Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry set out the course at Glenmaura National Golf Club in the early 1990s and its most celebrated hole is the 18th, where a split fairway plays to a pair of stone-fronted greens. Fairways occupy rocky, wetland-laden terrain close to the Wilkes-Barre Scranton airport and collectively they comprise a surprising tough test of golf.
In The American Private Golf Club Guide author Daniel Wexler writes: “Demonstrating a dash of modern flash and plenty of scenic views, Glenmaura offers a number of appealing holes, particularly in the latter half of the front nine, where the 548-yard 6th (played across a creek-filled ravine), the 193-yard7th (its green angled beyond the same hazard), and the 417-yard 8th (running along the edge of an ancient quarry), constitute an especially strong run.
Another robust stretch begins at the 581-yard, pond-guarded 14th, then continues on through the 240-yard 15th and the 460-yard 16th, the latter’s green wedged into a bend in the creek. Glenmaura’s most famous hole is the 385-yard 18th, which plays to split fairways and a pair of stonewall-bulkheaded greens, one of them an island.”
Glenmaura National is a very good Hurdzdan-Fry mountain design located in Moosic, PA. I am a fan of walking golf courses, but the front nine requires you to be a mountain climber. As far as the holes go, there are a lot of good ones, elevation changes and forced carries make this a fun, but difficult round of golf. Many dramatic holes and always in good condition. Worth a play in the Northeast PA area.
Glenmaura is a nice course at the base of Montage Mountain. The playing field traverses a very hilly landscape. It's always in very good condition. The course is cut through a forest and the holes are framed by that forest on most of the holes. Anyone who plays there meets the 18th hole and wonders. Initially the two greens played as one. Now they are separated but immediately adjacent to each other. This is a club which prides itself with it's membership and playing is much more restrictive than most of similar standing. NE Pa has always had a very competitive landscape of players and there are a few very good courses nearby.
The duo of Dr. Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry created a number of fine layouts during their partnership together. Hurdzan excelled on the turf side and Fry provided the critical "eye" in being able to adroitly create holes that would standout and capture a golfer's attention.
Glenmaura National can be a difficult test -- especially for those with a wayward driver. The holes are framed by mature woods and the combination of holes makes for an interesting trek in the countryside.
Part of the issue I have with Glenmaura is that there's a tendency for a bit too much shaping when a more natural, and less invasive appearance, given the setting would likely have worked more effectively. Overall, the architecture is good -- just not especially riveting.
The ending hole features a split green -- with both protected by a water penalty area. It's certainly different, yet one has to wonder why the two greens were placed so near to one another.
M. James Ward