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5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
23
2 Stars
10
1 Stars
18
Staff Friendliness
3.9
Pace
3.5
Amenities
3.6
Conditions
3.2
Value
3.7
Layout
3.5
72.6%
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Staff Friendliness
4.2
Pace
3.7
Amenities
4.0
Conditions
3.7
Value
4.2
Layout
3.8
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 6504
Slope 140
Rating 73.4
Type Public
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.
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6504 yards 73.4 140
Gold 72 6080 yards 71.4 135
Silver 72 5157 yards 68.3 126
Red (W) 72 4159 yards 72.2 130
Scorecard for Alcoma
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 73.4/140 412 362 349 350 480 140 490 145 360 3088 390 262 530 392 355 356 416 186 529 3416 6504
Gold M: 71.4/135 382 350 330 340 460 130 475 127 340 2934 360 201 520 355 345 330 402 173 460 3146 6080
Silver M: 68.3/126 297 315 287 314 440 120 430 112 290 2605 320 164 397 295 258 310 318 105 385 2552 5157
Red W: 72.2/130 252 220 200 215 410 100 430 108 215 2150 235 105 390 220 205 200 250 74 330 2009 4159
Handicap 1 9 15 11 3 13 7 17 5 4 14 2 8 18 10 6 16 12
Par 4 4 4 4 5 3 5 3 4 36 4 3 5 4 4 4 4 3 5 36 72

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

3.5
100

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 9
Brunch 2
Dinner 2
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 16
Bunkers 9
Undulating Greens 8
This course/club is great for:
Locals 11
Advanced Golfers 6
Playing Multiple Courses 5
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 10
Convenient to the City 8
Worth the Drive 3
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Handicap
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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Average
Course Layout 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
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Good
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Good
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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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Played On
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!
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Average
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
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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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Played On
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.
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Average
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.
Staff Friendliness Average
Pace of Play Fair
Off-course amenities Average
Course Conditions Fair
Value for the Money Average
Course Layout Average
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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
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Good
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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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Played On
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.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Average
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Good
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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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Played On
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.
Staff Friendliness Average
Pace of Play Average
Off-course amenities Average
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Good
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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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Played On
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.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Average
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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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