After receiving an invitation to play the historic East Course at Merion Golf Club, a full scale golf trip was planned. Sean Ogle of Breaking Eighty and I were coming to Philadelphia to take on one of the nation's greatest sporting and golfing towns. We arrived at our accomodations just off of the 1st fairway at Merion and had time for an evening stroll to preview our round the next day. The home we were staying in actually served as the USGA headquarters during the 2013 US Open. A couple of lucky dogs indeed !!
After a fantastic day on the course, we decided to hit the showers. If you ever have a chance to play Merion, I highly recommend the showers. I can only describe the feeling as stepping under a waterfall of golf history.
For our second round, we had the privilege of stepping out onto one of the area's most exclusive clubs at Gulph Mills.
After a tense match with the women, it came down to the 18th hole. Just look at the competitive ferocity Sean displays as he rolls in his putt for par on the uphill 18th hole. Victory would be ours and the series would be tied. Unfortunately, our gracious hosts for the first several days would have to depart before a deciding match could be played. Looks like a return trip will be necessary.
With 2 rounds in the books it was time to jump on the Tilly train and visit the final resting place of Mr AW Tillinghast, Philadelphia Cricket Club. We were fortunate enough to be guests of Mark and John of the Philadelphia Golf Association and we had one of the final tee times before Senior Player's Championship took over the course. You can view all of the photos from our round here.
With the halfway point behind us, we decided to head into town to get our tourist activities on. On the menu was Rocky, steaks, and the Phillies.
The course at Aronimink was a pleasure to photograph and a fine way to conclude an all world trip to Philadelphia.
For our fourth round of the trip, we were headed out to Rolling Green. The William Flynn design did not disappoint. Our host Mike was as knowledgable as anyone could be about the golf course and taught us the finer points and strategies of the classic design. We made plenty of double bogies anyways.
With great weather for our first four rounds, thunderstorms were predicted for our final round at Aronimink. The golf gods would side with us and push away the storms until after our departures. A perfect segway into this clip from one of my favorite shows, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. It is important to note that there is golf featured in this clip.