened: 1923

From the Fox Chapel Website:

Fox Chapel Golf Club is considered a classic Seth Raynor & Charles Banks’ design.  In 1923, Seth Raynor was commissioned to layout and design a golf course for the membership to enjoy, be challenged and want to play every day.  Seth Raynor developed a reputation as a premier golf course designer following his work at Fishers Island, National Golf Links of America, Piping Rock and Chicago Golf Club.  In traditional fashion, Raynor followed his mentor, Charles Blair MacDonald, by making a golf course that replicated the best golf holes from Europe.  

Charles Blair MacDonald felt that taking the best holes from Scotland and the rest of Europe, the home of golf, he could create a golf course masterpiece.  His masterpiece became National Golf Links of America, in Long Island, New York.  MacDonald hired Seth Raynor to be the purveyor of the course, as MacDonald knew what, how and why the course should be laid out; Raynor was needed as the engineer of the projects.  As soon as National Golf Links was completed, MacDonald no longer designed and Raynor became the architect.

 

Raynor became a sought after architect and designed over 75 courses.  Unfortunately, he passed away before he could finish Fox Chapel Golf Club and his protégé Charles Bank completed the remaining holes on the course.  Fox Chapel Golf Club is a combination of open fairways with strategically placed bunkers and pushed up green complexes.  The most unique aspect of the course remains the challenging and difficult putting surfaces.  Through years, bunkers have been taken out and replaced with trees planted to distinguish holes.  In 2000, a microburst took out the majority of Osage orange trees that were originally planted to keep cattle from leaving its area on the farm which was the original purpose of the land before becoming a golf course. There is still a barn, a historical landmark, on the property next to the 13th Tee.

 

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