100 Shawnee Inn Drive,
Pennsylvania (PA) 18356,
- +1 800 742 9633
5 miles E of East Stroudsburg
A. W. Tillinghast, William Diddel
The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort is located in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains, by the flowing waters of the Delaware River, where it opened up in 1911 as the Buckwood Inn. A.W. Tillinghast laid out an 18-hole course for the owner, Charles Campbell Worthington of Worthington Pump and Machinery Corporation, and this is said to be the architect’s first design.
The Shawnee Open was first held here in 1912 and the competition was recognized as a PGA Tour event from 1916 to 1937. The following year, Shawnee’s touring professional Sam Snead lost to Paul Ryman 8&7 in the title match of the PGA Championship at his home club. In 1943, bandleader Fred Waring purchased the resort and renamed it Shawnee Inn.
The course was expanded from eighteen holes to twenty-seven holes in 1964, with nine new holes created by Bill Diddle. Unfortunately, only four of the original Tillinghast holes remain untouched; the 1st on the Red nine and holes 7 – 9 on the Blue. The other twenty-three holes are laid out on an island in the Delaware River, accessed by a 284-foot-long foot bridge.