Philly Metro GWAT Announces 2017 Tournament Schedule
Philly Metro GWAT Announces 2017 Tournament
Amateur Tour (Philly Metro) announced its 2017 tournament schedule with events
between April 29 and September 30. The schedule includes 12 regular season
events, including a 2-Day Tour Major tournament, and two special Monday
tournaments, plus the season-ending Metro Cup. The GOLFWEEK Amateur Tour is the largest
amateur golf tour in America, with 42 different Local Tours throughout the
country. Tour membership is a “national membership” allowing members to play in
any of over 600 tournaments nationwide each season, simply for payment of the
individual event fee.
Tour Director Jeff A. Brodsky said: “Entering our seventh season of tournament
golf, we are playing 8 different, great private course this season, as well as 3
of the premier resort golf courses in the region, during prime-time hours on
Saturday afternoons. There are also 2 Monday tournaments at some of the most
prestigious private clubs in the area. Our members become members-for-the-day at these great clubs, and enjoy full use of the
club facilities, including dining, on tournament day. Our local tour is truly a
Members of the GOLFWEEK Amateur Tour are flighted into one of 5 different
Flights (Championship, A, B, C, and D Flights) based upon a tour handicap index;
members play only against other golfers with the same skill level. Within each flight, competitors play for the
lowest total gross score that day, to win VISA gift-cards and crystal trophies;
gift card amounts are based upon the number of competitors in each flight
during that week’s tournament. Tour
handicaps and flight assignments are closely monitored by the Tour President to
ensure a fair competition. In 2017,
GOLFWEEK Amateur Tour members will also receive a USGA approved handicap index
from US Handicap as part of their membership package.
accumulated by GWAT members throughout the season, based upon each player’s gross
score in his own flight each week, counting towards qualification for the
National Championships in Hilton Head, S.C. Each Philly Metro tournament also includes a
separate Skins Game, Closest-To-The-Pin competitions on all Par 3 holes, and a
50/50 drawing in support of the GOLFWEEK Amateur Tour’s charity partner, Stand
Up 2 Cancer. Some tournaments provide
the chance for a scheduled practice round to be played at that week’s venue (for
an additional fee) in advance of the actual tournament round.
Amateur Tour (Philly Metro) will once again kick off its season with a return
trip to The Ridge At Back Brook in Ringoes, N.J. on Saturday, April 29. The
Ridge, opened in 2002 and designed by Tom Fazio, is a private course built in the
rolling woodlands of western New Jersey.
A golf-only facility, The Ridge was named one of the Top 10 private courses
in the country, as well as the #1 new private golf course in New Jersey in 2003.
Field size is limited, so sign up early if you want to be included for what is
sure to be a fantastic season-opening event.
tournament of the season, on Saturday May 13, takes the tour to White Clay
Creek At Delaware Park. This Arthur Hills designed resort course features many
challenging holes and a fantastic practice area. The course is set on a
beautiful wooded property alongside the wild and scenic White Clay Creek, which
comes into play often. This is sure to be a fun event!
tournament, on Saturday May 27, takes the tour to private Philmont Country Club
(North) in Huntingdon Valley, Pa. This classic Park & Flynn design
opened in 1924, and has hosted many USGA qualifiers as well as the Nike (now
Web.Com) Tour. The course features some of the fastest green complexes in our
area and many challenging holes. It has
become a tour member’s favorite, and has hosted us every season.
June 12 we play a special Monday tournament at the historic DuPont Country
Club’s Nemours course. This Par 71 private course was opened in 1938 and
borders the former DuPont family residence, Brantwyn Estate, which will serve
as a staging area for the event. Designed by Alfred H. Tull, the course
provides many challenges as it winds through rolling woodlands and fields. We
will have the entire club facilities to ourselves for this Monday tournament;
additional details to follow.
Tour Major of the season takes place June 24-25 in the Pocono Mountains. Day
One, on Saturday June 24, is at Great Bear Golf Club in East Stroudsburg, a
Jack Nicklaus “signature design” that opened in 1997. The course winds through
mature forest and wetlands and challenges players on every hole. Day Two, on Sunday June 25, is at Shawnee
Country Club. Rich in history, this A.W. Tillinghast design opened for play in
1912, and is a throwback to a different era.
