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The town’s first golf course – the nine-hole Hershey Golf Club – opens. The course is located between the chocolate factory and Milton S. Hershey’s home, High Point.
Milton Hershey commissions Maurice McCarthy to design the West Course and opens Hershey Country Club. Milton S. Hershey’s home, High Point, serves as clubhouse until 1970. McCarthy also designs Hershey Park Golf Club, which is later renamed Parkview Golf Course. Parkview closes in 2005.
The Juvenile Golf Club, designed by Maurice McCarthy, opens to juniors under the age of 18. Guests over this age must be invited by a junior (first golf club of its kind in the United States). In 1969, the course is renamed Spring Creek Golf Course.
The West Course hosts the Hershey Professional Invitational Golf Tournament (1933-1934). Name then changes to Hershey Open (1935-1937, 1939, 1941).
Henry Picard is hired as Head Golf Professional and serves 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. The Hotel Hershey Golf Course opens in May (closes November 2005).
Hershey Round Robin Four-Ball Invitational Tournament begins.
The West Course hosts the 23rd PGA Championship. Byron Nelson beats Sam Snead during one of his 11 straight PGA Tour victories.
Ben Hogan becomes Head Golf Professional and serves until 1951. Of his 63 tournament wins, 52 occurred during his tenure as Hershey’s golf professional, including six majors.
Hershey Park Golf Club (later known as Parkview Golf Club) hosts the 1957 USGA Amateur Public Links Championship. From left to right: Paul Garrison, Hershey; Ed Nakagaki, Honolulu, Hawaii; Stan Sylva, Honolulu, Hawaii; Art Garrison, Hershey.
Construction begins on the George Fazio-designed East Course, which opens in June 1969.
Hershey Country Club Clubhouse on Derry Road opens.
The West Course hosts the LPGA Lady Keystone Open (1978-1994).
Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company sells Hershey Country Club to National Golf Operating Partnership, L.P. American Golf.
The East Course hosts the Reese's Cup Classic until 2004 (began as the Nike Tour event, then the Nationwide Tour).
Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company purchases Hershey Country Club back from National Golf Operating Partnership, L.P. American Golf.
Hershey Country Club rebuilding project launched.
Hershey Country Club celebrates 75th anniversary.
New Hershey Country Club Clubhouse opens in May (rebuilt on original footprint). Spring Creek Golf Course reopens in July following renovations.
Hershey Country Club hosts the 44th PGA Professional National Championship from June 26-29; David Hutsell, Director of Instruction at Elkridge Club in Baltimore, Maryland, is declared champion following a second playoff hole.
The West Course hosts the 51st USGA Women’s Senior Amateur Championship from September 8-13. Ellen Port, from St. Louis, won her fifth career USGA women's title, beating Jane Fitzgerald, from Kensington, MD, 4 and 3.
The East Course hosts the NCAA Division II Men's Golf National Championship from May 18-24. Barry University (FL) won the medal match play format over Lynn University (FL). Tim Couch, from Florida Southern, won the Individual Championship title.
Hershey Country Club is awarded the prestigious Distinguished Club award, as determined by the annual Distinguished Clubs award program conducted by BoardRoom magazine, one of the most respected trade publications serving private clubs.
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