Foxburg Country Club
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Country Club Features
Foxburg Country Club features a course complete with challenging play and breath-taking vistas. Tucked into a grove of ancient oaks, on an escarpment high above the gentle Allegheny River, our beautiful log clubhouse commands an imposing view of the valley below. Our golf course isn’t long, but don’t let that fool you. Our fairways are narrow, our rough is deep, and our greens are small and fast. Time here is still measured in seasons. The hours pass softly in the company of good friends and when your round is finished, there’s a little time left over for quiet reflection. Book your tee time here!
We are a USGA Member Course, open to the public from April 1 to October 31. The Clubhouse was built in 1912 as a private residence, it was acquired by the Country Club in 1942. It houses The American Golf Hall of Fame on the second floor, where visitors will find a priceless collection of golf clubs and other
exhibits depicting the 400-year history of golf. We cordially invite you to play our historic nine-hole course.
If you are a golfer, you grew up knowing the game’s first venue was the Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland. What you may not know is that the golf’s American roots can be traced to the tiny rural community of Foxburg in northwestern Pennsylvania. Golf has been played in America – in one form or another – since 1786, but none of the courses established before 1888 has survived to the present day.
Except one. On May 1, 1785, the Land Office of Pennsylvania issued warrants for the purchase of land in Western Pennsylvania. Ten years later, Samuel Fox purchased six warrants along the Allegheny River upon which to build the prominent family’s vast summer estate, and ultimately established the site for what would later become the oldest golf course in continuous use in the United States. Samuel’s great grandson, Joseph Mickle Fox was a member of the Merion Cricket Club, “The Gentlemen of Philadelphia”. In June 1884, he sailed to England as a member of an all-star team called the “All American Cricket Team”, to participate in a number of international matches in England, Ireland, and Scotland. The American team was good enough to reach the championship match, which was played in Edinburgh, Scotland, on June 6 and 7.
Following the match, young Fox was invited to travel to St. Andrews to watch golf being played. Joseph was intrigued, and he soon struck up a friendship with bearded old pro, Tom Morris, Sr., who taught him the fundamentals of the game and provided him with clubs and balls.
Fox returned to America and began to play golf with his friends and neighbors on the meadows of the estate his grandfather had carved out of the Pennsylvania wilderness. Enthusiasm for golf grew so quickly, it soon became obvious that the holes Fox had laid out on the family estate, could not accommodate the number of people who wanted to learn and play the game. So, in 1887, the Foxburg Golf Club was organized, and Joseph Fox provided the land upon which to build a golf course.
The game has been played here ever since. On March 2, 2007, The Director of the National Park Service announced the inclusion of The Foxburg Country Club and Golf Course on The National Register of Historic Places.