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4.2
120 Reviews (120)
5 Stars
46
4 Stars
57
3 Stars
13
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.7
Value
4.5
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.0
91.4%
Recommend this course
111 out of 120 reviews
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3.9
11 Reviews (11)
5 Stars
2
4 Stars
6
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.4
Value
4.3
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.7
81.8%
Recommend this course
9 out of 11 reviews
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4.3
19 Reviews (19)
5 Stars
8
4 Stars
8
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.8
Value
4.6
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.7
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.8
89.5%
Recommend this course
17 out of 19 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

Accolades

Reviews

4.2
120 Reviews (120)

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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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Philly Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

need to know the course

There are a handful of holes you need to play a couple times to learn how to play them. The second hole was very quirky and the 14th you had to know yardage for two creeks that cross the fairway. Overall enjoyed the course. It's not long but the hills, particularly the side hill fairways, make up for that. Two long par 3's played tough. Course seems to have several areas with water damage, some tees were in bad shape but the greens were good. On the slow side and tricky breaks to read, or not read, into some putts.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Great Day at the Hall

Love playing here. Old-school design and every hole is a little different. Greens are fast and true. Fairways were in stellar condition. Only downsides - - tee boxes need some serious attention and cart paths are bumpy and filled with potholes. Clubhouse staff was extremely friendly but half-way house after nine was closed.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Great Shape

I walked the course on Friday and it was in great shape.

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

Great course

Great historic course with a unique layout and awesome views the entire round. Greens and fairways were in great shape, if you haven't played here make it happen you won't regret it.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Firm and fast greens

Challenging course. Somewhat narrow fairways, VERY firm and fast greens. Elevation changes. Uneven lies. Thick rough. Blind shots. This course is tough even though it's 5900 whites and 6200 blues
The course and slope rating needs to be changed. They need to re-rated much higher than they currently are. No way a "scratch" golfer is coming here and shooting 5 under par. I'm a 4 handicap and am thrilled with a round in the mid to high 70s

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Galen gonna be good this year

After 8 days of green growth and super winds Sat., Galen is dry and greens are beginning to firm into the rollercoaster ride you've come to expect on this classic.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

first round of year

just came off of my fourth week of physical therapy for my shoulder. my score was not good, forgot my wedge at home. Had a great time with my golf buddies

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

Very good winter golf

It was great to be out on a winter day - temp low 40's but no wind. Made good time & great to be playing.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Great course with fast pace greens that will challenge your putting skills. First Island green in the US - hole # 15. Definitely worth your time.

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