Monterey Country Club, built before 1885, is home to one of the oldest golf courses in the United States. The club sits just below the peaks of 1,720 Mt. Dunlap and 1,365 Monterey Peak in Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania and is less than one mile (1.6 km) from the Mason-Dixon Line and about 8 miles (13 km) away from Camp David.
The club has served as a summer retreat for many Washingtonians, and has golf, tennis, swimming, dining and clubhouse facilities. American Presidents Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge and Dwight D. Eisenhower have all played the Monterey Country Club course. In 1896 Wallis Simpson was born in Square Cottage next to the old Monterey Inn directly across the road from first green. She later married Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor and became the Duchess of Windsor.
The Monterey Country Club sits upon 37 acres (150,000 m2) that were once part of a mountain swamp that were the site of military action during the civil war. At the time of the Gettysburg Campaign of 1863, there were several cavalry skirmishes in and around the area - including Emmitsburg, Maryland Fountain Dale, and Monterey Pass where the club sits
The Monterey Country Club course which is just below the peaks of 1,720' Mt. Dunlap and 1,365' Monterey Peak in one of the most scenic settings in the state of PA. Built before 1885, the Monterey CC course is one of the 10 oldest of the 15,000-plus courses in the US (the first opened in 1794 in Savannah, GA).The club and course keep the ambiance of another era. The 387-yd dogleg first hole, which crosses a brook, is the hardest. Its green is across the tree-lined land from the exact spot at which the Duchess of Windsor was born in 1896 in a cottage next to the old Monterey Inn.
Accuracy and position are important at the Monterey Club course as they were for the soldiers in July of 1863 when they fought the Monterey Skirmishes on the same 37 acres immediately following the three day Battle of Gettysburg. The Monterey Country Club course, a favorite of Presidents and Diplomats, is 8 miles across the mountains from Camp David.