The American state of Pennsylvania is well known for its spectacular beauty. The region is packed with natural forests, rolling green hills and stunning mountains, which make it the perfect place to play a few rounds of golf. Here are the best golf courses to explore the next time you are in Pennsylvania!
#1: Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont
The Oakmont Golf Course was designed by Henry Fownes in 1903, and later renovated by Tom Fazio in 2014. The latter designer removed tens of thousands of trees from the area, renovating the Oakmont’s penal design and overhauling its notorious bunkers.
Oakmont has some of the swiftest putting surfaces of any local course, which were showcased during the 2016 US Open. The USGA also plans to host the 2025 US Open at Oakmont again, cementing its reputation as the host of the most US Opens to date.
#2: Merion Golf Club, Ardmore
Merion Golf Club was designed by Hugh Wilson in 2012, and later overhauled by Gil Hanse in 2018. It has long been considered the best course on the US’s tightest acreage, and is renowned for having hosted the US Open in 1971 and 2013. Merion has notoriously twisty fairways edged by stunning natural creeks and patchwork rough. Hanse’s 2-year renovations made even more improvements to the course, sparking rumours that the US Open could be hosted at Merion again very soon. Until then, you can have a bit of fun at real money casino sites, and you may even find some tennis themed slots!
#3: Aronimink Golf Club, Newtown Square
Aronimink is a historical course that was originally created by Donald Ross in 1928. It was renovated by Gil Hanse in 2017. Ross’s masterpiece was altered by William Gordon in the 50s, who eliminated out-of-play fairway bunkers and moved others closer to greens.
The course was also later renovated by the likes of George Fazio, Dick Wilson, Robert Trent Jones, and restoration expert Ron Pritchard. Pritchard and Hanse used Ross’s original blueprints to keep renovations in line with the course’s iconic original design.
#4: Philadelphia Cricket Club, Flourtown
This club was the home club of Tillinghast in his early career years. When he proposed a new course for the club in the 20s, he devoted all of his energy into making it as spectacular as possible. In 2008, it was renovated by Keith Foster to bring it back to its glory days, but these changes were postponed until 2013 due to economic struggles.
The club is now fully restored as a nod to Tillinghast, offering reclaimed bunkers and original greens. Even the iconic ‘Great Hazard’ that needs to the carried out on the par-5 seventh is intact. This legendary course is not to be missed.
#5: Laurel Valley Golf Course, Ligonier
Dick Wilson created the Laurel Valley course – his consummate design – in 1959. The golf club was founded by Arnold Palmer himself, who was nearly persuaded to quit the Tour and become its professional manager instead. Palmer instead went on to win 7 majors and 52 titles overall. His golf design company also remodelled the Laurel Valley 3 times for major golf events!