Galen Hall Golf Club
|Red (W)||73||5105 yards||68.8||113|
|Blue M: 69.1/127||336||475||365||195||325||480||156||500||410||3242||164||380||520||325||453||193||350||184||480||3049||6291|
|White M: 67.3/122||320||465||351||170||300||470||125||485||355||3041||155||348||500||293||438||132||320||168||475||2829||5870|
|Gold M: 64.6/116||314||464||350||145||293||370||127||418||245||2726||132||334||431||259||359||87||316||155||470||2543||5269|
|Red W: 68.9/114||309||460||345||125||180||365||120||414||238||2556||127||330||425||255||354||83||310||150||320||2354||4910|
Food & BeverageBar, Grill, Restaurant
Available FacilitiesClubhouse, Lounge
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Photo submitted by sixeagles on 08/19/2019
Photo submitted by sixeagles on 08/19/2019
Photo submitted by sixeagles on 08/19/2019
Looking forward to Galen 2018 Photo submitted by PJB78 on 04/28/2019
Photo submitted by gjp220 on 09/12/2015
#1 tee looking straight down fairway to the green Photo submitted by BigJimSportSlam on 07/08/2013
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..
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!!!!
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!
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.
This a fun course with a nice mix of easy and challenging holes. Can’t wait to play again!
Fantastic Old Design
Great architecture, as well as some of the nicest (albeit wet) winter conditions around.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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