Philmont Country Club
In nineteen hundred and six, Mr. Ellis Gimbel and several of Philadelphia’s captains of commerce and industry came together to form a country club dedicated to golf, baseball, tennis, and the pursuit of happiness through social interaction. They built two fabulous golf courses, a dozen tennis courts, a swimming pool and a sprawling clubhouse. Through their efforts, they formed a family of friends that made Philmont a home away from home.
Of the original founders, Ellis Gimbel and Jules Mastbaum had the largest impact on the club, as Mr. Gimbel held the position of President until 1946. Jules Mastbaum, the club’s Greens Chairman, was responsible for purchasing the Jackson Farm land for the North Course. Philmont Country Club embraces the ideas of greatness that our founders had, and we continue to strive for the satisfaction of its members and guests today.
Starting out with just 9 holes Philmont has grown to 36 holes of golf, named the South Course and the North Course. Even though there may have be some controversial discussions on who the original course designers were, history shows that the designer for the South course was John Reid, with future revisions conducted by Hugh Wilson (1913), Willie Park Jr. (1923), and William F. Gordon. John Reid also designed the original layouts at Atlantic City, Wilmington Country Club and Lancaster Country Club. The North Course was designed by Willie Park Jr., and revisions were led by William F. Gordon. Willie Park Jr. designed the famous Olympia Fields Country Club in Chicago, IL, host of the 2003 US OPEN, along with Maidstone Club (Top 100 Course), and SunningdalexOld Course) (Golf Digest Top 100 World Rankings) in England.
Andrew Green with A.H. Green Design states “The North Course has the most unique set of greens in the entire GAP (Golf Association of Philadelphia). No other course has the contour and character of those putting surfaces. Each green has a personality of its own. The shapes are spectacularly varied and the slopes provide a range of putts - up, over, and across features Willie Park, Jr created in a completely unique manner.The property is amazing and the holes fit on the ground in such a graceful way! When you move through the layout, you cannot help but be inspired by the quality of golf and the rolling topography. If you have not experienced Philmont's North Course, you don't know what you are missing.”
Philmont has been the home course to several famous professionals such as Charles Hoffner, Joe Coble, Leo Diegel (PGA Champion), Joe Seka, Bill Collins, Ted Kroll, Al Besselink, Frank “Buzz” Garvin, Gene Sarazen, and Walter Hagen.
Over the years, Philmont has been fortunate enough to host some of golfs most prestigious events, such as The Philadelphia Amateur Championships, Fridolyn Cup, US Open Qualifiers, Web.com Tour, Legg Mason Invitational, and various other local Amateur Championships. The course record was set by Tom Pernice, shooting a 63 at the Nike Tour Event in 1995. Walter Travis, Jim Barnes, Sam Snead, Fuzzy Zoeller, Michael Jordan, and Willie Mays are just a few of the famous names to have played the courses here at Philmont.
Along with great golf, Philmont offers its members 10 Har-Tru outdoor tennis courts and 3 indoor courts. These courts have hosted events attracting some of the game’s greatest, such as Bill Tilden, Arthur Ashe, Fred Stolle, Rod Laver, Roy Emerson, John Newcombe, Tony Roche, and more. Today, the tennis programs are designed to entice all skill levels to participate and enjoy the game. The Olympic sized swimming pool is a great place to kick back and relax with the family, and our clubhouse offers multiple dining locations to fit any occasion.