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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6504 yards
Slope 140
Rating 73.4

3 Lakes Golf Course originally opened in 1923 under the name Alcoma Golf Course. Along with the name change, it also opened its doors to the public and has since become a local favorite. It's known as one of the best values for your money in the area, offering country club-style golf at public rates. The layout was designed by Emil Loeffler, who designed two other courses in Pittsburgh – Highland Country Club and Shannopin Country Club. The course sprawls across more than 150 acres of gently rolling terrain, providing rolling fairways and undulating greens. The classic layout is tough but fair. You'll be tested with a variety of different lies and the holes have plenty of diversity as well, ranging from some that are on the shorter side to others that are monstrous.

Course Details

Year Built 1923
Golf Season Year round
Architect Emil Loeffler (1923) John McGlynn Ferdinand Garbin (1984)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - $15
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Reviews

3.7
100 Reviews (100)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 9
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 16
Bunkers 9
Undulating Greens 8
This course/club is great for:
Locals 11
Advanced Golfers 6
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 10
Convenient to the City 8

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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

course in good shape, exception of bunkers, hard, rocky. Greens faster than average

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
2b72ec89-88e5-5cdb-bee4-bcb64237494d
Commented on 10/03/2017

Thank you so much for give us a good review and 4 out of 5 star rating! We strive to make 3 Lakes Golf Course the best public course with private amenities in Pittsburgh. We look forward to improving the bunkers for next season!

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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Great course for the price

Course was in decent shape for how dry it has been the past two weeks. Greens were fast and in decent shape for this time of the year. Staff were very friendly. Great course to play for beginners and advanced players alike!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
2b72ec89-88e5-5cdb-bee4-bcb64237494d
Commented on 10/03/2017

Thank you for pointing out the great quality for the price. The greens are legendary and I will relay the compliment on the staff! 3 Lakes strives to be the best public course in Pittsburgh. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good course, good price

Course was in decent shape, greens were a little patchy but thats to be expected this late in the season, but they rolled nice and were fast. Fairways were in great shape. People that worked there were relatively nice however they did not have our golfnow tee time on file.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

5 hour round

First time on this course. Teamed up with two nice younger guys. Had fun but took so long to get around. Ranger was on the first hole and eating hot dogs at 10. Liked the variation in tee box distances. Very severe hillside on some holes. Fairways are good. Greens are fast but golfers are not fixing their ball marks. Bunkers , Not good with hard compacted sand and puddles of water. Not sure when I'll be back.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
2b72ec89-88e5-5cdb-bee4-bcb64237494d
Commented on 08/28/2017

Thank you so much for taking the time to review 3 Lakes. We strive to be the best public golf course in Pittsburgh area, which sometimes makes Saturdays a very busy day. We are glad you had fun and like the variation in tee box distances. Unfortunately, the fog delay on the Saturday you played pushed a large group event into regularly scheduled tee times (and had the ranger on #1 & #10 as starter for most of the day) and the pace of play suffered. This is not typical. We would love to see you back again to enjoy the fast greens and good fairways at 3 Lakes Golf Course.

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
2b72ec89-88e5-5cdb-bee4-bcb64237494d
Commented on 08/28/2017

Thank you so much for giving 3 Lakes Golf Course a good review! We are so pleased that you would recommend this course. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Pleasantly surprised!

This was my first time golfing this course and I was pleasantly surprised. The course is in very nice shape and well maintained. It's very hilly, but there aren't many courses in Southwestern Pa. that aren't. I definitely plan on golfing here again, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys playing the game.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
2b72ec89-88e5-5cdb-bee4-bcb64237494d
Commented on 08/03/2017

Thanks for playing the now public 3 Lakes Golf Course! We are so happy to hear you found the course conditions are well maintained. 3 Lakes strives to be the best public golf course in Pittsburgh. We look forward to seeing you again!

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I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Used cart

Nice Layout

Just played 3 Lakes, liked the layout, fairway/greens conditions were excellent, hilly, very sloped fairways and some blind shots but overall really liked the course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
2b72ec89-88e5-5cdb-bee4-bcb64237494d
Commented on 08/04/2017

Thank you so much for playing 3 Lakes and for taking the time to write a review! You are so right about the slope. We are one of the most challenging public courses in Pittsburgh. Our course guide in the proshop is free & can help with the few blind tee shots (or you can "forecaddy" those tee shots for each other). Thanks again. We really appreciate it and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Great day on the course

Was paired up with 3 others from Golfnow. Had a great time and finished 18 holes in 3.5 hours. The course was pretty simple for the most past, most holes were straight away with sand around the green. The greens had great speed and rolled true all day. I enjoyed all the par 3s because they were not overly long. This is a great course to go have some fun with your friends. I would definitely go back for the $20 price, but couldn't justify paying the full $40.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
2b72ec89-88e5-5cdb-bee4-bcb64237494d
Commented on 08/01/2017

Thank you so much for choosing 3 Lakes! We strive to make 3 Lakes Golf Course the best public golf course near downtown Pittsburgh. Hope to see you again very soon.

