While retaining its traditional 50-meter “long course” for competitive and casual lap swimming, new additions and improvements at the Gladwyne, Pa. club include a 25-yard “short course,” a wading pool for small children and a zero-entry swim area in the main pool with water features. The newly renovated Citrus Tree Bar, adjacent to the pool, includes a 12-seat, full-service bar and an adults-only area.
Philadelphia Country Club (PCC ) in Gladwyne, Pa. opened its new resort-style pool and pool bar for Memorial Day Weekend and welcomed more than 1,200 members and guests.
The swimming pool retained its traditional 50-meter “long course” for competitive and casual lap swimming. Among the new additions and improvements are a 25-yard “short course” for swim team purposes, a wading pool for small children, and a zero-entry swim area in the main pool with water features. The depth of the main pool ranges from the zero-entry area to 12 feet with two one-meter diving boards.
The club aims to provide a resort-like experience by providing day lockers, beach towels and other necessary pool amenities to all members and their guests, along with food and beverage service.
The newly renovated Citrus Tree Bar, adjacent to the pool, overlooks the golf course and includes a 12-seat, full-service bar and an adult-only area with relaxing lounge furniture for enjoying cocktails. The club’s summer house also boasts the Citrus Tree Restaurant, offering fresh, made-to-order lunches and dinners for children, teens and adults with varying daily specials.
PCC has an age-specific swim team that competes in the Country Club Swim Association Summer Swimming League. The club’s new pool will host several swim meets this summer including the 11th Annual Long Course Classic July 18.
In addition to the swim team, the club hosts frequent family events such as Friday Float Nights, cookouts and Sundaes on Sunday.
“We have a rich aquatic tradition, going back to our original Bala clubhouse,” said Ted Barry, President of PCC. “When the club moved to Gladwyne in the 1950s, John B. Kelly, Sr. [father of Princess Grace of Monaco], was the strongest proponent of the club’s swim program and Olympic-size pool.
“As a 40-year PCC member myself, who spent countless hours in our pool, I am delighted by our new and improved resort-style pool complex, which has quickly proven to be the most popular project in our club’s nearly 130-year history,” Barry added. “It is truly the place to be at PCC.”
The pool is open daily Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day. The club anticipates that the addition of the pool heater will allow for an extended swim season and the ability to remain open on weekends throughout the fall.