Henry Picard and Joe Turnesa and women Patty Berg and Helen Detwiler.
R. Scott Christie is the most decorated club champion with 18 titles.
The club regularly provides its course for Harrisburg District Golf Association and Pennsylvania Golf Association tournaments, including USGA
Qualifiers. It also annually plays host to the Hospice of Central Pennsylvania charitable outing. It’s done so since 1982. What started as a $4,000
event now generates more than $200,000 thanks in part to the club’s
guidance and generosity in hosting. Funds are used to cover many pain
and symptom management medications for people whose insurance is
capped or who have no hospice benefits.
If scouting for the perfect piece of property to build a golf course in
the region, the Bowman Farm (original) and Briton Farm (second nine)
fit the bill.
The elevation changes. The vistas. The rolling terrain.
According to the club’s history, “both nines were laid out on treeless
farmland, with rudimentary push-up greens and minimal movement of
earth.” Bunkers were added later. The routing of the holes has remained
the same throughout.
“It has to be in the Top 3 courses [for topography] I’ve seen considering its location to Harrisburg and the hilly terrain in the area,” said
Superintendent Brendon Clark, 42, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., now in his
ninth year. “There are probably three green complexes on this property
A club’s logo is typically reflective of its history.
West Shore has two that reveal its back story.
The first incudes a crown and the Penn
family’s coat of arms. Ed Michener, the
club president in 1960, researched the
property and found that parcels of the club
were part of the original deeded land from
William Penn .
Original inhabitants of the tract were the
Delaware and Shawnee Indians .
However, by the mid-1730s, all Native
Americans had left the area and forfeited all claim to the land deeded Manor
of Lowther – named after the man to marry William Penn’s sister.
The land reverted to its proprietaries . What was West Shore fell under Tobias
Hendricks, the first justice of the peace in Lancaster County.
Bill Greenlee, the club president in 2006, used another historical event, the Civil War’s Skirmish of Sporting Hill that
occurred near the club to develop the club’s second logo .
The West Shore area was the Confederate Army’s farthest northern territory penetration. The
Confederates actually crossed the fields of the
Samuel Bowman farm. On June 30, 1863, the
Skirmish of Sporting Hill left at least 16 Confederates dead . The last Union Army soldier injured
in military conflicts on the west shore was a
drummer boy with the New York State National
The Union Drummer Boy logo was created .
There are probably three green
complexes on this property that
you won’t see better in the world.”
– Superintendent Brendon Clark
ed the next day.
View of the clubhouse with its
new outdoor patio. At right,
the original farmhouse.