LuLu Country Club – 1950 – 2015

Designed by Donald Ross in the early 1910’s, LuLu Country Club, located in Glenside, PA is currently going through a restoration to bring back the original design.  If you follow the LuLu Country Club twitter feed you have had the opportunity to keep up with the restoration.

LuLu Country Club – 2015

Similar to my other Philadelphia Golf Course aerial photos, this historic image was taken in 1950 (Black and White, USGS). The color aerial is a more recent image acquired in 2015 (ESRI).

Comparing the two aerials, it’s very easy to see that the golf course has  gone through changes in the last 65 years. Bunkers have moved, trees have grown in, greens have changed shape and fairways are a little different.  The color aerial is from 2015 and after looking through the twitter feed, its unclear how up to date it is.

If you haven’t seen what takes place during a restoration, take some time and scroll through the twitter feed. This is one of those projects that covers drainage improvements to tree removal and everything in-between.

My other Philadelphia area Golf Course historic aerials, can be found here:

Manufacturers’ Golf and Country Club

Philadelphia Cricket Club

Merion Golf Club – East Course

Pine Valley Golf Club

 

Pine Valley Golf Club – 1950 – 2015

Pine Valley Golf Club is well-known by all.  Located in Pine Valley, New Jersey, it is often ranked number one in the nation by larger golf publications.

Pine Valley Golf Club – 2015

The course opened in 1914 and was designed by George Crump with a collection of other architects including Colt, Alison, Tillinghast and Maxwell. Similar to my other Philadelphia Golf Course aerial photos, this historic image was taken in 1950 (Black and White, USGS). The color aerial is a more recent image acquired in 2015 (ESRI).

Looking at the aerials, its easy to tell the course has remained loyal to the original design. Many of the sand valleys have changed shape a bit over the years and filled in with trees and other vegetation.  Without getting a more detailed aerial, its hard to determine if many of the greens have remained unchanged.

Take a look for yourself:

Feel like catching up on the other Philadelphia Courses I looked at? They can be found here:

Manufacturers’ Golf and Country Club

Philadelphia Cricket Club

Merion Golf Club – East Course

LuLu Country Club

 

Merion Golf Club – East Course – 1950 – 2015

Designed by Hugh Wilson and opened in 1912, the East Course of Merion Golf Club has had quite the history having been the home to multiple USGA championships.

The Golf Club is located in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.

Merion Golf Club – East Course – 2015

Similar to my other Philadelphia Golf Course aerial photos, this historic image was taken in 1950 (Black and White, USGS).  The color aerial is a more recent image acquired in 2015 (ESRI).

Comparing the two aerials, it’s very easy to see that the golf course has remained consistent over the last 65 years and with minimal differences between the two. Many of the bunkers remain in their original location with only a few added.

If you have missed my other two Philadelphia area Golf Course historic aerials, they can be found here:

Manufacturers’ Golf and Country Club

Philadelphia Cricket Club

Pine Valley Golf Club

LuLu Country Club

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Philadelphia Cricket Club (Wissahickon) – 1950 – 2015

Located in Flourtown, Pennsylvania and designed by A.W. Tillinghast in the 1920’s.

Philadelphia Cricket Club – 2015

The aerial photos compare 1950 (Black and White, USGS) and 2015 (Color,  ESRI). I believe the 2015 photo is post renovation completed by Keith Foster in 2014.

Similar to Manufacturers’ Golf Club many of the changes include:

  • Tree removal along several of the fairways
  • Bunkers being added, moved and removed
  • Increase to the width of several fairways

Take a look for yourself and don’t hesitate to comment.

In case you missed my other Philadelphia area golf course aerial comparisons, you can find them here:

Manufacturers’ Golf and Country Club

Merion Golf Club – East Course

Pine Valley Golf Club

LuLu Country Club

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Manufacturers’ Golf and Country Club – 1950 – 2015

I had no idea what Philadelphia golf was like until I came up with the idea to do a series that focused on a few of the golf courses in the area.  After looking at several of the courses, it became evident to me that some of the best golf courses in the nation, might be located in and around Philadelphia.

