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4.0
133 Reviews (133)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
7
1 Stars
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Conditions
3.7
Value
4.4
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.9
86.0%
Recommend this course
121 out of 133 reviews
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3.8
14 Reviews (14)
5 Stars
4
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Conditions
3.6
Value
4.4
Layout
4.4
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.4
78.6%
Recommend this course
11 out of 14 reviews
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3.9
25 Reviews (25)
5 Stars
7
4 Stars
11
3 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Stars
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Conditions
3.6
Value
4.4
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.6
80.0%
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20 out of 25 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 6271 yards
Slope 127
Rating 69.1
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Galen Hall Golf Club
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Course Details

Year Built 1910
Fairways Bentgrass
Greens Bentgrass
Golf Season Year round
Architect A. W. Tillinghast (1917) Alex Findlay (1910)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range No
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Food & Beverage

Bar, Grill, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Lounge

Accolades

Reviews

4.0
133 Reviews (133)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 16
Dinner 9
Amazing Food 7
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 26
Undulating Greens 17
Water Hazards 17
This course/club is great for:
Locals 20
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 16
Advanced Golfers 15
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 18
Worth the Drive 18

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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
2.0
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Previously Played

Lacks amenities and poor management

They were obviously catering to their members at our expense on the day we played this course. Told us there were 10 groups of team play behind us and we had better keep moving before we got started. They should have mentioned this when the tee time was reserved. We played the round in 4 hours and were feeling pushed at every tee. The reason was the group behind us either teed from the red tees or the beginning of the fairway the entire round. I have been playing golf for 40 years and never experienced anything like this. No ball washers, few trash receptacles and no portable toilets on the entire course and the 10th hole is nowhere near the club house. The course is in need of a lot of maintenance that should have been done years ago. Will definitely not play this course again..

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
2.0
First Time Playing

Good course, way overbooked

The course was well kept and provided a great challenge. However, the staff at GH overbooked WAY too much on the tee times today. They should be ashamed at how slow the play was due to how many people they booked tee times for. We would get to a tee box and have to wait up to 10 minutes before we could play through. Eventually there would three groups at one tee box waiting to tee off. This was extremely frustrating. Won’t play here again because of this.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

As I have said before, everything here is great, except most players are hacks (least when I was there)...course is a challenge and beautiful layout except the pace of play is way too slow. Why do duffers have to take 3 practice swings and take 15 minutes to putt for their 8's and 9's?

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Amazing mountain golf

You'll come for the moat hole but will remember everything else. Not saying the moat under delivers but more that the rest of the place over delivers. Front has a ton of elevation changes and small greens, back is more punitive. Great place.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Heh? Putt ow?

Course is very tough for average golfer. Course is very scenic and beautiful. YOU BETTER BE AN OUTSTANDING PUTTER AND READ GREENS as they are tricky. I had a 16 inch putt for a birdie, just slightly above the hole...touched it lightly, it just edged hole and rolled 20 feet past. Ugh, and I am a very skilled putter....pace of play good, staff excellent. Try it, you might fall in love like I did.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 47
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Pennsylvania Advisor
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Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played

Loved how fast the greens were today

The greens were fast and the course was not overly for once. Really enjoyed myself and I played the best I ever played there especially putting. Birdied 18 which I do not believe I had done there before. Shot Par on 17 and so I got into a grove on the back comparatively. Forgot some of my yardages on. 2-3 holes and picked the wrong clubs. It was a beautiful day out too! Lot of fun!!!!

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

First open day after Covid

For it being the first open day in the state of Pa I was impressed with the course. As usual the greens were in good shape, te rough was difficult but understandably so considering. Very pleased!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 58
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice but!!!

Great fairways, greens & layout. Tee boxes & cart paths need a lot of work. Renewed cart path between 15 & 16 needs to happen all over course. Parking lots need to be repaved. Carts in good shape.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser

Great Course

This a fun course with a nice mix of easy and challenging holes. Can’t wait to play again!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Fantastic Old Design

Great architecture, as well as some of the nicest (albeit wet) winter conditions around.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
2.0
Previously Played

I understand it’s winter and I don’t expect much for January golf, but from the looks of greens they have not been cleaned up in weeks. Had to putt through goose droppings and large sticks on multiple greens.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 70
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

Challenging

This is one of my favorite courses. If it were closer to my home, I’d be playing it on a regular basis. It is very hilly and there are numerous uphill tee shots. There is even an island green par 3. To score well on this course, you better have a good short game,

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Good course layout, very friendly staff.

Even though the cart path is not in its greatest shape, the course is challenging and the greens and the fairways are decent and the stuff is very friendly. I will certainly come back to play more.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Very windy but course in great shape. Very saturated from recent rain.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 58
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Perfect weather
Used cart

Recomended

Very up & down course. Greens great. Fairways wet but good. Tea boxes need work. Love the course as it's many kinds of shots required. Ball washers in good shape. Cart path between 14 & 15 repaired & is great.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
3.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Average at best. Could be great though, with work.

I"ve played GH now a total of 4 times. It was a very different round of golf each time, but a few things were consistent:

1. The course was soggy. Very soggy. While the fairways didn't have much of the old casual water, they were definitely spongey and that led to a lot of chunked pitches and chips. You couldn't even really get the ball first because it would sink into the ground.

2. the staff was very friendly. They really have some nice people checking in and in the restaurant. Maddie behind the bar was an absolute peach after the round. Great to talk to and really a fine conversationalist.

Generally, the layout is very challenging. I like the need to put your shot in one part of the playing area because i enjoy challenging grees and lies. What i did NOT enjoy was the lack of grass when i found my ball. I'm not a sprayer of the golf ball by any means. I hit a few bad shots and did not expect much, but there were plenty of times where i was in the fairway or just off and i was sitting in spongey dirt. No grass. A few times chipping next to the green, my ball was just on bare dirt with tufts of grass all around it. It's difficult to enjoy golf when you're trying to pull a lucky lie out of the fairway.

That being said, the tees and greens left a lot to be desired too. While the greens ran good and fast and were PLENTY challenging, they were also very bald as well. Many greens have grass issues and do not run true. The ones that were full of grass were very nice however, but i found that to be the exception rather than the rule. Same with tee-boxes. There were quite a few times when i put my tee into dirt. Most notably #2, #3, #4, #10, #17, #15, #6, #9.

Bunkers are hazards and you shouldn't be in them, but i find most courses at least have sand. The majority of the sand traps here at GH are full of rocks. Not pebbles. Rocks the size of a computer mouse.

I guess i could say, if you're looking for a nice challenging round of golf and you're not going to play the ball down at all, this is a great place to go. If you're like me, who enjoys golf for the subtle nuances and challenging lies - then you're going to find this course very unfair.

I can tell you the day didn't start well when i hit my iron down the center of #1 fairway and found mud all over the ball and have it laying on bare ground. I did, however, only pay $20 through a promotion they were having this time and got a free hot dog. That's about what i'd pay at this course any given time. Id play in it's current condition again for that (sans hot dog), but i wouldn' t spot a penny more otherwise. Well, maybe $25 but that's max. The layout and the challenges are awesome, but the tee boxes and greens leave much to be desired - and because of that, i can't overlook the spotty fairways, rough, and bunkers.

The staff is smiling and the food in the restaurant is very good. I would definitely recommend stopping in for a sandwich or burger - my wife had something off the dinner menu and it was very very tasty.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Average at best

Course has a bunch of patchy areas on fairways and some tee boxes need a lot of work. If can get a deal on the place I Would go back but definitely not full price or at least over $30

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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