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Golf Pennsylvania


At the top of the public course list for Pennsylvania is the Olde Stonewall Golf Club in Ellwood City. This 18-hole par-70 6,944 yard course earns a rating of 73.2 and its slope rating of 140 on Bent grass. A Hurdzan/Fry design, the Olde Stonewall opened in 1999 to warm reviews. It is ranked in first position for public courses within the state, in the Top 100 public courses nationwide, and 10th of 25 in Pennsylvania overall. This course also earned a Rare Beauty designation from Travel & Leisure Golf Magazine. Definitely on the Must Play list, this course is at the western edge of the state, making it also convenient to Pittsburgh and Cleveland, Ohio, if you plan a driving golf vacation itinerary.

Moving now to the other side of the state, we find Island Green Country Club in Philadelphia, a "daily fee" facility, and the first such new course in half a century. Coming in at #11 statewide, Jim Blaukovitch designed the course to be both fun and challenging. One green is placed in the middle of a lake, with a walkway bridge to and from, demonstrating the concept while giving rise to its name. This course opened in 2001 and has been growing in patronage since.

Mr. Blaukovitch was also the designer of Old Homestead, Stonehedge and Honeybrook, which may give you a feel for his concepts. The 6,615 yard par-72 championship course also offers 9 holes and twilight rates. Currently at only $40 including cart rental, it’s already quite a bargain. Hosting clinics and offering instruction is just part of the program at Island Green. The Country Club aspect includes dining and other various events, including a Comedy Night, Super Bowl parties, and the like. A friendly atmosphere pervades throughout… an enjoyable day or outing.

The Raven’s Claw Golf Club in Pottstown comes in at #8 and is working its way up. A more "serious" golf club, it is a public course but associate and other memberships are very reasonable. Opened in 2005, it offers a clubhouse, restaurant and pro shop. With 6740 par-71 yards carved from truly beautiful woodland surroundings, the course is well laid out, managing to host a residential development amidst and alongside the course itself. Edward Shearon designed this course, and Pete Fazio directed its shaping, creating a pleasant 18 holes and a friendly environment in which to play them.