The treasure trove of golf writing by A.W. Tillinghast

February 26, 2014 update:  Recently I penned an article for MyPhillyGolf on the writings of golden age architect A.W. Tillinghast.  He played a prominent role in making the City aware of the need for a public golf course.  You can read my article here: The treasure trove of golf writing by A. W. Tillinghast

Blog friend Jake Murray contributes

February 25, 2014 update:  One of the great delights of maintaining this blog is the number of wonderful e-mails we receive.  Just today we received the following from Leo “Jake” Murray: I no longer live in the area but I grew up in the Highland Park neighborhood of Upper Darby in the 1950’s and 1960’s. […]

New superintendent at Cobb’s Creek

February 19, 2014 update:  I’m happy to pass along the info that the new superintendent at Cobb’s, starting the 24th of this month, is Rich Sweeney.  He is joining us after being at Rock Manor down in Delaware.  Welcome, Rich! It is also long overdue to thank the past superintendent Darren Wondolowski.  Darren is staying […]

Carl Kauffmann wins 1928 Public Links at Cobb’s Creek

January 6, 2014 update: Thanks to our friend Neil R in NY comes this wonderful picture below of Phil Ogden of Cleveland on the 3rd green in the championship match of the 1928 National Public Links at Cobb’s Creek (he lost to Carl Kauffmann of Pittsburgh). A neat cartoon of Kauffmann’s achievement appeared in the […]

Cobb’s land was a dairy farm

January 4, 2014 update:  If this 1922 Philadelphia Inquirer below is to be believed, the land on which the golf course sits used to be a dairy farm.

December 2013 project update

Christmas Day, 2013 update:  On this Christmas Day, we’re at liberty to share a bit more about the proposed Cobb’s Creek Golf Course restoration project, the details of which are presently being worked through legal mechanics with city and state officials. Going forward, the plan, and yes, detailed plans have already been developed by Gil […]

Potentially Great Places In The Game: Cobb’s Creek

December 19, 2013 update:  Geoff Shackelford has penned a note for his blog on Cobb’s Creek called “(Potentially) Great Places In The Game:  Cobb’s Creek”.  Go here: http://www.geoffshackelford.com/homepage/2013/12/19/potentially-great-places-in-the-game-cobbs-creek.html

Cobb’s Creek on Grey Goose 19th Hole

December 18, 2013 update:  On a recent Grey Goose 19th Hole episode, the panel consisting of host Steve Sands, Geoff Shackelford, John Feinstein, and David Fay discuss the recent tournaments held at classic golf courses (2013 US Open at Merion and the 2013 Walker Cup at the National Golf Links of America).  Then the topic […]

Plane lands on the course

December 12, 2013 update:  In 1948 a plane landed on the golf course!  See the photo below.  That is on the 14th fairway looking back to the 13th green.

Philadelphia Catches Up

December 11, 2013 update:  The text of the article that goes with the pictures in yesterday’s update is below, with the catchy headline of “Philadelphia Catches Up”.

Golfers Magazine early photos of Cobb’s Creek

December 10, 2013 update:  Wow, you should see some pictures I have unearthed from the national publication called Golfers Magazine (May of 1926).  Check out the page of pictures below.

Greg Jarmas at the Masters

December 3, 2013 update:  Below is the Master Cricker Greg Jarmas (medalist in the 2013 Ivy League Golf Championship)!  Note how he is proudly wearing a Cobb’s Creek shirt.

Merion: The Championship Story

November 22, 2013 update:  While you continue to remain patient (trust me!), an excellent holiday gift for the golfer is a book penned by a friend and colleague of mine Jeff Silverman.  His 501 page treatise on the championship story of Merion is now available and is a delightful read.  It is available here.

1915 GAP annual meeting photo

October 14, 2013 update:  It was the late January 1915 Golf Association of Philadelphia annual meeting when it was announced “that work on the public links at Cobb’s Creek park will begin as soon as weather permits”.   See this note together with a fantastic picture of those at the meeting (including Hugh Wilson, A.W. Tillinghast, […]

Locker rooms under construction

October 7, 2013 update:  See below this very awesome picture [big thanks to my friend in La Habra, CA, for rehabilitating that photo] of the locker rooms under construction at Cobb’s Creek (1915 or 1916, I think), with the neat mounding behind the 2nd green.  The women’s locker room on the right (the current clubhouse) and […]

Early course photos

October 4, 2013 update:  More early pictures of Cobb’s Creek from friend John B. are now available.  Two pics from the first hole are below: One of the 3rd green below: And finally two from the 4th tee:

1931 Cobb’s Creek scorecard

September 25, 2013 update:  Long time player at Cobb’s Bob M. has checked in and sent along some early scorecards.  Check out this beauty from 1931 here.

