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Written by BRUNO   

 

 

Eagles Mere Clubhouse

 

 

 

Eagles Mere Country Club, is set in the mountainous region of north eastern Pennsylvania in Sullivan

county, nearly 200 miles northwest of Philadelphia. The town of Eagles Mere is a rural environment

with a small population. The nearest town with any semblance of civilization is Williamsport - some

30 miles away. Williamsport is known as the annual home of the Little League World Series.


Eagles Mere Country Club is a private course designed by William Flynn (designer of Shinnecock Hills

and a fixture at Merion for decades. The club itself was formed in 1911, but the course (originally 6 holes)

opened in 1913 (which according to club historian Joe Mosbrook, might have been designed by a gent

named George Young). Sometime later, Flynn was brought in to complete the 18 hole layout. Then in

the 1920's, Flynn was working on completing a second 18, which later became abandoned because of

the depression.

 

Eagles Mere has long been an upstate mountain retreat for members of clubs like Merion, Aronimink and

Pine Valley. At just under 6,200 yards from the tips, one would suspect that the place is a pushover and

can be overpowered, but nothing is further from the truth. First off, for whatever reason (maybe it's the

mountain air) you never get a sense that the place is only 6177 yards, it just doesn't play that way.

You can actually hit driver on most holes, but as was the case with many of the old classic courses,

the ability to work the ball around doglegs and tree lines was - and still is paramount at Flynn's no-

nonsense mountain layout.



 

 

The 514 yard par 5 - 2nd (check Flynn's design of the berm that surrounds the back of this green)

 

 

Once you get into the round, you quickly notice that the course is not overly penal, but it's greens

more than make up for its lack of length tee to green. The routing is brilliantly scripted throughout

the constantly cambering property. On our visit there last summer, former assistant professional

Matt Alwin was tour guide.

 

 

On the short 328 yard third, there are no bunkers, but the large evergreen hedge that lines the

entire right side of the hole - will swallow up any errant shot to the right.

 


 

 

The Par 3 - fourth is only 126 yards but if you miss the green right to avoid the bunker, good luck.

The surface slopes away from the player and right to left . . . take three and get outta there.

 

 

 

 

Par 4 - sixth

 

The 371 yard sixth was my favorite on the front nine, not only because of it's beauty, but also because

the design presents the player with options. If you can carry the ball 250 yards, you can hit driver

and opt to carry the rock ridge to the fairway below. . . a fairway wood or hybrid to the main fairway

on top still leaves a short iron approach to a well protected green.

 


 

The par 3 downhill ninth

 

 

 

 

The par 4 thirteenth has a stone formation right smack dab in the middle of the fairway, catch it

just right and pick up some serious yardage.

 

 

 

 

The 471 yard uphill fourteenth is the brute of Flynn's design at EMCC. After being toyed with by

Flynn's twisting and turning finesse holes, he demands that you hit your two best knocks here.


 

 

 

Another view of the fabulous fourteenth (looking back from the fifteenth tee).

 

 

 

 

The green on fifteen is typical of Eagles Mere's greens, small in size with run offs in abundance,

they're quick and very well undulated, they will test even the sharpest of shortgames.

 

 

 

 

The 482 yard finisher is a short par 5, the chance to get home in two is likely even for the medium

length player.




Although private, Eagles Mere does offer a variety of stay and play packages for non members with

accommodations at either the Crestmont Inn or the Eagles Mere Inn with breakfast served daily.

EMCC is a William Flynn design that is very enjoyable, loaded with character and won't beat you up

tee to green . . . but your wedge game and putting better be dialed in if you are to score well here.

 

Cheers to Superintendent Don Keefer and special thanks to Head Professional Seth Kanaskie for

hosting us.


For more info visit: eaglesmerecc.com