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.
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 […]
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).
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 […]
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).
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.
May 8, 2012 update: Below is the routing for the US Publinx tourney at Cobb’s Creek in 1928.
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. […]
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.
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 […]
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).
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 […]