Originally called Wolf Hollow Country Club, The Water Gap Country Club & Hotel was built in the heart of the Poconos just one hour from Philadelphia and less than two from New York City.
Surrounded by 160 acres of beautiful woodlands, Wolf Hollow is now the Pocono’s premier resort and golf destination.
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In 1922 the course was completed by Robert White, one of the founders of the PGA and also the first President of the Association. From 1926 to 1928 Wolf Hollow hosted a nationally respected tournament known as the Eastern Open. It was during this time that some of golf’s greatest legends played on the course, including Gene Sarazen, Leo Diesel and Walter Hagen.
is arguably the greatest tournament player to ever play the game and is credited with making professional golf the popular sport it is today. He won 11 professional major championships, coming in third only to Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. Known for the pronounced sway in his swing and his incredible ability to scramble a putt, Hagen made a big name for himself with his flamboyant behavior on and off the course. Upset that he was not allowed into a members-only club house during a tournament, he hired a limo to sit out front and that is where he changed his clothes and took his 2 meals.
In one of the last Eastern Open’s, Walter Hagen shocked the world of golf by taking nine strokes to get his ball into hole number 12 at Wolf Hollow. The hole, now number 4 at Water Gap Country Club, was nick named “Hagen’s Folly”.
Wolf Hollow went bankrupt during World War II and was vacant for fifteen years. The golf course was divided and sold off in pieces. A local golf hero, Howard Knickman purchased all the parcels in 1957 and spent the next two years restoring the grounds. He changed the name to Water Gap Country Club and reopened the course.
An All-Inclusive Resort In The Delaware Water Gap
Today, the 18-hole Championship layout offers a rare challenge to all golfers, young and old. The course takes advantage of the natural features of the Poconos unique terrain and provides a stunning backdrop for golfers and spectators alike. The golf course and hotel provide the perfect weekend getaway and the clubhouse offers versatile spaces, great for hosting any event, including the area’s best weddings and bridal showers.