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Club History

In 1921, a meeting of 13 State College residents was held which resulted in the incorporation of the Centre Hills Country Club in December of that year. Among the group were Penn State faculty members and administrators and State College professional and business leaders. From the start, the Club was a "town and gown" organization.

Eighty-five acres of land were purchased on which stood a barn that had been built about the year 1845. This barn was remodeled into a clubhouse, with many changes and additions having been made to the structure over the years. Originally, there were accommodations for 32 overnight guests on the third floor "particularly for visiting teams at the times of tournaments." The original clubhouse structure is approximately ten years older than the first building built on the Penn State campus!

In addition to the golf course, the present Club facilities include tennis courts, and a swimming pool. A dining room, as well as a grill room, is maintained, with a select social program for members and guests.

A champion golfer, Mr. A. H. Finley, laid out the initial nine-hole course; and Mr. Francis James, widely known golf architect, supervised the construction. These original nine holes remain essentially unchanged although two new greens and several new tees have been constructed. The upper tee on number four hole was inaugurated by U.S. President Dwight D. (Ike) Eisenhower. He used his new five wood and put his ball on the green.

The Club operated with nine holes of golf until 1964 when land was acquired south of Branch Road. On May 15, 1967, the second nine, across Branch Road, was opened. It was designed by Robert Trent Jones and built by Herbert R. Imbt on land purchased from Gordon Kissinger.

The construction of a third nine (referred to for several years as the "phantom" nine) was started in the spring of 1992. The planning and designing of the holes were initiated in accordance with a route plan design of Edmund B. Ault. When the land was acquired, Herbert R. Imbt, President of the Club at the time and also contractor for the Mount Nittany Expressway, used excess fill from the Expressway to assist in the contouring effort, at no expense to the Club. The expansion extends out beyond hole #14 and continues along the Expressway and over to approximately Panarama Village. S & A Homes has purchased the land around the course for the development of Canterbury Crossing. Brian Ault, E. B. Ault's son, is continuing with the details and finishing touches on the course.

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Our Mission

The mission of Centre Hills Country Club is to become Central Pennsylvania's finest golf facility with outstanding support facilities to match. The Board of Directors shall target a course to establish a superb golf and dining facilities that will serve present and future members into the next century.

The Mission Statement has been submitted by the Long Range Planning Committee and approved by the Board of Directors on November 21, 1995.

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Model Family Country Club House

Centre Hills Country Club is the premier private country club in Centre County. Situated on a gently sloping hilltop, our clubhouse overlooks natural vistas of incomparable beauty, including an exceptional view of Mount Nittany. The golf course boasts twenty-seven holes of beautifully maintained fairways and greens conveniently located within two miles of downtown State College. Other activities include swimming, tennis and some of the area's finest dining.

The clubhouse opened in 1922 when the founding members renovated an 80-year-old barn into a "model family country club house." Today, the club's dining and banquet facilities are still housed within the hand-hewn beams of that original barn. Centre Hills Country Club is a charming location to host your special event. It provides not only the setting, but the food and service to create a lasting impression.

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Club News

Some of you may of heard about the ongoing debate over non-conforming clubs. Here is the USGA and WPGA's stance on the subject. First, all clubs used in any competition (being governed by the USGA rules of golf) must comply with Rule 4 of the USGA's rules of golf having to do with equipment. The host course should have a list of non-conforming clubs available in case of questions. The penalty is disqualification from the event. Secondly, any scores made with non-conforming clubs are not acceptable for handicap purposes.

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Centre Hills Country Club
153 Country Club Road, State College, PA 16801-7799
Phone: 814-238-0111 Fax: 814-238-2529 Email: office@centrehillscc.com

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