Golf and Natural Gas bring McNeil to direct redesign at Montrose Club, established in 1898

Robert McNeil, ASGCA is working with the Montrose Club, established in 1898 in Montrose, PA to redesign a portion of course in response to recent adjacent road realignments by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Over the past 5 years the small town of Montrose, set within the deep Marcellus shale formations of northeastern PA, northwest of Scranton and just south to Binghamton, NY, has been the epicenter of natural gas exploration. The presence of vast quantities of natural gas has attracted many speculators and large drilling companies to this small town.

Though drilling has waned over the past year and a half due to the sinking price of natural gas, the traffic and activity in the town of Montrose is still way above normal. The truck traffic transporting the gas and those involved in the construction of the rigging platforms has increased exponentially resulting in jammed roadways and making a short trip out for milk a long bumper to bumper excursion.

The Montrose Club sits on the confluence of routes 706, 167 and 29. These roadways provide the main cross-though town access for all vehicles including the aforementioned natural gas truckers. The 2nd green and 6th hole have rested quietly within feet of route 76 for many years…the 6th was part of the courses original routing in 1898. Recently, in response to the heightened traffic and accident occurrences the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has designed a realignment of the roadways resulting in the taking of a portion of the 2nd green.

Currently the hole plays as a short par 324 yard uphill par 4. Out of bounds (on the roadway) to the left forces the nerves to heat up adding a bit of difficulty to the tee shot. Then, with the green resting so close to the roadway, the approach presents a whole different set of problems. In its current location there is an obvious safety issue related to the passing traffic. The new design will relocate the green 120 feet to the west of the existing green providing ample room for framing and protective shaping behind the surface. The hole will remain a short, fun par 4 with the line of play moving away from the road and strategic bunkering added within a high knob along the fairway and the left of the green, forcing play to the right.

Golf Links and Lake, Montrose, PA
Montrose is a special place with all the quirks and charm of a layout derived in the late 1800’s.
The new 2nd hole will embrace this charm and the simplicity of golf at the turn of the century.

The new 2nd hole to be constructed in Summer 2012
The new 2nd hole to be constructed in Summer 2012

About the Northeast Golf Company: The Northeast Golf Company was established in 1996 to provide clients with visionary design leadership and creativity. To be the best requires focus on the business objectives of each client by providing a creative and strategic plan that responds to the inherent nature of the land, the players served and the project budget.

Robert McNeil, ASGCA provides creative direction while bringing together the necessary expertise and overseeing every aspect of a golf course project to ensure that the vision becomes reality.

The McNeil Design Collaborative design/build team approach combines years of experience in successful design, construction and project management. Through MDC Global we strive to embrace the many cultures of the world and build this uniqueness into our designs.

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Contact: Robert McNeil, ASGCA, Principal Golf Course Architect,
The Northeast Golf Company
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