Bethlehem's Golfing Culture

    The elite Bethlehem Steel leaders also generated a unique golfing culture that created 60 holes of golf in only thirty years.  In the 1940ís, Steel top executives gave money for the improvement of the Saucan Valley Country Club and its 18 hole championship golf course.  Soon the country club had one of the nicest club houses in the state, and secluded villas for steel executives to reserve for private drinking and dancing.  (19)  In the late 1940ís, the Steel Sign for Saucon Valley Country Club funded yet another 18 hole golf course.  This was "The Bethlehem Steel Club", which was meant as an incentive to prevent plant supervisors from unionizing.  Once upper and middle management had their own golf courses, complaints were sure to come from labor.  They arrived in the 1950ís, so Bethlehem Steel donated money to the city to build an 18 hole public golf course. By the 1960ís, Saucon Valley country club was becoming more crowded as middle management sought to join the elite.  This created trouble when it caused important guests to have to wait to tee off.  The result was the Steel-owned, ultra-exclusive Weyhill Golf Club.  Membership was so limited that executivesí wives werenít allowed to play until the late 1970's, and even then, women were only allowed for Sunday afternoon play.  Weyhillís 18 holes brought the Bethlehem total to 60, including Sauconís 6 practice holes.  (31-3)  Certainly this excess of company funded recreation shows much of the lifestyle that Steel executives enjoyed.