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Dear Guest,

On behalf of the membership and professional staff, we welcome you to Kennett Square Golf and Country Club. This page should provide you all the information you need to enjoy your visit. Please let us know if you have any questions or need any additional information.

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Are you a guest or part of a group playing Golf with a gift certificate?

Welcome! We are pleased you have chosen to spend your day with us. To ensure you enjoy your golfing experience, we provide the following guidelines:

Elsewhere on this page, you will find directions to KSGCC and guidance on club policies regarding smoking, cell phones, and attire on our sports facilities. Please share this information with others in your group.

  • During the golf season, April 1 through October 31, we ask that you schedule your round during the week, Monday – Thursday, after 2:00 p.m., with the approval of the Director of Golf (out of season, please call for availability). Arrangements should be made at least 2 weeks in advance through the Pro Shop at (610) 444-5239, ext. 113.
  • Upon arrival at the bag drop, use the intercom to call our golf staff to bring you a cart and load your clubs. After parking, come to the locker room where our attendant will provide a guest locker for you to change your shoes and other attire before and after your round. Then come to the Pro Shop at the rear of the club on ground level to register your group and receive your tee time and other important information.

Are you a guest arriving to meet a member or to play Golf in a special club event such as the Member-Guest or Pro Am tournaments?

Please come to the bag drop and call via intercom for our golf staff to load your clubs.

After parking, come to the locker room where our attendant will provide a guest locker for you to change your shoes and other attire before and after your round.

If your round is not scheduled until a later time, please feel free to enter the club, find your member partner, and enjoy the hospitality of KSGCC.

Are you a guest visiting to participate in or Swimming Activities

Come to the Racquets Pro Shop or the Pool entrance to check in at the appropriate area.


For Pool guests, please familiarize yourself with our Pool Rules (PDF, 100KB).


Elsewhere on this page, you will find directions to KSGCC and guidance on club policies regarding smoking, cell phones, and attire on our sports facilities. Please share this information with others in your group.

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Clubhouse Attire

The Main Dining Room, Cocktail Lounge, Upper Patio and Ballroom will be multi-purpose areas, and the Dress Code shall reflect the attire of the many differing uses of the Club. The Dress Code during these times will be Country Club Casual in all upper level services areas. Members must use good judgment when choosing attire that is appropriate for a Country Club setting that is not offensive to others in appearance or presentation, whether coming from an activity within or outside the Club. Proper care must be taken to ensure the comfort of other members by wearing clothing that is clean of soils and perspiration and follow these guidelines.

Members and guests must wear shoes and shirts at all times. This list of unacceptable attire is not intended to be all-inclusive, but to establish parameters for acceptable dress.

These restrictions, which are examples and not the entire list, shall be enforced by the Clubhouse management staff:

  • Cut-offs, gym or running shorts and short shorts
  • Men’s/Boy’s sleeveless and/or mesh shirts
  • Undershirts, tank tops, halter tops or fishnet tops. No bare midriffs
  • Soiled or sweat laden work apparel or athletic apparel – golf, racquet, etc.
  • Bathing suits or bathing apparel
  • Men’s hats
  • No shorts, racquets or bathing attire, or jeans will be permitted in the Main Dining Room on Saturdays after 5pm

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Golf Course Attire

Guests are required to dress appropriately when using the Golf Course.

Some items not considered appropriate golf course attire at any time are:

  • Bare feet
  • High-heeled shoes
  • Cut-offs
  • Printed design shorts
  • Tennis wear
  • Athletic shorts
  • Short shorts
  • Swim wear
  • Blue denim jeans
  • Tank tops
  • T-shirts
  • Athletic shirts
  • Bare midriff tops
  • Halter tops

Shorts are not to exceed four inches above the knee, for both men and women. Shirt-tails must be tucked in, and caps must have the brim forward.

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Racquets Attire

  • All members and their guests must wear appropriate tennis attire.
  • Men over 18 may wear a collarless tennis shirt.
  • Shorts must be appropriate for tennis.
  • No cut-off jeans or shorts allowed.
  • Women shall wear attire that is generally recognized as tennis-specific.
  • No halter tops.
  • Juniors may wear t-shirts and shorts.
  • T-shirts with excessive print or concert pictures will not be allowed.
  • No soccer shorts or umbros.
  • No one in cutoffs or bathing suits will be permitted on the courts.
  • Tennis shoes and socks are required at all times.
  • Jogging, leather-soled or street shoes will not be permitted.
  • Black-soled shoes will not be permitted on the hard courts.
  • Running shoes will not be permitted on hydro courts.
  • Ultimate determination and enforcement of the dress code lies with the Racquets Department.

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Smoking Policy

The Kennett Square Golf and Country Club is a smoke-free establishment. Smoking in not permitted in any area of the Clubhouse. Smoking is permitted on the open patio outside the 19th Hole, the covered deck on the south side of the 19th Hole, and the covered banquet entrance.

Cell Phone Policy

Cell phones, while allowed in the Clubhouse, should be set on vibrate and phone conversations need to be taken to a lobby or outside.

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About Us

Kennett Square Golf & Country Club is situated on 135 acres in the rolling hills of Chester County, PA. KSGCC stands by a heritage of friendliness and service supported by guest services that take an upbeat and friendly approach to making your experience memorable, with attentive assistance and flexible accommodations.

