Thursday, April 12, 2012

Hershey Golf at it's best


Hershey, Pennsylvania, is home to HERCO, the Hershey Chocolate Company, known world over for its choclate candy products.  It’s also known for its outstanding golf courses.  Milton S. Hershey, founder of the company and of the community of Hershey.  He envisioned a chocolate enterprise whose profits would enrich the community, providing a finer and fuller life to the people connected with it.
 
“In 1930, he founded Hershey Country Club, giving up the first floor in his High Point Mansion to serve as the Clubhouse. Since then, sporting excellence has been the key, attracting legendary golf heroes and players of all levels.”
 
“Known for impeccably maintained greens and the natural beauty of its rolling fairways, with rich history on every hole, Hershey remains a golf favorite for players, as well as those who prefer the sidelines. Host to prestigious national events, including the 1940 PGA Championship and the LPGA Tour’s Lady Keystone  In its 82-year history, Hershey Country Club has attracted the game’s top players including Ben Hogan, Henry Picard, Byron Nelson, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Jim Furyk, and Nancy Lopez.”
 
“In a legendary setting, which golf icons Ben Hogan and Henry Picard once called home, the tradition and challenge of championship golf remains at the heart of the Hershey Resorts golf experience. Four unique and distinctive courses combine to form the Hershey Golf Collection, offering top-notch service and amenities to guests of Hershey Resorts and the public.”
 
“Whether guests choose the prestigious East Course or West Course at historic Hershey Country Club or the challenging Hershey Links, each layout is distinctive and rewarding in its own right. This trio is complemented by the family-friendly Spring Creek Golf Course, an exceptionally well-crafted nine-hole course that was designed for kids, but is just plain fun for everyone.”
 
“The West Course at Hershey Country Club
was designed by Maurice McCarthy in 1930 - a classic example of a traditional American-style layout. It hosted the 1940 PGA Championship, with the legendary Byron Nelson taking home the Wanamaker Trophy.”
 
“Designer George Fazio captured the natural beauty of Central Pennsylvania's countryside when he designed the East Course at Hershey Country Club, which opened in 1969. It was home to the Reese's Cup Classic from 1997 to 2004.”
 
“The land now occupied by Hershey Links began as a 175-acre cattle and pig farm.  A links-style course, it opened its front nine officially on August 3, 2003. Since 2005, Hershey Links has been owned by the Hershey Trust Company; it has been managed by Hershey Entertainment & Resorts since November 2007.”
 
“Spring Creek was the nation's first public golf course created for players under age 18. Scottish golf course architect Maurice McCarthy designed the original nine-hole course for Milton S. Hershey while working on the famed West Course at Hershey Country Club. Originally called the “Juvenile Golf Club,” the course allowed youngsters to golf for a green fee of 35 cents for nine holes when it opened in 1932.”
 
“In 1969 the name was changed to highlight Spring Creek, the water hazard that repeatedly confronts players. In 2006 Tom Clark oversaw a course renovation that included three new hole designs, restoration of six existing holes, a tee-through-green irrigation system, turf grass replacement throughout the course, and the addition of 220 playing yards.”
 
To learn more about the golfing opportunitiesat Hershey, Pennsylvania, view www.hersheygolfcollection.com

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