THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION lives and breathes on Radley Run’s fairways and greens, literally and figuratively, and while these dated roots make up much of what the storied club was founded upon, it
offers something the history books cannot: 18
holes of Brandywine-nestled golf.
Radley Run, also known as the “Hidden Jewel”
by its powers to be, fittingly opened its clubhouse
doors on July 4, 1965, and on this past Independence Day, the club added to its historic résumé
when it celebrated its 50th year of existence.
“We celebrated our anniversary weekend
by keeping with the patriotic history around
the property with the Battle of Brandywine
and everything like that,” said Joe Mendez, the
General Manager who has been at the club for
eight years. “On the [July] 3, we hosted a Gala
celebration with a shut-down-the-club party
for the adults and on the 4th, we hosted an all-
day celebration for the whole family. We held
a Community Day on the 5th which revolved
around the 800 homes that lie within Radley
Walking tours were available to
talk about the vast history surround-
ing the property and beyond the
scope of the club. The over-the-top
moment of the weekend arrived
loudly in the form of a specially-ap-
proved fireworks show from the No.
The revered grounds of the Alfred Tull designed course date back to pre-1700s and are
equipped with traces of both George Washington’s troops and his own personal footprints.
Radley Run was modeled after the Florida-de-veloper design of surrounding gated communities, and was originally founded by a group
of successful area investors. Among them was
Edmund Prince, a prominent Kennett Square
developer and avid sportsman, who was responsible for Radley Run’s beginnings.
Nic duPont took over the reins of the club in
1968 and raised Radley Run, originally deemed
“Birmingham Hills,” to prominence with elaborate
dinner parties and an outstanding golf course.
After duPont, different developers juggled own-
ership of the club. In 1990, Radley Run was pur-
chased by its members, which sent
it back toward the private-member
owned club model.
During an early visit, the original
developers and owners were standing in what is now the clubhouse,
Radley the Constable of Westtown Township in
1693. “There’s the name of your club,” responded
the New Yorker.
Nowadays, Radley Run is driven by its family-oriented community. A total of 475 members
now call Radley Run their home away from
home. Junior programs, in addition to popular
tennis and swimming programs, have instilled
great potential for the future of the club.
“The biggest things at our club numbers-wise
are our Junior programs. We had 163 in our Junior
golf program last season,” Mendez said.
“More and more young families are coming
in through youth programs and summer camps,
and then the whole family gets involved,” said
Radley Run reveres Revolutionary roots
during 50th anniversary weekend ____________ BY DAN SCOFIELD ____________
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