By Leah Flannigan, AJGA Communications Intern
Traditional Golf at Applebrook Golf Club
Applebrook Golf Club captures traditional golf charm in a new way, literally. The milieu of the clubhouse and track exudes that of a century-old club, when in actuality, the first round wasn’t played until 2001. The historical essence is exactly the feeling the founders of Applebrook Golf Club wanted to give its members. The clubhouse was designed by Peter Batchelor to resemble a Chester County Farmhouse, complete with a home-like aura.
The course itself was chiseled into the natural features of the land by Golf Architect Gil Hanse, who was contracted to design the 2016 Rio Olympic course. Hanse used natural water features in addition to the slope of the landscape as the centerpiece of the unique design in creating this unique work of art. One distinction to be made is that the course, at is longest, is only 6,815 yards, which allows it to be a walking-only course. In addition, the club enhances the traditional golf experience with by providing its members with caddies. The Applebrook Golf Course displays the paradigm of traditional golf in its entirety.
Team Five Adieux
Internship Team Five consists of eight members from all corners of the country. Tony Ausick of Scottsdale, Az., Zach Elliot of Orlando, Fla., Paul Mitzel of Seattle, Michael Hicks of Newnan, Ga., Kathleen Adame of Bend, Ore., and Kelsey Garrison of Alpharetta, Ga., make up the operations crew. Tim Hamilton of Hampton, N.H., and Leah Flannigan of Minneapolis, round out the group as communications interns. The team has driven countless miles up and down the east coast and has even ventured into the Midwest in its journey. As a team, we are beyond grateful to have met so many amazing people during our travels. Everyone from golf course staff, volunteers, family members of players, sponsors and the players themselves have enhanced our summer to make it a truly remarkable, unparalleled experience.
The CorseMax / Philadelphia Runner Junior marks the final tournament Team five will work together. The majority of the team will be heading to the AJGA Girls Championship in Furman, S.C., while Communications Intern Tim Hamilton scored a ticket to the Junior PLAYERS Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf taking place at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
The summer started for Team five in mid-May and will officially end September 3. It’s been a long summer, complete with 70-hour work weeks, thousands of miles travelled, hundreds of people met and plenty of sandwiches eaten on-the-go. Although it may not sound like a glamorous summer, it will forever be unforgettable and has given us some of the greatest memories and experiences.