Pennsylvania

Map of 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 August 2018. 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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Description: 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. Rating: 5.6 out of 6

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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Description: When Merion Golf Club was founded in 1896, Philadelphians were more likely to play cricket than golf. Rating: 6 out of 6

Aronimink

3rd Pennsylvania - Best in Area

The course in play today at Aronimink Golf Club opened in 1928 and Dornoch’s most famous son, Donald Ross, originally designed it. Gil Hanse restored the old classic ahead of the 2018 BMW Championship.

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Description: The course in play today at Aronimink Golf Club opened in 1928 and Dornoch’s most famous son, Donald Ross, originally designed it. Gil Hanse restored the old classic ahead of the 2018 BMW Championship. Rating: 4.8 out of 6

Country Club of Scranton (Old)

4th Pennsylvania - Best in Area

In 2012, the Country Club of Scranton engaged Tom Marzolf to renovate its original old Walter Travis-designed course which is now the centrepiece at this 27-hole facility...

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Description: In 2012, the Country Club of Scranton engaged Tom Marzolf to renovate its original old Walter Travis-designed course which is now the centrepiece at this 27-hole facility... Rating: 5.5 out of 6

Fox Chapel

5th 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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Description: The affluent Pittsburgh suburb of Fox Chapel is home to one of Seth Raynor’s best, yet least celebrated designs... Fox Chapel Golf Club. Rating: 5.7 out of 6

Lancaster (Meadow Creek & Dogwood)

6th Pennsylvania - Best in Area

The original Meadow Creek and Dogwood nines (known as the Old or Flynn course) combine to form the foremost 18-hole combination here at Lancaster Country Club...

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Description: The original Meadow Creek and Dogwood nines (known as the Old or Flynn course) combine to form the foremost 18-hole combination here at Lancaster Country Club... Rating: 6 out of 6

Philadelphia Cricket Club (Wissahickon)

7th 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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Description: 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. Rating: 5 out of 6

Huntingdon Valley (Toomey & Flynn)

8th Pennsylvania - Best in Area

Huntingdon Valley Country Club was fashioned in the 1920s as a 27-hole layout by William S. Flynn and it remains authentic to his original design principles.

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Description: Huntingdon Valley Country Club was fashioned in the 1920s as a 27-hole layout by William S. Flynn and it remains authentic to his original design principles. Rating: 4.7 out of 6

Philadelphia (Spring Mill)

9th 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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Description: 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)... Rating: 5 out of 6

Lehigh

10th Pennsylvania - Best in Area

Along the Little Lehigh Creek lies the private Lehigh Country Club which celebrated its centenary in 2008.

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Description: Along the Little Lehigh Creek lies the private Lehigh Country Club which celebrated its centenary in 2008. Rating: 5 out of 6