The land upon which sits Broad Run Golfer’s Club in West Chester, Pa. once served as a highly innovative agricultural facility known as “Como Farm.”
A noted agriculturalist of the turn of the century--the 19th century that is--John Beale Bordley conducted experiments on crop rotation and maintenance of soil fertility that was groundbreaking for its time. In fact, a stone wall located along the first tee of Broad Run Golfer’s Club sits as a reminder of the land’s notable and historic past.
The property is now a place where golfers of all abilities conduct tests of their own, as they try and negotiate the 6,826-yard layout Rees Jones routed over 372 acres. The master architect created a course that was sculpted into the land, taking full advantage of dramatic elevation changes and sweeping vistas to turn the land into a world-class track that never fails to inspire.
“We have had a great year thus far,” said Donald Beardsley, general manager of Broad Run Golfer’s Club. “Our rounds are up and outings have increased 20 percent. We’ve added Dale Lafferty as our head pro and Greta Cawley as the club’s sales manager.”
Beardsley said the main draw of Broad Run is its spectacular environment and the unique challenge Jones incorporated into the course.
“While most courses are located on around 130 acres, Broad Run sits on 372 acres and it’s a great layout with awesome views. It’s a Rees Jones design at value pricing. We have GPS on all carts, a historic clubhouse that dates back to 1706, and we take pride in our wonderful service.”
The course plays 6,826 yards from the tips, has a par of 72 and a slope rating of 132. There are four sets of tees in all. Three ponds come into play, as does the babbling Broad Run Creek. Some 54 bunkers are scattered about the track and there are numerous grass bunkers, mounds and natural wetlands to hold a player’s attention, both on the tee boxes and approaches to the greens. The tees, fairways and greens are bent grass, with a blend of Kentucky bluegrass, perennial rye and fine fescues in the rough, which grows high in the summer.
The routing is somewhat eclectic, with the front side having only one par-five and one par-three, and the back featuring three par-fives and three par-threes. But that just adds to the fun. All the par-threes on the inward nine are around 200 yards in length from the back tees.
The layout features some dramatic elevation changes and starts uniquely with a par-five that is rated as the course’s number one handicap hole. It’s 498 yards from the tips and big hitters can think about going for the green in two after a lusty tee shot. The carry is over a pond, although there is a bailout area to the right of the putting surface. There are two bunkers between the water and the green, which further complicate matters.
The course also ends with a par-five, a beefy, 551-yarder that is a three-shot hole for all but the longest hitters.
The club is offering some super specials this summer, including “Wings Wednesdays” ($29 for nine holes with cart, a dozen wings and a draft beer or soda with paid tee times starting at 3:30 p.m.), “Free Lunch Tuesdays” (a complimentary lunch voucher with paid tee times before 9 a.m.), and “Free Breakfast Wednesdays” (a free breakfast sandwich and coffee with paid tee times before 9 a.m.)
Normal rates are quite reasonable, especially considering the quality of the layout and aesthetic experience you’ll find at Broad Run. Peak weekend rates are $74 until noon, $64 after noon, $49 after 2 p.m., $34 after 4 p.m. and $20 after 6 pm. Friday rates are $59 until 2 p.m., $49 after 2 p.m., $34 after 4 p.m. and $20 after 6 p.m. It’s $54 Monday through Thursday until 2 p.m., $44 after 2 p.m., $34 after 4 p.m. and $20 after 6 p.m. There are also senior rates on all days.
Broad Run Golfer’s Club
West Chester, Pa.