Riverton CC relishes in
of Donald Ross redo
BY DAN SCOFIELD
Today’s Riverton Country Club would have made
Donald Ross a proud man.
The first New Jersey-based club to be admitted into the Golf Association of Philadelphia has
two chapters to its comprehensive history, divided by Ross’ revolutionary makeover in 1917.
This calendar year, the club celebrates the centennial anniversary of Ross classically chiseling
its time-tested golf track.
“We believe Mr. Ross would be very pleased to know that after 100 years, his work is still so
valued and appreciated today. He left us with a great treasure,” said club president Carl Fried-
rich. “We’re truly honored to have this opportunity to celebrate his work throughout the year.”
The first chapter of its history books begins at the turn of the 20th century.
During early winter of 1899, Riverton, a small Quaker village bordering the waters of the
Delaware River, proposed the idea of establishing a golf club within its borders. Wealthy and
successful Philadelphia businessmen were at the forefront of the plan. While the town already
had in place a Riverton Yacht Club, founded in 1865, in addition to amateur baseball and
football teams, residents still yearned for more sporting endeavors.
And so, Riverton’s golfing dream was born.
Hole No. 17