Local Tours

Whether you’re a scratch golfer or a 20+handicap, private club member or public player, if you like competition and want to play great courses, the line starts here. The Golf Association of Philadelphia is the nation’s premier local organization, with GAP Team Matches alone featuring more than 140 courses and over 10,000 golfers competing on three weekends in the spring. There’s also a  host of top amateur, senior amateur and handicap Am events, including a fall and winter series. Their website is loaded with information on all things golf, making www.gapgolf.org one of my everyday stops.

Public golfers and private players too can play another extensive schedule of amateur events with the Philly Publinks Golf Association (PPGA). Pat Sullivan’s group does a yeoman-like job of running their events and providing GHIN handicaps. Go to www.phillypublinks.com for more info and check out their schedule in this section of Golfer’s Guide.

More competition is provided by the Golfweek Am Tour, now in its second season in our area. Fourteen events are planned from April to October, with a stellar selection of top-ranked courses including Philmont, LuLu, Atlantic City Country Club and Hidden Creek. Season-long winners will qualify for the national finals on Hilton Head Island in October, where some 580 golfers gathered on six courses last fall. For more info contact Jeff Brodsky at (610) 642-7890, or go to www.amateurgolf.net.

And lest I forget, there’s plenty of golf available to the ladies, both in competition, for business networking or just for fun. The Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA) is the largest women’s amateur group in the U.S., with more than 14,000 members connecting to more than 100,000 current and aspiring business and professional women who share a passion for golf and good times. The group runs golf trips, does a huge amount of charity work and play lots of golf. Here in the Del Valley they have many events, and run three after-work leagues at Philmont, the Bucks Club and Paxon Hollow. Go to www.ewga.org for more info.


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