About Aronimink Golf Club

Inscription on plaque mounted on a rock overlooking the fairway to Hole #1
reads.“I INTENDED TO MAKE THIS MY MASTERPIECE,
BUT NOT UNTIL TODAY DID I REALIZE THAT I BUILT
BETTER THAN I KNEW."
– 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 early in 2017, and as the golf season had slowed, by November when we arrived much of the landscape was filled with heavy equipment in the process of refurbishing bunkers, top dressing, and leveling driving tees and putting greens.

“Over the years,” Alex continued,” banks of individual bunkers have merged to become one bunker. According to John Gosselin, the restoration calls for 173 bunkers while only 75 bunkers existed prior to the restoration." 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 restoration process, 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 Evans Scholars Foundation. Supported by Western Golf Association, the Foundation awards full tuition and housing scholarships to caddies of modest means. Of the 870 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 expalined 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!”

2018 BMW CHAMPIONSHIP INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP TICKETS

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.

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.

2018 BMW CHAMPIONSHIP VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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.

Delaware County Hotels and Restaurants

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