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Cobbs Creek Restoration Project to Begin

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Cobbs Creek in Philadelphia is closing on October 31 for a 2 year restoration project.  It's a historic course and you can read all about its golf history and architecture and falling on tough times story via the Cobbs Creek Foundation.  Anyone who has ever played it should find the proposed routing back to the original version fascinating.  Hole #6 in particular.

I played it yesterday and hope to get another round in before it closes.  They are to the walking-only point, which I would do anyway.  Possibly the best hole, #3 lost its green to a storm this summer (pictured).  The course has always been a little rough around the edges, well, since 1977 for me at least.  Now, Gil Hanse is on the job.  Let's see what he does.

 

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For Philadelphians who love the public course's tight-knit community, affordability, and convenient location, the renovation is a double-edged sword.

 

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Whoa.  Very cool.  Cobbs Creek was the site of the first round of golf I ever played.

That hole (#3) in the picture was absurd.  You had to hit a punch shot...off the tee...because the tree was so low.  EDIT: I'm not sure it was that hole.  It's been a decade.  But the lack of maintenance was astounding.

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On 10/23/2020 at 9:33 PM, Hardspoon said:

Whoa.  Very cool.  Cobbs Creek was the site of the first round of golf I ever played.

That hole (#3) in the picture was absurd.  You had to hit a punch shot...off the tee...because the tree was so low.  EDIT: I'm not sure it was that hole.  It's been a decade.  But the lack of maintenance was astounding.

You've got the right hole.  Currently its a bit narrow through the trees but nothing overhanging.

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I am excited to follow this renovation.  And, at the risk of offending, glad to see the wrest of the Philadelphia munis from the grasp of Billy Casper Golf.  We can see how well they did with FDR and Byrne. The latter of which has been taken over by First Tee as of November 2019, and has already begun some improvments.  FDR has joined the 'Il Morte" clubs in golf heaven.

Indeed there can advantages to having a large corporation with almost 200 courses nationally in its portfolio managing your local municipals, but i didn't see much evidence of engagement from BCG at Cobbs, Byrne or FDR in the past half decade.

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21 hours ago, TrimTheCap said:

I am excited to follow this renovation.  And, at the risk of offending, glad to see the wrest of the Philadelphia munis from the grasp of Billy Casper Golf.  We can see how well they did with FDR and Byrne. The latter of which has been taken over by First Tee as of November 2019, and has already begun some improvments.  FDR has joined the 'Il Morte" clubs in golf heaven.

Indeed there can advantages to having a large corporation with almost 200 courses nationally in its portfolio managing your local municipals, but i didn't see much evidence of engagement from BCG at Cobbs, Byrne or FDR in the past half decade.

Not sure if you can offend anyone by criticizing Billy Casper Golf.  It is exciting though. 

 

 

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