From courses punctuated with natural rolling knolls, glistening lakes, and leafy forests to hangouts of legends like Arnold Palmer, when it comes to golf in PA, the state is full of storied greens. Travelers will find some of the best golf courses in Pennsylvania spotlighted below, but for much more, view the full list of PA golf courses on our webpage.
Top Golf Courses in PA
1. TURTLE CREEK GOLF CLUB
Impeccably maintained, Turtle Creek Golf Club is one of the only two golf courses in the area to receive 4½ stars by Golf Digest Best Places to Play. The golf course was built on turf originally owned by William Penn and compromises 165 acres of maintained open greenspace within the community.
Fun Feature: The course’s focal point, a Virginia-style colonial farmhouse built in 1734, stands near the 18th hole.
2. LATROBE COUNTRY CLUB
Arnold Palmer learned to play the game that brought him fame on the fairways and greens at the small-town Latrobe Country Club. While the establishment is private, guests at Springhill Suites Pittsburgh Latrobe enjoy special golfing privileges at the country club.
Fun Feature: Latrobe Country Club’s restaurant, which was designed and decorated by Palmer’s late wife Winnie, still serves up the legendary golfer’s favorite dishes like crab cakes and special mashed potatoes made with horseradish and scallions. An additional five minute drive away will lead you to the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve, a garden dedicated to Palmer’s wife.
3. STONE HEDGE GOLF COURSE
The mature links and strategically positioned tees through wide-open, forested, and manicured fairways of Stone Hedge Golf Course make this Endless Mountains course a test for amateur and professional golfers alike.
Fun Feature: Situated on 125 scenic acres, Stonehedge Country Club’s lengthy links are a treat for long hitters.
4. TYOGA GOLF COURSE
Designed to highlight the beauty of northern Pennsylvania’s wooded rolling hills, players at Tyoga Golf Course must use creativity and skill to conquer this course’s scenic holes.
Fun Feature: Take advantage of the country club’s proximity to Pine Creek Gorge or Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyon, a gorgeous 50-mile-wide, 1,500-foot-deep gap in Tioga State Forest.
5. TOFTREES GOLF RESORT & CONFERENCE CENTER
Golf course architect, Edmund Ault, left his mark on Toftrees golf course, which features smooth and tree-bordered fairways and an abundance of bunkers and uphill obstacles.
Fun Feature: With 102 guest rooms and suites, the resort is fully equipped for a relaxing golf getaway.
6. HAILWOOD GOLF COURSE
Pat yourself on the back if you can score big on the hilly course’s signature 14th hole at Hailwood Golf Course, which requires a tee shot over a miniature valley to reach an elevated green.
Fun Feature: Hailwood Golf Course’s Safari Bar is decorated with an extensive collection of hunting trophies from the owners’ travels to Africa, New Zealand, Alaska, Russia, and other exotic locales.
7. LEWISTOWN COUNTRY CLUB
Tucked away in the rural outskirts of Lewistown, Lewistown Country Club is placed conveniently near State College. The 18-hole golf course offers well-groomed fairways and greens along with breathtaking panoramic views of the Juniata River.
Fun Feature: The club’s onsite restaurant, Iron River Grille, recently opened in 2021 and features an array of American-style foods including a chili-cheese dog and bone-in chicken wings.
8. KANE COUNTRY CLUB
Notable holes at this well-maintained course include No. 12, where a fairway is guarded by a rock formation and large pond, and No. 14, an uphill challenge framed by thick woods. The course at Kane Country Club can stymie even the most seasoned golfer.
Fun Feature: Play Monday through Friday for the best green fees; the $25 rate includes 18 holes and a cart rental.
9. FOXBURG COUNTRY CLUB
Built amid a grove of ancient oaks above the Allegheny River, the Foxburg Country Club was established in 1887 and is the oldest of all Pennsylvania golf courses, as well as the oldest continually played course in the U.S.
Fun Feature: Visit the American Golf Hall of Fame on the clubhouse’s second floor to view a priceless collection of golf clubs and investigate the 400-year history of the sport.
10. BRIARWOOD GOLF CLUBS
Offering 36 holes on two different courses, Briarwood is a golfer’s delight. The east course has expansive, contoured fairways, while the west course challenges with well-bunkered, flat, and bent-grass greens.
Fun Feature: Improve your game by signing up for a private lesson from one of the establishment’s licensed PGA Teaching Professionals.
