Fox Chapel Golf Club
|Black M: 73.6/139 W: 79.8/149||411||472||195||480||335||190||283||474||443||3283||402||149||344||422||453||381||421||231||570||3373||6656|
|Blue M: 71.5/135 W: 77.5/144||382||460||159||434||324||182||269||432||410||3052||394||138||321||415||380||365||412||223||537||3185||6237|
|Blue/Green M: 70.2/132 W: 75.7/140||382||412||140||412||324||161||269||423||410||2933||368||138||321||415||324||365||366||185||537||3019||5952|
|Green M: 68.6/129 W: 74.0/137||375||412||140||412||281||161||250||423||391||2845||368||119||257||407||324||303||366||185||475||2804||5649|
|Yellow M: 67.5/128 W: 72.7/134||341||397||100||367||281||152||250||375||391||2654||360||119||257||354||324||303||366||185||475||2743||5397|
Play if Possible
This course takes the best golf out of every person. Playing from the tips, I shot a 94, which is respectable considering that only two golfers broke 80 out of 20 golfers in a high school tournament. If you get a chance to play, do it. Even in pouring down rain, the course is absolutely beautiful. Be sure to stay out of the rough and greenside sand, as both take an effort just to get out of.
Fox Chapel is a true gem located 10 miles northeast of downtown Pittsburgh and across the Alleghany River from famed Oakmont Country Club. The Seth Raynor layout boasts template hole designs such as Punchbowl, Eden, Cape, Redan, Alps, and Biarritz. The front nine features more template holes than the back with the inward nine showcasing more hole designs unique to Fox Chapel. Like all Raynor courses, Fox Chapel focuses much more on good architecture and having fun rather than a punishing challenge. The result is a layout that you look forward to playing every time out whether it is with your buddies, spouse, or kids. The family friendly club delivers a parkland layout that caters to all handicap levels with a modest level of forced carries and non grassed areas with additional facilities that include fine and casual dining, a swimming pool, and tennis courts. Raynor conceived a routing that makes it one of the easiest and most enjoyable courses to walk that you'll find, especially considering the rolling terrain. This feature helped Fox Chapel secure the 2002 Curtis Cup and the 2012-2014 Senior Players Championships. The layout also lends itself to Fox Chapel boasting a healthy caddie program with three levels of caddie experience to choose from while those that don't wish to walk being offered a cart for their round. Bottom line, Fox Chapel is a flagship example of how to deliver a club that attracts families through great amenities, service, and a Top 100 golf course that is flat out fun for every handicap level.
In conclusion, I wish Fox Chapel was my home course. The routing is a ton of fun with brilliant versions of Redan and Biarritz; my favorite par three designs. From the scratch golfer to the guy taking his family out for a round, Fox Chapel beautifully caters to a wide swath of golfers with the enjoyable architecture that only Seth Raynor could deliver. A top five course in Pennsylvania, don't miss an opportunity to play here.