May 15, 2008
EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - The 2008 Terence M. Nolan '62 Memorial Golf Classic presented by Lafayette's Maroon Club will be held Friday, Oct. 10 and has been moved from the Grace Course to the Weyhill Course at Saucon Valley Country Club. Entries and sponsorships are being accepted for this incredible day of fun and great golf. Simply use the registration form available through the above link, send an email for further information or call the Maroon Club at (610) 330-5122.
Weyhill is a stunning course that features marvelous views and dramatic changes in elevation. William and David Gordon combined to create a design that utilizes the unique features of the land - including an abandoned quarry. The result is a course quite different from Old and Grace.
The property that was to become the golf course was originally a dairy farm, "Saucona Farms," owned by an executive of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation. It was later sold to Quincy Bent, a director and vice president of the steel company, who renamed the farm "Weyhill Farms" after his ancestral farming village in the County of Hampshire, England.
Construction of the course began in 1966 and the first round of golf was played on the Weyhill Course on August 28, 1968 by a "fivesome" consisting of Bethlehem Steel executives, Edmund Martin, Stewart Cort, Vincent Pazzetti, Jr. and George Hurd, along with Ralph Hutchison, the Club's golf professional.
In 1970 the course was renamed, "Bent Creek Golf Course," after the Bent family and Saucon Creek, which winds throughout the property. Two years later, the name reverted back to "Weyhill."
Two of the most spectacular are the holes that bridge a quarry located in the middle of the course. The fourteenth hole is a par three measuring 176 yards in length. The tee shot must carry the quarry to a green that slopes dramatically from right to left and back to front. The fifteenth is reminiscent of the second hole at Pine Valley, with its monstrous uphill approach shot to an elevated green well guarded by a series of bunkers set into the hillside.
Weyhill's par-72 layout measures 6,859 yards from the back tee markers but could easily stretch to over 7,000 yards should the need arise.