The Rich History of Galen Hall Golf Club

“For golfers who enjoy the opportunity to experience a page from golf’s history in America I believe Galen Hall is a hidden gem.” – Peter W.

Galen Hall Golf Club in Wernersville, PA, has a rich history dating back to the early 20th century.

The original nine holes of the course were designed by Scottish golf course architect Alex Findlay and opened in 1912. This early design laid the foundation for what would become one of Pennsylvania’s cherished golf courses.

In 1917, the course was expanded to 18 holes by another prominent golf course architect, A.W. Tillinghast. Tillinghast’s addition included the creation of the 15th hole, famously known as the “Moat Hole.” This hole is noted for being one of the first island greens in the United States and the oldest still in use to this day.

The course’s history is intertwined with the former Galen Hall Resort, which was a prominent destination in the early 20th century. The course and hotel were a Mecca for celebrities during this era. Frank Sinatra and Milton Berle stayed at the hotel and the golf course drew names like Fred and Adele Astaire who once went out as a foursome with then pro Bob Middleton and his assistant Henry Moyer in 1927.

Unfortunately, the hotel was destroyed by a fire on Easter Sunday in 1963. The blaze, which was visible from miles away, gutted the building. The cause was suspected to be arson, but no arrests were made. Despite the loss of the hotel, the golf course and restaurant continued to operate, maintaining the legacy of the resort​.

Today, Galen Hall Golf Club is a public course that prides itself on offering a country club experience to all golfers. The course is meticulously maintained, providing excellent playing conditions throughout the season. It is a hidden gem in Berks County, known for its historic significance and beautiful, challenging design.