The History of the Oak Hill Golf Club

Ground is Broken

On April 19, 1963 the contract was signed with William F. Gordon Company for the design and construction of a 9-hole golf course to be built on the former Brush-Rounsaville farm. The cost of the project was to be $66,550. The cost included the architectural fees for a layout of 18 holes, a complete tee and green watering system, 9 golf holes with tees, greens, and bunkers. It also included a landscape plan, a practice area, a pond to impound 500,000 gallons of water, fairways cleared of stone to a size of 2", and rough cleared of stone to a size of 3". The greens, tees, fairways and roughs were to be limed, fertilized and seeded in the fall of 1963.

The William F. Gordon Company was one of the prominent golf architectural companies of the time in the eastern part of the US. Their pride and joy is the famed Saucon Valley Course in Hellertown, PA, site of the US Senior Open in 2000.

Ground breaking ceremonies took place on May 22, 1963 with G. Lamont Bidwell, Vice President of Riegel Paper Corporation turning over the first shovel of dirt.

Work on the course began with the 500,000 gallon storage pond, the rough grading of Number 5 green and Number 6 tee. The last areas to be worked on were Number 1 green, Number 2 tee, Number 4 tee and Number 6 green, because those areas had been planted with wheat and the crop had to be harvested first.

At the June 5, 1963 Board meeting the house committee reported on a study of the residence located on the property and came up with 3 possible courses of action: rent the property, give the greens superintendent free use of the property, or use only the old kitchen as a small pro-shop with either Mr. Bush or the greens superintendent living in the remainder of the house.

At the next Board meeting on June 19, 1963 the greens committee reported that construction was 2 weeks ahead of schedule, but the wheat field was becoming a problem. Mr. Gordon agreed to work out a satisfactory arrangement with Mr. Bush if he felt it was necessary to enter the wheat field. The house committee also agreed to get bids for the construction of a small concrete or cinder block building to be used as a combination office, pro-shop. It was also reported that an agreement had been reached with the Riegel Paper Corporation for the lease of the land. The lease called for a term of 20 years at an annual rate of $50.00 per year. The lease agreement was signed by the Board and the first year's lease payment was made.

 

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