In 1964, twelve far-sighted local business and professional men saw the need for a top flight, family-oriented country club in the Paoli area. Meeting at each other’s homes, they conceived a club with first rate facilities that could be enjoyed by every member of the family.
Their plans began to unfold when they found a choice parcel of land along Route 252 in Easttown Township. Two hundred acres of rolling hills were leased from the Ligget family estate. George Fazio, the world famous golf course architect, was engaged to design and build a championship course. Work began on an elaborate pool, and plans were made for all-weather tennis courts.
Waynesborough Country Club opened for business in the spring of 1965. The name of the Club was influenced by the proximity of the course to the home of American Revolutionary War General, “Mad” Anthony Wayne. A logo of a stylized maple leaf was designed, inspired by the line of maple trees bordering the Club’s property, coupled with the contemporary nature of the burgeoning membership.
At that time, members enjoyed a new five-lane pool complex, four Tenneco Royal tennis courts, and a beautiful, demanding, first class 18-hole golf course. In the absence of a bona fide clubhouse, members enjoyed the camaraderie of poolside cookouts and cocktail receptions at the venerable Fox House, the original farm residence bordering Route 252.
By 1968, Waynesborough had a real and lively clubhouse, and members became fond of eating in the downstairs Grille Room, patterned after an English pub, or in the more formal atmosphere of the upstairs Waynesborough Room.
Fulfilling its destiny of becoming a full family, full service club, tennis was established with a six-court installation. Additional tennis courts were added later.
By the turn of the century, Waynesborough’s membership sought a larger, more efficiently arranged clubhouse, and in 2004, the new building was dedicated. It was designed to evoke the feel of a Chester Country farmhouse that has evolved over generations of ownership and family growth – a comfortable place for all family members to enjoy, regardless of their season of life. (In essence, it would be a home away from home.) Additionally, members can take pleasure from the beautiful view of their Club’s course from almost every vantage point.
Today, the activities and facilities of Waynesborough Country Club accommodate the interests and requirements of more than 700 members and their families. True to the planning and work of a dozen visionaries over 50 years ago, and with the tireless and imaginative efforts of dedicated officers and committee members in the intervening time, Waynesborough Country Club continues as a premier full-family country club.