Applecross Country Club
completes exhausting journey
BY NEIL GEOGHEGAN
Despite facing a challenging
economic climate and
Country Club, designed by
architect Michael Nicklaus,
Jack’s son, became Chester
County’s first new course in
hanks to current economic realities, new golf course projects the size and scope of Applecross
Country Club aren’t debuting in either this region or country right now. But the massive 860-
acre site, about five miles west of Downingtown, Pa., is so rare and unique – and the major
players so prominent and respected – it got off the ground during the most inhospitable of times.
Measuring 7,011 yards from the back tees, the par-72 private layout is the first new course to open
in Chester County in seven years. It is also the first Nicklaus Design facility in southeastern Pennsylvania.
Michael Nicklaus, the 37-year-old son of golfing legend Jack Nicklaus, was the lead architect.
“There is no name more recognized in the game of golf than Nicklaus,” said Applecross Director of
Golf Operations, Justin Myers.
“We really spent almost a decade doing this place,” added Michael Nicklaus, who was on hand for
a publicity event in May.
Carved out of the rolling hills of what was previously Overlook Road Farm, groundbreaking for the
project took place four years ago. The price tag for the land alone was $45 million in 2001. Initially a
three-way partnership between Nicklaus, Pulte Homes and ClubCorp, the project includes plans for
nearly 1,000 homes.