Notching up half a century of golfing operation in 2014, the course at Moselem Springs Golf Club is a solid George Fazio track that’s renowned locally for its fine set of par three holes.
If you want to fully appreciate the talents of Tom Fazio then look back at his origins with his Uncle George who was a first rate player -- losing the US Open playoff at Merion against a golfer of some skill named Ben Hogan and another player of serious talent named Lloyd Mangrum. George Fazio was also, for a time the "playing professional" out of Pine Valley during the years 1943 and then again from 1952-54 before opting to try his luck playing professionally at the various tournaments / sites scattered around the country.
GF got involved with designing course as his playing career waned and he clearly had a knack in creating a number of quality layouts including the likes of Butler National, Jupiter Hills, Hershey, The National in Canada and Pinehurst #6, to name just a few.
The most appealing aspect of Moselem Springs is how the course is free of invasive clutter -- you are truly able to enjoy the great outdoors without the bombardment of various distractions. The natural rolling terrain is quick to grab the eye and the desire for one to hit golf shots. Unlike other future courses -- GF did not overly shape the property -- allowing the land to come to the forefront. You do see the free flowing bunkers that would later become a standard inclusion for many of his nephew's designs in the years to come.
Among the finer holes include all of the par-3 holes -- commencing with the uphill effort needed at the 193-yard 3rd and bolstered by the equally quality stretch of holes from the 5th thru the 7th -- where you encounter a quality downhill par-3 and then uphill holes with a par-4 and par-5 respectively. The inward side is the stronger half -- as you work your way up and down the countryside. The par-3 13th is uphill and requires plenty of club to reach the distant green target. The uphill par-4 14th is the best of the bunch -- again going uphill at 443 yards and requiring an equal level of dexterity with tee shot and approach to a long narrow green artfully positioned. Walk off with a par here and you can be sure you'll have the honor at the next tee! The greater Philadelphia area is blessed with an array of top tier holes and, mark my words, the 14th clearly has the goods to be a prime candidate for selection.
The series of holes that follows from 15-17 is good but loses key momentum. Fortunately, that situation rectifies itself with the downhill par-4 18th at 444 yards. Players have to decide what club to use from the tee as a pond protects the right side of the driving area. The green is diagonally angled from lower left to back right and it takes a quality approach to nestle near the hole.
Moselem Springs has stood up quite well over the years. Credit GF with a keen eye and an ingrained sense of what constitutes quality shotmaking. If the course had a few less ordinary holes -- mainly on the front and on the aforementioned stretch on the back nine it would easily rate even higher. Certainly worth a play if the opportunity and invitation are presented.
M. James Ward
My favorite underrated course in Mid-Atlantic. Back nine from back tees is unforgettable. I regularly make the seven hour round trip from Northern Virginia to play it. Economic al understated rooms and fantastic food!