Pennsylvania

Officially titled the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Keystone State lies far enough to the north east of the United States that it shares a 50-mile long Lake Erie boundary with Canada. Philadelphia, the largest city in the state, played a very important historical role in establishing the American Nation as it was here that The Founding Fathers convened in 1776 to sign the Declaration of Independence, signalling the end of British rule in the country.

According to USGA records, there are 20 different golf associations registered in the state and the Pennsylvania Golf Association is regarded as the leading authority with over 300 affiliated clubs on its books. Interestingly, a look at the players who contested the Final of the first Amateur Championship organized by the PAGA in 1909, the year of its formation, shows the runner up (defeated 8&6) to be none other than A.W. Tillinghast of Philadelphia Cricket Club.

Two of the most revered old courses in Pennsylvania – the Henry Fownes-designed Oakmont and Hugh Wilson’s Merion (East) – sit comfortably close to the summit of our World Top 100 rankings and they’re far and away the best 18-hole layouts in the state. That’s not to say the likes of Aronimink and Laurel Valley are not worth playing, they are… it’s just tricky to get a game at these highly rated private clubs.

Our Pennsylvania Best In State Rankings were last updated in July 2016. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Pennsylvania

Oakmont

1st Pennsylvania - Best in Area

Apart from Augusta National, Oakmont Country Club has hosted more major Championships than any other course in the U.S. and it’s considered by many to be the toughest golf course in the world.

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Merion (East)

2nd Pennsylvania - Best in Area

When Merion Golf Club was founded in 1896, Philadelphians were more likely to play cricket than golf.

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Aronimink

3rd Pennsylvania - Best in Area

Aronimink Golf Club opened for play in 1928 and Royal Dornoch’s most famous son, Donald Ross, originally designed the course.

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Fox Chapel

4th Pennsylvania - Best in Area

The affluent Pittsburgh suburb of Fox Chapel is home to one of Seth Raynor’s best, yet least celebrated designs... Fox Chapel Golf Club.

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Laurel Valley

5th Pennsylvania - Best in Area

The 1975 Ryder Cup put Laurel Valley Golf Club on the map and team USA won comfortably 21-11. The winning margin would have been greater had England’s Brian Barnes not upset Jack's applecart.

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Lancaster (Old)

6th Pennsylvania - Best in Area

The original Meadow Creek and Highlands nines (known as the Old course) are still considered the best 18-hole combination here at Lancaster Country Club...

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Saucon Valley (Old)

7th Pennsylvania - Best in Area

Laid out by Herbert Strong in 1921, the Saucon Valley Country Club’s Old course has hosted numerous national competitions, including the US Amateur (1951), two US Senior Opens and the 2009 US Women’s Open.

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Saucon Valley (Weyhill)

8th Pennsylvania - Best in Area

One of three 18-hole layouts at Saucon Valley Country Club, the Weyhill course was set around an old abandoned quarry by William and David Gordon in the mid-1960s.

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Philadelphia Cricket Club (Wissahickon)

9th Pennsylvania - Best in Area

A.W. Tillinghast crafted the Flourtown golf course at The Philadelphia Cricket Club in 1922. In the new millennium, the layout was renamed Wissahickon, after the creek which borders the property.

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Philadelphia (Spring Mill)

10th Pennsylvania - Best in Area

Philadelphia Country Club is one of the oldest in the country, formed by John C. Bullit in 1890. He acquired a 60-acre property on which a polo field was laid out (hence the horse head club emblem)...

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