A Center of Community Activity

Reading Country Club Public Golf Course is located in Exeter Township, Berks County, Pa. In 2006, Exeter Township acquired the property through eminent domain to maintain a pristine green space in the heart of the township.

Under township ownership, Reading Country Club Public Golf Course provides broad access to this classic test of golf.

What’s more, the property is a center of community activity. The Exeter Parks and Recreation Department hosts events throughout the year, including the Festival of Lights in December, family movie nights and fling golf. Other events include bridal shows, a health and wellness fair, 5K runs and a car show featuring 200 Ferraris.

In May 2018, RCC was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as an important example of an Alexander Findlay design and is significant for landscape architecture. Findlay’s design at RCC is among the best examples of his work and one of the few Findlay courses that has maintained his design with little change.

Findlay (1865-1942), emigrated from his native Scotland to Omaha, Neb., in the mid-1880s. He was an accomplished golfer and is credited with shooting the first score of 72 in competition in 1886 at the Royal Montrose Golf Club, Scotland. In 1887, he built a 6-hole golf course west of Omaha, considered the first golf course west of the Mississippi River. From there, he became one of America’s pioneers of the game and is considered the "Father of Golf in America."

Of the approximately 90,000 properties on the Register, fewer than 100 are golf courses. Notable listings include:

  • Merion Golf Club, East and West courses, Ardmore, Pa.
  • Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pa.
  • Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Ga.
  • Baltusrol Golf Club, Springfield, NJ
  • Ridgewood Country Club, Paramus, NJ
  • Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, NY

The listing also recognizes RCC's clubhouse for its late 19th and early 20th century architecture in the Norman/Tudor revival style. The building was designed by Reading-based architect Harry Maurer.

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