Philadelphia Cricket Club Ranks Among Top 3 Non-traditional United States Golf Courses

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Philadelphia Cricket Club is one of the best par-3, short, and non-traditional courses in the United States, according to a new ranking by Golfweek.

When you are enjoying yourself, it does not matter if the golf course you are visiting is traditional length or if it is a traditional-par course, writes Jason Lusk for Golfweek.

Golfweek recently released its inaugural ranking of the top 40 par-3, short, and non-traditional courses in the United States and luckily for local golf enthusiasts, one of the best is right here – Philadelphia Cricket Club.

To find the best non-traditional greens in the country, Golfweek threw out some of the rules it usually uses to rate traditional courses and instead asked the participants to rank the courses from 1 to 10 based on how much they enjoyed their design and the environment.

Individual ratings were then combined to form one average rating.

Philadelphia Cricket Club (St. Martins) came in second place behind Pine Valley (Short Course) with an 8.20 average score versus Pine Valley’s average score of 8.86.

The popular Philadelphia Cricket Club course, built in 1895 and designed by William H. Tucker, Keith Foster, and Kevin Hargrave, is the oldest country club in the United States.

It has 9 holes and is 2,617 yards long. It is a 35-par course.

Read more about the best non-traditional courses in Golfweek.


The Philadelphia Cricket Club’s original location is nestled in the charming neighborhood of Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia. This historic spot is home to the club’s main offices, tennis courts, squash facilities, a swimming pool, and a quaint, nationally-ranked nine-hole golf course.

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