top-tier tournament course. That’s what George Fazio designed it to be and
wanted it to be. It was one of the longest courses in the area back then.
“In the early 1970s the course was softened considerably to make it more
Member friendly. Our dual goal was to bring it back to the most competitive level
for the top players but at the same time keep it Member friendly, and I think we’ve
In May, crews from Malvern-based Mottin Golf Course Renovations started
excavating and refurbishing two to three holes at a time. The Mottin group is
responsible for the construction aspect. Marzolf visits frequently to inspect and
to make sure the design is what Fazio Designers and the club are striving for.
Work on a set of holes takes 2-2 ½ weeks to complete.
“We wanted to keep the spirit of the club up so we were trying to figure out
what hole to start on,” said Bagby when the process started. “We needed a hole
on the front side that would give a very visual idea of what the changes were
going to be like so we chose No. 3. When we finished, even the doubting
Thomas’s agreed the changes were impressive.”
Cost for Phase 1 of the project checked in at just less than $1 million.
“For me the project has been a 100 percent success both visually and architecturally” said Phil Burtoft, the current Green Chairman and Co-Chairman of the
Golf Course Master Plan Committee. “For me, working with Tom Marzolf and the
Fazio Group, has been a labor of love and I cannot say enough about Doug
Mottin, Mottin Golf Course Construction and the professional way this project
has been approached. This is Mottin's first full course restoration but I am sure it
will not be his last. The true reason for the overall success of the project goes to
two groups; Mitch Trent and the maintenance staff at WCC along with the
membership of Waynesborough. Without the support and trust of the membership this project never would have happened.
“As far as I am concerned, this is everything we wanted and probably a
little more. I for one did not envision how bold the changes would be from the
Marzolf, who has overseen 81 course designs himself, including renovation
projects at Winged Foot, Oakmont, Saucon Valley and Merion for various national
championships, said when the changes are complete Waynesborough’s course
would be challenging and good enough to conduct any tournament it so desired.
Waynesborough hosted the PGA Tour’s SEI Classic in 2000 and 2002.
“If and when we decide when we want a major tournament, our goal was to
make the sure that the course was ready for it and that a Major tournament would
want to come here,” added Bagby. “We think we’ve accomplished that.”
Martin D. Emeno, Jr. is the editor of the Golf Association of Philadelphia Magazine.
He has been with the Golf Association of Philadelphia for 11 seasons and also serves
as the organization’s Director of Operations.