The story of golf at Reading Country Club and in Berks County
Reading Country Club has a rich tradition in the world of golf. The course was designed in 1922 by Alexander H. Findlay, the father of American golf. The club is a mainstay of the Berks County golf community, having hosted numerous professional tournaments and leading amateur events. What’s more, the game’s greats have played at RCC.
- Byron Nelson won the Masters and U.S. Open while he was head golf professional at RCC.
- Sam Snead shot a course record 63 in the 1949 Reading Open. The record still stands.
- Cary Middlecoff won the 1949 event.
- The 1953 Ryder Cup players sharpened their game at RCC with a two-day challenge match against a team of PGA pros.
- Betsy King, a member of the LPGA Hall of Fame, learned the game at RCC
The articles below chronicle the history of Reading Country Club and golf in Berks County.
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- 29. This Game Called Golf, 1939 Style —Reading CC
- 29a. This Game Called Golf, 1939 Style —RCC revised
- 30. This Game Called Golf, 1939 Style —Berkshire CC
- 31. Time for a Dip
- 32. This Game Called Golf, 1939 Style —Berkleigh CC
- 33. This Game Called Golf, 1939 Style —Galen Hall GC
- 34. The Remarkable Johnny Markel
- 35. This Game Called Golf, 1939 Style—Riverside Golf Club
- 36. This Game Called Golf, 1939 Style—Manor Golf Club
- 37. This Game Called Golf, 1939 Style—Rich Maiden Golf Course
- 38. Moselem Springs Takes Shape
- 39. Celebrating the Great Bill Reedy—Who’s your Varipapa
- 40. The Slammer Rests Easy
- 41. Well Played, Laddie—The Enviable Legacy of Fred Findlay
- 42. Findlay Cup 2016
- 43. Lord Byron Takes on Pine Valley
- 44. Following up on Fred
- 45. Frank Schnee’s Publinks Passion
- 46. The Gangster of Green Hills
- 47. The Ryder Cup Rolls through Reading
- 48. Long Live the King—A Salute to Arnie
- 49. Quite Early One Morning—The new-look 10th hole
- 50. The Rule That Riled
- 51. Colonial Days at RCC
- 52. The Gentleman from North Carolina