1964 photos of Cobb’s Creek GC

September 24, 2013 update:  A friend of the Friends of Cobb’s Creek GC recently came upon three nice photos of the course from 1964.  This one the 18th green at Cobb’s Creek GC: This one the 18th green at Karakung: And finally the first fairway at Cobb’s:

Who was Hugh Wilson, part 2

September 23, 2013 update:  Mike Cirba has penned part 2 of “Who Was Hugh Wilson”.  Anyone with an interest in Hugh Wilson and Cobb’s Creek should read this and part 1.  Follow the link below: Who Was Hugh Wilson? – Part II

Howard Wheeler wins National Negro Open at Cobb’s Creek

September 14, 2013 update:  In 1947 Cobb’s Creek hosted the United Golfers Association National Negro Open.  Howard “Butch” Wheeler won his 4th of six National Negro Open titles that year (and he played cross-handed!).  Read about it below from the sports page of the Philadelphia Afro-American newspaper.

5th hole in 1916

August 20, 2013 update:  Below is a picture of the creek on the 5th hole from the Public Ledger in 1916.

1928 Public Links article

July 24, 2013 update:  Quite the headline here from the opening round of the 1928 Public Links at Cobb’s Creek (from the August 8, 1928 edition of the Evening Public Ledger).

Bob Mayes at Cobb’s Creek

June 21, 2013 update:  Nice article on Bob Mayes, a golfer that played at Cobb’s with Charlie Sifford: Mayes’ journey to the ’74 U.S. Open

Newark Star-Ledger article on Cobb’s

June 18, 2013 update:  Brendan Prunty of the Newark Star-Ledger penned an article on Cobb’s Creek GC last Sunday.  Read it here: Cobb’s Creek Golf Club, four miles from Merion, preparing for rebirth

Cobb’s Creek on The Golf Channel

June 11, 2013 update:  If you missed the excellent piece on Cobb’s Creek GC by The Golf Channel Monday morning, you can view it here: Morning Drive story on Cobb’s Creek Note:  that video probably won’t play on an iPad or iPhone (unless you use the Chrome web browser on those devices which can play […]

Updated Master Plan for Cobb’s Creek

June 9, 2013 update:  It is time to release the latest versions of the Master Plan for the proposed Cobb’s Creek GC restoration project.  The first diagram below is for the restoration of the golf course to essentially what it was in 1928 until the early 50s, and includes modification of the Karakung course to […]

Cobb’s Creek on The Golf Channel

June 7, 2013 update:  Programming note – A piece specifically on Cobb’s Creek by Matt Ginella of The Golf Channel will air this Monday (June 10) on Morning Drive (7 – 9 AM EST).

Who was Hugh Wilson

June 5, 2013 update:  Mike Cirba has written a fascinating article entitled “Who Was Hugh Wilson?”.  You can read it here: Who Was Hugh Wilson?

Matt Ginella at Cobb’s Creek

May 30, 2013 update:  Matt Ginella of The Golf Channel was out to Cobb’s Creek GC yesterday to meet with the Friends of Cobb’s Creek GC.  Interview to be included on a piece concerning Philly public golf courses on Tuesday of US Open week (June 11).  Below is a picture of Matt interviewing Chris Lange.

Project update by Joe Logan

Cinco de Mayo 2013 update:  Well, the cat is nearly completely out of the bag now!  Just this afternoon Joe Logan from MyPhillyGolf reports on the latest regarding a restoration of Cobb’s Creek: http://myphillygolf.com/detail.asp?id=13153

Golf Digest article on Cobb’s Creek

May 4, 2013 update:  See the June issue of Golf Digest for a nice article on Cobb’s Creek by David Owen.  The article is available online: http://www.golfdigest.com/golf-courses/2013-06/david-owen-muny-life

2nd green 1930 Dallin aerial

April 27, 2013 update:  Below is an aerial of the 2nd green in 1930 (picture courtesy of the Hagley Museum).

