there until he died in 1945.”
“Milton Hershey was a man of the people,”
Ned Graff, Hershey Country Club’s General
Manager, said. “He loved the game of golf. He
saw the value in what golf in general did for
Today, Hershey Country Club includes a
pair of prevalent courses: West (designed by
Maurice McCarthy) and East (a George Fazio
product that opened in 1969). Spring Creek
Golf Course, formerly known as Juvenile Golf
Club (also a McCarthy product), is also a
member of the HE&R family. A Milton Her-
shey vision, Spring Creek opened in 1932 with
a unique principle; visitors needed to be 18
years of age or younger – or the invited guest
of Junior player.
Junior golf is a key part of Hershey Country
Club’s past and present. The facility’s hosted
the Pennsylvania Golf Association’s Junior
Boys’ & Girls’ Championship annually since
1963 (save for seven years).
“Whether I meet people at the PGA [Merchandise] Show or in the [Philadelphia PGA]
Section at events, one of the neatest things I
hear is, ‘I remember playing in the State Junior
at Hershey,’” Graff, 50, of Annville, Pa., said.
“It helps us be so recognizable. My thought is
it’s our way of supporting Junior golf. I think
we’re in a great location for the state. The
golf course can be set up in multiple ways for
multiple levels of player.”
The high-caliber kind of player set foot
in Hershey Country Club’s pro shop – and
golf courses – throughout the years. Henry
Picard, who won The Masters in 1938 and
PGA Championship in 1939, served as head
professional from 1934-41. His replacement?
The venerable Ben Hogan, who held that role
until 1951. Hogan earned 52 of his 63 victories
while representing Hershey.
“It gives me goosebumps when I walk the
course knowing that Hogan has played here,
knowing all of the championships we’ve host-
MEMBER CLUB PROFILE
BY TONY REGINA
• Hershey Country Club™ hosted the Pennsylvania
Golf Association’s Open Championship on 16
occasions (1935, 1953-62, 1964-66, 1971-72).
• The Hershey Professional Invitational Golf Tournament was held in 1933 and continued again in
1934. The name changed to the Hershey Open in
1935, and the tournament continued as such in
1936, 1937, 1939 and 1941.
• In 1933, Hershey Chocolate Company became
the first corporate sponsor of the PGA TOUR.
• The Hershey Round Robin Four-Ball Invitation
Tournament took place in 1938. Golf professionals participating included Harry Cooper, Ed
Dudley, Vic Ghezzi, Jimmy Hines, Ben Hogan, Ky
Laffoon, Lawson Little, Dick Metz, Byron Nelson,
Henry Picard, Johnny Revolta, Paul Runyan, Gene
Sarazen, Horton Smith, Sam Snead and Jimmy
Thomson. Hogan teamed with Ghezzi to win the
event, his first professional triumph.
• The course record on both Hershey’s East and
West Courses is 63. Professional Daniel Balin set
the East mark during the final round of 2011 PGA
Professional National Championship. Ben Hogan,
Jay Weitzel, Phil Bankert and Bob Hubert all
carded 63s on the West Course.
• Lisa Poritz won 20 consecutive women’s titles at
No. 5 on West Course