Omni Bedford Springs Resort - Old Course

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4.2
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Conditions
4.0
Value
3.9
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.6
80.4%
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8 out of 9 reviews
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3.5
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3.0
Value
3.0
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4.0
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.5
50.0%
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1 out of 2 reviews
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3.7
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Conditions
3.3
Value
3.3
Layout
4.0
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.7
66.7%
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2 out of 3 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 72
Length 6785 yards
Slope 140
Rating 73.4
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Medal 72 6785 yards 73.4 140
Ross 72 6446 yards 71.9 136
Tillinghast 72 6023 yards 69.3 130
Oldham (W) 72 5106 yards 69.8 122
Scorecard for Bedford Springs
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Medal M: 73.4/140 310 192 589 223 611 358 387 356 525 3551 124 467 410 615 136 359 593 174 356 3234 6785
Blue M: 71.9/136 302 178 577 212 562 343 372 336 496 3378 112 440 370 592 129 343 571 165 346 3068 6446
White M: 71.0/133 300 195 568 196 555 325 375 329 501 3344 122 443 376 596 128 335 578 157 352 3087 6431
Cream M: 69.3/130 291 167 519 202 520 313 338 309 451 3110 104 432 337 545 114 338 562 156 325 2913 6023
Red W: 69.8/122 243 106 445 135 449 264 277 242 406 2567 93 306 296 488 108 281 503 147 317 2539 5106
Handicap 17 11 7 1 5 9 3 13 15 18 2 10 4 16 14 8 6 12
Par 4 3 5 3 5 4 4 4 5 37 3 4 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 35 72
Handicap (W) 15 18 3 10 6 13 4 14 9 17 2 12 8 16 1 11 5 7

Course Details

Year Built 1895
Fairways Rye Grass
Greens Rye Grass
Golf Season Year round. High Season: May - October
Architect A. W. Tillinghast (1916) Donald Ross (1924) Ron Forse (2007)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Yes
Fivesomes Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper attire is required.

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Reviews

4.2
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Handicap 5-9
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4.0
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First Time Playing

Must Play Penna Course

Eventhough the rains came Sat night and the course should have been closed it was a great day at the Old Course. CPO did not effect pace of play as we finished in 4.5 hrs. Fairways and greens were soft but in perfect condition. Course played very long due to wet conditions over last few week. Still worth the experience.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Galoshes needed

This is a beautiful golf cours that has nice plush fairways, manicured sand traps, and fast greens. It is a great course that is very challenging to score. The day I played the skies were clear and the weather was great! The biggest problem with this course is that it is in a valley with a stream running through the entire course. When it rains thier is no where for the water to drain to because the streams are full from the surrounding mts. The fairways were extremely wet and it was cart path only. It was a lot of walking and a lot of plugged balls. It’s not worth the money if the course is wet and you have to walk.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 250 Contributor
Central P A Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Day On Historic Course But Expected A Little More

Yesterday I played this historic course on a picture-perfect day. The course was soggy from heavy rains two days earlier; so, it was cart path only. I was impressed the soggy conditions didn't keep the ground crew from maintaining the fairways and greens in beautiful aesthetic shape. Of course, we didn't get much (if any) roll on the fairways, but the greens were receptive.

Most golfers will enjoy this resort course. Pace of play is OK. Our foursome completed the round in 4 hours 35 minutes; not a bad time for cart path only. Best of all, we never pushed the foursome ahead of us or delayed the foursome behind us.

Fairways are generous. the length is manageable assuming one plays from the appropriate tees, and there are risk/reward choices to be made. Greens are challenging to say the least. Lots of slope, subtle undulation, and grain issues.

I was a little disappointed with the architecture. I expected some memorable holes, and there really aren't many. For me, only #17 stands out; it's a relatively long par three with a long, narrow green. There's a deep bunker to the left and a hill on the right. A truly scary hole.

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

The Best Course In PA, Period

The layout in downright challenging for all skill sets. It is next to one amazing hotel which you see from the distance amongst the Mountain View. Tee box’s are perfect, green Roll at least 11-12 range all year round, fairways and bunkers are perfect. This course you will never forget playing.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Why can't architects make courses like this today?

Awesome course. Yes it can be tight, and greens are very challenging, but what a pleasure to play. Great assortment of holes. A bit pricey, but have paid more to play courses that can't even be remotely comparable to this place. If you love playing between backyards don't go here; but if you love a beautiful golf course in beautiful setting it is a must play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

A golf trip back in time

Playing the Old course at Bedford Springs twice in two days in May gave me a full appreciation for this special and endearing place located in a peaceful rural setting two hours west of Pittsburgh. The architecture team of Ron Forse and Jim Nagle did a bang-up job in the restoration of this Donald Ross/A.W. Tillinghast course about a decade ago. They remained true to classical architecture, while adding their own touches. Forse calls Bedford Springs a "museum" of course design.

It seems so straightforward until the five long par 5s and brutal rough pound you until submission. I'd like to see the rough kept a little shorter for pace of play and playability reasons, but it's a minor complaint.

The par 3s are as varied as any course I've ever seen. I don't think I've ever come across a par 3 rated the No. 1 handicap like the vaunted "volcano" hole - the 223-yard fourth. I needed driver to hit the green set on top of a hill. The 124-yard uphill 10th hole and 136-yard downhill 14th hole play completely different. The 14th - called "Tiny Tim" was taken from Tillinghast's book, The Course Beautiful, and features 11 tiny mounds to the left of the green that are called "chocolate drops", a staple of early architecture. Most golfers won't appreciate the history, but to us golf geeks, every round feels like a tour back in time.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Average weather
Used cart

Fantastic Course

My wife and I went on a weekend retreat to Bedford for the third time in the last 3 years. This is the third time I've played the Old Course and it is just a great experience. The staff is as friendly and as accommodating as you can ever imagine. Pace of play is well maintained. Perfect fairways, true greens and a great test of golf matched with a beautiful layout. I've played as a single twice and both rounds were around 2.5 hours for 18 holes. The practice area is close to PGA standards and is very well maintained. I can't say enough about this course and resort in general - it's worth the drive, the money and every minute of your time. The Par 3's can put you in a hole quickly, give them all the respect they deserve!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Wonderful, Historic Course

I played two rounds at the Old Course at Bedford Springs as part of a golf trip with a buddy. We had a wonderful time. The course is difficult, historic and beautiful. Highlights: -- Course is extremely well maintained. One of the best I have ever seen in 30+ years of playing golf. In addition, the course has wonderful sightlines. It is not cluttered by ball washers, trash cans, park benchs, porta potties, etc. You won't find any of that. -- Staff was very helpful and friendly. -- Course was challenging. Anyone with a handicap of 18+ (or no handicap) should play the front tees. -- Spend $10 and buy the yardage book in the pro shop. It's full of great notes about the history of the course, which is one of the oldest in the eastern U.S. -- Most of the greens are small and all are very fast and difficult.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

TOUGH COURSE

This course is really well kept. The rough is very difficult and you can easily lose a ball the rolls through the fairway. There is no shame in teeing it forward on this course. The green complexes are tiered and fast. Fun to play if you know what to expect. Not so fun if you are a beginner golfer.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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