The History of The Merchantville Country Club

Learn More About Our Historic Golf Club Opened in 1892

Our History

On October 13, 1892, John B. Morton and his colleagues Frederick W. Klienz and John P. Burleigh founded the Merchantville Field Club Organization known today as Merchantville Country Club. Originally, the club undertook all popular outdoor endeavors including baseball, cricket, tennis, golf, and even football.

In the late 1800’s, golf was not as well received as today. It consumed a large swath of land and was played with whippy hickory stick clubs, undependable balls, and tin cans, sunk into the ends of the fields. William Craig and William Stelwagon, the “Daddies” of golf in Merchantville, persisted in the club’s pursuit of golf and tennis. Their efforts cemented golf into the club culture and resulted in the club’s first golf course, although it barely resembled the course configuration of today.

Founded in 1892

On June 3, 1898, the Merchantville Field Club was incorporated. With no established clubhouse, board officers conducted club business in their homes or in the billiard room of the Oak Grove Inn. Eventually, board members met at Collins and Pancoast Hall, which at the time also hosted the US Post Office and the Merchantville Lodge of the Free Masons. During one of these meetings in 1916, the name was formally changed to Merchantville Country Club. Also at that time, the board acquired the land on which they built the first MCC Clubhouse.

In 1910, the Merchantville CC Head Golf Professional was Johnny McDermott. He drew national and international attention to MCC making history as the first American born professional to win the US Open in 1911. McDermott went on to win again in 1912 to make him one of only five players in the history of golf to win the US Open in back to back years. Canadian born actor Michael Weaver played McDermott in the 2005 Disney movie “The Greatest Game Ever Played.”

In 1954, MCC sold four acres of land and the clubhouse to the Borough of Merchantville for one dollar. That fortress of a building still stands today and serves as the Merchantville Community Center. A new clubhouse was constructed on the opposite side of the grounds, located in Cherry Hill. That clubhouse served for over 50 years until the new existing clubhouse was built on the same footprint. The new clubhouse was designed with diligent and exacting detail to serve the specific golf and social needs of our membership. Come see for yourself.

The MCC Golf Course Record

With Merchantville approaching 130 years as a private club many new things are happening every day. On Thursday August 19, 2021 the official MCC golf course record was set with a score of 62 (previous course record was 63).

Congratulations to MCC’s Mr. Joe Kogelman, who broke the course record on August 19th with an impressive 10 under par 62 from the Blue Tees. Joe had a bogey-free round which included 10 birdies. He was -5 under par on both the Front Nine and Back Nine.

His round was witnessed by Jimmy Coyle (18 Holes) and Mark Sorg (Front Nine only).