About Aronimink Golf Club

Inscription on plaque mounted on a rock overlooking the fairway to Hole #1
– Donald J. Ross 
Aronimink Golf Club was founded in 1896 and moved to its current location in 1926. Donald Ross, the Scottish pro who became one of America’s foremost golf architects, was commissioned to design the course.

Even today we sense this tradition every time we enter the club grounds and approach our clubhouse. Over the past century we have hosted many prestigious tournaments most notably the 1962 PGA Championship, the 1977 U.S. Amateur Championship, the 1997 United States Junior Amateur Championship, 2003 Senior PGA Championship,the 2010 and 2011 AT&T National Championship, and the 2018 BMW Championship. In 2020, Aronimink will be hosting the Women’s PGA Championship, and in 2027 scheduled for the PGA Championship.

Aronimink Golf Club is rated #10 in the top 50 Golf Clubs in America. The 265 clubs were evaluated on universal recognition, excellence in amenities and facilities, caliber of staff and professional service levels, quality of membership, governance and prudent fiscal management, adapting to changing times, and overall experience. Platinum Clubs of America represents the very finest private clubs throughout the United States.

An Interview with Alex McCarty, Manager of the 2018 BMW Championship

Alex McCarty
In November 2017 representatives from Destination Delco visited Aronimink Golf Club and spoke with Alex McCarty, Manager of the 2018 BMW Championship conducted by the Western Golf Association.

According to Alex, “Aronimink Golf Club is in the second stage of a major restoration of the course that will return the terrain to its original configuration as designed by Donald Ross in 1926.”

The first part of the restoration was completed in early 2017, and when we arrived in November much of the landscape was filled with heavy equipment in the process of refurbishing bunkers, seeding fairways, and leveling driving tees and putting greens.

“Over the years,” Alex continued, “banks of individual bunkers had worn down to become one bunker. The course reconstruction will separate them and bring back the views and shadow lines as envisioned by the designer.”

“The rebuilding was a members decision,” said Alex. “And the golfers have been very understanding of the inconvenience while looking forward to playing the course the way it was intended…. as well as having the
BMW Championship here in September.”

The fairway between holes # 7 and #8 is one of the most picturesque on the course.The views are breath taking even in late November and through course reconstruction.
When asked about “why” BMW selected the Aronimink, Alex had no problem replying, “Well, it is a magnificent course, and the setting and location of the Club are superb. Plus the BMW Championship has raised more than $19.6 million for the Platt Evans Scholars Foundation. Supported by Western Golf Association, the Foundation awards full tuition and housing scholarships to caddies of modest means. Of the 870 Platt Evans Scholars enrolled at 18 universities across the country 8 are from Pennsylvania. Proceeds from the 2018 BMW Championship will be used to fund Platt Evans Scholarships to Penn State University. Funds will also be used to establish a scholarship house at Penn State-University Park, where Scholars will live together.  (Click here for more information on the Evans Scholarship Program)

“What many people don’t realize is that many Clubs have discontinued the ‘caddie’ concept, while Aronimink and its members continue to support the program, realizing that it is a tradition that is valuable to the game and to the young people who it helps support.”

Alex drove us past Hole 7, one of the most photogenic on the course past some current construction to Hole 9 which will share a tee box with number 17 when completed.  The fairway of #9 is a long uphill walk to the clubhouse where we concluded our interview.

When asked about sponsorship opportunities, Alex explained that BMW was the title sponsor, but that there are many opportunities for businesses and organizations to participate. For more information on corporate opportunities click here.

“One of the greatest features of the BMW Championship is the 70 top players who will be here to compete for a collective prize of $10 million,” said Alex.  “That’s impressive!”


The BMW Championship will make its inaugural visit to Aronimink Golf Club September 4-9, 2018. Come see the top 70 players in the world compete in the penultimate event of the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup Playoffs. Please Click Here to review ticket options.


Sean M. O'Hair
Born: July 11, 1982 Lubbock, Texas
Home: Chadds Ford, PA

Best results in major championships

Masters Tournament  T10: 2009
U.S. Open  T12: 2010
The Open Championship  T7: 2010
PGA Championship  T12: 2006

Achievements and Awards

Four PGA TOUR wins
PGA Tour
Rookie of the Year  2005

Though born and raised in Lubbock Texas, pro golfer Sean O’Hair has lived nearly half of his life in the Delaware County area. Sean entered golf early and knew by the age of five that he wanted to devote is life to the sport. With hard work and resolve he turned pro at the age of 17 and qualified for the PGA Tour in 2005, winning Rookie of the Year honors that same year, winning his maiden PGA Tour event at the John Deere Classic and finishing second at the AT&T Byron Nelson.

Sean, who now lives in Chadds Ford, has been a member of Aronimink Golf Club since 2005 and is currently on the PGA Tour and hoping to qualify for the 2018 BMW Championship, which features the top 70 players in the season-long FedExCup in September.

At the age of 35, Sean has already enjoyed a long career, and is looking forward to the competitions ahead in 2018. At the time of our interview, Sean was on a break at home before heading off to Pebble Beach, the Pacific Palisades, and on to the first event of the Florida Swing in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

DD:  Sean, since you live in the area, you must be quite familiar with the course at Aronimink, what would you say are the biggest challenges of the course?

Sean O’Hair: Aronimink is a beautiful course, and I am looking forward to playing on “home turf.” It is somewhat intimidating to play “where you live” in that many of the people you know as a husband, father and community member will be watching you with high expectations. I would say that Hole No. 8 is the toughest, and requires everything from a 5 iron to a 5 wood. It’s a long par 3 with par being a good score. Hole No. 4 is also quite difficult in that the green is fairly small for such a long drive and can be tricky to get to.

