Sylvan Heights Golf Course

3.5333000000 3.5 stars from 5 (15)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6264 yards
  • Slope: 128
  • Rating: 70.1
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: No
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 71 6264 yards 70.1 128
White 71 6037 yards 69.0 127
Red (W) 73 5259 yards 70.0 117
Gold 73 5259 yards 68.9 119

Opened in 1925, Sylvan Heights Golf Course is one of the oldest municipal courses in Pennsylvania. Over the years, the course has hosted a number of well known names, including Arnold Palmer who played in the West Penn Amateur at Sylvan Heights in 1948. The golf course underwent a major renovation in 1998 but its classic features were kept in tact. The golf course was made more challenging with the addition of sand traps and also more playable with the restructuring of the men's and women's tees. Throughout the years, golfers have all enjoyed the same stunning views of the surrounding hills, framed by the shady canopies of mature trees. Sylvan Heights has garnered a loyal following over the years. It's the local favorite for an affordable round.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.2 stars from 5
Value: 4.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Layout: No ratings so far
Course Conditions: 2.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 15 Reviews
5 stars:
2
4 stars:
7
3 stars:
4
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

13 out of 15 reviews


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Reviews


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"Best Pro Shop"


u000004232573's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/18/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

The green are not big but, I haven't played on any better greens. The Pro Shop is excellent. I spent a lot of money in the Pro Shop, I bought a few Titleist fitted hats for $ 20 each, Antigua shirts for $ 25 and I purchased some balls and a few gloves


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"very nice course"


mdado170's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/24/2014
Previously played

Reviewed on

Excellent course for the money and very nice set up. Pro shop has amazing deals and staff could not be friendlier.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Good place for a quick 9"


Jmack88bp's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/07/2014
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a decent course for being municple run. Plays fairly wide open but greens are relatively small. There are a few low spots that get soggy after rain where your ball will plug. But as the review title states, this is a fun course to get a quick 9 in on the evenings. The back half ends with two par 5s, downhill par 3, short par 4 with green front lake, and an uphill par 3 that allows for some low scores to end the round.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Course layout"



3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/26/2014
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Like the course layout except signs weren't very well posted on some holes


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Great deal for the money!"


petergschell's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/7/2013
Previously played

Reviewed on

The course is in good shape. The greens are rolling true and relatively fast. The Red Hot Deal is the best you can find on Golfnow.com. Bring some cash and spend it in the small proshop.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Easy


I recommend this course


"Thought course was great for the money."


bev0405's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/5/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Thought this course was good. Actually we played the week before also and both my husband and myself really liked the course. Would recommend this golf course and GolfNow to my family and friends


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Below average course"


pensfan317's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 9/8/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Value of this course depends on how far you have to travel. It's about an hour for me and I would not make the trip again. This was the second time I played the course and it was only because of the $12 hot deal time. Many areas of the course need a lot of attention. Some of the fairways were like hitting off of concrete. On some areas of the course the layout is confusfing and poorly marked. Also the cclubhouse conditions are deplorable. Unless you're looking for a cheap round, I would not recommend this place.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Easy


I don't recommend this course


"I always have fun!"


wimabean's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 9/3/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens have good speed and roll true. Some good long holes. Can tell it gets played a bunch but why not?


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"beginner course"


u000007826885's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 9/2/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

rough was short and fairways long. not much different. staff was friendly. great course for beginner or novice golfer. tee boxes were fairly good. don't expect a big challenge or pristine conditions.<br/> greens were in fairly good shape. not great, but no need to complain, for the cost


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Easy


I recommend this course


"Couse is in way better condition compared to several years ago."


tradertm's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 7/30/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Enjoyable to play. Would definitely play again. Only issue is that a twosome that was just starting was on the #10 tee as we finished #9. But they let us play through.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Nothing good to say about this course"


bigbAK's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 7/26/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The tee boxes were bare and lumpy, tough to get a good stance. The fairways were ok but at least 3 different types of grass, plus crab grass, growing 3 different ways made for some tough lies. The greens would not hold an approach shot very hard to get close to the pin, and when we tried to play short and let it run up to the pin the fringe and apron was so thick and soft that the ball would just hit and stick. The greens were filled with ball marks and putted remarkable slow considering we could not keep an approach on the green, but they did roll true if you were able to miss a ball mark on the way to the hole.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Great value, friendly staff"


JonLochner's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/11/2013
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Long open fairways, great for beginner's to intermediate. Staff was very friendly, we plan to return regularly,


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"A great course for the price."


comerac's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 4/22/2013
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is good for the price. The greens are well maintained. The fairways are not too bad either.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"The course has great greens. Pace of play is good."


u000004232573's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 9/5/2012

Reviewed on

Great value for the cost. Greens are the best public greens around Western Pennsylvania. Pro Shop has great prices on golf balls and equipment. Pro Shop has Taylor Made and Titleist demo clubs to hit. Certified Taylor Made fitter.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Good value."


Swizjr126's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 7/04/2012

Reviewed on

Course has nice layout and is always worth the trip


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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