Member Club Profile
Presented by Impriano
BY JOE LOGAN
“Lu Lu’s future was in peril, no question,”
said Paul Muller, a 20-year Lu Lu member who
was president of the club from 2010-13, during
some of its darkest days.
But like we said, that was so five years ago.
Today, as Lu Lu celebrates its 105th birthday,
the club has defied death and is in the midst of
what it proclaims is a makeover and revival.
“It is infinitely better than it was five years
ago,” said John Milko, another 20-year member
and former Lu Lu board member. “We were
ready to turn the keys over to the bank. Now, I
think the sky is the limit.”
The core members who stuck around
through the worst of times – down to 72 equity
members at one point – have turned over the
running of the club to a new management
team with deep pockets, a keen eye on the
bottom line and boundless optimism about Lu
Mind you, this upbeat attitude comes even
as Lu Lu operates out of temporary quarters
— a couple of trailers down on the corner of
the property where the swimming pool used
to be. Indeed, in yet one more you-gotta-be-
kidding-me setback for the club, Lu Lu’s grand
old clubhouse, built in mid-1927, went up like a
campfire early on the morning of Oct. 18, 2015
and burned to a crisp.
Anybody who knew anything about Lu Lu’s
situation assumed the clubhouse fire was a
torch job. It was old, with a skeleton of giant
wood beams, and it was in dire need of more
than $500,000 in renovations, if the club ever
hoped to attract new members. Upper Dublin
Township fire officials could not determine the
cause, although they did rule out arson.
“People say it was a torch job. We get it,”
said Lu Lu golf professional Jon Rusk, who
Life at Lu Lu
IVE YEARS AGO, when this magazine
normally would have recognized Lu Lu Country
Club, the oldest Donald Ross-designed course in
Pennsylvania, on the momentous occasion of its
100th birthday, the club was not certain to
make it to 101.