11. MOUNTAIN VALLEY GOLF COURSE
Nestled within the rolling hills of Schuylkill County, Mountain Valley Golf Course is conveniently located off Route 81, and easily accessible from Hazleton, Wilkes-Barre, and Allentown. The newly remodeled course is home to two, 18-hole Championship Public Golf Courses named “The Mountain” and “Valley” Courses.
Fun Feature: If you’re looking for more than a day trip to Mountain Valley Golf Course, make sure to book your getaway at the course’s partner lodging destination, the nearby Comfort Inn and Suites, for their “Play and Stay” package deal.
12. HIDDEN VALLEY GOLF COURSE
Since opening in 1958, Hidden Valley Golf Course has offered an idyllic location for a peaceful day on the fairway for players of all skill levels. Situated in a premier Schuylkill County location, the expertly maintained 18 Hole Public Golf Course is outlined by trees and wooded areas and scattered with bunkers to offer both a challenging, yet above par experience.
Fun Feature: After the round, hit the course’s snack bar and patio where homemade soups and sandwiches are served daily.
13. THE GOLF COURSE AT GLEN MILLS
Consistently rated as a top public golf course in Pennsylvania, The Golf Course at Glen Mills was built in 2000 by designer Bobby Weed. The course, which is located in historic Thornbury Township, is designed so that hole by hole the play gets more challenging.
Fun Feature: After your final putt, enjoy a casual lunch in their English Style Grill Room or opt to sit outside on one of their open-air decks overlooking the Golf Course.
14. CARROLL VALLEY GOLF COURSE AT LIBERTY MOUNTAIN
Located at the base of the Appalachian Mountains, Carroll Valley Golf's 18-hole course provides caddies and players vast views of the massive hillside in South Central Pennsylvania. Picturesque streams and large trees make their way through the middle of the course making tee time relaxing and entertaining. Eagle & The Owl, the course’s onsite restaurant, is the perfect spot for your post-round hangout.
Fun Feature: Make sure to check out Eagle & The Owl on Tuesdays to experience Taco Tuesdays & Trivia, featuring $1 Tacos or 3 Chef Tacos for $10 along with an interactive trivia game with other diners.
15. TREASURE LAKE GOLF
With two unique 18-hole award-winning courses, Treasure Lake offers golfers a chance to enjoy different golfing experiences on each course all in the same weekend. Set amid the pristine splendor of the resort’s acres of woods, water, and wildlife, both courses offer a restaurant, lounge, and a fully stocked pro shop.
Fun Feature: The Gold Course, the narrower and more wooded of the two courses, has been featured as one of the best courses in Pennsylvania and most affordable by Golfer’s Digest.
16. EMPORIUM COUNTRY CLUB
With spectacular scenery nestled along peaceful waters of the Driftwood Branch, the historic Emporium Country Club’s 18-hole course was built in 1954 and offers a swinging good time to all guests. The club is open to the public seven days a week along with its Pro Shop which offers an array of clubs, apparel, and golf equipment. In addition to the upscale golf experience, the course is also known as one of the sites in the 2010 movie "Unstoppable" directed by Tony Scott and starring Denzel Washington.
Fun Feature: The golf course is placed in the middle of a wild Elk Range, making elk sighting common.
17. HUNTER’S STATION GOLF COURSE
Located on the edge of the Allegheny National Forest just south of Tionesta, Hunter’s Station Golf Club and Lounge is a beautiful and challenging 18 -hole public course. Located near Pittsburgh, you can enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner at the lounge before your tee time. Take advantage of the course’s play and stay packages at the nearby hotels.
Fun Feature: Since Hunter’s Station Golf Course is located next to Pennsylvania’s only national forest, spend a weekend splitting time between the fairway and the campgrounds for the ultimate outdoor experience.
18. HUNTINGDON COUNTRY CLUB
Nestled in the Allegheny Mountains, this Pennsylvania golf course is the perfect setting for both novice and experienced golfers. Sink a hole-in-one on one of Huntingdon Country Club’s 18-holes and walk or ride along the 6,212 yard course. Take your afternoon hangout to the tee at the onsite restaurant, McKinley’s, which serves an array of post-golf go-tos like hotdogs, wings, and burgers.
Fun Feature: If the weather isn’t great, the club also offers an indoor golf simulator for year-round play that visitors can book for the day.
19. THE LINKS AT GETTYSBURG
Artfully crafted obstacles, water features at almost every hole, and greens fronting red rock cliffs are just the beginning of the fun at this lovely European-style links course in Gettysburg. This historic PA golf course is located near hallowed ground where Union and Confederate soldiers had their defining battle during the American Civil War, the first shots at this golf course were fired in 1999. If one round at this challenging course wasn’t enough, stay and play with a variety of golf packages at nearby hotels.