1st green 1930 Dallin aerial

April 23, 2013 update:  Note below how much bolder the green surrounds were on the first hole in 1930 (picture courtesy of the Hagley Museum).

Olympic golf course progress

April 29, 2013 update:  Gil Hanse discusses progress on the Olympic golf course with Joe Logan here: http://myphillygolf.com/detail.asp?id=13112

Cobb’s in 1924 NY Age

April 12, 2013 update:  With the movie “42” coming out later this week chronicling the admission of the first African-American player into Major League Baseball in 1947, it’s good to see that at its most basic level, at least some of golf was integrated well before then in Philadelphia, as shown below (from the September 20, 1924 […]

Joe Logan 2011 Hanse interview

April 8, 2013 update:  Local golf course architect Gil Hanse loves Cobb’s Creek.  Check out his 2011 interview by Joe Logan of MyPhillyGolf: http://www.myphillygolf.com/detail.asp?id=9117

Brad Klein profile of Gil Hanse

March 24, 2013 update:  Brad Klein also did an extensive profile of Gil Hanse recently: http://golfweek.com/news/2013/mar/15/olympic-course-architect-hanse-wins-jobs-personal-/

Hanse at Rio

March 19, 2013 update:  Brad Klein of GolfWeek reports that work begins today on the Olympic golf course in Rio de Janeiro: http://golfweek.com/news/2013/mar/19/work-finally-starts-rio-2016-course/ The architect is Gil Hanse of Malvern.  Gil has done work at Cobb’s Creek over the years, in particular rebuilding the 4th green.

Tie-fighter green

January 2, 2013 update:  Check out the unique shape of the current 10th green below in this 1939 aerial from the Dallin Collection (courtesy of the Hagley Museum).

With a little help from a few friends

December 12, 2012 update:  Do you remember the article back in April 2008 by Joe Logan, former golf writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, entitled “With a little help from a few friends”?  

Progress on course construction

December 10, 2012 update:  It took a little over a year to build the course.  Construction began on April 12, 1915 and the course opened on May 29, 1916.  Read about it below from the April 12, 1915 edition of the Evening Public Ledger. You’ll notice the name William Flynn in the article.  He went on […]

Cobb’s Creek Golf Association

November 30, 2012 update:  The Cobb’s Creek Golf Association completed another successful year.  Check them out at:  www.the-crick.com Contact Paul Cornely for more info and how to join.

1915 progress on clubhouses

November 29, 2012 update:  Progress on the clubhouses as reported in the September 30, 1915 edition of the Evening Bulletin is below.

Silent Joe Coble Feted for 1924 Publinx title

November 28, 2012 update:  Probably the first skilled golfer to come out of Cobb’s Creek was Joe Coble. He won the US Publinx title in 1924. He was feted by the Cobb’s Creekers as written about here by Frank McCracken of the Public Ledger on July 30, 1924.

Roy Mason painting

November 24, 2012 update:  A longtime supporter of Cobb’s Creek, Don D., checked in to tell us he has a 1917 painting from the course by Roy Mason. It must be seen in person to be fully appreciated.  Below is a picture of it.

Early photo of the 3rd green

November 14, 2012 update:  After a dormant period on the blog, I hope this is the first of many additions this off-season!  Below is another early photo, looking back from the 3rd green.

Bob Hope at Cobb’s Creek

July 24, 2012 update:  Two PGA tournaments were held at Cobb’s Creek GC (1955 and 1956 Daily News Open).  Below is a picture of Bob Hope making an appearance in June of 1956.  

3rd green in 1916

June 12, 2012 update:  Below is a picture of the 3rd green in 1916 (from the Public Ledger).

Ladies exhibition match at Cobb’s

June 11, 2012 update:  Exhibition matches involving prominent amateur golfers were popular in the 10s and 20s.  Below is a photo of one from Cobb’s Creek, the lady golfers on the 12th green (the current 6th green).

Get in line to play Cobb’s Creek!

June 7, 2012 update:  Back in the 20s it was not unusual to have a multitude of people waiting to tee off at Cobb’s Creek.  See below and get in line!

