Squires Golf Club turns
T“The meeting’s been cancelled and I have two hours free? I’m going to get 18 holes in!” What? Eighteen holes in two hours? Miniature golf, maybe. That is, unless, you’re a member at the exclusive Squires Golf Club in Ambler, Pa.
With only 200 members, the ability to hop
out of your car and step onto the first tee is no
“We don’t have tee times; if you’re ready, go out
and hit,” said longtime head professional Kenny
Peart. “It’s always been like that.”
Peart would know because he’s been at Squires
almost as long as there has been a Squires. The club
is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and
Peart will be celebrating his 40th year at the course
“I started here as a dishwasher and worked
my way up to head pro,” Peart said. “I’ve never
wanted to leave and that tells you something about
the people here.
“They still call me ‘The Kid’ and not a member
goes by you without a handshake and a kind word.
50 years old, sort of
By Drew Markol
We know each other’s families and grandkids now.
People on the outside just have no idea how gener-
ous the people here are. It’s just a special place.”
At Squires, a males only facility, it’s about the
golf. With so few members, the George Fazio-de-
signed course doesn’t get overrun with play.
“We get around 7,200 rounds played a year between our members and guests,” Squires general
manager Joe Vahey said.
“Other places get 22,000 to 24,000 on their
courses. That makes for a lot of divots.”
A few years back, though, the membership at
Squires knew the course needed a makeover. It was
starting to lose a bit of its original luster. The call
went out to the Fazios to spruce things up in 2009.
“We’re the first golf course designed by three
generations of Fazios,” Vahey said. “George
did the original and his nephew, Tom, was the
foreman. For our restoration, Tom’s son Logan
brought back a lot of the original tee boxes and
“He added bunkers and just did a super job
all around. We spent about $3 million to upgrade
the course and the restoration took us aesthetically
from probably a six to a nine or 10.”
Squires was the first golf course where the
Squires Golf Club
Golf course information
Par: 70 Yardage: 6,914 (from back tees)
Rating/slope: 73.3/139 (from back tees)
Tees: 5 sets
Architect: George Fazio
Some Squires tidbits
• It’s the first golf course designed by three
generations of Fazios (George, Tom and
• Guest fees in 1964 were $5
• The club has only 200 members
• A military plane from the Willow Grove
Air Base crashed into the course’s 11th
fairway in the mid 1960s. The remains
of the plane were left there and covered
over, thus the hump on the 11th fairway.