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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Need a ranger

They sent out 4 of us as singles. We all eventually caught up to a foursome of seniors. 1 skipped 3 holes to get in front of them. Myself and another single jumped in front of them rather than wait forever. The foursome mouthed off to me and I told them they had numerous chances to wave people through. If they had a ranger he could have told them to let each of us to play through or grouped us to solve the issue.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
2b72ec89-88e5-5cdb-bee4-bcb64237494d
Commented on 07/10/2017

Thank you for your comments and suggestions! We strive to be the best public golf course in Pittsburgh and having a ranger patrol is part of the equation. When the forecast or day of the week is keeping the tee sheet open, we often will not have a ranger and send singles out alone (unless we know the players). On busy days, we are forced to make pairs. If you are willing to play with others in the future please let the proshop starter know. Thanks again for your 4-star rating and recommending 3 Lakes to others! Hope to see you soon.

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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Challenging course with fast greens

First of all, there aren't 3 lakes, but there are 3 dirty ponds and plenty of dated amenities. Luckily I reserved my tee time with a hot deal or else I would have been very disappointed with spending $40 to golf here. As a golfer who shoots in the 85-92 range I found this course to be fairly easy off the tee box, however the greens were very difficult to read and quite hard, which resulted in minimal hold on my approaches, not to mention they were also covered in a lot of sand. Besides the green conditions, the course is quite hilly with a lot of sloped fairways, was not that visually appealing, had a nice course guide booklet, and offered moderate fairway conditions. Also, the clubhouse is not labeled that well and the course is actually kind of confusing to navigate. I wouldn't golf here again nor would I recommend this course, its below average compared to what is available in Western PA.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
2b72ec89-88e5-5cdb-bee4-bcb64237494d
Commented on 07/05/2017

Thank you for your detailed review. The course name came from a competition when a player hit his tee shot from 17 into 3 different lakes. Sounds like you had that kind of day. Thanks for the compliment on the course guide book. Our objective is to create the best private-turned-public golf course in Pittsburgh area. The clubhouse and course were designed for members, not one time players. I'm sorry we didn't hit the mark.

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
2b72ec89-88e5-5cdb-bee4-bcb64237494d
Commented on 07/05/2017

Thank you so much for your positive review! 3 Lakes Golf Course strives to be the best public golf course in the Pittsburgh area. We are so happy you would recommend it to others. See you soon!

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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

Rude Staff and horrible experience!

The staff was extremely rude and were not helpful at all. My cart wasn't cleaned out and dirty. I was never told what 9 to go off of and the course was a wreak. Muddy and soaking wet. Course was maintained very poorly. I will never go here again and will actively encourage others to avoid this course at all cost! One of my worst golfing experiences yet!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
2b72ec89-88e5-5cdb-bee4-bcb64237494d
Commented on 08/01/2017

I'm sorry to hear we were below par for this experience. In the future, please check into the proshop before hoping on a cart and loading your bag. The cart you took had just been returned by other players. I hope this helps you have a more enjoyable round when you play other courses.

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Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
2b72ec89-88e5-5cdb-bee4-bcb64237494d
Commented on 07/05/2017

Thank you so much for this positive review! 3 Lakes Golf Course strives to be the best public golf course in the Pittsburgh area. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Fun Course

My first trip to 3 Lakes after seeing it on GolfNow for Pittsburgh regularly. Excellent value for the money and a nice course on a compact layout. Had a brief rain shower during my round, except for a couple low areas the moisture absorbed quickly. Will definitely keep 3 Lakes in mind for future rounds.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
2b72ec89-88e5-5cdb-bee4-bcb64237494d
Commented on 07/05/2017

Thank you so much for this positive review! 3 Lakes Golf Course strives to be the best public golf course in the Pittsburgh area. I am glad you thought it was an excellent value and was a nice, fun course. We look forward to serving you again soon.

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Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
2b72ec89-88e5-5cdb-bee4-bcb64237494d
Commented on 07/05/2017

Thank you so much for this positive review! 3 Lakes Golf Course strives to be the best public golf course in the Pittsburgh area. Thank you so much for recommending us to others.

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Bad bad shape

The tee boxes were in bad shape. Every hole had bare spots on the fairways. The greens weren't in very good shape either. Almost 5 hours to play 18. The leafs were so bad was looking for balls even in the fairways. It'll be awhile before we go back her if we do

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
2b72ec89-88e5-5cdb-bee4-bcb64237494d
Commented on 03/20/2017

Thank you for taking the time to review 3 Lakes. I would encourage you to try to come during golf season and see the conditions instead of the very last playable day in October. The variety of tee boxes allows for players of all ability levels to play. Most fairways are tree lined and in PA the wind can move the leaves around quickly. I know you will have fun if you come back again.

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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played
Fair weather
Used cart

This course was nice at one time

Large patches of fairway with no grass on just about all holes. Tee boxes were just in bad shape.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
2b72ec89-88e5-5cdb-bee4-bcb64237494d
Commented on 03/20/2017

Thank you for taking the time to review 3 Lakes. The irrigation system is being added to with lateral sections on 4 fairways so the large patches of lost fairways will be no-more. There are 4 tee boxes to choice from to allow players of all abilities to choose. Grass tee are the focus of our improvement today!

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Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Fun Golf Course

Fun golf course, lots of hills and elevation. Fairways and greens had a fungus, but it looks like it's improving. Greens are still pretty rough, but puttable. Really a fun course with some interesting holes. Staff is rough around the edges, no real golf pro just a guy running the register. Driving range is pretty bad, range balls appear to be fished out of the lake. Pace of play is good. Not a great golf course, but really fun to play. For $25, it's a fun time.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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