Philadelphia’s eastern suburbs actually lie in New Jersey, and thus the region enjoys all the benefits of the Philadelphia School that bloomed during the Golden Age of golf course architecture. Woodcrest Country Club was blessed with such a design from William Flynn and constructed by his associate Howard Toomey.
Flynn was not afraid to confront water features as part of his designs, and that certainly rings true at Woodcrest. Both the opening hole and the fourth hole involve multiple creek crossings, and the stream that crosses the entire property will return later during the back nine. Maxing out at 6,500 yards, accuracy is the main defense at Woodcrest, with trees guarding the fairways and small greens requiring pinpoint targeting upon approach.
Woodcrest Country Club sits in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, but the name Cherry Hill Country Club never would have done, due to the inevitable confusion that would come with comparisons to Flynn's more famous Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver.
For those fans of the architect William Flynn a visit to Woodcrest will be an enjoyable exercise. The layout is a quality test but to be fair -- it's not at the same level of detail found at other Flynn courses in the greater vicinity of Center City Philadelphia.
The course does have a good mixture of holes but golfers will face no less than six holes which turn left. Those able to work the ball from right-to-left will reap considerable dividends if successful.
Like many Flynn courses the set of par-3 holes is done well.
The greensites are a mixed bag -- some provide wonderful array of hidden / subtle contours but others merely adequate and not especially noteworthy.
Credit the club's leadership in bolstering turf conditions and the desire to showcase the inherent qualities of the design. Woodcrest does not have the array of design details one can readily see with his various layouts across the Delaware but to be fair -- the more noted efforts in PA are among the Keystone State's finest layouts.
Those who are Flynn fanatics will enjoy what's presented but those seeking more in terms of the rich intersection of design details will be somewhat disappointed although the ending trio of holes -- climaxing with the par-5 18th brings the round to a quality ending.
M. James Ward
I just played Woodcrest in mid October 2020. I had played here previously as my son was a member here some time ago. The course had some difficulty for much of the past decade or so. I didn't know what to expect upon my revisit. I was amazed. The course was in fabulous shape. It has a good mix of holes and has a fabulous finisher in a par 5. The day we were there was it's last day as a public course. It was changing back to private. When my son was there about 2008, it was private then. But as a fairly expensive remodeling of the clubhouse was undertaken without full membership consent...Many got up and walked away. And then the troubles ensued. But right now, the club seems in good shape both physically and politically. It's a nice day out.