Andy at the fried egg provides a great summary to the history of Manufactures’ Golf and Country club in addition to photos that put you on the golf course.  His write-up, with on course photos, from 2016 can be found here.

Manufacturers’ Golf and Country Club is located outside of Philadelphia in the suburb of Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. Before looking at the shot by shot photos, I wasn’t aware of the elevation that came with the course.

Manufacturers’ Golf and Country Club – 2015 (Photo Credit to ESRI)

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Shinnecock Hills Golf Club – 1954 to 2016

I first looked at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club when I developed topography  using available Lidar data points.

Shinnecock Hills Golf Club Aerial

This time around I want to show how the course has changed and not changed from 1954 to 2016 by comparing aerials from both time periods.

Below is an image comparison of Shinnecock Hills Golf Club. The slider all the way to the left on the images shows 1954 aerial and to the right, a more current, 2016 aerial.

The 1954 aerial might be one of the better aerial images I can find for Shinnecock Hills Golf Club.

Things that stuck out to me when comparing the two images is how the course has lengthened over time and some of the trees were converted into a native, open area. Those of you with a more keen eye on architecture and golf course restoration may be able to notice some of the other subtle changes that have occurred.

Shinnecock Hills

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check out some of my other aerial comparisons.

 

The Country Club – Brookline, MA

I found this 1938 aerial of The Country Club. At the time of this photo the club was nearly 50 years old so I am unsure if this is how the course was originally routed or if there had been some modification to the routing prior to the date on the photo.

One of the things that stuck out in the 1938 photo is the multi use of what I assume is the polo fields and a few golf holes. Also obvious over the last 70-80 years is the expansion of the existing ponds, changes to some of the bunkers and some fairways were narrowed.

Below is a comparison of the 1938 to 2016. I was able to line these up almost perfectly to make the comparison a little easier. The black and white photo is the 1938 aerial and the color photo is the 2016 aerial.

Take a look for yourself and let me know if you see anything else.

After looking at the The Country Club, I may take a deeper dive into the topography if the data is available.

 

Chicago Golf Club – 1946 – 2015

Chicago Golf Club

Getting these two images to work with each other was a struggle. For some reason I couldn’t get the 1946 aerial to line up on the 2015/16 aerial similar to what I had done for Shoreacres and Sand Hills Golf Club. Each time I had one point on the golf course lined up, another would skew.  I cursed quite a bit at it, but still want to share the aerial image.

1946 Aerial

Aerial image of the Chicago Golf Club from 1946 that the US Geological Survey had available (click to enlarge).

Chicago Golf Club – 1946

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Shoreacres – 1974, 1997, 2005, 2015

After some feedback from my previous Shoreacres post that showed how the course looked nearly identical in 2015 as it did in 1946,  I wanted to take a further look at how the course looked between the nearly 70 year time period.

Below is what I would consider somewhat of a time lapse. There are still some larger gaps based when aerials are available but over the time period, mowing lines, vegetation and bunkers varied.

Shoreacres – 1946 (Photo from USGS)

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Sand Hills Golf Club Construction 1992, 1999, 2015

I’ve always been amazed by golf course construction. The ability to take heavy machinery, fine grade and carve the land to exact elevations and get it to withstand the elements.

In the few projects I’ve been involved in, its always been a restoration or renovation where a golf course exists and the work is done within the existing footprint.

Sand Hills Golf Club didn’t appear to have a footprint to stay within.

I was able to find a few aerial photos from the USGS that were taken during construction,  after opening and a photo from within the last few years.

The first photo compares during construction (approx 1992) to after opening (approx 1999). First thing I noticed was how many of the haul and access roads went on to become fairways when compete. Also notice the area  and sequencing of when things were completed.

Next photo compares the 1999 photo with the more modern (approx 2015) photo. One thing that stuck out was how much some of the bunkers had changed in that time period.

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