Springfield Country Club
Springfield Country Club is situated just outside of Philadelphia, only 10 minutes from the airport. The golf course sprawls across gently rolling hills accented with stands of mature trees. The changes in elevation are seemingly subtle but they are trickier than they appear. Although the course is playable enough to appeal to a wide range of skill levels, it doesn't start you off easily. The opening hole is a tough par 4 that has a creek meandering across it as well as a severely sloped green, followed by another par 4, an uphill hole with an elevated and bunkered green. There are a few strategically placed bunkers throughout and water makes an appearance on a few other holes. The towering trees that frame many of the holes also present challenges.
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|White M: 67.6/123||398||376||320||365||381||136||451||163||349||2939||344||490||158||276||165||432||146||336||354||2701||5640|
|Red W: 69.2/122||376||364||277||342||350||124||433||147||326||2739||314||368||119||261||106||390||127||288||288||2261||5000|
Poor Course Design - Harrasing Disrespectful Starters
I have played this course for Decades. First my biggest complaint is the
course design, why would any course designer make the first hole the
number one handicaped hole. Talk about lack of thought when building
this track. The reason is they have no practice area , no range , no
chipping area. So everyone arrives at the first hole with no warm up and
its the hardest hole! This leads to disaster out of the first tee box for
novice and intermediate players. To add insult to injury the last hole is
the #2 handicap hole is the 18th so you get a good kick off the golf course
with a boggie gaurentee unless your single digit handicap player. I cant
even begin complaining about the starters/staff who think thay are
working at Augusta National , rude , self serving , unattentive is what
comes to mind. Some tee boxes are caved in and you cant get a level
footing it hasnt been corrected. Rounds tend to be the longest you will
play simply do to the boogie mindset forcing you to play SMART. Do to
the fact that you most likely leave the first green with a double boogie or
single at best for most, you now have a gimped mindset of playing safe so
you dont blow up your score in the first 3 holes prior to warming up. In
closing I have one comment to bid my permanant farwell to Springfield
and any other golf course that has the first hole built as the number one
handicap and the last hole the 2nd hadest handicap all with no warmup
The golf work horse Ben Hogan one said you have to hit at least three
golf balls to wake up your golf mind. This golf course never allows your
golf mind to wake up it beats you down on the first tee. Remember this
write up as your on the first realizing your cold as ice and stiff as a
board. Spend your money at ourse that appreiates the customer and
understands what kind of expierence they are selling. Most golfers
dont know any better now you do. Happy Golfing!
Bad Course Design - Bad Attitudes
I have played this course for 3 Decades hundreds of rounds. First my biggest complaint is the course design, why would any designer make the first hole the number one handicaped hole. Talk about lack of thought when building this trak, they have no practice area , no range , no chipping area. So everyone arrives at the first hole with no warm up and its the hardest hole, this leads to disaster out of the box for novie and intermediate players as you watch the players ahead of you on the tee box you quickly will realize the type of day ahead of you and trust me only skilled players will par the first hole By that i mean single digit handicap players. To add insult to injury the last hole is the #2 handicap hole is the 18th so you get a good kick of the golf course with a boggie gaurentee unless your single digit handicap player. I cant even begin complainging about the starters who think thay are working at Augusta National , rude , self serving , unattentive is what comes to mind. Some tee boxes are caved in and you cant get a level footing it hasnt been corrected for a decade or more. Rounds tend to be the longest you will play simply do to the mindset from the first tee box kicking your butt, and forcing you to play SMART. One that happens to a golfer of any caliber your game is now gimped and your round wil lbe also. In losing I have one comminet to bid my permanant farwell to Springfield and any other golf course that has the first hole built as the number one handicap and the last hole the 2nd hadest handiap all with no warmup
Ben Hogan said you have hit at least three balls to wake up your golf mind. This golf course. Remember this write up as your on the first realizing your cold as ice and stiff as a board.
