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Fox Chapel Golf Club

Pittsburgh, PA Private

Overview

When Fox Chapel hosted the 1985 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship (won by Michiko Hattori), some observers were disappointed that its Seth Raynor design seemed so ordinary. Greens had become circular, many bunkers were overgrown and those that still existed bore fancy modern shapes. Most alarming, the Fox’s 17th, originally a Biarritz hole, had the front portion of the green and trench mowed as fairway. In the early 1990s, architect Brian Silva was called in to restore Raynor’s features. He reclaimed green dimensions, including the Biarritz, and recaptured original bunkers, particularly the necklace wrapped around the front of the 11th (“Short”) green. Tom Marzolf, of Tom Fazio Design, has continued to refine and draw forth more Raynor-inspired shaping and bunkering--this latest work debuted in the fall of 2020 with profound enhancements to the Punchbowl second (a par 5), Redan sixth, the Lions Mouth green complex at nine, Bottle 16th and the Redan.

About

Holes 18
Length 6705
Slope 137
Facility Type Private
Designer Seth Raynor

Awards

100 Greatest the Second 100
Best Courses in Every State

Ranking history:

Second 100 Greatest: Ranked since 2017.
2023-'24 ranking: 145th.
Previous ranking: 147th.
Highest ranking: 128th, 2017-'18.

(Course was listed on the original 1966 ranking of America's 200 Toughest Courses.)

Best in State: Ranked since 1991.
Current ranking: 6th.

Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4.3

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.4282
Character
7.4237
Challenge
7.1597
Layout Variety
7.5086
Fun
7.4414
Aesthetics
7.2265
Conditioning
7.4031

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