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Raven’s Claw Golf Club Design/Build – Pottstown, PA

Raven’s Claw Golf Club
120 Masters Drive
Pottstown, PA
2005
Design, Build & Grow in/Maintain

Shearon Golf worked closely with the developer’s engineer and land planners to develop this site. This plan was tricky as it involved working around the surrounding homes in this development to make an outstanding golf course.

The plan included: minimizing the holes with views of surrounding housing, eliminate the tunnel effect from the housing on each side of a hole, maximize the existing views from the lots, and capture storm water for irrigation, while placing a focus on safety.

Like the other golf courses that were built in the early part of the 20th Century in Philadelphia, Raven’s Claw Golf Club was to be laid out in existing woodlands. The woodlands features included: ravines, wetlands, streams, rock outcroppings, and meadows creating a scenic golf course with variety of holes, while reducing its construction costs.

Raven’s Claw turnaround time from design to construction was brief since Shearon Golf also built the golf course. Shearon’s expert shapers and managers crafted this project in less than 18 moths, allowing it to open ahead of schedule and saving production costs.

Shearon robustly grew-in the golf course and nurtured it to become one of the best manicured courses in the area.

Raven’s Claw has since then increased play each year since it’s opening, is the host of the Montgomery County Amateur – has garnered numerous awards including being selected in the Top 10 in Pennsylvania each year, and has become a favorite course of the Delaware Valley golfing public. Raven’s Claw was listed in the Top 100 Courses You Can Play in 2012.

Sandy Run Country Club Green Complex Reconstruction – Oreland, PA

Green Complex Reconstruction
Oreland, Pennsylvania
Design/Build

When Sandy Run Country Club was looking into the possibility of reconstructing three greens at the historic Philadelphia suburban club, they asked Shearon to put a price on a concept plan they had developed. After studying the plans provided, Shearon’s architects, working with the club, developed plans that better fit the character of the course, set more naturally in the environment and reduced cost. Through careful planning by the club and the cost savings provided by Shearon, the club was able to include work that was beyond the original scope of the project, while not going over budget.

After developing construction documents, Shearon team of architects, shapers and construction mangers worked closely with the club and the superintendent throughout construction, making field adjustments to efficiently make improvements to the holes where work was being completed. Shearon, working through difficult late fall and early winter conditions, was able to pull on large work force to complete the sodding of the eighteenth green in time for the project unveiling in Spring. In the end, the club had three state-of-the-art USGA green complexes that fit in with the rest of the course and were able to make much needed improvements elsewhere without asking the members for additional financial support.

Manufacturer’s Country Club Practice Facility Construction – Fort Washington, PA

Practice Facility Construction
Fort Washington, PA
Design/Maintenance

When Manufacturer’s Country Club was looking for space to add a much needed practice facility to its prestigious Montgomery County facility, they turned to Shearon to provide the design and construction services. Shearon performed detailed ball flight studies and developed a design to minimize the need for ball netting while still producing a playable facility . Shearon’s plan for the learning center included terraced tee space, target greens that were designed to look and play like those on the course, and a new practice putting green and short game area.

Shearon’s shapers got to work on this complex and demanding construction project, including massive earth moving, detailed erosion control measures and major drainage installation. Shearon expertly completed all the tasks efficiently, completing the project before the crucial seeding window closed. Consequently, the club was able to open the state-of-the-art facility on time and today has a learning center that is used for the betterment of the member’s games.