BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA | A few weeks ago, I received a copy of my latest book, a centennial history of the Saucon Valley Country Club. It had been nearly a year since I typed the last words and moved on to other projects. The stories I recounted all those months ago were something of a distant memory.
As I leafed through the pages, I was reminded of what an interesting and important association it is and what an esteemed place it occupies in the great game. As a family club with roughly 1,000 members. As a golf retreat with three very good, 18-hole courses. And as a tournament venue that to date has hosted seven USGA championships, with the U.S. Senior Open slated to return in 2022.
Established in fall 1920, Saucon Valley occupies property that William Penn had received in the form of land grants in 1681 from King Charles II of England. Penn then meted out parcels to European settlers who began clearing the heavily forested terrain and tilling its fertile soil. A creek provided drinking water and a place from which the settlers…
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