First set out by Tom Bendelow on a 150-acre site in 1902, the old course at Allegheny Country Club was subsequently redesigned by Donald Ross in 1923 and more recently renovated by Ed Seay and then restored by Gil Hanse.
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There’s a bit of an Oakmont vibe driving up to the Allegheny club house: a sizeable lovely old building with expansive views (i.e. not a tree in sight) of the golf course. The original design was the work of Tom Bendelow. The “Johnny Appleseed of Golf” built western Pennsylvania’s first golf course here in 1902. The current layout features a number of Donald Ross greens and these are the strengths of the golf course. Number seven is a short par 4 with a shallow valley curling through the green from front left to back right……not quite a Biarritz, but similar. Numbers 8, 13 and 14 are also fine greens, each featuring devilish Ross contours. In September 2015, the greens were in excellent condition, registering 11.5 on my stimpmeter. The same, however, could not be said of the fairways, having suffered through a tough winter and a parched summer. Tee shots are not all that difficult, with only a handful (most notably # 10) challenging the golfer with a line of charm. Allegheny is not without other charms, however. Next to the sixth tee is a candy jar, a tradition dating back decades and stated by a former Superintendent’s wife. And the trek to the fourth tee is eased by a rope tow (yes, what you’d once find at ski areas) which whisks the golfer up the steep hill.
September 26, 2015
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