The Keystone State offers a great breadth of scenery and incredible spaces for every kind of outdoor activity – including golf. Pennsylvania golf courses take advantage of the beauty and features of the state, from Appalachian mountain terrain to the shores of Lake Erie. While a complete list of the great golf courses in Pennsylvania would take several pages to fill, our golfers have rounded up these seven tracks as some of their top recommendations for avid golfers.
Just minutes away from the main campus of Penn State University, Toftrees Resort golf course makes its way through oak and white pine forest land, giving golfers a scenic setting for their round. The greens are exceptionally well maintained, but also tricky to read – your driver isn’t the only club that will get a workout here. And the eighth hole, coming in at over 600 yards, makes for a challenging par-5 even for long drivers.
Consistently ranked and reviewed as one of the best golf courses in Berks County, Golden Oaks Golf Club combines wide and inviting fairways with changes in elevation and rolling terrain, all providing a welcome challenge for every golfer. Bunker placement here is impressive, and it will take some careful planning to avoid spending too much time on the beach.
Iron Valley Golf Club, in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, offers golfers two unique experiences all in one round of golf. The front nine and back nine have been designed by P.B. Dye to have their own distinct flavor, meaning plenty to enjoy and plenty of challenges for golfers of every skill level. Rock formations, rolling terrain, and even an island green round out this one-of-a-kind Pennsylvania golf experience.
York, Pennsylvania’s Heritage Hills Golf Resort makes excellent use of the rolling hillsides that make up much of the terrain in this area of Pennsylvania. Perfectly kept grounds complement the undulating layout, giving you a fighting chance at a great round of golf each time you play. Be mindful of the water hazards and the native vegetation and you’re certain to have a great time.
First opened in 1990, Bavarian Hills Golf Course has been the pride of St. Mary’s, Pennsylvania golfers since. Like many other courses in Pennsylvania, the elevation changes present a challenge for your game, but the shorter yardage makes it possible to score well. Place your approaches nicely and your putting will reward you, too, but be mindful of the bunkers and a bit of water you may encounter.
Three nine-hole layouts make up the full course at Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club in Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, allowing for three different 18-hole combinations. Our golfers favor the Trail/Blue combination, bringing together the shortest nine-hole track with the longest one to create a one-of-a-kind day on the course. Stunning woodland scenery, a couple of well-placed water hazards, and a secluded feel give you a peaceful setting for this charming course.
Skytop Mountain Golf Club is regularly mentioned as a particularly challenging golf course for players who want a real test of their game. Sloping fairways give you yet another factor to consider with every drive, and each green can be deceptive to read. But in between these tests, your views will reward you each time you look around, with beautiful valley views, mature trees, wildlife and more.
From upstate to downtown, there are countless great golf courses in the state of New York. New York offers a host of public and municipal golf course options, along with semi-private clubs, resorts, and more, all featuring a wide range of challenges and scenery depending on where in the state you plan to play. Here we’ve gathered up just six of the dozens of excellent New York golf courses that we think are worth swinging through on your next trip to the Empire State.
With a little extra challenge thrown in by the ocean and bay breezes, Montauk Downs is a picturesque state park setting for a rewarding round. Located on Long Island’s south fork, the scenery and location are excellent, giving you a chance to encounter wildlife and beautiful views at nearly every turn. Plus, the elevated greens and layout can provide plenty of tricky situations if you’re not careful with your shots.
Dating back to 1937, Mark Twain Golf Course is classic public course that offers a relaxing round and a good mix of challenges as well. At just a shade under 7,000 yards from the blue tees, Mark Twain isn’t one of the longest New York golf courses you’ll play, but it does offer an excellent test of your irons and approach shots. And the multi-tier greens will make sure that you bring your “A” game when putting, too.
Willow Creek Golf & Country Club in Mount Sinai is another great track on Long Island, this one situated on Suffolk’s north shore. With a great look and nearly 100 bunkers, Willow Creek is sure to keep you entertained throughout your entire round. Water hazards can also be found on 12 of the holes, making this a New York golf course where you’ll have to plan every shot carefully.
Found in western New York’s finger lakes region, Ravenwood Golf Club offers a challenge that gently sneaks up on you during the course of your round. The front nine eases you into the experience, with the gently undulating terrain and expert layout providing an excellent flow from one hole to the next. Once you make the turn, though, the back nine includes several par-3 holes and water hazards that are worth a second look before selecting your shot.
One of the gems of Vernon, New York, Atunyote Golf Club at Turning Stone is a golfer-favorite Tom Fazio design that draws inspiration from the one and only Augusta National. Stunning views and immaculate conditions help distract you from some of the challenges that await, including well-placed bunkers, water hazards, and greens that can roll pretty quick depending on the day you play.
