MEMBER CLUB SPOTLIGHT
oday, Old York Road Country Club is best known
for its lethal greens.
But throughout the scope of its 100-year history, the
club has generated other notable golf course features,
countless anecdotes, thousands of members and prestigious tournaments that truly shaped its identity.
“It’s always been a welcoming course,” Lincoln Roden,
III of Huntingdon Valley CC said. “They’ve always been
dedicated to golf.”
Although it changed locations 50 years after its incep-
tion, Old York Road CC has always upheld the game’s
traditions and values. This year, it turns the page to its
100th chapter, and the club’s story begins like that of
most country clubs. A committee assembled to explore
the idea of establishing a local golf club. It gathered suf-
ficient membership, acquired land and built a course. But
Old York Road’s history displays an array of footnotes to
First, Old York Road’s founding committee selected a
67-acre tract in Jenkintown, Pa. for a site. The property,
however, was owned by the Abington Friends Meeting,
who, in turn, made a seemingly simple demand of the
committee: secure 100 members, secure a lease agreement. The committee couldn’t initially generate 100 members, but a day before the lease option expired, it fulfilled
the necessary amount.
Old York Road now had a home, but it didn’t have a golf
course. The club offered a $50 prize to the golf professional
with the best design for a nine-hole track. Jimmy Lang, for-
mer head professional of Huntingdon Valley CC, won and
as a result, designed Old York Road’s original course.
A year after its inception, Old York Road had 250 members and a waiting list, further illuminating its bright future.
In 1912, it leased an additional 35 acres to expand to 18
holes. Two years later, esteemed architect A. W. Tillinghast
recommended changes and improvements to the site.
Philadelphia golf legend William Hyndman, III, lived
across the street from Old York Road, where, as a
teenager, he caddied and played. A popular Old York
Road anecdote involves Hyndman and his 1936 performance in the Old York Road Invitational. Playing alongside
the renowned W.B. “Duff” McCullough, Jr. of Huntingdon
Valley CC, Hyndman, then 19, carded a 28 on the front
nine after rolling in a putt from the fringe of the ninth
green. He went on to establish Old York Road’s course
record: a 6-under-par 63.
Roden, who held a membership at the club, considered
the Jenkintown course to be “interesting, challenging and
“For the people who played there a lot, the course
compelled them to learn how to hit a full shot without
knocking it to the right,” he said. “They had greens that
were well-maintained. The course had a lot of fun holes.”
One of those holes, No. 2, was a 400-plus yard par 4
that featured high hedges to the right that bounded
Township Line Road. Roden forged one of his fondest
Old York Road memories on the No. 2 tee-box while play-
ing alongside close friend and club member Bob Black.