Fox Chapel - Pennsylvania - USA

Fox Chapel Golf Club,
426 Fox Chapel Road,
Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania (PA) 15238,
USA


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  • Chris Clodfelter

  • Seth Raynor

  • Alexander Childs


The affluent Pittsburgh suburb of Fox Chapel is home to one of Seth Raynor’s best, yet least celebrated designs – perhaps the fact that Fox Chapel Golf Club lies a couple of miles across the Allegheny River from the mighty Oakmont Country Club has something to do with it being overlooked by many?

Nevertheless, the charm of Fox Chapel goes way beyond the stucco walls and red-tile roofs of its old clubhouse and – ever since its inception in 1923 – generations of golfers have fallen under the classic design spell of its esteemed architect.

Many improvements have been made over the years to maintain the validity of the course in the modern era, with a recent program of tree removal a prime example of keeping the layout true to the Raynor vision; that of a course which “rewards the well struck golf shot while appropriately penalizing the ill-advised stroke”.

Measuring a modest 6,676 yards from the championship tees with a par of 71, Fox Chapel was an unqualified success as host course for the 32nd Curtis Cup match in 2002, with the ladies of the USA team winning the match against Great Britain and Ireland by 11 points to 7.

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Description: The affluent Pittsburgh suburb of Fox Chapel is home to one of Seth Raynor’s best, yet least celebrated designs... Fox Chapel Golf Club. Rating: 5.7 out of 6 Reviews: 3

I've had the pleasure of playing a few Seth Raynor courses, including Fishers Island and Yale. Fox Chapel is another Raynor gem. There's a good balance between long par 4s and short par 4s. The yardage is short, but it is a par 70 with only two par 5s. The greens are truly marvelous and play some defense against scoring. It is one of the most enjoyable courses I've ever played.

6 / 6
Fox Chapel
May 20, 2018


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The Seth Raynor Society visited Fox Chapel in September, 2015 and Superintendent Jason Hurwitz had a special treat for the Raynor aficionados: the greens were double cut and double rolled. And to top things off, the most diabolical hole locations were used…..a number of them within a few paces of Raynor’s splendid, but precipitous bunker faces. The greens here are huge and the combination of speed, contours and size made for abundant three putting. The greens are composed of Poa Annua, but something about the local micro-climate keeps them quite smooth, even in the afternoon. Raynor’s template holes were also in abundance and many (#2 Punchbowl, #6 Redan, #7 Alps, #11 Short and #17 Biarritz) are among the maestro’s best. The course is missing a double plateau, the result of A.W. Tillinghast blowing altering #13 and replacing Raynor’s green with a dull, flat one. The only other green that’s not an original is said to be #4, the result of a Bobby Jones recommendation after his putt escaped the green and came to rest out of bounds on Fox Chapel Road.In addition to his templates, Raynor built a number of fine originals, including #s 9 and #10. The former is named Dustpan and once featured a Lion’s Mouth bunker, so named because the green extends around both sides of the hazard. Fazio Golf has been hired to perform redesign and it’s anticipated that these lost features will be restored. And while the line of charm is present on many tee shots, many fairway bunkers are no longer in play, another issue that Fazio’s work should resolve.There some (including some locals) who feel this is the best golf course in western Pennsylvania. While I am not among them, being a close runner-up to Oakmont is hardly an insult.
6 / 6
Fox Chapel
September 27, 2015


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The architect needs no introduction. The names of the holes need no introduction. As Raynor was making his way through Pennsylvania in 1923, the town of Fox Chapel was about to establish itself on the golfing map. With horses traversing the golf course shaping the iconic greens and rolling fairways, the evolution of a masterpiece was underway. As my eyes studied the scorecard on the 1st tee, I could feel my mouth watering as I saw the names of the holes and was about to embark on a trip down memory lane. Click the link to read Fergal’s full report on Fox Chapel.
5 / 6
Fox Chapel
October 02, 2013


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