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February 8, 2016 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, STAFF WRITER
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.
SPORTS
July 23, 2012 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
March 29, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
SPORTS
September 19, 2009 | INQUIRER REPORT
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.
NEWS
August 29, 1991 | By Rosalee Polk Rhodes, Special to The Inquirer
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.
SPORTS
April 5, 2005 | By Joe Logan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
SPORTS
July 14, 2002 | By Joe Logan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
August 8, 1990 | By Charlie Frush, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
July 12, 2011 | By MIKE KERN, kernm@phillynews.com
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.
SPORTS
September 29, 1991 | By Jay Searcy, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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August 22, 2016 | By Kevin Riordan, Columnist
Beyond a majestic set of gates on West Branch Avenue in Pine Hill, the road to the Trump National Golf Club Philadelphia rises to a manicured peak. The private club atop Camden County's highest point - Trump National's website calls it South Jersey's highest - is opulent, the view of the Center City skyline spectacular. But the blue-collar borough below - which owns the 365 acres where the beautiful course was built as a property-tax-exempt redevelopment project in the late 1990s - is barely visible from up there.
SPORTS
June 15, 2016 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, STAFF WRITER
Those who recalled Max Marston's magical summer must have been shocked when they read the Philadelphia investment banker's 1949 obituary: "Marston was not a sensational golfer," it noted. "He had no extra-strong department. He was merely a good all-around player who never gave up. " If meant to praise Marston's tenacity, the description notably underestimated the ability of a player who in 1923 had the single greatest year in Philadelphia golf history. A nearly forgotten figure, Marston's name surfaced this week when the 116th BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship began at Merion Golf Club, where he was both a member and club champion.
SPORTS
February 8, 2016 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
October 6, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
What's the difference between a town and a golf course? To start, the latter has more sand traps, fewer bus stops, and funnier pants. There is, of course, no need to go on: The distinction between a town and a golf course is as self-evident as that between a Crown Victoria and a golf cart. Except, apparently, in New Jersey, where a pair of Camden County municipalities, Pine Valley and Tavistock, are essentially appendages of golf clubs. The Inquirer's Michael Boren this week documented an extreme but emblematic absurdity of the state's local government excesses: the six-man police department of Pine Valley (pop.
NEWS
October 5, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
The police department of Pine Valley operates from a small white house with lime-green office walls, where Richard Rauer, the 5-foot-11 police captain with a handlebar mustache, answers the phone. He and his five officers share one squad car. Each wears a light-blue uniform and pants with a gold stripe, and carries a radio and a 9mm Glock pistol. But Rauer's department is unlike any other in the state. Even some law enforcement officials outside New Jersey say they've never heard of one like it: Its job is to protect a golf course - albeit the world's best, according to Golf Magazine - which occupies most of Pine Valley's one square mile and is the reason for the Camden County borough's existence.
REAL_ESTATE
May 24, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities.   Weichert Realtors agent Barbara Mastronardo calls Concord Township "one hot little real estate market. " Based on what? The Garnet Valley School District, for starters - this Delaware County community is part of it. Bethel Township, for another. It, too, is part of the Garnet Valley district, but with more expensive and larger houses - the first-quarter median price was $434,500, according to Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach HomExpert Market Report, versus $350,000 for Concord Township.
NEWS
March 19, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
James W. Finegan, 85, of Villanova, an advertising executive, golf authority, and author of books about the world's best links, died Friday, March 13, at home of complications from a fall several years ago. Widely regarded as the foremost authority on golfing in the United Kingdom and also as a careful chronicler of golf in the Philadelphia area, Mr. Finegan was the "go-to guy" for any arcane point about the sport's past. "He was probably the greatest Philadelphia golf historian ever," said Peter Trenham, a fellow golf historian and friend.
NEWS
April 11, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Raymond T. Bowman, 105, of Wynnewood, a businessman and former steward at an exclusive golf club, died Tuesday, April 1, of heart failure. Mr. Bowman, the grandson of a slave, was a steward and waiter at Pine Valley, a club 20 miles southeast of Philadelphia in Camden County that caters to the famous. Mr. Bowman began working there in the 1920s, and often was on duty 18 hours a day, six days a week, he told reporter Frank Fitzpatrick in a 2013 Inquirer article. "It was all private," Mr. Bowman said.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 2013 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there It was spring 1998 and the end of her 8th grade year at Greenberg Elementary when Stephanie, who lived in Pine Valley, sneaked onto friend Melissa's bus to hang out in Fox Chase after school. The girls were talking to friend Will when Tim, Will's friend who lived across the street and attended St. Cecilia's School, spotted them. Nothing could keep Tim from joining that conversation. "I had some excuse to be a part of it," he said. "We were [both] enthralled with the possibility of socializing with girls.
SPORTS
October 1, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
Sean O'Hair of West Chester birdied three of his final six holes for a 3-under-par 67 in the Web.com Tour Championship at Sawgrass, Fla., and secured his PGA Tour card for the 2013-14 season. O'Hair, who was even par after two rounds, finished in a tie for eighth at 6-under 274 and wound up 16th on the 50-man priority list with $59,333 for the four-event Web.com Finals series. O'Hair, the 2005 PGA Tour rookie of the year, needed to re-qualify for the tour after finishing outside the top 125 on the money list in 2013 for the first time in his career.
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