Allegheny Country Club

250 Country Club Rd
Sewickley PA  15143

Phone: (412) 741-7500

ALLEGHENY COUNTRY CLUB HISTORY

A winding mile above the town of Sewickley, the first 18 hole golf course in Western Pennsylvania can be found. The site, of course, is Allegheny Country Club, a turn-of-the-century collection of rambling buildings dedicated to the leisure and pursuit of various sports. Allegheny Country Club had its origin in 1895, but not at its present location. The first site of the Club was at California and Brighton Avenues on Pittsburgh’s North Side. In addition to a clubhouse, it boasted one of the first 6-hole golf courses in the state as well as tennis courts. The Club proved so popular; however, that it soon outgrew this facility. A new 150 acre site off Blackburn Road, then known as the Dairy Farm or McKean Tract, was purchased in 1899. The land was cleared and the clubhouse, designed by William Ross Proctor, was erected. An 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, and a road that led to the Club from Sewickley were added, and in May 1902, the “new” Allegheny Country Club opened. The accomodations were so exclusive that President Taft chose to visit the Club for two days in 1909!

In the early 1900’s horse shows were becoming popular and by 1910 Allegheny had race and trial facilities with stables that housed 70 horses. Riding stables and a horse show ring were constructed in 1923, enabling the Club to host horse shows of both local and national interest. After surviving prohibition and the World Wars, Allegheny became the scene for several golf and tennis tournaments, such as the International Davis Cup Matches and the U.S. Women's Amateur Golf Tournament in the fifties. Allegheny's members, both men and women, have long been prominent in national, state, and local competitions. U.S. Amateur Championships have been won by Club members as long ago as 1906. Most recently, in September 2001 the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship Tournament was held at Allegheny, and was won by Club member, Carol Semple Thompson.

Over the years the golf course changed quite a bit from its initial Donald Ross design. After decades of updates and course modifications, but reliable information tells us that there are thirty-two abandoned greens on the property. In the early 1990's, a top-of-the-line irrigation system was installed for more efficient water usage and provided us with continuous maintenance of the golf course. In 2005 a new driving range and a state-of-the-art golf teaching building were added to enhance our members’ golfing experience, and presently a master plan is underway to restore the golf course to its original design.

Tennis has also been a large part of Allegheny’s history. After the five grass tennis courts were built 1910, tennis quickly became popular. Allegheny Country Club was chosen to host the International Davis Cup preliminary tennis matches in both 1914 and 1921, with many other tournaments featuring nationally known professionals and amateurs taking place here over years. The glass-roofed indoor tennis court facility was constructed in 1935, foreshadowing today's popular plastic "bubbles”, and is one of the few remaining of its kind in the country. The latest improvements came in 2005 with the elimination of the upper grass courts and the addition of a state-of-the-art paddle tennis facility and warming hut.

Great care has always been taken to preserve the history and traditional atmosphere for which Allegheny Country Club is known; however, to remain competitive within the country club industry and to offer the finest in social and recreational activities, renovations have taken place on a regular basis. Beyond those noted above, the first major renovation began in 1958 and concluded with the addition of the swimming pool complex in 1963. A second round of clubhouse renovations took place in 1989, and most recently, in 2004 a five-year long range plan began which modernized many of the aging facilities, including the addition of a new casual dining room and bar; renovations and an expansion of the Men’s Locker Room; a renovation of the swimming pool facility to include a full-service kitchen and dining area; an expansion of the ballroom terrace; and a complete renovation of the kitchen with the addition of a bakery.

The many trophies, plaques and pictures on display around the clubhouse provide a glimpse into the past and tell fascinating stories of those early days. However, even with the many changes over the years, Allegheny Country Club has managed to maintain its traditions and has continued to be a hidden treasure nestled in the woods of Sewickley Heights.


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Women's Wellness Day

Women's Wellness Day
09:00 am - 04/07/2017

At Allegheny Country Club

Experience a day of wellness, including gentle or mixed-level yoga, also yoga dance and yoga nidra. Hear keynote speaker Mark Taylor share on "The Magic of Movement",...

11th Annual Hansen Cup Memorial Golf Tournament

11th Annual Hansen Cup Memorial Golf Tournament
11:00 am - 09/12/2016

At Allegheny Country Club

Join us as plans get underway for Sewickley Academy’s 11th Annual Hansen Cup Memorial Golf Tournament scheduled on Monday, September 12, 2016, at Allegheny Country...

Annual Auction

Annual Auction
06:00 pm - 04/16/2016

At Allegheny Country Club

Join us as plans get underway for Sewickley Academy's “What’s All the Buzz?,” Annual Auction scheduled on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at Allegheny Country Club....

The 22nd Annual Baptist Homes Foundation Charity Golf Invitational

The 22nd Annual Baptist Homes Foundation Charity Golf Invitational
10:00 am - 05/18/2015

At Allegheny Country Club

Baptist Homes Foundation invites you to attend the 22nd Annual Charity Golf Invitation on Monday, May 18 2015 at Allegheny Country Club. The Charity Golf Invitational...

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