Long held in high esteem in the golf community for its architectural features and rigorous testing for high-end players, Pine Valley Golf Club will break from tradition and allow female members for the first time while removing all restrictions among female golfers hits on the spot.
Both Golf Magazine and Golf Digest websites reported that after an annual meeting of trustees and members, an email was sent to members on Friday night from club president Jim Davis saying the club had “a historic change.” ” performed.
For years, the club didn’t even allow women on the site and then only had time for players on Sundays.
“The future of golf must be in the direction of inclusion,” Davis wrote in the email. “And I am pleased to report that the trustees and members of Pine Valley Golf Club have unanimously and enthusiastically voted to remove all gender-specific languages from our bylaws.”
Davis said the club will begin looking for qualified female members immediately, hoping to have the first by the end of the year.
“We’re just continuing the path of making our club more inclusive,” wrote Davis. “We want to be proud of Pine Valley in every way and I believe this change puts us on the right side of history.”
Located on the New Jersey side of Philadelphia, Pine Valley is in the city of Clementon and has long been or near the top of various golf rankings. Golf Magazine has ranked it as its world leader several times since 1985. Golf Digest saw it swapped US courses with Augusta National.
Conceived by Philadelphia hotelier George Crump, who began work on the course in 1912 but died before it opened in 1919.
“Pine Valley fills you with fear and joy … it takes your breath away, it’s a monster, but it’s beautiful,” the famous architect Robert Trent Jones once wrote. “It is often referred to as the toughest course in the world and its reputation is justified. In my opinion, it also has more classic holes than any other course in the world.”
Jack Nicklaus played the course for the first time during his honeymoon in 1960 – while the new wife Barbara waited at the gates.
“Barbara still doesn’t think that anyone who played golf as much as I did not know that Pine Valley is only for men,” Nicklaus wrote in his autobiography “My Story.” “But it was the truth – I didn’t. When friends ask what I shot there the first time, I tell them 74, but it wasn’t a fair test because I was on my honeymoon.”
After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the club changed its policy for two days, allowing the first 100 people with a check for $ 1,000 to play the course, with all proceeds going to the Twin Towers Fund. So popular was the event that it raised more than $ 500,000.