About Us

Open 7 days a week, Bala is the closest private golf club to Center City Philadelphia, with a challenging course spread over a secluded rolling countryside accentuated by towering pines, meandering creeks and stunning wildlife.

Offering easy access and the area's best pace of play, Bala allows you to fit golf into your busy lifestyle in an idyllic setting just minutes from the bustling city life that sits outside our gates. With easy access to Bala Cynwyd, Philadelphia and the Main Line, Bala Golf Club offers the area's most convenient private golf experience.

Bala offers a wide range of membership opportunities to meet today’s challenging lifestyle. Our diverse and welcoming membership invites you to visit Bala Golf Club to experience our exciting social calendar, exquisite dining options and classic William S. Flynn designed golf course, the home of the University of Pennsylvania Men's and Women's Golf Teams and host of the 1952 U.S. Women's Open. Click here to learn more about membership.

Offering a majestic setting, outstanding cuisine, and unmatched service, Bala Golf Club is also proud to be Philadelphia’s premier event venue. Whether you are hosting an intimate affair for 30 or an elegant event for 200, Bala Golf Club will provide you with the ultimate experience that will exceed every expectation. Our spacious and just renovated event facility is ideal for corporate meetings, galas, mitzvah celebrations, weddings, anniversaries, and other social events. Click here to learn more about Weddings and Events.

  • Staff
    • Golf Staff

      Head Golf Professional
      Chris Barletta

      Assistant Golf Professionals
      Matt Zizas
      Ben Lesniak
      Donald Timm (Apprentice)  

      Food & Beverage Staff

      Food & Beverage Manager
      Ryan Fitzpatrick

      Executive Chef
      Dan Dougherty

      Greens Staff

      Golf Course Superintendent
      Jay Parisien

      Assistant Superintendent
      Mike Crane

      Office Staff

      General Manager
      Chris Barletta

      Marketing & Membership Director
      Mike Viscusi

      Thomas Dockray

      Office Manager
      Jennifer Filler

      Office Assistant
      Donna Romanelli

  • Employment
    • We invite you to join the hard working team at Bala Golf Club

      Bala Golf Club is a place where the genuine care and comfort of our members and guests is our highest mission. We believe in quality driven processes and in doing things right the first time. We associate only with people who have a positive attitude, who enjoy working hard and who make the right things happen. We give each other respect, compassion, trust and loyalty!

      If you believe that you’ve got what it takes to succeed, to make a difference while being of service to others, then please send us a copy of your resume to the appropriate email address below.

      Positions Available

      Food & Beverage Department - Full and Part Time Servers and Food Runners (for Dining Room, Grill Room and Banquets)
      Kitchen - Part Time Dishwasher
      Greens Department - Full Time Grounds Crew
      Pro Shop - Full and Part Time Bag Room and Pro Shop

      Experience preferred but not required. Competitive pay depending on experience. Meals on duty and limited golf privileges provided.

      To Apply: Please reply with resume and cover letter to: 
      Ryan Fitzpatrick at ryan@balagolfclub.com (Food & Bevereage)
      Chef Dan Dougherty at chef@balagoflclub.com
      Jay Parisien at balagreen@aol.com (Greens)
      Chris Barletta at cbarlettapga@balagolfclub.com (Golf)

  • History
    • Philadelphia's finest private club since 1901

      Founded in 1901, Bala Golf Club has a long and storied history. The roots of the Bala Golf Club reach back to the spring of 1893 when two men - George Reach and Charles Hickman - watched a well-dressed foursome play the links along a City Avenue golf course. Getting the idea to start their own club, the two men joined with a group of prominent Philadelphians and purchased a plot of farmland just inside the city limits on Belmont Avenue - a location that was easily accessible by trolley or train. They decided to build their course on the site, roughly half way between the original homes of Philadelphia Country Club and Overbrook Country Club.

      An invitation to the Opening Day ceremony of the Bala Clubhouse in May, 1901.

      Over the years many of the original golf clubs that lined City Avenue at one time succumbed to the pressure of the burgeoning city and relocated their entire Club to a more suburban locale. Prestigious Philadelphia Country Club was originally located on the site of the old Adam's Mark Hotel. In fact, when they moved to their new home in Gladwyne in 1939, Bala Golf Club "inherited" many of their greens and they are still being used today by our Members.

      That site, laid out by Willie Tucker, provided the club members with a 9 hole, 2,747 yard layout with a par of 35 1/2. Although the original course was higly regarded, the pressure to go to an 18 hole course convinced the membership to act, and, in 1923, William S. Flynn, a noted golf course designer (among them, Rolling Green, Huntington Valley, Cherry Hills in Denver, The Country Club in Brookline, Seaview, Shinnecock Hills, and Lancaster CC), was brought in to renovate the course. Flynn's challenge was to build nine additional holes, fold them into the Tyler design, and fit it all into the existing acreage. He succeeded admirably.

      A check from a new member in December, 1902 for $12.50 ($10 Initiation Fee and $2.50 annual dues)

      Hosting of the 1952 US Women's Open (won by Louise Suggs) and the grooming of renowned amateur champion, Jay Sigel, are among Bala's most notable contributions to the game.

      The Women's Open was the 7th edition of the event. The only other Women's Opens held in the Philadelphia area were at Atlantic City CC (1948, 1965, and 1975), Moselem Springs (1968), and Rolling Green (1976). The results are described as follows on the USGA website:

      Miss Suggs won her second Championship with a record-breaking 70-69-70-75—284 at the Bala Golf Club, Philadelphia. As far as is known, her score was the lowest ever made by a woman over 72 holes in a major competition. The Misses Marlene Bauer and Betty Jameson tied for second at 291. In the second round, Miss Marilyn Smith made a single-round record of 67, and Miss Bauer matched this in the third round.

      The purse was $7,500. The course measured only 5,460 yards, and par was 69.

  • Louise Suggs
    • In Memory of Louise Suggs
      The 1952 US Women's Open Champion at Bala Golf Club

      LPGA Founder, 11-time Major winner and World Golf Hall of Fame member Louise Suggs passed away on Friday, August 7th, 2015 at the age of 91. Ms. Suggs was a legend of the women's game, having amassed 58 professional victories with 11 major championships, including the 1952 U.S. Women's Open hosted at Bala Golf Club in Philadelphia. She was also a pioneer of the game as one of 13 founding members to help start the LPGA Tour in 1950.

      Earlier this year, Ms. Suggs was named one of the first seven women the Royal & Ancient Golf Club admitted as members, ending that organization’s 260 years of exclusive male membership.

      Suggs was a prodigious driver of the golf ball and had a flawless golf swing that earned the adoration of Ben Hogan. In his foreword to Suggs’ book, Par Golf for Women, Hogan wrote: “If I were to single out one woman in the world today as a model for any other woman aspiring to ideal golf form it would be Miss Suggs.”

      Suggs won every season of her professional career and in 1957, at the LPGA Championship, became the first player on the tour to capture the career Grand Slam, winning all of the tour’s major events. Her 11 majors ranks third all-time on the LPGA Tour.

      The 6th of Ms. Suggs' major championships came in 1952 at Bala Golf Club in Philadelphia. Her second U.S. Women's Open title came in record fashion, shooting a four round total of 284, 8-over par (the course played as a par 69 for the event). The 284 total and her second round 69 were both U.S. Women's Open records at the time. Ms. Suggs earned $1,750 for her 7-stroke victory. Playing in 100 degree temperatures, no player, including many future hall of famers, managed to break par at Bala Golf Club despite playing only 5,460 yards.

      To read more about the life of Louise Suggs, please click here:

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