Monday, September 16, 2013
Heritage Creek Golf Club Marks One-Year Anniversary of 9-Hole Opening
Heritage Creek GC opened at the end of the summer of 2012 as a 9-hole golf course, with two pin positions on each green and two tee areas on each hole. The combination allows golfers to choose between the traditional 18 holes of golf or a more time-saving nine holes of play. Construction of another nine holes, to complete the championship 18-hole design, is scheduled for the near-future.
The course was designed by Moran, a national architect who has gained a name for himself in Eastern Pennsylvania thanks to other highly acclaimed layouts. It was conceived to take advantage of the considerable natural features of the property -- including gently rolling hills, massive hardwood trees and the Little Neshaminy Creek. All of those features combine with an environmentally sensitive golf course to create a setting that is in complete harmony with what existed before ... and what will come in the future.
At the end of the first year of play on the nine-hole layout, a number of significant developments indicate that the course has become an accepted part of the Bucks County golf scene.
The clubhouse, complete with a pub and snack bar, opened in March. It has served as the site of a number of golf and social events throughout the year.
The golf course achieved a considerable degree of maturity throughout its first season, with turfgrass conditions improving steadily. In addition, the typical adjustments to a new golf course were made to enhance the experience for the golfers.
In addition a number of leagues were formed to provide competitive and social situations. The leagues were men's adult afternoon leagues, women's afternoon leagues and couples leagues.
All of this took place in a year when play was down throughout the region, due to excessive rain and cold spring months. That always makes for difficult times for golf course operators but Heritage Creek bucked the economic trend and enjoyed a steady growth in play throughout the season.
"Our goals in the first year were to consistently improve the golf course and encourage a social scene that would make people feel as if they were part of the club," explains Ryan Woodard, golf course superintendent and director of operations. "When we opened, we didn't rush things along. We made sure the grow-in was complete on all of the holes. We wanted to make sure things were right because we look to contend with all of the top courses in the region. We feel that philosophy really helped us to grow in our first year."
Heritage Creek GC is located on Route 263 in Jamison, PA. To contact the clubhouse, call 215-674-8283 or go to www.heritagecreekgolfclub.com.