Riverton Country Club
With less than one week left to register for the 100th Golf Association of Philadelphia Junior Boys’ Championship I thought now might be a good time to do a short preview of host facility, Riverton Country Club. Riverton was founded in 1900 and was designed by the great Donald Ross. I have asked the 2013 Junior Boys’ Championship runner-up, Kevin Kramarski, to take us on a brief tour of his home course. I have also included some of my own personal observations on the course in (parenthesis).
Riverton lasted host the Junior Boys’ Championship back in 2009. Jericho National GC’s Zachary Herr, who has just finished his freshman year at Vanderbilt University, defeated Merion GC’s James Tallent in 19 holes to capture the Peg Burnett trophy.
#1- 370 yard par 4. OB left past the bunker, drainage ditch right.
#2- 390 yard par 4. 270 yards to reach fairway bunker.
#3- 420 yard par 4 dogleg left uphill. bunker to the left of the green that is not visible.
#4- 360 yard straight away par 4. (There is a very good chance that this hole will be made reachable for at least one day of the match play portion of the event.)
#5- 350 yard par 4. do not hit in the bunkers.
#6- 208 yard par 3
#7- 520 yard par 5. OB right.
#8- 330 yard par 4. Water hazard right, trees and OB left.
#9- 500 yard par 5. OB down the whole left side and behind the green. Bunker crosses the whole fairway about 100 yards out.
#10- 430 yard par 4. Green slopes front to back.
#11- 155 yard par 3. Miss left.
#12- 430 yard straight away par 4. (This green, which slopes from back to front, is one of the most severely sloped greens in GAP.)
#13- 390 yard par 4. Do not be behind the tree in front of the green.
#14- 200 yard par 3. OB left, water short and right.
#15- 420 yard dogleg right par 4. OB right. (I will be interested to see how many players try and take it up and over the trees.)
#16- 145 yard par 3. DO NOT go over the green.
#17- 475 yard par dogleg left par 5. bunkers short of green.
#18- 365 yard par 4. OB left, trees right.