The York Golf Club Story
On April 26, 1924 York Lodge #563 assigned the land contract covering the Alpheus L. Pipes farm to the newly incorporated YorkTemple Country Club. Thus was born what would become York Golf Club. The club's purpose was to provide a gathering place and recreational opportunities for Masons and their families. The first Board of Directors was composed of 3 members of York Lodge and 2 members from both University Lodge and Capital City Lodge.
In August of 1926 the Board of Directors authorized the Executive Committee to engage the services of a golf architect to prepare plans for a proposed golf course. The committee enlisted George Sargent to lay out a nine hole golf course and supervise its construction. In June of 1927 the first nine holes were opened for play. In 1928 the clubhouse was opened. 1930 brought the plans for a second nine holes that opened in June of 1931.

A view of the approach to the par 5 14th hole.

The club hired its first professional, Mr. Herman Densmore "Denny" Shute in 1927 . Denny Shute ultimately become a three time major championship winner (British open 1933, PGA Champion 1936 & 1937). In fact, Mr. Shute was the last player to win consecutive PGA Championships until some fellow named Tiger Woods matched the feat in 1999 & 2000. The Memorial Tournament honored Mr. Schute in 2006 in recognition of his accomplishments as a player and contributions to the game.

Denny Shute

While York is still owned by the same three Masonic Lodges, the membership is now a mixture of Lodge and non-Lodge members. All of whom are indebted to the men that followed their dreams and purchased a 140 acre farm 1 1/2 miles North of Worthington, Ohio and whose hard work and vision made what we enjoy today possible.

The long par 4 10th hole

The trip down York's driveway may be short but it takes you far away from the distractions of the daily grind to a place where you can stroll the fairways as the sun goes down; hone your skills on the practice tee or simply relax with friends.

The par 3 13th hole
The towering trees that line York's fairways are the product of our 90+ years existence. When combined with the rolling elevation changes and the scenic Olentangy River the result is an experience that no other course in central Ohio can match.

The par 4 8th hole