Omni Bedford Springs Resort - Old Course
|Oldham (W)||72||5106 yards||69.8||122|
|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|
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.