Located in Shawnee On Delaware, PA, most of the golf course is located
on an island in the Delaware River between Pennsylvania and New Jersey. This course will test your short game and all
of your shot-making skills. This will be a double-points tournament. All registered
players will be eligible for a special room rate on Friday and Saturday night
at the Hampton Inn in East Stroudsburg, Pa.
event, on Saturday July 8, is at the private Burlington Country Club in
Westhampton, N.J. An Alexander Finley design from 1929, this scenic club is nestled
in a country setting, surrounded by horse farms and rolling woodlands. In 2002,
Ault & Associates designed and oversaw major renovations to the entire golf
course, including the construction of six new greens and a revised layout of
the back-nine holes. Water is in play on many of the holes, and accuracy is paramount
when hitting approach shots to the small greens.
July 22, we return to the private Radley Run Country Club, in rural West
Chester, Pa. The beautiful rolling
terrain coupled with two ponds and a meandering stream provide for a challenging
round of golf here. Radley Run has just completed a major course renovation
that started prior to the 2016 season. We have been privileged to play at
Radley Run almost every season, and it is certainly a member’s favorite!
On Saturday August 5, the tour returns to Pottstown, Pa. for a tournament at
the private Brookside Country Club, a William and David Gordon re-design from
1959. The club dates to 1919 and has hosted some of the greatest golfers of their
time; in 1921, an exhibition match there pitted Walter Hagen and Sonny Fraser
against Harry Vardon and Ted Ray. The course features numerous elevation
changes, small greens, streams and wetlands, and a great quartet of Par 3
Our next event, on Saturday August 19, is at the private French
Creek Golf Club, located in the heart of rural Chester County in Elverson, PA.
This exciting Gil Hanse design dates from 2003. The flowing brooks, natural
woodlands and several forced carries over “deep stuff” offers a unique
challenge for players of all skill levels.
August 28, we return to the private Manufacturers Golf & Country Club in
Fort Washington, Pa. This historic Flynn
& Toomey design dates from 1925. The
Sandy Run creek winds through the golf course, providing a constant challenge. The course features many elevation changes,
challenging tee shots, and fast putting surfaces. GOLFWEEK Magazine has twice selected
Manufacturers G&CC as one of the Top 100 Classic Courses in the USA. We will have the entire club facilities to
ourselves for this Monday tournament, which is a joint-event with the Metro New
York Tour. The field is limited so sign-up early!
September 9, we return to the Jersey Shore for a great tournament at the private
Wildwood Golf & Country Club in Cape May Courthouse, NJ. Opened in 1922, and originally designed by
Wayne Stiles (a contemporary of Donald Ross), two new holes were added by Ault
& Associate in 1995. The course features narrow fairways and small push-up
style greens, and breezy conditions can create an additional challenge for
Finals will end the season at the private Old York Country Club in Chesterfield, N.J. on Saturday September 16. Designed by Gary
Player and opened in 1995, the course was built on a former estate property and
features surprising elevation changes and many unique and challenging holes,
with water hazards often coming into play. Old York has been ranked as one of
the finest private clubs in New Jersey, and for good reason – it is a thrill to
play! This will be a Tour
Major double-points tournament and will determine the 2017 Flight Champions.
The Metro Cup will take place on Saturday September 30 on the Palmer Course at
the private Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Twp., N.J. This qualification
event pits 20 players from both the Philly Metro and Metro New York tours in
Ryder Cup style match-play over 27 holes. The Palmer Course, although not
overly long, is known for its challenging holes, which require precision shot
making over water and around numerous wetlands.
Originally designed by Hal Purdy in 1961, the course was re-designed by
the Arnold Palmer Group in 1995, and has since been updated by Stephen Kay in
Amateur Tour National Championship will once again head to Hilton Head Island, S.C.
from October 20-22. This 54-hole tournament culminates the season and welcomes
the top qualifiers from each tour around the country. The tournament field
includes over 900 golfers from 42 tour cities. It is a tremendous golf
truly excited about the upcoming season. Our tournament lineup is impressive;
we look forward to playing tournament golf on some of the best private and
resort courses the Philly Metro area has to offer" said Brodsky. Visit
www.amateurgolftour.net or call the Tour Director at 610-642-7890 to learn how
you can become part of the fastest growing amateur tour in our area – The
GOLFWEEK Amateur Tour.