Binghamton Country Club Celebrates 125th Anniversary

- The Binghamton Country Club is celebrating its 125th anniversary.

The club was incorporated in 1889 with 123 members each paying a $25 initiation fee.

The original nine hole course was located near the Susquehanna River in Endwell. In 1921, the club moved to its current location on Robinson Hill Road in the Town of Union.

Its course was designed by noted golf course architect A.W. Tillinghast who also designed Wingfoot and Bethpage golf courses.

The clubhouse was added in 1923 and has seen a variety of renovations over the years.

Today, the membership stands at 387 in four categories: golf, social, junior and senior.

The initiation fee is now $1,000 although the private club recently undertook a special membership drive with discounted rates.

The club is frequently used for corporate outings and tournaments, fundraisers, dances, weddings and other special occasions.

Golf pro and GM Rick Keding says Tillinghast's unusual green layouts still make for a challenging round of golf.

"I've been very fortunate in that I'm the 5th golf professional since 1889. I'm starting my 24th year and I feel very privileged to work for such a great club and such a great membership. I think that speaks volumes about the character of the club as well as the membership," said Keding.

Binghamton Country Club will celebrate its 125th anniversary tomorrow with a 100 player members tournament followed by a luncheon.

A dinner dance will cap off the festivities tomorrow evening.

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