DD: The course has been refurbished and the bunkers rebuilt. Does the renovation make the course more difficult to navigate?

Sean O’Hair: I played the course this past year with many of the changes made, and for me it seemed somewhat easier. Aronimink is an “old school” course and was well received some years back by the golfers in 2010 at The National. The course could be challenging for the “everyday golfer” since the bunkers frame the fairway, but I think that with some off the trees removed, the fairways have opened up.  I haven’t played the course after the full renovations, but I suspect that it will be made tougher for the pros.

DD: Aronimink is very much a “caddie club.” Proceeds from the 2018 BMW Championship used to fund the Platt Evans Scholars Foundation for caddies at Penn State University.
What is your opinion of the need for “caddies” in the modern world of golf?

Sean O’Hair: You’re asking a guy who has had both his wife and father inlaw as caddies and does in clubs like Aronimink. Carrying clubs is only a part of what a caddie does for the golfer, in part because it benefits both parties. The golfer can learn from a caddy’s experience what he’s learned from watching and assisting other golfers who have played the course, and the caddy benefits from meeting and commiserating with people in all fields of life. The caddy learns how to communicate with others, learn the values and the quirks of various players, and earn money to support schooling or other endeavors.  Caddying provides life lessons and gets kids out of doors and help make them responsible. Sometimes I worry about the world my kids live in today where video games and text messaging replace real world communication and experiences.

DD: Speaking of your family, your wife grew up around here. Where did you meet her?

Sean O’Hair: My wife is from Aston, but I met her at a practice session at Heron Bay in 2001 and we were married in 2002. She’s close to her family, so I moved into the area. We have four children: Molly, Luke, Grady and Trevor.

DD: Golf today is year round sport. Does your travel schedule make it difficult for family life?

Sean O’Hair: The travel can be difficult, but I love golf and I’ve made it my life’s work. Any commitment can be “selfish,” but as in many fields, a golfer needs to build balance into his life. I try to juggle my priorities and stay grounded. My family is important and essential to me, and I need to be there for them.

DD:  How do you spend your down time?

Sean O’Hair: With four kids its pretty much with them and my wife. My wife and I enjoy restaurants in West Chester and the Chadds Ford area. I travel so much that staying home is a vacation for me.

DD: As you get older, what have you learned most about the game of golf?

Sean O’Hair: I have been with it so long that I feel I have learned everything in life from it. My greatest weakness is my own expectations of myself and I try to deal with that on a regular basis. I think what I’ve learned most is that to remain viable in any field a person must be able to adapt to change. The game has changed a lot since I started out. Rookies are 21 and under rather than 22 to 24 years of age. They start out of the gate quicker, and have grown up in a world of rapid changes. As I get older I have to be careful not to extend myself too far both physically and mentally. I have to use my experience over my ability to beat the ball where I want it to go. And I have to keep the motivation to win…always. When I lose the motivation, it’s time to retire!

DD: What would you do if you retired?

Sean O’Hair: I don’t think I’ll ever lose my passion for golf and I hope that I will always be able to play the game without the pressures of earning an income. Golf is expensive and stressful. Unlike most team sports where you get a contract and are paid even if you’re injured, golfers only get paid if they play…and only paid well if they win. If I retired I’d like to teach clinics or be involved in it the game in some other way. Golf is my life and it has taken me a long time to become self-aware, know who I am and what’s valuable. If you don’t learn that, you never will gain anything.

Aronimink Golf Club Hole-by-Hole Descriptions

Click each hole to view outlines of tees, fairways and greens; photos of holes; and tips on playing each hole of the course.

Ross designed Aronimink to put even the best golfers to the "supreme test" - that of exceptional long-iron play. The Ross challenge is evident from the very first hole, which presents a sharp drop right off the tee, followed by a 250-yard uphill climb to the green. The course also requires endurance - especially on the 16th hole with its 545-yard,par-5 challenge.

To assure players are at the top of their games, Aronimink is balanced with well-crafted shorter holes that make strategic excellence and accuracy essential. However, in classic Ross style, the ingenuity of the course's design opens it up to all levels of abilities-presenting a rewarding challenge to the most skilled professionals, while giving average golfers a course on which they can play with confidence.


More than 2,000 volunteers will be on hand to help ensure the 2018 BMW Championship’s success for players and patrons when Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, hosts the tournament in September 2018.

Registration for positions is now open to the public, the Western Golf Association, which is conducting the event, has announced. Volunteers perform key tasks inside and outside the ropes during tournament week, including serving as marshals, assisting with player and VIP transportation and helping welcome thousands of patrons to the event each day.

“The BMW Championship could not happen without the dedication and enthusiasm of our volunteers,” said Vince Pellegrino, WGA Senior Vice President of Tournaments. “We’re grateful for all that our volunteers contribute to the success of our event.”

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and commit to work at least three shifts during tournament week. Shifts range from 4-6 hours in length, depending on assignment.

“This is a great opportunity for golf fans in greater Philadelphia to show their support for professional championships in our region and experience all that goes into staging a PGA TOUR event,” said Joe Fabrizio, Aronimink Golf Club president. “We look forward to having our neighbors and friends join us for an exciting week at Aronimink.”

Volunteers are asked to purchase a volunteer package for $148. Valued at $629, the package includes:
  •     Two Peter Millar golf shirts
  •     One Peter Millar outerwear piece
  •     One BMW Championship hat or visor
  •     BMW Championship commemorative pin
  •     Two One Day Tournament Round Grounds Tickets
  •     One Volunteer Credential, valid for entry all week
  •     One invitation to the Volunteer Appreciation Party
  •     Food and beverage vouchers
To volunteer or to view descriptions of each of the 15 volunteer committees, please CLICK HERE  Many positions fill quickly, so those interested in specific volunteer positions are encourage you to sign up soon, if interested.

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