Closed Cobbs Creek Golf Course to Reopen in 2023-24 After $65 Million Restoration

Golfer Jerry Haas at the Cobbs Creek Golf Club.
Image via Yong Kim, The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Golfer Jerry Haas in 2020 near damage at the 5th hole of the Cobbs Creek Golf Course.

The 105-year-old Cobbs Creek Golf Course that borders Upper Darby and Philadelphia will get a $65 million restoration, set to be finished in 2023 and 2024, writes Frank Kummer for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The restoration will feature a new community and education center, driving range, 9-hole short course, and restaurant, all to be completed by 2023.

An 18-hole “championship course capable of hosting PGA Tour events,” designed by Gil Hanse and Jim Wagner, will open in 2024.  

Construction will start in the spring.

Restoration money was raised by the nonprofit Cobbs Creek Foundation. The new course will generate tax revenue for Philadelphia, create 150 jobs and provide a “high-quality public space for all Philadelphians,” according to officials.

The Hugh Wilson-designed public course closed in 2020 when it ran out of money to fix structural and safety issues. A fire destroyed the clubhouse in 2016.  Years of flooding from Cobbs Creek washed away parts of the course, making it unplayable.

“For more than a hundred years, Cobbs Creek Golf Course served as a public course welcoming players of all backgrounds, ethnicities and skill levels,” Mayor Jim Kenney said in a statement.

Read more at The Philadelphia Inquirer about renovations to the Cobbs Creek Golf Course.