February 8, 2016 |
Pine Valley, which emerges from the shrouding mists just once a year, is a Brigadoon in the Barrens. Like that mythical Scottish village, the world's top-rated and most exclusive golf course is a locale almost exclusively of the imagination. Most of us will never see it, never get beyond the evergreen woods and hidebound tradition, both equally thick, that shield the mysterious course near Clementon, N.J., from reality. The club's elite membership - fewer than 1,000 golfers from all around the world - has access, of course.
July 23, 2012 |
Within the tiny, closed confines of Pine Valley, Camden County, lies a golf course that's known everywhere as one of the finest - if not the finest - in the world. On Monday, the club will open its gates for 72 of the area's best professionals and amateurs competing in the Philadelphia Open, a 36-hole stroke-play championship being conducted for the 108th time, and for the fourth time at Pine Valley. The Open was last held at Pine Valley in 2002. For Monday's competition, about 1,500 ticket holders will be allowed inside the gates of the exclusive club to see a course usually seen by the general public on one day a year - the Sunday afternoon of the Crump Cup, held annually in September.
March 29, 2001 |
For the first time since Golf Digest began numeric rankings of America's best golf courses in 1985, Pine Valley, the private club in New Jersey, was replaced at No. 1, with Pebble Beach Golf Links taking the top spot in the magazine's biennial survey. Pine Valley, now No. 2, had held the top spot since 1985. A new par-3 fifth hole designed by Jack Nicklaus and a revision in the survey's scoring system helped boost the famous seaside course on the Monterey Peninsula in California to the head of the rankings.
September 19, 2009 |
Defending champion Michael Muehr earned medalist honors with a 36-hole score of 137 and will be the top seed for today's match play in the 85th annual George Arthur Crump Memorial Golf Tournament at Pine Valley. Muehr, from Potomac Falls, Va., followed Thursday's 66 with a 1-over-par 71 yesterday, and will face 16th-seeded Scott Rowe of Hinsdale, Ill., this morning in the tournament for many of the country's top mid-amateurs. In the Senior Division, Pat Tallent of Vienna, Va., took medalist honors with a 1-under 139. The public is welcome to watch the finals tomorrow.
August 29, 1991 |
For as long as anyone can remember, the Pine Hill Fire Department has been providing fire protection for the tiny golfing community of Pine Valley, its next-door neighbor. Compensation for those services was made through fund- raising drives held in Pine Valley. The annual stipend given Pine Hill was about $2,500 a year. But if Pine Hill Mayor Joseph Nunes has his way, Pine Valley's 20 homeowners will pay for fire services like everyone else - through a 24-cent- per-$100 assessed property valuation tax imposed in February by the Pine Hill Fire District.
April 5, 2005 |
In Golf Digest's latest, most radically altered ranking of America's 100 greatest golf courses, several famous layouts took a tumble but Pine Valley remained No. 1. As usual, Pine Valley, the ultra-private mecca of golf near Clementon, Camden County, muscled aside all comers - young and old, private and public. Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, host of the 2005 U.S. Amateur in August, also maintained its top-10 spot on the magazine's prestigious list, coming in seventh. Also among the top 100 were Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, ranked 82d, and Galloway National Golf Club in Galloway, N.J., listed 92d. Two new names made the top 10: National Golf Links, a revered classic course on Long Island, at No. 9, and Seminole Golf Club near Palm Beach, Fla., another classic course, at No. 10. Most of the turnover was in the bottom half of the list.
July 14, 2002 |
Even if it is one of the biggest local golf tournaments of the year, in July the Philadelphia Open usually comes and goes without much fanfare or, for that matter, interest from fans. For all the spectators it attracts, the Open might as well be closed. Not this year, not with famed Pine Valley hosting the one-day, 36-hole stroke-play championship tomorrow for the first time since 1941 and only the third time ever. "This is huge. I put it on my calendar a year ago, when I heard it was going to be at Pine Valley," said John Allen, head pro at Sunnybrook Golf Club in Plymouth Meeting and one of 60 players from the area in the field, made up of 45 club pros and 15 amateurs.
August 8, 1990 |
John Elder Jr. of Pine Hill says he took a lot of ribbing last year when he failed to qualify for the club championship competition at Little Mill Country Club, especially since his uncle had been club titlist three times. But on July 29, the 28-year-old Pine Valley police officer silenced the kibitzers by eliminating three others in the scheduled 27-hole playoff at the Evesham course. Elder, Chris Zalis, Ron Roby and James Whitlock met in the medal play showdown, and at the finish, Elder and Zalis led with 8-under-par totals and went into extra holes.
July 12, 2011 |
Last month at the U.S. Open, golf fans got to watch 22-year-old Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy win the event at Congressional by eight shots, in the very next major after he had blown a four-stroke, 54-hole lead at the Masters. It was pretty indelible stuff. And heading into this week's British Open, the next Grand Slam event on the schedule, we really haven't seen him since. Unless, of course, you count his appearance at Wimbledon. Hey, when you do what he did, there are certain perks.
September 29, 1991 |
You can forget about ever being a member of Pine Valley, that ultra- exclusive golf club situated in its own tiny borough next to Clementon in Camden County. And unless you know a member who is willing to invite you to play a round (assuming you spring for the $75 guest fee and your handicap is below 20), you won't ever play it. In fact, for 364 1/2 days a year, you're not even allowed on the grounds to see Pine Valley, which recently was named the toughest golf course in the world, for the fourth straight time, by Golf Digest and Golf magazine.