Built in 2010, Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course is one of the newer golf courses in New York, and is frequently recognized as one of the best. Native grasses and mature trees offer golfers a tranquil setting during their round, and five sets of tee boxes allow any golfer to enjoy the beauty and challenges this unique layout has to offer.
In the sunshine state, there’s no shortage of great golf courses to play. Offering everything from all-inclusive resort courses to some of the most challenging and enjoyable public golf courses in the southeast, Florida is one of the must-visit states for serious golfers and casual players alike. Below we’ve rounded up five golf courses in Florida that players consistently rank as their favorites, and that they have recommended to everyone, including longtime locals and traveling golfers looking for a new golf course to try.
One of two 18-hole courses available at Orange County National, Crooked Cat is a unique beast all its own. With elements of a traditional Scottish links layout, combined with an open, flowy design, Crooked Cat is a one-of-a-kind golf course in Florida. Native heather grass and other vegetation helps to create challenging angles on some of your wayward shots, but hit it straight and you’ll be rewarded with a good look at generous, sloped greens.
Course management and careful shot selection are the name of the game at PGA Golf Club’s Dye Course. Bunkers abound in this well-regarded Pete Dye design, along with undulating greens and plenty of rough that beckons to any golfer with a tendency to overshoot. But if you are looking for a challenge and a chance to test your club selection, this is one of the best golf courses in Florida to try.
Vero Beach, Florida’s Sandridge Golf Club offers two great golf courses to play, and the Dunes course is among the favorites among local residents and golfers from all over the state. Winding around an old ridge once used for mining many years ago, the Dunes course combines rolling hills on the back half with a tough island green on the front nine and plenty of challenges in between to help you keep your game sharp.
The Florida Club, located in Stuart, Florida, brings together classic Florida golf course layout and style with undulating fairways, well-placed water hazards and bunkers, and even a peninsula green on 16 for an added bit of challenge. Multiple tee options make it a great course for golfers of any skill level who want to test their game.
For championship golf just about one hour outside of Tampa, Florida, Waterlefe Golf & River Club is a highly recommended choice. Generous, rolling fairways offer golfers a comfortable view, but don’t be fooled – nearly 60 sand traps and several water hazards scattered throughout the course will help you keep your shots in check. Golfers can ease in from the first tee, but as your round progresses the challenges get trickier along the way. An outstanding course for anyone looking to play a rewarding round of golf in Florida.
Virtually every part of the entertainment and recreation industry has been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, and golf is no exception. Courses across the U.S. and around the world have had to find ways to protect themselves and their businesses, while at the same time trying to offer people a safe place where they can enjoy outdoor activity responsibly.
GOLFNOW has teamed up with the Golf Course Relief Fund to collect donations from golfers like you, all of which will help create a grant fund for individual golf courses that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.
Each time you book a round of golf with GOLFNOW, you will see a section where you can choose to make an optional contribution to the fund in any amount that you are comfortable with. And these funds will go directly toward helping golf courses and their employees stay afloat and return to business once it is safe to do so.
Staying safe during the COVID-19 outbreak while also getting
outside to enjoy your favorite fitness or activities can prove challenging.
While golf is an activity that lends itself to safe social distancing and
smaller groups, there are still some precautions you can take to help keep
yourself and golf course staff protected.
The number one way that you can still enjoy golf while
protecting staff is to prepay for your tee times online. GOLFNOW has offered
this option to thousands of golf courses that are still open for play, and more
courses are adding the functionality daily.
Prepaying for your full round of golf online helps to limit
contact for the golf course staff, and ensures that there are no large groups
of people gathered in line at the pro shop. The full online payment option
helps your favorite courses stay open and offers golfers like you an
opportunity to get fresh air and sunshine safely.
Prepay for your round, then get out and enjoy the game
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Updated WEDS 9/12/18 at 3:35 PM ET
As you’ve likely heard, Hurricane Florence is heading towards the South Carolina and North Carolina coasts and is scheduled to make landfall early Friday morning. We are anticipating that the storm will impact several of our partner courses in the region. Please contact courses directly to check the status and availability before booking.
If you currently have a tee time in the affected area and need to cancel your booking, there are two convenient ways to do so:
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For your convenience, we’ve set up a toll-free number to handle all Florence-related cancellations due to the storm. Please call our dedicated Hurricane Florence Member Care team at 1-833-446-4357.
We encourage all our golfers to be safe and prepared as Hurricane Florence continues to move toward the east coast.