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Guests at The Hotel Hershey have access to the Hershey Country Club’s championship golf courses.



Image of Putting Green, The Hotel Hershey, 1933, Member of Historic Hotels of America, Hershey, Pennsylvania, Golf

The Hotel Hershey (1933) in Hershey, Pennsylvania, offers its guests access to the Hershey Country Club – known for its historic championship courses, signature service, and abundant amenities – making it a perfect destination for a sweet golf getaway. Golf has been a fixture of Hershey, Pennsylvania since 1909: Before the Hershey Country Club was founded, there was the Hershey Golf Club, a nine-hole course located between the chocolate factory and High Point. Milton S. Hershey, chocolate magnate and philanthropist, had bigger plans for the game in “The Sweetest Place on Earth,” and founded the Hershey Country Club in 1930. Mr. Hershey’s home, High Point Mansion, served as the clubhouse in the early days of the club. Today, the country club offers several courses for contemporary travelers.

The oldest course at the Hershey Country Club is the par-73 West Course, designed at the founding of the club in 1930 by golf course architect Maurice McCarthy. McCarthy was an active golf course designer in the 1920s and 1930s, primarily working in the mid-Atlantic region. Nearly 40 years later, in 1969, the par-71 East Course was designed by George Fazio. Fazio was a professional golfer with PGA and Open Championship wins under his belt. Then a decade later, he and his nephew, fellow golf professional Tom Fazio, designed Pinehurst No. 6 in Pinehurst, North Carolina. While working for Milton Hershey on the country club’s West Course, McCarthy also designed the Hershey Park Golf Club, which is later renamed Parkview Golf Course. This golf course closed in 2005. In 1934, Henry Picard was hired as Head Golf Professional and served until 1941. Nicknamed the "Hershey Hurricane" and “Chocolate Soldier,” his on-course skills led to 26 wins on the PGA Tour, including the 1936-1937 Hershey Open, 1938 Masters, and the 1939 PGA Championship. After Picard, legendary professional golfer Ben Hogan – considered one of the greatest players of all time – served as Head Golf Professional until 1951. Of his 63 tournament wins, 52 occurred during his tenure as Hershey’s golf professional, including six majors.

Since its founding, numerous national tournaments have been held at the Hershey Country Club and individuals including Arnold Palmer, Jan Stevenson, former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge, have walked its greens. The West Course hosted the Hershey Professional Invitational Golf Tournament in 1933 and 1934, then hosted the Hershey Open sporadically until World War II. In 1940, the West Course hosted the 23rd PGA Championship, where Byron Nelson beat Sam Snead during one of his 11-straight PGA Tour victories. The West Course later hosted the Ladies’ PGA Lady Keystone Open between 1978 and 1994. The East Course hosted the Reese's Cup Classic until 2004 (began as the Nike Tour event, then the Nationwide Tour) as well as the 44th PGA Professional National Championship in June 2011, the 51st USGA Women’s Senior Amateur Championship in 2012, and the NCAA Division II Men's Golf National Championship in 2013.

Nearby, the club offers an 18-hole putting course at The Hotel Hershey as well as access to the Spring Creek Golf Course, a public nine-hole course designed with junior players in mind. Spring Creek, designed by Maurice McCarthy in 1932, was the nation's first public golf course created for players aged 17 and younger. Originally called the “Juvenile Golf Club,” the course allowed adolescent players to golf for a fee of $.35 for nine holes when it first opened. In 1969, the name was changed to highlight Spring Creek, the water hazard that winds throughout the course. In 2006, award-winning 21st century golf course architect Tom Clark oversaw a course renovation that included three new hole designs, restoration of six existing holes, a tee-through-green irrigation system, turf grass replacement throughout the course, and the addition of 220 playing yards.

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Image of Golf Course, The Hotel Hershey, 1933, Member of Historic Hotels of America, Hershey, Pennsylvania, Golf Image of 18-hole East Course, The Hotel Hershey, 1933, Member of Historic Hotels of America, Hershey, Pennsylvania, Golf
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