The potential partnership between the two Philadelphia clubs could give The Union League a home golf course, while helping Torresdale Frankford through its financial struggles. Torresdale Frankford recently considered a sale of its buildings and parking to Holy Family University, but that deal fell through.
The Union League of Philadelphia has been in talks with representatives of the Torresdale Frankford Country Club regarding a joint venture, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
The potential partnership could give the Union League a home course while also helping Torresdale Frankford and its 1920s-era Donald Ross-designed course through its financial struggles, the Inquirer reported.
The Torresdale Frankford club in Philadelphia, like other historic clubs, has struggled with membership contributions to update its buildings. The club had considered a sale of its buildings and parking to Holy Family University, but that deal fell through. Club backers now hope the Union League deal would make a sale unnecessary, the Inquirer reported.
The Union League, whose current “Union League Golf Club” affiliate offers players a Philadelphia-area golf tour through a string of local courses (including exclusive links like Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pa., and Bidermann Golf Club in Wilmington, Del., though not Torresdale Frankford), was outbid last year in an attempt to buy the ailing Woodcrest Country Club in Cherry Hill, N.J., by developer First Montgomery Group, the Inquirer reported.
“I hope they can save it. I have a lot of nice memories of my whole family up there,” resident Wendell Young IV said.