Golfers at the Union League Golf Club in the Torresdale area of Philadelphia, have reacted positively to a restoration project completed earlier this year which was led by Stephen Kay, ASGCA.

Originally designed by Donald Ross and previously named Torresdale Frankford Country Club, the Kay project masterplanning started in early 2014 and Brad Klein, a noted golf course architectural critic and recipient of the 2015 ASGCA Donald Ross Award, provided input on the restoration.

Work included the restoration of all sand bunker and tees, while all 18 greens were restored to their original size.

Fairways at the course were widened and more than 250 trees were removed.

New back tees were added on certain holes, which resulted in the addition of more than 200 yards to the length of the course from the championship tees.

A new practice facility and short game area have also been developed, and the total cost of the golf course restoration came it at around $3 million.

The course reopened for play in late May 2015.

The Union League of Philadelphia took over primary ownership and responsibility for management of the golf club in early 2014. The recent work forms part of a 15-year masterplan for the club, which includes further enhancements to both the golf course and the clubhouse.