Hickory Golf Association

2020 Foxburg Hickory Championship

August 14, 2020 - August 15, 2020
Foxburg Country Club - Foxburg, Pennsylvania

Greetings hickory players,


The 12 annual Foxburg Hickory Championship is scheduled for Friday Aug. 14, and Saturday August 15, at the historic Foxburg Country Club in the hills of Western Pennsylvania, roughly an hour north of Pittsburgh. Foxburg Country Club was established in 1887, considered by many the oldest golf course in United States.


Click here for a great YouTube feature on the Foxburg Country Club and the Foxburg area.


There are multiple competitions within the Foxburg Hickory Championship. The Championship’s pre-1900 categories include Open, Senior (55-65), and Super Senior (66+), Open and Senior (65+) for the post-1900 division. Additionally, we are hopeful to host a Ladies Division again this year.


The featured event is the pre-1900 Open division; the FHC is one of the few pre-1900 events east of the Mississippi, along with the National Hickory Championship, the Wisconsin Gutty Challenge.


The entry fee for 2020 is $250 for men ($200 for Foxburg Country Club members).  Entry fee includes golf both days and contestant meals at the course. Gutty balls engineered for period play (extra balls will be available at the event’s cost) will be issued to each contestant. Meals at the course include Friday brunch on the first day, and a very nice buffet luncheon Saturday afternoon, immediately after play has completed.


Click here for an entry form.


The course plays at 2,400 yards for the pre-1900 Championship. Even with the modern hickories, the small greens and tricky layout will test your patience and skill. The course has proven a fair test and tremendous fun. As with all hickory events, contestants are encouraged to dress in period attire.


There is a nominal additional cost to include your spouse/guest for either Friday’s lunch or the award buffet. We also have a nice meal the evening of the first day at a local restaurant (not included in the entry fee) you are sure to enjoy.


Activities for non-playing spouses and guests include shopping at the many antique stores and shops in the area, a very large outlet mall nearby, and the quaint Foxburg Wine Cellars at the bottom of the hill. The more adventurous may enjoy the canoe livery or the local Segway and bike rental shop.


Entry forms and championship information can be obtained from Tom Johnson (Tournament Director) at Foxburghickory@aol.com or 330-677-8997.


Itinerary
Thursday, Aug. 13
Registration opens around 10 a.m. The desk will be open until roughly 4 p.m. Balls, gift, and updated itinerary will be supplied. The course is available for practice all day, although members start arriving mid-afternoon and the course fills up. Practice round fees are not included in the entry.


We usually meet for dinner at the RRR Roadhouse Steak House in Clarion. It is next door to the tournament hotel (see below).


Friday, Aug. 14
Meet at the golf course around 8:30 a.m.  First round will start at 9 a.m. We break for lunch between nines, and finish play around 2 p.m. Many of us will meet for dinner at a site TBD.


Saturday, Aug. 15
Be at the course in time to begin play at 9 a.m., play straight through with a short break as you pass the clubhouse playing the 7th hole. The award dinner will be immediately after play, roughly 1:30 p.m. Awards and congratulations distributed, and everyone on the road by 3 p.m.


The Friday and Saturday meals served at the golf course are included in the entry.


Open Division – Contestants will use the Park ball and use sand tees.
Reserve Division – Contestants can use their choice of the Park, Braid, or Vardon style ball.  They may use modern tees if they wish.
Post-1900 Division – Contestants will use the Ouimet mesh ball.


All contestants and divisions are permitted to use riding carts and or carry bags.


The Championship is hosted by the Foxburg Country Club, and follows the Society of Hickory Golfers tournament guidelines regarding equipment, rules, and handicaps.


Additional information or questions regarding the event or Foxburg Country Club in general should be directed to Dawn, the gracious club manager at Foxburg Country Club. The phone number is 724-659-3196, the web address is www.foxburggolf.com.


Tournament Hotel
We have a group of rooms reserved at the Quality Inn in Clarion (814-226-5230) at $75 per night, mention Foxburg Hickory Golf. The price is good through Aug. 5. This is the same hotel we have used the previous 11 years.


The hotel’s management has always served us well; it is convenient to the RRR, and one of the few properties with smoking rooms in one wing. We have found scheduling directly through the hotel rather than the popular travel sites provides much more flexibility for guests.


Other fine places to stay include the Foxburg Inn just down the hill from the club, as well as several additional hotels in the Clarion area.  There are also many bed and breakfast options in the Foxburg and Emlenton areas.


Other lodging options in Clarion, Pa.:
Quality Inn                   814-226-5230
Holiday Inn Express    814-226-8850
Hampton Inn                800-916-4339
Park-Radisson              814-226-8850
Foxburg Inn                 724-659-3116

Contact information

Tom Johnson
Phone: 330-677-8997
Email: Foxburghickory@aol.com