The History of Whitford

In 1955, an idea born in the mind of a gentleman named Al Ostheimer led to a gathering of sixty people in John Young’s barn --- once located across from the Club on Route 30 --- to discuss dedicating 168 acres of land for the sole purpose of sharing the sporting experience with neighbors in the community. The land, purchased from Wycoff Smith for $500 per acre, included a farmhouse and a barn, which later became clubhouses. From this meeting came an elected Board of Governors, established in May 1955. The Club’s name came from the nearby "Whitford Village," named after a town in Wales.

Before golf ever became a reality, fox hunting was the main sport on the property that was host to the annual "Whiteland Hunt."
The first nine holes were played in 1956 with the second nine holes opening in 1957.
The official opening of the facility, including the golf course, swimming pool and tennis courts, occurred on Memorial Day in 1957.

Well-known architect William Gordon, a pioneer in the achievement of perfected finish surfaces on greens, tees and fairways, was recognized by great architects (many of whom consulted with Gordon to improve the functional and aesthetic designs of their own courses) and designed Whitford Country Club’s course. Nestled in the heart of Chester County and a true test of championship play, Whitford Country Club continues to provide golfers of all levels with some of the most prestigious holes in the area.

In 1995, a major renovation was completed to the Clubhouse entrance, Banquet Room, Bar and Garden Room. 1996 brought the newest and broadest vision ever for our Club with long-term progress and development for the golf course and all Club facilities. By spring of 2001, a new Clubhouse office suite that added space and aesthetic charm was completed.

Whitford Today

Whitford’s course, and especially our greens, will challenge the most accomplished golfers while still offering younger family members the opportunity to learn and engage while improving their skill level through the Junior Golf program and by sharing recreational time with family and friends.

In addition to our golf, a full program of recreational and social activities is available eleven months of the year. Men’s and Women’s golf tournaments, inter-club matches, inter-club swimming meets and tennis events are arranged by the various Club committees and our professional staff. The members share particular pride in the Junior programs in golf, tennis and swimming.

From the initial stages of Whitford Country Club’s development in the 50's through many years of growth and with the long-range plan now fully underway, the Club continues to exhibit a successful futuristic vision through and with its involvement with membership and the various Club action committees.

As our membership's needs change, our long-range plan will continue to guide future leaders of the Whitford Country Club in a common direction well into the twenty-first century, enabling us to remain a club that not only listens to our members, but responds to the times.

Course Tour

  • Golf Outings
    • Whitford Country Club is proud to boast one of the premiere facilities for golf outings. 
      Located in Exton, PA, Whitford is easily accessible from Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware, and Lancaster Counties.  From our William Gordon-designed championship golf course to our charming clubhouse, we offer the facilities and staff that elevate your event, enhance your reputation, and impress your guests.

      Our Head Professional, Michael Ladden, began as the Head Professional at Whitford Country Club in 2006.  Mike was born in Portland, OR and grew up in Berwyn, PA.  He began his golf career playing at Waynesborough Country Club, where his family belonged. He then attended the University of Delaware on a golf scholarship. Mike came to Whitford after spending five years at Philadelphia Country Club as an Assistant Golf Professional. 

      Our Golf Course Superintendent, Kris Givens, has held course maintenance positions at Merion Golf Club and Pine Valley.  Kris holds his degree in Turf Management from Penn State University.

      With Mike's knowledge of golf and experience with outings, and Kris' dedication to the maintenance and upkeep of our course, you can be sure that you're trusting your event to the best professionals in the area.

      To talk about arranging your next outing, contact Dawn Gannon,Catering Sales Director , at: or 610-269-2150, extension 104.

  • Junior Golf
    • Supporting one of the most recognized Junior Golf programs in the area, Whitford's dedication to advancing the game of golf through our junior family members is unparalleled.

      Want proof? Many of Whitford's current members were at one time participants in our Junior Golf program. 

      The Junior Golf program at Whitford Country Club has a rich tradition of success, teaching children to learn and play the game of golf. Each summer, there are numerous opportunities for junior golfers to learn and have fun while engaging with their peers. Junior Golf clinics begin in May and continue right through the summer, while designated junior golf play is scheduled one day a week.  Junior Golf is a welcoming program that includes not only opportunities to learn, but to enjoy the game with friends through on-course play. From pretzels and lemonade to entertaining games --- and the occasional water-gun attack --- a summer spent in the Junior Golf program is one to remember.

      Whitford Junior Golf Academy is geared more towards the dedicated junior golfer and is open to all juniors ages 8 - 14. Generally, three (3) sessions are offered each summer, limiting the number of participants to ten (10) golfers per session. This allows a 5:1 student-teacher ratio which gives each student quality time with our professional staff. Along with four (4) days of group interaction and instruction, our juniors are exposed to competitions where the students have the opportunity to win prizes by competing in games throughout the day. Lunch is also included each day. All certified junior golfers in the 9 Holers or 18 Holers have the opportunity to play unaccompanied by an adult throughout the golf season. They do so by successfully passing a ten (10) question exam composed of general knowledge questions and a playing ability test.

      To learn more about our Junior Golf program and offerings for children, contact Mike Ladden at:, or 610-269-2151.

  • Meet the Pros
    • Michael J. Ladden

      Director of Golf

      Michael Ladden joined Whitford Country Club in November 2006 as Golf Professional. Mike is a graduate of the University of Delaware where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. Mike was a 3-time America-East All Conference 1st Team Honoree while at U of D. In college he worked as our Pro-Shop Manager. After graduation, Mike spent two years at Whitford as an Assistant Professional before moving on to Philadelphia Country Club in Gladwyne where he served as an Assistant Professional from 2002 to 2006. During that time, Mike successfully took on increasing responsibilities during the change in Head Professional levels at Philadelphia Country Club. His accomplishments with all levels of members gained him significant acclaim and recommendation. His leadership skills have been recognized in his election as President of the Philadelphia Golf Assistants Organization. Mike has also served as a member of the Philadelphia PGA Junior Golf Committee. Mike has enjoyed tremendous success with both members and individually in some prestigious Philadelphia sectional tournaments. 

      Matt Dieleuterio

      Assistant Golf Professional

      Matt has been working in the golf business since the age of 15. A Wilmington, DE native, Michael has worked at Cavaliers Country Club in Newark, Delaware, The Eric McCluen Golf Academy at Applecross Country Club, and, most recently, the Course at Glen Mills. Matt played 4 years of NCAA Division II golf at Wilmington University and was the 2010 Delaware High School Golf Champion. He is currently enrolled in the PGA Apprentice Program and is about to begin his level 1 work.

600 Whitford Hills Rd Exton, PA 19341 Phone: (610) 269-2150 © Whitford Country Club. All Rights Reserved.
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