The attitude of the rangers and starters are so rude and pompous it really ruins a decent course that is close to home. The layout is fair for the average golfer, and course is usually in decent shape. After the round Tavola is a great place to stop for a bite, but I will never get passed the starters, especially one in particular. I see more friendly workers at the DMV. After multiple tries, this one is going to be a no for me until we get some starters who are more, lets say current.
13 of us got together to play and hangout. Course was in good shape. It was not crowded but the ranger harassed our last 4some unnecessarily . Probably wouldn't go back since they couldn't manage a group of our size.
Thank you Damian8579622 for the feedback regarding your visit with us. We are disappointed to hear your experience regarding the 4 some. We hope you can give us another chance in the future.
Great venue and value
Was given a gift card for the course. It was my first time playing there,and I am very anxious to go back. The course is beautiful, the staff is very friendly and the pace of play was good. Very good value.
Thank you u5326161 for the four star review! We appreciate the wonderful review and happy to hear you had a great first visit. See you again soon!
Same Old Same Old - A Disasta
As Mr. Trump would say, "this place is a disasta. You can believe me." This is the third year in a row I've played this course, one time each year, and it just keeps getting worse. There is virtually no grass on the fairways. Yet, we are asked to ride the cart paths on exactly half of the 18 holes. Why? What is it that they are trying to protect by not letting us ride on the fairways? This adds almost another hour to a very miserable experience. This is the worse course that I've played in each of the last three years. And it is also the slowest pace of play. Springfield Township should close this course down entirely for two years to allow the grass to grow back to where it should be. Let the township's taxpayers subsidize the shortfall in income. But don't keep this course open in the condition that its in - its too embarrassing for the township.
Strike 3...you're out
We knew what we were getting in to with the failed bermuda fairways but didnt want to go the whole year without playing Springfield. How bad could it be for $32. Pretty bad. The day was much worse than expected.
Strike one - they didn't tell us it was Cart path only. We wold not have played.
Strike two - aside from the horrible fairways, the greens were extremely slow. Some tee boxes were bare and the others had what appeared to be zoisa sod. These were uneven and lumpy. Could not get firm footing. Like super plush shag carpeting.
Strike three - at least we had cold beer waiting for us at the deck bar right? Not to be. Beers were $4.50 and we had to share them with swarming bees.
Dear Springfield, please fix.
Lets start with the teeboxes. Uneven and patchy, a bunch of sand over it to top it off. Then you get to the fairway. And let me tell you the fairway isnt fair. Hitting off of bare dirt at times. Im not sure which idiot thougt it would be a good idea to rip up perfectly fine fairways so the fairways can look like **** for the next few years. but i can kind of assume who ever it was isnt very smart. this course has so much potential but forget about with the whole fairway situation. course isnt in good shape. except for the greens. they were great
Bad experience, worse course
After 3 years of a failed bermuda grass experiment the course is finally offering a reduced rate. This still doesn not make it worth it to play here. They have a USGA memo on their website as their disclaimer that the course is in bad shape. The course staff seems more proud that the course is dead, but has bermuda grass than apologetic. I golfed here twice this year, (both not by choice, this is my local golf course and there are always tee times available now) and the course isn't crowded anymore which is a plus. The fairways are almost totally brown and dry except for the errant weed. My golf cart died and my threesome had to continue, I didn't ask them to wait. It took 15-20 minutes and they came out with a new cart. By this time I wasn't happy. It ruined my round for me. Anyway, "this happens" was the rangers explaination. They charged me for a product and it was not what I had paid for.
I play 3 times a week and can tell you about every course in the area and this "country club" is garbage.
I won't be going back and you should't either. The course is a dump and the staff is proud.
The layout of the course is nice. Has challenging hills and dog legs left and right. The greens were great. Nice and smooth and fast. They are in the third season of growing Bermuda grass on the tee boxes and fairways. A lot of areas where the grass is permit and have not come to life yet. Once they do then it would be a better place to play. I will go back once that is done. Other than that it is a nice course.