Army AAA Gun Site program aerial

June 1, 2012 update:  The reason part of Cobb’s Creek GC changed dramatically was due to the installation of an Army AAA (Anti-Aircraft Artillery) Gun Site Program (a precursor to the Nike missile defense program) in 1953 on the corner of the course where the current City Line Avenue driving range sits.  Below are two […]

KYW interview

May 31, 2012 update:  Recently the Friends of Cobb’s Creek Golf Course met with Ed Abrams of KYW 1060 Newsradio and TeeItUpPhilly.com.  From that interview was a segment on Cobb’s Creek as part of the station’s “Golf Report” (no longer available as a podcast, unfortunately).

President Taft lobbies for public course for Philadelphia

May 30, 2012 update:  William Evans, the golf writer for the Public Ledger, grew tired of there being no public course in Philly, and recruited the help of President Taft.  Below is the letter Taft wrote to Evans and published on February 23, 1913.

Ball stuck in tree

May 29, 2012 update:  Below is an entertaining picture from the 4th hole at Cobb’s from the July 10, 1928 edition of the Evening Public Ledger.

Young Charlie Sifford at Cobb’s Creek

Memorial Day, 2012 update:  Charlie Sifford was the first African-American on the PGA Tour.  Did you know he honed his game at Cobb’s Creek?  This from James W. Finegan’s wonderful book “A Centennial Tribute To Golf in Philadelphia”: “Charlie Sifford was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1922. He grew up caddying and learning to […]

Cobb’s Creek is busy

May 26, 2012 update:  Do you know how busy Cobb’s Creek was in the 20s?  Some years more than 80,000 golfers are reported to have played it.  Read it below from the November 1927 edition of the Philadelphia Golfer magazine.

Cobb’s Creek designers

May 25, 2012 update:  A variety of people likely helped design and build Cobb’s Creek.  As support, this snippet from the Jan 1, 1916 edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer below (part of bigger article on golf entitled “Drives and Putts” by “Joe Bunker”).  Ab Smith, George Crump, and Hugh Wilson are three very notable names […]

1916 Daily Eagle article

May 19, 2012 update:  Even a New York newspaper praised Cobb’s Creek soon after it opened!  Read about it below (from the August 28, 1916 issue of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, a very prominent newspaper in its day).

Joe Dey Golfing Waterloo

May 14, 2012 update:  Before Joe Dey went on to the USGA and later the first president of the PGA, he was a writer for the Evening Bulletin.  In 1931 that Philly paper ran a series of articles called “Golfing Waterloos” where a local hole was profiled.  On April 15, 1931 the original 6th hole […]

1915 Record pictures

May 11, 2012 update:  On May 30, 1915 the Philadelphia Record published some pictures updating the progress at Cobb’s Creek.  See them below (that is the 5th green under construction).

Public Ledger 12th hole

May 10, 2012 update:  Below is a picture (Public Ledger, 1915) of the original 12th hole, a downhill par 3.  Currently this is the par 3 6th green, played from a much different angle.

1915 Inquirer routing

May 7, 2012 update:  Not long after the Public Ledger showed a routing (see May 5th update below) for Cobb’s Creek GC, the Philadelphia Inquirer on May 16, 1915 published a similar figure.  The main difference being the par 3 14th hole appears to have the green moved and the hole stretched to 175 yards.  […]

1915 Public Ledger routing

Cinco de Mayo, 2012 update:  Below is the original routing at Cobb’s Creek GC from the April 11, 1915 edition of the Philadelphia Public Ledger.

Til De Palma interview

May 4, 2012 update:  In the summer of 2008 the Friends of Cobb’s Creek Golf Course met with Til De Palma, probably the oldest living person familiar with the Cobb’s Creek Golf Course. He caddied there as a youngster in the 20s. You’ll hear him describe many aspects of his days there, including caddying for […]

1934 Cobb’s Creek tags

May 2, 2012 update:  Late last year a friend sent pictures (here and here) of two Cobb’s Creek tags he owns (from 1934 issued by the Commissioners of Fairmount Park).

Joe Logan update

May 1, 2012 update:  Joe Logan of MyPhillyGolf has checked in again on the Cobb’s Creek front.  His article begins with:   The magnum opus that is the history and design evolution of Cobb’s Creek GC is complete and now available on the Internet for your reading enjoyment.   Weighing in at 344 pages, the […]

Site Overview

April 26, 2012 update:  A century ago, Philadelphia’s golf leaders believed that building exceptionally challenging golf courses would help develop top competitive golfers in the region, which led to the creation of Merion East, Pine Valley, and… Cobb’s Creek. Read the amazing history of the course that in its time was viewed as the best […]