FORE! … Or Rather FIVE of Philly’s Best Public and Private Golf Courses

When you think of things to do in Philadelphia, golfing probably isn’t one of them. But fact is there are multiple public and private courses located within city limits.

Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned golfer, laid-back or looking to join a country club, these courses have something for every urban golfer.

John F Byrne Golf Course

John F. ByrneGolf Course

The John F. Byrne Golf Course is located in Northeast Philadelphia. The 18-hole course was purchased by the city in the early 1960s. Some have noted that the public course can be a bit challenging for first-timers. John F. Byrne has hosted several tournaments including the Philadelphia Publinks Senior Open Amateur Championship.

Torresdale-Frankford Country Club

Torrsesdale-Frankford Country Club

If the John F. Byrne course doesn’t suit you, head on over to the Torresdale-Frankford Country Club. The private course is located just across the road from its public counterpart. The club offers a luscious green course and plenty of amenities including fine dining, swimming, and tennis for more than 350 members. The clubhouse is currently undergoing renovations.

Walnut Lane Golf Club

Walnut Lane Golf Club

The Walnut Lane Golf Club is located in the city’s Roxborough section. It is not the largest of the public courses in the city but the price to play 18 holes is the most reasonable. It’s great for beginners and those who want to learn the game of golf.

Bala Country Club

Bala Golf Club

Another private course located in the city is the Bala Golf Club. Its clubhouse was completely renovated in March  and a new ladies’ locker room has also been installed. The picturesque course, which hosted the 1952 U.S. Women’s Open, is home to the St. Joseph’s University golf team.

Cobbs Creek Golf Club

Cobbs Creek Golf Club 

Cobbs Creek Golf Club is unique in the fact that it is actually made up of not one but two 18-hole courses – the Karakung Course and the Olde Course. The club is the site of the first public course in Philadelphia. The Olde course was selected in the Top 100 golf courses and was ranked as the No. 6 Best Municipal Course by Golfweek Magazine. The club hosted the 1928 USGA Amateur Public Links Tournament and a PGA Tour event, the 1955 Philadelphia Inquirer Open.

– Text and images by Michelle Kapusta and Stephen Pileggi.

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