MEMBER CLUB PROFILE
club’s historian whose parents joined in 1967. “There is a lot of camarade-
rie and community spirit around here. And regardless of where you live
or your status within the community, when you come here, we are all
members of West Shore Country Club.”
That together spirit has never wavered in this Camp Hill collective.
Even with the stock market crash of 1929 that sent the country into a
deep depression, the reputation of West Shore and its members was
enough to keep the club on positive financial footing.
Golf, and more accurately, the golf course – which did 24,000 rounds
last year – is the primary West Shore attraction. Speaking to the allure of
West Shore and its engaged membership, the club has only employed
three head professionals since 1944 – Ed Tabor (1944-79), Bob Nickey
(1979-2016) and current man in charge Todd Love (2016-present). Love,
Shore as an assistant in 1996.
“I’ve had other job opportunities, but, to me, there is no better place
than West Shore,” said Love, 45, of Harrisburg, Pa. “Growing up, West
Shore was always the country club everyone wanted to play. I think
that’s still the case. It was a tough place to get on and the conditions
were always phenomenal. Everyone always talked about how good the
greens were. And the course is 100 times better now than before.
“Members here are passionate. They get involved.”
That’s also seen in the other club activities.
The tennis facility continues to run strong (even on Friday nights the
courts are filled), the pool area is vibrant and a robust dining business in
the newly upgraded clubhouse gives off a tangible positive energy. West
Shore is in the midst of a three-year, $3 million capital improvement plan
that either has touched, or will, every facet of the club. The new member
dining /tavern room is complete with an expanded outdoor terrace
providing a sparkling view of the opening hole. The renovation was on
the clubhouse that opened in 2001. That replaced the original, and many
times updated, farmhouse, in the same general vicinity.
“Clubs across the country would be envious of the support of our
members when it comes to day-to-day dining,” said Richard Newman,
57, of Harrisburg, Pa., the club’s second-year general manager who has
been in the business since 1989. “You don’t see the level of activity and
vibrancy we see here in many places.”
A new pool, and course upgrades spearheaded by rising course archi-
tect Andrew Green, are currently in the works.
West Shore has a healthy 750 members, 400 of those golfing. Those
numbers stand as the ultimate testimonial.
“This place attracts a lot different people for a lot of different activi-
ties. I realized that over the last six years of service here it’s all about the
membership,” added President Andy Rebuck, 58, of Mechanicsburg, Pa.
“Everything good, everything awesome here starts and finishes with the
Providing the ultimate peer into the West Shore soul, a remarkable 93
individuals occupy the club’s 50 Years of Membership Board. Two large,
wooden plaques containing each of those names welcome guests as
they enter the clubhouse.
Once a West Shore member, it’s a good bet you’ll always be a West
AS PREVIOUSLY STATED, the star of the West Shore show is the
course. It measures 6,737 yards from the blue tees and plays to a par 72.
Arnold Palmer played the course at least twice. In 1959, Palmer shot a
67, which is regarded as the unofficial course record from the championship tees. In 1970, he played an exhibition match to raise money for the
Camp Hill High School Band Boosters for the band’s Orange Bowl Parade
With its proximity to the state capital, West Shore also offers the sitting
governor and lieutenant governor complimentary membership. Aware of
the optics, very few have ever taken up the offer.
Other prominent course visitors included Billy Burke, Alex Morrison,
A view from behind No. 9
green, a par 3 measuring
165 yards from the back tee.