Since its founding in 1922, KSGCC has been a friendly and comfortable haven for its members. Offering golf, racquet sports, and swimming, opportunities abound for good-natured sporting challenges, and lessons with the area’s top sports professionals. An outstanding restaurant for dining and club social events along with banquet facilities for entertaining guests or business colleagues give KSGCC a welcoming, yet exclusive atmosphere.

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Club History

Early in 1922, a group of 26 men met in the Kennett Square fire house to talk about organizing a golf club. During the months that followed they were able to interest friends and neighbors in the project, and on December 15 the first parcel of land, 1.5 acres, was purchased. It was a start. Two days after Christmas, a charter was granted to the Kennett Square Golf and Country Club. John W. Chalfant was elected president. The board of governors consisted of ten members and an elected president. Late in 1936 the Club leased approximately 34 acres of rolling Chester County farmland across the road. Now it was possible to add a second nine holes, which were also laid out by Donald Ross and intermingled with the original nine.

In early March of 1923, construction got underway on a two-story stone and frame Clubhouse, and by the end of that month the Club had acquired, in two separate purchases, 99.7 acres to go with the original lot. There was now ground enough for golf, and though it might have been possible to lay out a full eighteen on the 101-acre property, a decision was made to build only nine holes. Donald Ross was retained to design the first nine, several holes of which opened for play late that same year.

On the 4th of July, 1940, Kennett Square’s 18-hole course was dedicated amidst considerable fanfare. The highlight of the celebration was an exhibition match that featured Gene Sarazen, Wilmington’s Ed "Porky" Oliver, the Club’s head professional, Willie Palumbo, and its Club champion, Willard McConnell.

In the years to come, Kennett Square would build a large swimming pool, seven tennis courts, and four platform tennis courts. The Clubhouse would be expanded and renovated, and the golf course toughened to the point where today, despite measuring only 6,113 yards from the regular tees (6,416 from the back), and with a par of 71, it has a Slope of 134.

Through the efforts of the members and staff, the Club has had the honor of hosting the 2001 US Open Men’s Qualifier, 2002 US Open Women’s Qualifier and the 2003 US Open Boys’ Qualifier.

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Restoring the section of Red Clay Creek that passes through Kennett Square Golf and Country Club has enhanced wildlife habitat and improved the golf experience.

Golf Course Superintendent Paul Stead is aware of the scrutiny that golf courses face. “It makes you really think about what you’re doing to make sure you’re doing it as well as you can,” he said. Stead works every day to set a positive example through the stewardship efforts at Kennett Square.

One improvement Stead made was in his equipment wash area. There was a risk that grass clippings from the mowing machinery could end up in an adjacent stream. Stead learned that discarded organic material contributes to nutrient loading in waterways, which encourages algae growth.

So, Stead created rain gardens in the equipment wash areas to help absorb and filter wash water before it reaches the stream. Rain gardens are sunken landscapes that capture runoff and filter it through soil and native plants. Clippings and sediment from the mowers are now captured by the rain garden rather than potentially washing downstream.

Stead also noticed a recurring runoff issue from the clubhouse parking lot after heavy rains, so he created a bioswale to help improve the situation. He removed a flower bed in the parking area and replaced it with a 3-foot-deep depression filled with a variety of plants that can absorb overflow water. “It’s not just about marigolds and mulch,” said Stead. “It’s about connecting the dots and seeing how everything fits together.”

Red Clay Creek’s east branch flows through the course on holes 13 through 16, so each year, Stead and other club volunteers help to clean debris along the stream. Consistently monitoring the creek allowed Stead to recognize shoreline erosion and its negative impact on the 13th green and 14th tee at Kennett Square. Stabilizing the shoreline would not only stabilize the holes adjacent to the creek, it would also improve water quality on the course and in the surrounding community.

At Stead’s urging, the club contributed to a stream restoration project that ultimately cost $800,000. He secured a $200,000 grant, but the rest of the funding came from the club, which later received a stewardship award from the local watershed association. “I convinced our golfers to look at the stream holistically and to see our facility as a community asset and not just as a golf course,” he said. “When you take that approach, you’re more likely to get involved with community initiatives and to consider the surrounding area.”

A Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary since 2010, Kennett Square has also dramatically reduced its use of fertilizer. Stead estimated that he used less than one pound of fertilizer per green in 2016 and did not fertilize the rough at all. He reasoned that if they watered the course less, the grass would grow less, and if it grew less, they would mow less and need less fertilizer, providing additional cost benefits. “We decided to use water as a growth regulator for the grass,” said Stead. “And it caused a domino effect on everything else.”

Dave Oatis, director of the USGA Green Section’s Northeast Region said, “Superintendents are working harder than ever to maintain courses while protecting and enhancing the environment. Well-managed golf courses can provide valuable habitat for wildlife and are a tremendous environmental asset to communities. Rockland and Kennett Square are two wonderful examples of golf courses that embrace environmental stewardship, and their environment, community and golfers are enjoying the benefits.”

Written by Lisa D. Mickey
Florida-based freelance writer and a Florida master naturalist who frequently contributes to USGA websites.