Of the many time-honored traditions for our members since Springdale Golf Club’s founding in 1895, none is more special than the connection of our historic golf course to noted architect, William S. Flynn. The original design for the current course was done by Willie Dunn, Jr and completed by Gerard Lambert, with Mr. Flynn performing a substantive re-design in 1927 at the mid-point of his storied career.
Flynn’s first project was the Kilkare golf club in Heartwellville, VT in 1909 followed by a collection of most notable designs or redesigns highlighted by Shinnecock Hills, Cherry Hills, the Cascades Course at the Homestead, Pocantico Hills, the reversible nine hole course at the Rockefeller Estate, and re-design work at Merion. In fact, Merion’s architect Hugh Wilson captained the Princeton University team and played college golf at Springdale. He joined our Greens Committee in 1900 when the Club planned its move to the current location. Hugh Wilson hired Flynn to help build Merion and it is likely that the Club found Flynn through our connection to Wilson. Flynn wanted his work at Springdale to be a testament to his mentor Hugh Wilson.
Springdale Golf Club is privileged to share this connection to Mr. Flynn and his famous works, and Hugh Wilson, which is why preserving and effectively maintaining our course is of the highest priority.