Save your money
Since they came up with the idea of using Bermuda grass in their fairways they ruined the course. There are no fairways in good condition meaning most of the fairways are just dirt. The best advice I can give is to hit in the first cut of rough and hope it's sitting up. Not worth the $50
Save your money
First sign that you shouldn’t play a course is when there are signs up that say to ask about discounted rates because of course conditions only to find out discounts are only given to township residents and seniors. Its $46 to walk at 4PM on a Saturday without a discount so no biggie. What a waste of money, the course is in horrendous shape with the exception of the greens. For the most parts the greens were decent but several holes had dead spots and apparently the clientele of the course doesn’t understand how to fix a ball mark.
The rest of the course is appalling, tee boxes and greens are a combination of dirt and dormant Bermuda. And therein lies the problem, management has decided to regrass the course with Bermuda. The Philadelphia area is barely in the acceptable zone to utilize Latitude 36 Bermuda and a township own and run municipal course is not one that should be trying it. Once the tee boxes and fairways grow in this course will have a 3 month shelf life where it’s in playable shape, the remaining 9 months you should just play winter rules. It also appears that management lost all their mowers because the rough was 2-3” all over, I would assume that a typical round is going to run 5 hours given how hard it is to locate balls a foot off the fairway.
I wouldn’t recommend this course to anyone, save your money.
Worse Golf Course in America, Maybe the World
It's hard to believe that management would allow this course to be opened in the condition it's in. There are no fairways - in other words, the fairways are all dirt - no grass. The rough next to the dirt is not mowed so it is very difficult to find a ball hit into what should be the light rough. The tee boxes also have no grass, except for the sixth tee box. The only positive thing I can say about this golf course is that the greens are in excellent condition. All in all, it's easily the worse golf course I've ever played on in my 30 plus years of golfing.
My recommendation to management is to close the course until it is ready for prime time play. If not, explain to your customers when they call for a tee time that the course conditions are terrible and that you can play at your own risk. Also, the greens fees should be drastically discounted commensurate with the condition of the golf course.
Fortunately, I don't live in Springfield Township, but if I did I would be extremely embarrassed for the condition of my township's pride and joy.
Wait awhile before you play
Springfield CC has always been a decent muny. I play here at least once a season. Last fall they gassed their fairways and installed a more durable grass. The problem seems to be that a combination of factors, including a brutal winter, has prevented the grass from being established. As a result many if the fairways are brown and patchy. It will probably be fine next year. On the plus side the greens were great and they are discounting greens fees.
Save your money
I played here for the first time last week, and was highly disappointed. Unless you like hitting from burnt out, dirt fairways, save your money. There are much better options in the area. Even with a discounted rate, way too expensive. Id rather play karakung, yea, i said it.
Horrible shape, ignorant staff
Do Not Play this course without calling to check conditions first!!!! They put in new fairways last year and every fairway is brown and burned out looking. The starters are ignorant grumpy old men. I emailed the pro shop to inform them of a particular incident that occurred and they never responded (note: it definitely warranted a response). As a resident of the township, it's sad to see where this course has gone in recent years from a staffing and condition perspective. Paxon Hollow is a much better local option.
Nice course, will play again
Well maintained even for the fall, with only one hole (11) with a ton of leaves. Well put together, not a ton of character from hole to hole, but I fell I got my money's worth.
This course is layed out very well and is a true shot making course.
What a play, although this course got the best of me this time. I'm looking forward to going back and taking another shot at it. For this time of the year I was really surprised how well kept the greens where. For the money, this course is well worth the hour drive from NJ.
Some really Great holes at this course!!!!!
Springfield C.C. has always been a favorite of mine. There are many holes that are very challenging that requires you to either draw or fad your tee shot. I play from the White Tees and I believe if you score in the mid to high 70's you really had a GREAT day. The only negative I will offer is: FILL THE SAND TRAPS WITH REAL SAND.