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Best golf courses near Philadelphia, PA

Below, you’ll find a list of courses near Philadelphia, PA. There are 72 courses within a 15-mile radius of Philadelphia, 28 of which are public courses and 43 are private courses. There are 57 18-hole courses and 14 nine-hole layouts.

The above has been curated through Golf Digest’s Places to Play course database, where we have collected star ratings and reviews from our 1,900 course-ranking panelists. Join our community by signing up for Golf Digest+ and rate the courses you’ve visited recently.

Pine Valley Golf Club
Private
Pine Valley Golf Club
Pine Valley, NJ
5
267 Panelists
A genuine original, its unique character is forged from the sandy pine barrens of southwest Jersey. Founder George Crump had help from now-legendary architects H.S. Colt, A.W. Tillinghast, George C. Thomas Jr. and Walter Travis. Hugh Wilson (of Merion fame) and his brother Alan finished the job, and William Flynn and Perry Maxwell made revisions. Throughout the course, Pine Valley blends all three schools of golf design—penal, heroic and strategic—often times on a single hole. Recent tree removal at selected spots have revealed some gorgeous views of the sandy landscape upon which the course is routed, and bunker reconstruction by Tom Fazio has given the barrens a more intricate and ornate look.
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Merion Golf Club: East
Private
Merion Golf Club: East
Ardmore, PA
4.9
272 Panelists
Merion East has long been considered the best course on the tightest acreage in America, and when it hosted the U.S. Open in 2013, its first since 1981, the present generation of big hitters couldn’t conquer this clever little course. They couldn’t consistently hit its twisting fairways, which are edged by creeks, hodge-podge rough and OB stakes and couldn’t consistently hold its canted greens, edged by bunkers that stare back. Justin Rose won with a 72-hole total of one-over-par, two ahead of Jason Day and Phil Mickelson. With Gil Hanse's extensive two-year renovation making even more improvements at Merion's East Course, the design should be even more polished when the Open returns again in 2030.
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The Philadelphia Cricket Club: Wissahickon
Philadelphia Cricket was Tillinghast’s home club in his early years as a golfer, so when he laid out a new course for the club in the early 1920s, he devoted special attention to it. Over the century, it aged. Greens shrank, bunkers eroded, trees grew (including one right through the roof of a clubhouse veranda). In 2008, Keith Foster was retained to restore the course to its Tillinghast glory, but a poor economy postponed the work until the summer of 2013. The Cricket is now faithful to Tilly once again, with trees removed and original greens and bunkers reclaimed, including the famed “Great Hazard” that must be carried on the par-5 seventh. As per his request, Tillinghast’s ashes were scattered in the Wissahickon Creek that crosses the 18th green.
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Philadelphia Country Club: Spring Mill
4.5
102 Panelists
Philadelphia Country Club's Spring Mill Course in Gladwyne is ranked as one of the best golf courses in Pennsylvania. Discover our experts reviews and tee time information
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Aronimink Golf Club
Private
Aronimink Golf Club
Newtown Square, PA
4.5
168 Panelists
Aronimink is an object lesson in architectural evolution. After Donald Ross completed his design in 1928, he proclaimed, “I intended to make this my masterpiece.” That didn’t keep club members from bringing in William Gordon in the 1950s to eliminate out-of-play fairway bunkers and move other bunkers closer to greens. The course was later revamped by Dick Wilson, George Fazio and Robert Trent Jones. In the 1990s and into the 2000s, Ron Prichard, one of the profession’s original restoration specialists, began returning Aronimink back to Ross’s conception based on the architect’s drawings and field diagrams. But there was always a discrepancy between what Ross drew in plans and what was actually built in 1928. A more recent renovation by Gil Hanse and Jim Wagner, who live nearby, has put the course’s architecture more in line with what aerial photographs depict of the early design, particularly the bunkering that might have been imagined as larger in scale but built in smaller, more scatter-shot formations.
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Llanerch Country Club
Private
Llanerch Country Club
Havertown, PA
4.3
44 Panelists
Llanerch Country Club in Havertown is ranked as one of the best golf courses in Pennsylvania. Discover our experts reviews and tee time information
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Rolling Green Golf Club
Private
Rolling Green Golf Club
Springfield, PA
4.2
88 Panelists
Rolling Green Golf Club in Springfield is ranked as one of the best golf courses in Pennsylvania. Discover our experts reviews and tee time information
