Oak Lake Golf Course

3.2965647059 3.3 stars from 5 (60)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 5485 yards
  • Slope: 116
  • Rating: 67.4
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - $13
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: No
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
White 71 5485 yards 67.4 116
Red (W) 72 5241 yards 70.7 119

Oak Lake Golf Course in New Kensington is one of the area's hidden gems. Though you may not have heard of it, this course is well worth a look. The par-71 layout sprawls across gently rolling terrain and boasts well maintained greens that provide excellent putting surfaces. The course starts off with a player-friendly front nine that is wide and inviting. Don't get too comfortable though because the back nine tightens up and becomes much more challenging. The bunkering is heavier on the back nine and there are also some subtle but tricky slopes. Your accuracy will be put to the test as will your course-management skills, but Oak Lake G.C. is not an overly punishing golf course. Players of all skill levels will be able to appreciate the course as well as the idyllic scenery.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.3 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.1 stars from 5
Value: 3.8 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 60 Reviews
5 stars:
9
4 stars:
23
3 stars:
12
2 stars:
10
1 stars:
6

recommend this course

42 out of 60 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is in the 'burbs worth the drive   Great for locals beginners   Challenges include elevation changes narrow fairways   Great for drinks  

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"Great course to practice accuracy and short game."


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/12/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fairways and greens were in good condition. Sand traps have been abandoned for quite a while but it doesn’t change the course much since there are so few. My wife and I enjoyed the round.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great Quiet Round"


u291767851's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/11/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My buddy and I played 18 in 3 hours. Greens were in excellent shape, even after prior day rainstorms.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



u000007440587's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/02/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nobody was golfing there and I was surprised. The course was in good shape. Greens were in great shape and Rhere seemed to be a lot of ball cleaners which was nice. The bunkers have 0 sand they are overrun with muck and weeds but just pull your ball out and keep playing. For the money it’s a great place to play. Shot my best round there so I can’t complain. If they put sand in the bunkers and leveled a couple tee boxes it could easily be a $45 per round course. I’m definitely going back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Challenging for the Value"


u232377882's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/01/2018
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Reviewed on

Booked a Hot Deal so the price was very reasonable. We were a few minutes late but staff was nice and accommodating. Course itself was in pretty good shape as far as fairway cuts and green conditions. However there’s a couple of challenges with this course that will leave less skilled players like my group having a tough day. First off, the course is very hilly. I’m not sure I took a single shot with even footing the entire day, including when in the midway of the fairways. The rough was very unforgiving as the balls would sink very deep into it and often created optical illusions where the ball was only visible from certain angles, leaving us looking for balls for extended periods of time (no one near us on the course so pacing wasn’t a problem because of this) and leading to quite a few lost balls that were only a foot or so off the fairway. Some bugs flying around but nothing too extreme. Would play again but will bring bright colored balls to make finding them easier.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Nice round"


meangene's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2018
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Reviewed on

Fresh count fairways,greens running a little fast. Sunshine and good friends . Had a great time


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u3411222's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/27/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



lanecameronj's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/05/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"The rough is rough"


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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/17/2017
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Reviewed on

Not women friendly course only 245yds less than the men's tees. The first cut of grass of fairways TOO HIGH AND THICK. Back 9 is tight


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Tired and Hanging On"


u000001578851's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/05/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First of all, after arriving after a morning rain storm I can tell you that I was not very welcomed at the course. Maybe they really don't want anybody from Golf Now, I don't know. Well finally I got some real conversation about the course. I got the Keys and off I went. Surprisingly the Greens and fairways were pretty good. Actually the Greens were Very Good. They held and putted true! No Complaint! On the second or third hole I finally saw the main problem at this course! Horrible Horrible Bunkers that have not been worked on in YEARS! I was in one....Totally unplayable! The worst I have ever seen in Western Pa Public Golf! They need to take care of them OR remove them! A Cancer to be sure. If I had members of my Golf League there to play,they would think this was a joke the conditions of the Bunkers. Word of mouth would KILL this place. Somebody does not get it,that whatever dollars you pay to play, you deserve decent conditions, NOT Country Club but Good playable traps! That is What a Golf Couse is supposed to be and what the buyers of time on the course deserve! This place has a neat layout That demands shotmaking even at 5400 yards. Fix the Bunkers, Get a Better Attitude and TRY to attract players! They might be surprised to find that a short well maintained course can and will attract players other than the regulars that accept mediocrity! Maybe the Owners better take a Good Look at themselves and decide whether they want IN or Out of the business. Let somebody Lease the property to turn it around. Because this is the way we have done it for 50 years does not mean it is right!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course




1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/20/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Tried to give another chance... Never again"


wrew33's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/20/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

I played this course 5 times last year, 2016. I wrote a review then about the lack of upkeep for the fairway and rough. The grass is so high, you can hit a great shot and spend 10 minutes trying to find your ball. It took us 3.5 hours for the first 9. I will NEVER, EVER play here again. This course sucks and you are bound to either lose balls or spend 15-20 minutes finding it. Good luck, I spend way too much on my balls too play here. The course layout is beautiful though and it had its challenges these are the positives of this course.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Awful course"


dadst28's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/29/2017
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Reviewed on

The course was terribly layed out, the staff was fairly friendly but what an awful experience I had. The course should have been shut down with how soaked it was, but that wasn't anything the staff could control. What they could control is the trash everywhere, and the terrible greens. I will never go back and hope the review keeps others from going and wasting their money.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Great Value"


u2344843's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/21/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great value, very friendly staff, usually not too busy, laid back atmosphere. If you expect Augusta National go elsewhere, but if you're looking for a reasonably well maintained course on a great deal, this is a great place to play a round.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



jimills's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Twice a year
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/13/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

after talking with the people at the course, I discovered that it is less expensive to go play using my senior discount. Golf now has not helped to lower costs in this instancee.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Descant"


Joel9578777's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/11/2017
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Reviewed on

We played through 3groups finished in 2:45 minutes grass was good greens were firm rough was a little high


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I recommend this course


"Very Nice Course"


u191997499's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/04/2017
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Except for missing the last 3 holes for rainy weather, the round was good the course was great, with the exception of the sand bunker condition. Luckily I wasn't in the bunkers much.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



JW65416541561652165's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/23/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Great course"


u424303521's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/13/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was well kept and not crowded. The staff was courteous and friendly.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Ok course"


pozik3085's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  Don't know

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/19/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

not a bad course. The fairways in the front nine were very rough and they did not clean any of the leaves off the course which made it very difficult to find your ball even on a good drive.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Took some buddies...never again"


wrew33's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/16/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

This was the last time I would go to this course. The grass was horrible, the greens were bad...end of the season maintenance couldn't get any worse. I will not return. It should not take 5 hours to play and no one is in front or back of you really. We spent 80% of our time looking for balls....IN THE FAIRWAY!!!! Nuff said!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course



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