About Cobbs Creek
Cobbs Creek was one of the best public courses in America when it opened in 1916. Unlike many courses at the time, Cobbs Creek welcomed Black players as well as women. Charlie Sifford, the first Black golfer to win a PGA tour event, called the Cobbs Creek Golf Course home. Despite that legacy, decades of neglect left the course overgrown, flood-prone and far from the pristine city landmark it once was. It has been closed since 2020.
The Cobbs Creek Foundation’s public-private partnership will restore the course to its original design and reopen it for play, while strengthening ties with the community through programming and educational opportunities for Philadelphia’s youth at the Cobbs Creek Golf Course Education Center.
The revitalized Cobbs Creek Golf Course will support the local economy, create permanent jobs, and return this landmark to its status as one of the city’s crown jewels. More importantly, it will be a place that is of the community, and for the community.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who owns Cobbs Creek Golf Course?
The City of Philadelphia has leased the land to the Cobbs Creek Foundation, which is spearheading the revitalization of the course. The lease agreement is for 70 years. The new course will be self-sustaining, with any earned revenue going directly to pay for the costs and upkeep of the course and the property.
Who is paying for the revitalization project?
The Cobbs Creek Foundation is raising at least $65 million from individual donors, public funding and other generous supporters who believe in the project. Lend your support here.
What is the Cobbs Creek Foundation? What does it do?
The Cobbs Creek Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization comprised of Philadelphia residents, as well as community, civic, and business leaders seeking to create an all-inclusive, state-of-the-art golf campus that unites communities while educating and inspiring the leaders of tomorrow. In addition to revitalizing the physical property, the Foundation is partnering with schools and engaging with the community to develop programs in partnership with the surrounding neighborhoods. The Foundation will also aim to attract visitors, drive revenue, and raise awareness of the course’s role in America’s golfing history.
Will Cobbs Creek be a private club? Can anyone play?
Cobbs Creek has always been a public course, and that is how it will stay. The completed Cobbs Creek Golf Course will be accessible to people from all over the city and beyond.
What is being done to prevent flooding?
The Cobbs Creek Foundation has pledged at least $15 million for a restoration of three miles of Cobbs Creek and its tributaries, to prevent further ecological damage. In addition, more than 1,500 new trees, shrubs and other vegetation will be planted in the floodplain.
When will all this be finished?
Our target date for completion of the education and community engagement center, driving range, and restaurant is 2023. The 18-hole course, 9-hole course, and short course will open in Spring 2024.