Hannastown Golf History
A look back at what made the course what it is today.
Hannastown Golf Club is a private, member-owned golf course located in central Westmoreland County, Greensburg, Pennsylvania. The Club was initially established by Thomas S. Jamison and the Jamison Coal Company. As history relates it, Mr. Jamison was a member at Oakmont Country Club and wanted to have his own private golf course. Mr. Jamison selected Emil “Dutch” Loeffler, then the course Superintendent at Oakmont Country Club, to design the course which would become known as Hannastown Golf Club. The original plans were for 18 holes, but only 9 holes were actually constructed. The original nine holes opened for play in 1919.
Limited memberships were available and over time and Hannastown developed a reputation as a “working man’s club.” Throughout its history, Hannastown has always been known for its’ well-manicured conditions and fast greens. Around 1934 the club began to struggle financially and membership dropped to around 50 members. In fact, the club actually shut down for one year in order to cut expenses.
In 1974 the Jamison family decided to sell Hannastown. Thanks to the forethought displayed by a group of members, headed by Edwin Truxal, the membership was able to purchase the facility and in 1975, the membership officially took ownership of Hannastown Golf Club.
Twenty years after taking ownership, during which there were many debates over the feasibility and practicality of expanding to 18 holes, the Board of Directors appointed an Expansion Committee of volunteer members. After a year of diligent research and assessment of possible alternatives, the Committee recommended adding 9 new holes to the existing layout. In February 1997, club membership overwhelming voted to accept the Committee’s recommendation to expand to 18 holes.
The original 9 holes were built on 48 acres and the new 9 holes were constructed on 73 unused acres. Ault, Clark and Associates was selected as the architect for the expansion project and were charged with the task of designing nine additional holes that would compliment and integrate well with the existing layout. None of the existing holes were to be significantly impacted and play continued during construction. Actual construction began in June of 1997 and was essentially complete in late summer 1998. The new holes officially opened for membership play in May of 1999.
As part of the total expansion project, the clubhouse underwent rather substantial improvements, which included expanding the lounge and the Pro Shop and renovating the exterior. In the lounge, the infamous “pop” machines were replaced with a full service bar and grill. The internal renovations were completed entirely by utilizing the talents and devotion of loyal and hardworking members of Hannastown Golf Club.
In early 2008, members of the Board along with the Club’s House Committee deemed it again time to update and modernize the lounge and the Pro Shop. Updates in the Pro Shop included relocating the main counter to a more prominent line of sight location, adding a number of new equipment and merchandise displays, adding a High-Definition television and repainting everything. Updates on the Lounge side included replacing the old bar; purchasing and installing four High-Definition televisions; acquiring a new leather sofa and chair and new tables for our gathering area near the Ghin Computer; and repainting everything. Once again, the entire project was completed at no cost to the Club with everything accomplished through the generosity and commitment of a large core group of devoted members, who unselfishly contributed their time, talent and treasure in support of the Club.
Our vision is to be the golf club of choice for members who want a great golf experience and a high-quality family atmosphere.
Our mission as a private golf club is to provide members, guests and their families with exceptional golfing facilities and social dining. We will foster a culture of excellence based on Hannastown’s traditions and fiscal responsibility, and pledge to provide premier value for our members and prospective members.
We have identified these core values as critical to our efforts to realize our vision and mission:
We will treat members, guests and staff with respect and integrity. We will welcome all viewpoints, and pledge to be fair, honest and consistent in our dealings with members and staff.
The club’s management, staff and board of directors will strive at all times to provide the utmost in quality and service.
We will practice fiscal responsibility in all deliberations and pledge to strike a balance between member satisfaction and economic responsibility.
We aim to be transparent in all actions taken by the board of directors and openly communicate all decisions and policies to the membership.
Robert Altimore, President, June 2018.