Looking to take some time away from the World Cup to indulge your backswing? Unable to make it up to the annual alumni golf tournament at Taconic? Two recent features have highlighted the Eph-owned Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort, pride of Charlie Kirkwood ’57 and Pete Kirkwood ’93 (also known for their role in the Eph Booze Mafia) as a place to take care of your 19-hole needs.

Sustainable economy e-zine Keystone Edge profiled Shawnee Inn’s efforts to embrace a green identity, through its “Beer From Here, Food From Near” restaurant theme (featuring the products of Pete’s ShawneeCraft Brewery) and other efforts to attract the trendy sustainability crowd:

We resolved about four or five years ago that the destiny of Shawnee is to look upward, to be a more high-end destination and the reason is we weren’t doing justice to the beauty of this place if we’re not maximizing visitors’ appreciation of it,” says [Pete] Kirkwood, who has only been back in the U.S. for five years, having returned from a stretch doing tsunami relief work in Thailand. He recently spent four days in Haiti performing earthquake relief work with the volunteer-based non-profit he co-founded, Hands On Disaster Response.

Kirkwood realized that arts and crafts aesthetic, which already existed in spots under the decades of updates at the Inn, was exactly what the resort needed. “It’s a philosophy that embraces living close to nature, embraces healthy, outdoor activity, and embraces craftsmanship from the interior design to architecture to food to the kind of uniforms the staff wears,” says Kirkwood. “It was a breakthrough for us. We all knew we needed a renaissance.”

“We’ve had to reinvent ourselves as circumstances change,”

Not surprisingly, the Golf Channel’s story focuses more on the golf experience and the possibility of improving it:

Owner Charles Kirkwood has been in discussions with architect Tom Doak about restoring the course using old photographs and drawings. Doak did a similar project at Pasatiempo Golf Club in California, although it didn’t involve eliminating extraneous holes.

All but three of the holes at Shawnee Inn are on an island formed by the Delaware River, making for some dramatic holes alongside and over the river. There’s also a portable bridge that was built decades ago. It was designed by original Shawnee Inn owner and architect C.C. Worthington.

Each year, the bridge is removed after the season, and it’s reassembled in the spring. Part of any future renovation would include a bigger permanent bridge that could allow for heavier traffic. Kirkwood would like to see major tournaments return to Shawnee Inn, which in addition to the PGA has also hosted the U.S. Women’s Amateur (1919), Shawnee Open (which Walter Hagan competed in) and the 1967 NCAA men’s championship.

The signature hole at Shawnee is the seventh on the Blue Course, although the second on the Red Course is just as scenic. Both are par 3s that cross the river, however, the Blue hole might have a better view from the green with the Poconos and river in the background.

Shawnee Inn is located just above the Delaware Water Gap in Pennsylvania, less than 100 miles from both Philadelphia and New York. The 9-hole, par three course mentioned in the Golf Channel article may be of particular interest: it’s not only designed by Doak, but play is complimentary to guests of the resort. It’s also lighted and can be played after dark.

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