I'll be honest. Driving to John F. Byrne Golf Club for this review, I wasn't exactly excited, and I wasn't expecting much. Shows you how wrong you can be.
The Center Valley Club, built atop an old zinc mine now filled with water, is first-rate. Beyond the course itself, Center Valley is a welcoming and well-run facility - clean, accommodating and full of cheerful staffers.
When the USGA turns the venerable course into a U.S. Open venue, the results are a major challenge.
Remember that old radio ad campaign for the furniture outlets in Quakertown: ``Drive a little, save a lot''? Turns out it also applies to golf.
It's absolutely fair and accurate to say that if you're a public-course player, Back Creek should go on your "must try it" list.
Like most municipal courses, Springfield is busy -- about 48,000 rounds a year -- and doesn't have the feel of an exclusive country club, but it does have a bit more upscale ambience than many municipal courses.
After a round at Chisel Creek, I came away wondering how the course, as it is laid out, is going to have much appeal to the sizable target market of mid-level and high-handicap players, not to mention seniors and women. I think it asks you to...
I made my way around the wetlands-filled "Carolina-style" layout, as the owner bills it, one question kept coming to mind: Why hasn't there been more talk about this place? Deerwood Country Club is a pleasant, challenging, if overlooked little...
Even now, three years after township officials discovered their sad-sack municipal course was a Donald Ross design and spent $2.3 million on restorations, Jeffersonville Golf Club doesn't qualify as a star on the Philadelphia golf scene.
The first golf course built inside city limits since 1966, Island Green Country Club is a playable, mid-difficulty, mid-price daily-fee course with loads of potential.
The facility is well-managed, the price is reasonable, and the course itself -- in quite decent shape considering the volume of play -- is a respectable challenge.
If you like courses that are hilly, demanding, reasonably priced and different from anything else in these parts, you need to make the drive to Lebanon County.
RiverWinds Golf Club is a refreshing and promising mid-priced links layout on the banks of the Delaware in South Jersey.
Yes, it's short -- only 5,862 yards from the back tees. Par is only 68; the slope from the white tees is only 109. Still, the course does have enough moments and enough redeeming holes to make it a viable loop, especially for golfers not looking...
At Wyncote Golf Club, you can sample links-style play. Chances are, you'll either love it or hate it.
More than a few holes at Pine Barrens can be visually foreboding from the tee -- waste areas first perfected at Pine Valley often run alongside the fairway from tee to green. Truth is, more than not, they cause trouble for only the truly sprayed...
A casual, comfortable small-town place with a welcoming feel and plenty of course for most levels of golfers.
Few oaks and no pilgrims in evidence, but if you like links-style courses, there's little else to quibble about.