Foxburg Country Club, the oldest course in continuous use in the United States

February 11, 2021
By Mike Dudurich

Through the years, the term “hidden gem” has been overused and many times inappropriately used. The subject is often either not hidden or not a gem, or both.

That’s not the case with Foxburg Country Club, a quiet little place in a quiet little town situated 300 feet or so above the Allegheny River in Clarion County.

It will never rival places like Oakmont Country Club or any other of the elite clubs in Western Pennsylvania. But they’ll never have the distinction that Foxburg does: it is the oldest golf course in continuous use in the United States.

WPGA Hall of Famer, John Birmingham, Passes Away

January 29, 2021

John Birmingham remains one of the greatest players in western Pennsylvania golf history with a total of 12 WPGA titles, including three straight WPGA Amateur Championships (1966-1968) and two WPGA Open Championships (1964 & 1972). He also dominated the WPGA team events, winning four WPGA Four-Ball Championships (1965, 1971, 1977 & 1980), two Fred Brand Foursomes Championships (1968 & 1977) and the 1994 Father & Son Championship. Birmingham also won the 1966 Tri-State Open Championship. He was inducted into the Western Pennsylvania Golf Hall of Fame in 2016 and the WPGA Mid-Amateur Championship trophy is now named in his honor.

Johnston elected 101st WPGA president

December 17, 2020

Dan Johnston, Treasure Lake Golf Club, was elected President during the WPGA Annual Meeting on October 12 at Shannopin Country Club. He succeeds Rud VanHorn of the Hickory Heights Golf Club and is the 101st WPGA President in the Association’s storied and lengthy history.

WPGA officers also include Terry Kenny, South Hills, Vice President; Jim Beck, Hannastown, Secretary; and Ken Flisek, Nevillewood, Treasurer.

Johnston is a CPA and owner of DJCPA Enterprises in DuBois PA. He began his love of the game at the oldest golf course in continuous use in the United States, The Foxburg Country Club, a WPGA Member Club. Johnston is a graduate of Westminster College with a degree in Business Administration-Accounting.


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Thank you to the supporters of the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association.

Frank B. Fuhrer, Jr.

Hall of Fame

Western Pennsylvania has a lengthy, rich and storied history.

The Western Pennsylvania Golf Association celebrated its centennial in 1998. Part of this celebration was to recognize area golfers and contributors who had an impact on our history. The Western Pennsylvania Golf Hall of Fame was established in 2013 to celebrate this history. The inaugural class consisted of William C. Fownes, Jr., Jock Hutchison, Arnold Palmer, Carol Semple Thompson, and Lew Worsham.

Scholarship Fund

Founded in 1941, nearly 700 students have received a scholarship.

The WPGA Scholarship Fund was founded in 1941 and awarded two scholarships to the University of Pittsburgh and another to Duquesne University. The first Caddie Welfare Committee surfaced in 1927 and addressed issues to benefit of caddies at the various Member Clubs of the Association. Fourteen years later the movement secured enough money to sponsor its first scholars.