On The Drawing Board: Llanerch Country Club

Existing porches overlooking the 18th
Founded in Havertown, Pennsylvania in 1901 as the Delaware County Country Club, this venerable institution has played host to a number of historic occasions in the annals of golf, including the 1945 Philadelphia Inquirer Invitation Tournament of 1945 where Byron Nelson won his seventh of eleven consecutive tournaments (a record winning streak not likely to be broken in golf, or any other sport for that matter). As part of a long range master plan to position the club for its next 100 years, its leaders have initiated a project to upgrade is clubhouse to better serve its membership, respond to modern and perceived future uses and improve energy efficiency.

Integration of the 18th Hole to the Clubhouse
Danilo Maffei was asked to join their design team to provide vision and leadership for their landscape. Driving that vision is Golf Course Superintendent/COO Brendan Byrne's desire to create "unique, progressive grounds that will compliment the classical architecture of the clubhouse". In pursuit of this, Maffei Landscape Design is proposing a variety of innovative measures to knit the structure to the course and the natural environment while being supportive of aesthetics, signature viewsheds and creature comforts.

Improvements to the Pro Shop, with herb garden & cistern

The centerpiece of the design is the integration of the 18th hole to the porches and terraces located on that side of the building, accomplished by a sweeping series of pathways and vegetated walls that, by virtue of their form, compliment the graceful lines of the course itself. Other areas in the garden will feature improved pathways from the parking lot with enhanced views of the clubhouse upon arrival, and an herb garden conveniently located outside the kitchen for use by the executive chef and his staff. A cistern will harvest rainwater from the Pro Shop roof to reduce the club's reliance on (expensive) municipal water and mitigate runoff to the tributary of Cobb's Creek which runs through the center of the property. New canopy trees will reduce reflected heat from pavements and improve comfort to golfers waiting for their turn on the driving range or returning their carts to the Pro Shop.

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