Broad Run Golfer's Club
Designed by Rees Jones, Broad Run Golfer's Club boasts one of the best layouts in the area. The course sprawls across over 370 acres of rolling hills countryside. The dramatic elevations are definitely not something you would expect from a golf course that is conveniently situated so close to downtown Philadelphia. The elevated tees feel as though they're in the clouds and mature trees frame most of the holes. There are hazards lurking throughout the golf course including swampy marshlands and tall, dense grasses that are all just waiting to swallow errant shots. It is a challenging layout no doubt but it is made more player friendly with generous fairways and Jones was also light on the bunkering. One of the most difficult and scenic holes is the par-5 15th. This hole plays uphill, featuring a blind tee shot to a plateau green surrounded by trees.
|Yellow (W)||72||5438 yards||69.8||127|
|Red (W)||72||5211 yards||65.8||111|
|Black M: 73.4/139||474||412||375||383||315||412||425||146||395||3337||201||385||532||195||422||547||398||184||550||3414||6751|
|Blue M: 71.5/137||455||404||356||340||299||396||405||131||376||3162||175||364||504||172||403||524||384||157||535||3218||6380|
|White M: 70.3/132 W: 75.6/132||440||390||340||324||293||379||387||117||365||3035||158||347||487||147||382||496||367||140||521||3045||6080|
|Yellow M: 66.6/126 W: 72.0/125||412||342||289||297||279||320||351||107||320||2717||132||310||473||129||292||451||317||131||486||2721||5438|
|Red W: 70.7/122||401||332||281||239||250||312||340||97||308||2560||123||304||458||125||288||442||309||122||480||2651||5211|
I had known about this course and had seen numerous promotions on TV and remember playing it once before a number of years ago. On this day there was a group in front of us that was slow and no on course personnel to help. It was a very long frustrating day seeing open holes and not being able to get into a rhythm on a Friday morning. I liked the design of the golf holes but the set up for carts was very awkward and I can't imagine how any seniors can play the course. Also the course is so big that walking it is nearly impossible for all but the younger well fit players. Lots of hills used well in design and greens were deceiving trying to read breaks. As I said, I liked the golf holes themselves but overall it was not a positive experience. Don't think I will go back based on what happened today.
Fun course but SLOW
Played Broad Run on Saturday and the course is great. It's very hilly and you get to do some fun shots over ravines and off moutain tops. The pace of play however is really slow. There is no starter and no one keeping things moving in terms of pace pf play. There is also no beverage cart and the snacks at the turn are nothing special.
Pace of play on a open in golf course in front of the group in front of us made for a negative experience as much as I tried to enjoy the golf course itself. Glad to hear someone else has same opinion.
Great layout, great course
Broad run is like yoga for golfer. The elevation puts your mind at peace. Course was in good condition. Only minor complaint would be the pace of play. There was a foursome in front of us with a handicap cart and they were slow. Would have been nice to see a ranger speak with them to keep pace. Otherwise, great round!
Awesome and Challenging Course
Broad Run is a very unique course in that you feel like you're playing on the sides of a mountain. Some holes are straight uphill all the way, others have valleys with long drop-offs. Each hole is very unique and challenging in its own way. The greens aren't impossibly but they will test even a good putter.
I was very impressed with Broad Run, with everything from the friendly and professional staff (who helped a first time player at the course feel very welcome) to the great conditions to the exceptional views of the surrounding area. The only problem was the pace of play (4:45), which can partially be attributed to the length and difficulty of the course.
It may be challenging, but Broad Run is one of the most scenic and unique courses in the area.
WARNING: Do not walk this course.
Ha! I actually walked the front 9 till one of my playing partners ran into my pushcart & broke it! Yeah, definitely would not recommend walking because even if you're a world-class athlete you'll hold up your group.
The course is in GREAT shape. With leaves starting to change color, the course is beautiful this time of year. It it very hilly and offers several risk/reward opportunities. Highly recommended.
This is a Must play!
one of my favorites in the country! If you haven't gotten to this gem I would definitely make the opportunity especially before more houses go up. right now the course might be in the best shape I've ever seen it in! Except for a couple of the bunkers that had hardly any sand in them!
Broad Run going down hill...
Teeing off at 6:50am on Sunday morning you would expect pace of play to be quick but it took 5 hours to play. Totally unacceptable. No rangers in site to keep pace of play moving. When we complained at the end of the round, all they could say in the pro shop was that their course is rated for a 4 hr 45 min round, no apologies. I've played the course plenty of time before and never has it taken that much time to play. No course should take 4:45 to play let alone 5 hours at 6:50am. Even though they said they were fully booked for they day, only saw the drink cart once. A few of the greens appear to still have aeration marks. No sure what that was about. 18 fairway is really getting chewed up too.
Slow, no very slow play, and no on course personnel seems to be a theme to ruin a great collection of golf holes.
