2050 Saucon Valley Road,
Pennsylvania (PA) 18015,
- +1 610 758 7177
7 miles S of Bethlehem
Members and their guests only
Herbert Strong, Perry Maxwell
Originally laid out by Herbert Strong, the Old course has since been renovated by Perry Maxwell and, more recently, Tom Fazio.
It’s one of three 18-hole layouts at Saucon Valley, where the club has hosted a number of national competitions down the years including the US Amateur in 1951, a couple of US Senior Opens and the US Women’s Open in 2009.A round on the Old ends with three very strong holes: water threatens the left side of the green at the long par four 16th, a creek crosses the fairway of the 422-yard 17th whilst the uphill 18th hole plays to a difficult, sand-protected putting surface on the home green.
Saucon Valley’s Old Course is very good and the conditions will be very good if you get the chance to play there. However, there was not a huge variety of golf holes or any exciting risk/reward opportunities. Overall, really strong golf course, just not the most exciting one you’d ever play.
Just when you thought all the long holes were over with, welcome to the 615 yards 15th followed by the merciless 496 yard par 4 16th hole! There’s at least 5 par 4s from the back tees on this course that feel like par 5s, and having played the course on a calm day, I can only imagine how it feels from the tips even with a 15mph breeze. Water comes into play on 16, 17 and the relatively short 18 hole. The Old course at Saucon Valley is a stark contrast to Weyhill and Grace courses, as it’s elegantly simple in design. It has undergone a number of renovations over the years, not only by the original architect, but also by William Gordon and, later, Perry Maxwell. With each renovation, the emphasis has been on preserving the integrity of the original design, while improving various holes.