For the second time in recent memory, the Union League is getting ready to bid on a local golf club, which might come as a relief to members and staff of the Torresdale-Frankford Country Club, according to the Inquirer’s Joseph N. DiStefano.
Membership contributions to the long-standing club in Northeast Philadelphia have been hard to come by, making it difficult to refurbish its buildings. At one point, the club even considered selling its property to Holy Family University, parking included. That deal never went through.
The Union League has been eyeing Torresdale-Frankford since losing out on the Woodcrest Country Club deal to developer First Montgomery Group. DiStefano sees the advantages in the agreement:
A joint venture could give the League a home course while also helping Torresdale-Frankford and its 1920s-era Donald Ross-designed course through the current golf industry recession, according to people familiar with the situation.
If the deal with the Union League goes through, none of the club's property would be sold. One member told DiStefano, "I hope they can save it. I have a lot of nice memories of my whole family up there."
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