Not What It Used To Be
Broad Run is going downhill fast. First it was policy changes and now staff and course conditions are starting to become an issue. Today we had a 5 hour round on an early Sunday morning with no rangers in sight and when we inquired after the round we were told that pace of play was to be expected. As for the course itself there are still numerous greens that have not fully recovered from aeration, rarely is there sand in a bunker, the 18th fairway is pathetic, no one is out there filling in divots(our cart had 2 empty sand bottles), unrepaired ball marks on the greens. For the amount of $$ they want to charge the course is just not worth it in it's current condition. I'm not sure what has happened in the past few months at Broad Run but it isn't looking good. With all the other options in PA there are far better options to spend your money where you will be treated like a customer and have a decent course to play.
One positive is the Bordley House Grill staff and food were fantastic as usual, the golf staff could learn a few things from them.
Challenging Course, Fun Course
Really enjoyed play on this course. Course conditions were excellent. Clubhouse staff and starters were very helpful. Definitely will play again
Slow, Sand and Starter - All poor
5+ hours to play 18.....Very Slow. No Sand in the Bunkers anywhere on the Course, nothing but Mud and rocks. Starter was a complete jerk and treated everyone as an inconvenience to his time. Later on he passed us 4 times on the course and shrugged when we asked about pace of play. Expected more for $85. Will not be going back any time soon.
Tough the first time
Finally got to play Broad Run after years of wanting to make the 1.5 hour trip. Overall, it was a very good experience. It very much plays like the mountain courses of NEPA. Expect LOTS of elevation changes and quite a few blind shots. This made it a tough go the first time on it, but the yardage guide helped. You will need every club in your bag.
I had a pass to play for $45 on a weekday morning. I feel like it was worth the cost. Had I paid $60+ to play, it may have been a different story, but I guess that's the going rate for a very nice course not far from Philly. Overall, it's worth getting on it at least once.
Top Notch Golf
I had a chance to play this on a GolfNow special for 51$. Took me 45 minutes to drive there. My brothers and I have never played there. They do not play as well and do not necessarily have the most mainstream golf attire or equipment. The staff was extremely friendly to all of us and gave us great servie. Layout was a little different, it is not a walkers course, and you do not see the clubhouse very often once you tee off. There was construction near the course, but it did not interfere with the course conditions or pace of play. The course plays difficult. However, if you can control your tee shots, it will be a very pleasurable round of golf. Fairways were in extremely great shape, tee boxes were flat, and greens rolled perfectly with a good amount of speed. There were plenty of elevation changes, a few blind shots, and plenty of forced carries. It kept you entertained the entire round and was very very scenic.
A Must Play
Broad Run is with out a doubt a must play for anyone who has not had the pleasure. The vistas are spectacular and from the tips a good challenge indeed. No two holes are alike and you use most if not all of your clubs. Wish other golfers were a little more considerate fixing their pitch marks on the green and the tee boxes need a little TLC, but overall a fun challenging layout, the staff is very accomadating and friendly. They had ariated the greens a couple weeks prior to our playing, so when they completely grow in the greens will be rolling great. Take the time and play here, just please fix your ball mark and two others.
Interesting layout, great conditions.......
Just a couple of issues.....it was 93 degrees outside and we never saw a cart girl the whole time. The elevation changes are incredibly extreme and are on every hole......in the heat it is pretty exhausting walking up those giant hills on every hole even with a cart. Other than that, it is a very unique layout and it was in very nice condition.....a course you'll definitely want to check out at least once.
Great, all things considered
I played after about a week's worth of rain. The course was a bit muggy in the beginning, but less than I would have expected. The end of the course was pretty dry. The only quip I had was the greens looked to be recently airated so were a bit rough but otherwise was a tough and fun course
always a good round here
I've been playing Broad Run for a few years and have always considered it a treat to play--the only public course nearby that's more expensive is Glen Mills. But it's always in great condition. The greens are always medium-to-fast and I've never had a problem with the condition of the tee boxes, fairways, or greens. The bunkers are currently a little hard, but whatever, it's November. Compared to all the other public courses within a half hour of west chester, this is top notch. I'd say only glen mills has it beat. Stunning views of the countryside from a few tee boxes and fairways.
The only drawback here is rounds on the weekend can be pretty slow. But that's true everywhere here. I've liked it so much that I recently joined (their young professional prices are a steal).
It also has my favorite first and closing holes around...two par fives, one of them easily reachable, but both risk reward. Not to mention a diverse selection of par threes...one pin-seeking, hole-in-one type, one a hundred feet downhill, and two mid-range ones. There are a handful of par fours that if you walk away with par, you're happy. It's challenging through and through, but there are a lot of birdie holes, too. My kind of golf.
Amazing course with incredible views. This has quickly become my favorite course in Southeastern PA. The elevation changes and blind shots give this course character that isn't found in many other places. Many times you will end up playing to a yardage due to hazards, but it makes for an interesting round. Can't say enough about how great this golf club is... Highly recommend getting a round in here.