Founded in 1916, Gulph Mills Golf Club had an 18-hole layout in play three years later, once Donald Ross had completed a new course for the membership. Unusually, the modern day course retains a short set of par five holes.
Gulph Mills is a beautiful course outside of Philadelphia that often does not receive its fair share of praise compared to some of the other stalwart courses in the area. My guess is that is because of the exclusivity and the fact that the membership appears to prefer to stay under the radar as I’m told it does not seek to have course raters from publications access.
Gulph Mills offers a rolling landscape that is a beautiful walk throughout (albeit your calves will get a work out on the closing uphill 18th). Despite being located in the densely populated and built area of King of Prussia and Conshohocken, the course offers a reprieve from the masses as little of the outside world is visible from the majority of the course. With the relative light play, you’ll often be blessed by being only a handful of lucky souls gracing the fairways should be blessed to be
A strong set of par 3’s including a short one shooter over a beautiful quarry which is reminiscent of the beautiful quarry par 3 at Manufacturers Golf & CC about 10 miles west of Gulph Mills. The short par 4 8th hole might be my favorite short par 4 in the Philadelphia region. The greens feature some of the classic Ross characteristics with several holes featuring dramatic back to front sloped greens and well protected complexes.
I would happily make this fine course my home club and would not get tired of its timeless design.