Course Architect(s): Seth Raynor (1925); Brian Silva (1990s)
Year Opened: 1925
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Slope: 137. Rating: 73.9
Par: 71
Yardage: 6,706
Hole-by-Hole: 1 - Par 4 418 Yds    10 - Par 4 409 Yds
                      2 - Par 5 483 Yds    11 - Par 3 156 Yds
                      3 - Par 3 207 Yds    12 - Par 4 344 Yds
                      4 - Par 4 485 Yds    13 - Par 4 432 Yds
                      5 - Par 4 342 Yds    14 - Par 4 408 Yds
                      6 - Par 3 192 Yds    15 - Par 4 383 Yds
                      7 - Par 4 295 Yds    16 - Par 4 422 Yds
                      8 - Par 5 475 Yds    17 - Par 3 231 Yds
                      9 - Par 4 459 Yds    18 - Par 5 574 Yds
                      Par 36  3,347 Yds     Par 35  3,359 Yds

Key Events Held: U.S. Senior Amateur (1965),
                 U.S. Women's Amateur (1985),
                 Curtis Cup (2002),
                 Senior Players Championship (2012-14).

Awards Won: Top 100 Best Classic Courses by Golfweek Magazine (2014-15),
            The 100 Most Prestigious Golf Clubs by Links Magazine.

HISTORY:  The course  came into existence due to the diligence of several men,
including  William L. Mellon and George M. Laughlin, Jr., who gave a dinner at
Pittsburgh  Golf  Club to 50  gentlemen. The exuberance for  the idea of a new
golf club was so intense that $152,000 was raised by those in attendance. Work
began  almost immediately on the course and clubhouse. Alden & Harlow designed
the original clubhouse while Seth Raynor was chosen for course design. Raynor,
who worked closely with C.B. McDonald, the designer of the National Golf Links
on  Long Island,  crafted many holes that bear an uncanny resemblance to those
of  the National. Although work began on the course in 1923, it took more that
two  years to get  the venue in shape prior to opening. Estimates to build Fox
Chapel  began  at $75,000, but  finally finished at  $220,000. In just a short
period  of time, the  membership grew and a special meeting was held to decide
to  expand  and redesign the  clubhouse. Architect  Brandon Smith was hired to
demolish  the  original building with the  exception of a portion of the men's
locker  room. The  new building opened on Memorial Day in 1931. Although there
have  been additions  to the  clubhouse (grill  room, pro  shop, etc.),  it is
basically  much  the same as  when erected. The  golf course still retains the
essence  of Raynor's  design, although fairway contours, tee boxes and putting
surfaces  have been altered  over the years. Over the past few seasons, all of
the  bunkers  have been reworked  and redesigned and are  now up to Fox Chapel
standards.  This  outstanding facility has  hosted two outstanding events, the
U.S.  Senior  Amateur in 1965 captured  by Robert Kiersky and the 1985 Women's
Amateur  captured by Michiko Hattori. On tap for Fox Chapel is the 2002 Curtis
Cup,  where the top United States women amateurs will face the best from Great
Britain and Ireland. Six-time U.S. national champion Carol Semple Thompson and
current  Women's Amateur champion Meredith Duncan will lead the squad from the
U.S. while two-time Curtis Cupper Rebecca Hudson will anchor GB&I.

REVIEW:  The course starts  out with a beautiful par-four that bends from left
to  right  with a rolling  fairway, one of the  signature parts of the course,
with  bunkers left  and right.  The green  slopes from  left to  right and  is
flanked  by high-faced  bunkers. Hole  number two  is a  short, but  demanding
par-five.  At just  483 yards,  many would  think that  birdie would  be easy,
however,   a  misplaced  tee  shot  to  an  uphill  fairway  will  cause  many
problems.  Out  of bounds looms left  along with bunkers and tall trees, while
the  fairway slopes  severely from  left to  right. The  approach shot  to the
green  is downhill  to  a putting  surface  that  is guarded  by  sand and  is
situated  in between mounding. Miss the green left and say goodbye, miss right
and  double-bogey is  a  distinct possibility.  A  beautiful par-three  awaits
the  players on  number three. At 207 yards,  this one-shotter must carry over
water  to  a sloping green  from left to right.  Bunkers guard front and left,
making  par a  good score.  The par-four,  fourth hole  is the  most difficult
on  the course at 485 yards from tips. The uphill tee shot needs to swing from
right  to left and  avoid the bunkers. After a successful tee ball, the player
is  left with  a long iron or fairway  metal to a large green, well guarded by
bunkers.  The green  slopes from  back  and left  to  front and  right and  is
extremely  quick. A  reprieve of  sorts at  number five.  Just 342  yards, the
fifth  is one of those  holes that requires correct club selection off the tee
to  a fairway  guarded on  the right  side by  bunkers and  on the  left by  a
stream  to  a sloping  right to left  fairway. The second  shot carries over a
creek  to  an uphill green  that is fairly flat.  After most likely dropping a
shot  on  four, here's  your chance  to get it  back. The  sixth is a majestic
par-three guarded  on both sides by massive bunkers with equally massive lips.
A  very narrow green  features a slope from back to front. Getting up and down
from the  sand is next to  impossible, especially on your first try. The short
seventh,   just  like  the  fifth  requires  proper  club  selection.  At  295
yards,  its the shortest  par-four on the course with bunkers on the left side
of  the fairway and  trees and mounding on the right. The green is treacherous
with  a  huge fronting bunker  to a slick  undulating surface that slopes from
left  to  right and  back to front.  The shortest par-five  on the course, the
eighth  is  just 475  yards, but plays  uphill to a  small, shallow green. The
fairway  is  guarded on the left  by bunkers and on  the right by a stream and
huge trees. With an accurate  tee shot,  players will  have a  definite birdie
opportunity  and a  possible eagle attempt. The final hole on the outward nine
is a beauty at 450 yards,  featuring  a rolling  fairway to  a punchbowl  type
green. The putting surface  is two-tiered and slopes from back to front and is
usually one of the quickest on the course.

