Neshaminy Valley Golf Club
Our golf course was started by Charles Schneider, Sr. and this is the story of how Neshaminy Valley Golf Club began:
George his son said, “Dad let’s build a golf course.” In 1969 while traveling along Almshouse Road with his friend Benjamin Marley, Charles started looking for a plot of land to place a golf course. He came upon a milk farm with a long driveway (above) and as soon as he saw this property he decided he was going to build the golf course. The first official meeting was in Charles’ house. Charles also invited his brother along with friends and other relatives to join the organization. It took 2 years to turn Charles Schneider’s vision into reality. The course officially opened in 1971.
Charles Schneider, Sr. was a very accomplished PGA Tour Player and teacher of golf. He played matches against Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, and Sam Snead just to name a few. He qualified for and played in The PGA Championship several times. Charles also taught golf at various private clubs in the Philadelphia area as well as teaching on St. Simons Island in Georgia. In our pro shop we have a tribute of his vast accomplishments along with photos and memorabilia including a newspaper clipping with a photo of the Pro-Pro tournament he won with his brother.
Back in the 1970’s, Charles and his sons were also part owners of other courses one called Malvern Golf Course and the other called Montgomeryville Golf Course (which is now Pinecrest Country Club). In addition, three of Charles sons became PGA Golf Professionals at various clubs in the Mid-Atlantic area while one son worked in business for a corporation.
Since that time, the surrounding area changed from being a rural community to a very desirable destination. There has been a major influx of residential building and the beautiful part of playing golf at Neshaminy Valley is that it is surrounded by woods, and open space. It has the Neshaminy Creek running along side the 14th hole that has given the course its name.
The golf course now has the 3rd generation running the day-to-day business.