Fun Feature: Hole 13 requires straight shooting to escape a fairway sandwiched by a lake to the left and river to the right.
20. WHITE BIRCH GOLF COURSE
White Birch Golf Course, located in Barnesville opened in 1963, when John and Ben Godshall turned the rural 120 acres of land into a 27-hole golf course for the community to enjoy. With tree-lined fairways, visitors can have the perfect combination of scenic views of the Tuscarora and Locust Lake State Park with a fantastic fairway.
Fun Feature: White Birch Golf Course was once the location of a local dairy farm.
21. PENN NATIONAL GOLF COURSE COMMUNITY
Penn National Golf Course Community is a recreational community of 1,400 acres that are nestled in the rolling hills of Fayetteville. As part of the community, visitors can enjoy two 4-Star Golf Digest rated golf courses, putting it as a top golf course in Pennsylvania, and it is open to the public for all golf levels to enjoy.
Fun Feature: Penn National Golf Course Community is the perfect haven for outdoor enthusiasts with nearby slopes and mountain trails.
22. QUAIL VALLEY GOLF COURSE
Since opening in 1993, Quail Valley is a popular spot for local golfers and visitors due to their two distinctly different front and back nine holes. After your round, check out “The Loft” Club House Grill, located in a refurbished barn, and grab a drink while overlooking the course.
Fun Feature: The most notable hole is number 13, so make your shot land on this island green!
23. AVALON FIELD CLUB AT NEW CASTLE
Avalon Field Club at New Castle is a 6,600-yard course that has long been considered a hidden gem of New Castle and was named on John Garrity’s Top 50 Courses list, sharing the honor with courses such as Pebble Beach and Augusta National, making it a must-visit destination for golf in PA. The course features perfectly groomed greens, beautiful terrain, and scattered lakes.
Fun Feature: The signature hole eight is a peninsula par 3 that’s usual pin placement is located only steps from the water’s edge.
24. ROHANNA’S GOLF COURSE
Set in the rural countryside of Green County, Rohanna’s Golf Course is a public 18-hole regulation course set amongst the rolling hills of the Laurel Highlands. Tee off on a sunny summer day and experience the variety of challenges; including hills, ponds, and trees that make Rohanna’s Golf Course top golf course in PA for golf-lovers of all abilities.
Fun Feature: Located just minutes from the course, the Greene County Historical Society Museum has visitors pair the history of Greene County with their golf round.
25. PILGRIM’S OAK GOLF COURSE
Pilgrim's Oak Golf Course of Lancaster County is a local treasure, boasting immaculate greens and fairways, along with the 360-degree peaceful farmland vistas, making it one of the top places to golf in PA. At this four-star rated course by Golf Digest, golf enthusiasts can make any round a tee-rific time on the green.
Fun Feature: Pilgrim’s Oak is surrounded by farms of Amish and Mennonite neighbors, so make sure to grab some local Shoofly Pie and apple butter before heading home.
26. RAVEN CLAW GOLF CLUB
Located in Montgomery County, Raven Claw Golf Club is one of the premiere golf and residential communities in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Designed by Ed Shearon of Shearon Golf, the course has been laid out with a variety of hole styles, many of which have been carved from rolling hills and mature wooded areas that require creative shot-making with stunning views.
Fun Feature: The course has been ranked “Top 10 Golf Courses in Pennsylvania” by Golfweek magazine and has been Golf Digest’s “Top New Courses in the United States” for eight years in a row, making it one of the best golf courses in PA.
27. CHESTNUT RIDGE GOLD RESORT AND CONFERENCE CENTER
Just 45-minutes outside of Pittsburgh, Chestnut Ridge Golf Resort & Conference Center is home to two of Pennsylvania's most picturesque golf courses as golfers play along the backdrop of the Laurel Highlands. Whether you’d like to play for the day or are looking to plan a multi-day getaway, check out the stay and play packages that give access to dining, sports bar, and the driving range.
Fun Feature: One of the courses, Tom’s Run, takes a scenic route through canyons and gentle rolling terrain, while the second course, Chestnut Ridge, is littered with matured trees.
28. HONEY RUN GOLF COURSE
Built into the rolling countryside, explore a mix of water and land elements when playing at Honey Run Golf Course in York County. The course features a 6,797-yard, par 72 challenge with water elements from the creek that run through the property. Opened in 1971, the course features excellent conditioned greens and a natural grass driving range.
Fun Feature: Make sure to check out Honey Run’s 4,400 square foot clubhouse with the newly renovated Stingers Bar & Grill.
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