Another two-tiered green is featured on the 10th, as players begin their march
towards  the  clubhouse. After stopping for  a drink at the halfway house, the
tee  shot  on 10 must split  the fairway, as  thick rough awaits both left and
right.  The player is  left with a medium to short iron to an undulating green
that  once again slopes to the front. Although the shortest on the course, the
11th  is one  of the signature holes at Fox Chapel. Surrounded almost entirely
by  a sand  moat,  this devilish  par-three at  156  yards requires  pin-point
accuracy  to  a green  that is  generally flat  but putts  uphill when the pin
is in the back.  The par-four 12th doglegs right with large trees guarding the
left  side  of the  fairway.  The  green slopes  from  left  to right  and  is
guarded  by  a huge bunker. Although  short at 344  yards, making par is OK as
the quickness of the green  dictates  a three-putt. If you  weren't challenged
as  of yet,  the final six holes will  test the best of players. The 13th is a
big  dogleg right to a fairway that slopes left with large, tall trees and out
of  bounds  guarding the entire  right side  of the hole.  Even if you cut the
corner,  your  tee shot  will  most  likely roll  into  the  rough, leaving  a
difficult  mid  iron approach.  The good news...the  putting surface is fairly
flat,  so  getting up and down  for par has  good possibilities. The 14th is a
straightaway  par-four  with out  of bounds  on the right  and trees left. The
tee  shot must carry on to the plateau leaving yourself  with  a mid to  short
iron  approach to a  small green, guarded left, right and back by bunkers. The
par-four  15th  resembles the 12th in  many ways. The tee shot requires proper
club  selection as  to avoid  bunkers and  trees right  to a  relatively small
fairway with a landing area that is fronted by a creek. The  second  shot with
a  wedge or  nine-iron, must  carry a  huge gaping  bunker fronting  the green
which  slopes  from back to  front. The 16th is  probably the flattest hole on
the course as it winds its way from left to right to a small green  guarded on
both  sides by  bunkers. The putting surface  slopes from left to right and is
extremely  fast.  The par-three 17th  is a  humongous one-shotter at 231 yards
from  the  back  tees.  The  green  is reminiscent  of  Yale  Golf  Course  in
Connecticut,  featuring a  huge  swale in  the front  portion  of the  putting
surface.  A large  moat style bunker guards  the right side of the green while
the  left  side falls off towards  the 18th tee.  Parring 17 means you won the
hole  and have  a good chance to win  your match. As you reach the final hole,
you  wish the round  could go on and on. But, alas the 18th is truly a testing
finisher  at  574 yards. The hole  bends from left  to right with a creek that
runs  right  and through the fairway,  splitting the landing area. Large trees
also  guard the  right side of the  fairway, keeping the big hitters honest as
they  attempt to reach  this monster in two. A successful lay up will leave an
uphill  wedge  shot to a large  green that slopes  from right to left with the
beautiful clubhouse in the background.

At  just 6,706 yards  from the back tees, one might think that Fox Chapel is a
push  over,  however don't be fooled.  This Seth Raynor beauty has a wonderful
Scottish feel that features amazing rolling fairways and deep, deep bunkers to
greens that are very undulating and fast. This is one of those courses that no
one  outside of  Pittsburgh knows  about, but  should, as  Fox Chapel  has the
ability to test the best of players.