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Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club
Private
Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club
Fort Washington, PA
4.2
88 Panelists
Manufacturers' Golf & Country Club in Fort Washington is ranked as one of the best golf courses in Pennsylvania. Discover our experts reviews and tee time information
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Gulph Mills Golf Club
Private
Gulph Mills Golf Club
King of Prussia, PA
4.2
34 Panelists
Gulph Mills Golf Club in King of Prussia is ranked as one of the best golf courses in Pennsylvania. Discover our experts reviews and tee time information
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Huntingdon Valley Country Club: Toomey/Flynn
Private
Huntingdon Valley Country Club: Toomey/Flynn
Huntingdon Valley, PA
4.2
45 Panelists
Founded in 1897, Huntingdon Valley started out as a nine-hole course before expanding to 18 in the 1910s. The club then had to move to its present site in the 1920s and acquired enough land for 27 holes. The main 18 was designed by William Flynn and Howard Toomey and opened for play in 1928.The third nine called the C course fell into disrepair during the Great Depression and only the main 18 was maintained. However to coincide with the club’s centennial, they hired Ron Prichard to bring back what is now called the Centennial nine. The greens are difficult in terms of both undulation and slope. Huntingdon's routing is its strength, as it makes great use of incredibly rolling topography where the only flat lie one gets is on the tee box. It also takes advantage of the valley and creek that the property sits on meaning golfers have to navigate and avoid the tough features they bring.
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Whitemarsh Valley Country Club
Private
Whitemarsh Valley Country Club
Lafayette Hill, PA
3.9
50 Panelists
Situated just north of Philadelphia, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club was the first 18-hole course designed by George C. Thomas. Thomas designed the course, known originally at Mount Airy Country Club, on his family’s estate. The course is one of the few that Thomas created before heading to California, where he designed Los Angeles Country Club, Riviera and Bel-Air Country Club, among other notable layouts. At Whitemarsh, Thomas used sprawling bunkers with jagged thumbs to shape many holes, as he would come to do at his top designs. Many of the greens accept run-up shots, making Whitemarsh playable for the average golfer, though clever shaping requires precise shots to get close to many hole locations.
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Philadelphia Cricket Club: Militia Hill
Private
Philadelphia Cricket Club: Militia Hill
Plymouth Meeting, PA
3.9
48 Panelists
Philadelphia Cricket Club's Militia Hill course in Flourton is ranked as one of the best golf courses in Pennsylvania. Discover our experts reviews and tee time information
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Union League: Liberty Hill
Private
Union League: Liberty Hill
Lafayette Hill, PA
3.9
43 Panelists
Formerly The Ace Club, built by the Chubb Foundation back in 2003, Union League Liberty Hill is a Gary Player design sitting on 311 rolling acres. Liberty Hill was now acquired by the Philadelphia Union League as part of its growing golf portfolio.
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Merion Golf Club: West
Private
Merion Golf Club: West
Ardmore, PA
3.8
25 Panelists
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Trump National Golf Club Philadelphia
3.8
42 Panelists
Trump National Philadelphia, in Pine Hill, N.J., is a Tom Fazio design with some rolling terrain down the street from Pine Valley. Donald Trump told our John Barton in 2014: "I think it's as good as Pine Valley, OK? People from Pine Valley are playing it all the time, and some say it's just as good, and some say it's better."
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Philmont Country Club: North
Private
Philmont Country Club: North
Huntingdon Valley, PA
3.4
17 Panelists
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Cobbs Creek Golf Club: The Olde Course
Public
Cobbs Creek Golf Club: The Olde Course
Philadelphia, PA
When it originally opened in 1916, Cobbs Creek was among the few clubs in the United States to welcome all ethnicities. The historically inclusive course on the west side of Philadelphia hosted the 1928 U.S. Amateur Public Links. In recent years, the public course has fallen on tough times and closed in 2020. But in the spring of 2022, the course was scheduled to begin a long-awaited $65 million revitalization plan, which was to include a restoration of the Olde course, led by Gil Hanse and Jim Wagner. However, with a battle ensuing between those behind the project and locals, the future of Cobbs Creek is in limbo.
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Bala Golf Club: Bala
Private
Bala Golf Club: Bala
Philadelphia, PA
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