a golfing society
During the early days of the twentieth century, a group of Philadelphia golfers would head to the Southern New Jersey shore during the winter months to play golf at the Country Club of Atlantic City. The temperature was normally a little higher than in Philadelphia, and in most cases, the course was devoid of snow. Among the group were Howard Perrin, Simon Carr, William P. Smith, Cameron Buxton, Wirt Thompson, A. Haseltine Smith, Robert Large, Albert Warren Tillinghast and George Arthur Crump. Since there weren't many golfers on the course, instead of playing the conventional two- or four-ball encounters, they had drifted to the habit of all playing together if less than a dozen and perhaps splitting into two companies if they were more. Thus, was originated a sort of mob golf called a "gangsome," but they preferred to call it a "Philadelphia Ballsome.” The group became known about the country as “The Philadelphia Ballsome” and would play a game of the same name. Normally, bets were made all-around, with the payoffs made in golf balls making for spirited play.
It's this camaraderie, spirit and tradition that we wish to emulate in our golfing society.
Membership inquiries are welcome and encouraged from current members of private golf & country clubs with the desire to play golf regularly with like minded individuals as the original "Philadelphia Ballsome" did over 100 years ago.
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