Courtesy of Whitemarsh Valley CC
Situated just north of Philadelphia, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club was the first 18-hole course designed by George C. Thomas. Thomas designed the course, known originally at Mount Airy Country Club, on his family’s estate. The course is one of the few that Thomas created before heading to California, where he designed Los Angeles Country Club, Riviera and Bel-Air Country Club, among other notable layouts. At Whitemarsh, Thomas used sprawling bunkers with jagged thumbs to shape many holes, as he would come to do at his top designs. Many of the greens accept run-up shots, making Whitemarsh playable for the average golfer, though clever shaping requires precise shots to get close to many hole locations.
100 Greatest: Ranked from 1969-'70. The course was also part of Golf Digest's original 200 Toughest Courses list from 1966-'68.
Best in State: Ranked inside the top 15, 1987-'89. Ranked inside the top 20, 2003. Ranked inside the top 25, 2001, 2009. Ranked 29th, 2021-'22.
Current ranking: 26th.