A Quick Nine: Best public golf courses in Pennsylvania

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According to our PGA.com Facebook friends, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is high up on the list when it comes to best public courses in Pennsylvania.
T.J. Auclair, Interactive Producer

Series: A Quick Nine

Published: Thursday, September 06, 2012 | 10:17 a.m.

There's nothing we like more at PGA.com than great courses that are open to the public.

This week we reached out to our friends in Pennsylvania for a little help. We asked those in or familiar with golf in the Keystone State to tell us: What are the best golf courses available to the public?

We must admit this is a pretty stout list.

Check out the list of courses below -- identified by our friends in PGA.com Facebook Nation -- as the best (open to the public) in Pennsylvania.

Agree with the list? Disagree with the list? Let us know why in the comments section below.

Also, if you've played any of the courses listed below and would like to leave a review, be sure to click that courses name and visit its course page on PGA.com.

9. Whispering Woods Golf Club in Erie, Pa. Here's a description from its website: "Whispering Woods can accommodate any golfer with five sets of tees, chiseled fairways, 50 bunkers and creatively shaped greens. Play your best golf while your senses experience the tall trees, wandering streams, soothing waterfalls, and rolling terrain of northwestern Pennsylvania."

Facebook fan quote:

"Whispering Woods... Erie." -- Ian Woodruff

8. Venango Valley Inn & Golf Course in Venango, Pa. Here's what they say about Venango: "Located in the rural foothills south of Lake Erie, and situated on the banks of the historic French Creek, the Venango Valley Inn & Golf Course is a family owned establishment, rich in Pennsylvania history and hospitality. Venango Valley Golf Course is a public, daily fee 18-hole golf course with a fully automated driving range with natural grass tees and two practice greens. A historic inn, built in 1838 serves as the foundation of the clubhouse. In the clubhouse you'll find one of the finest restaurants in Northwest Pennsylvania. You'll also find a friendly, full service bar featuring everything from Sprague Brew (microbrew) specialties to Australian Shiraz. Open year round, the restaurant specializes in Italian, Steaks and Seafood, and also serves up a variety of sandwiches, salads, vegetarian and healthy heart entrees."

Facebook fan quote:

"Venango Valley in Venango, Pa." -- Matt Dailey

7. Cobb's Creek Golf Club in Philadelphia, Pa. Featuring two courses, The Olde Course and The Karakung Course, Cobb's Creek is a favorite in the Greater Philadelphia area. The Olde Course has received many accolades. Not surprising, seeing as it was designed by Hugh Wilson (architect of the famed Merion-East course, which will host the 2013 U.S. Open).

Facebook fan quotes:

"Cobb's Creek golf course -- Philadelphia." -- Ray Hofmann

"Cobb's." -- Bhargav Shingre

6. Buck Hill Golf Club in Buck Hill Falls, Pa. From the course's website description: "Buck Hill Golf Club enjoys a long and storied past. Opening its first nine holes in 1907, Buck Hill quickly established itself as the premier course in the Pocono Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania. As you play through the wooded, rolling mountainside terrain, you will experience the timeless design of legendary golf course architects Donald Ross and Robert White. Ridgeline silhouettes, relentless undulations, and classic subtleties define this 27-hole masterpiece."

Facebook fan quote:

"Buck Hill Golf Club. Donald Ross Classic." -- Joe O'Malley

5. Hershey Links in Hummelstown, Pa. This is a great track, but not your traditional flat, links course. There are plenty of rolling hills at Hershey Links, providing incredible views. It's also real close to the Hershey theme park and could double up as a great family vacation.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Hershey Links, Hershey, Pa. hands down." -- Craig Dewalt

"Hershey Links." -- David Holland

4. Penn National Golf Club in Fayetteville, Pa. There is plenty of great stay and play packages available at this 36-hole facility, located 20 miles west of Gettysburg, Pa.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Penn National Golf Club in Fayetteville, Pa." -- Logan Moon

"Penn National." -- Keith Helinsky

"Penn. National and just played Greencastle Golf Club... What a hidden gem that is!" -- Tom Osborne

3. Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, Pa. In particular, the Mystic Rock course, designed by Pete Dye used to be home to a PGA Tour event. It provides one of the most difficult tests in Western Pennsylvania.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Nemacolin Woodlands Resort." -- Kelly Holly

"Nemacolin is sweet, I like Wyncote as well." -- Jerry Bosse

"Mystic Rock at Nemacolin." -- Jason Wheeler

2. Olde Stonewall in Ellwood City, Pa. Ranked among the top 50 public courses in the country according to Golf Digest, Olde Stonewall is simply amazing. I say that as someone who has played and spent most of that day visiting most, if not all of its bunkers. An absolute must play.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Olde Stonewall Golf Club, Ellwood City, Pa." -- Luke Newstrom

"Old Stonewall in Elwood City. One of the most scenic (and challenging) rounds you will ever play." -- Michael Dodge

"Olde Stonewall Golf Club, Ellwood City, Pa. Rated number one public in Pa." -- Luke Newstrom

1. The Golf Course at Glen Mills in Glen Mills, Pa. Well, according to our friends in PGA.com Facebook Nation, when it comes to great public golf courses in Pennsylvania, Glen Mills takes the cake.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Glen Mills is the best in the Philly area." -- Michael Lane

"Glen Mills." -- Ben Ricci

"Glen Mills for sure." -- Howard Flowers

"The Golf Course at Glen Mills." -- Jason Schatz

"Glen Mills for sure. Great mission and great golf course. What more could you ask for?" -- John Morton 



Totteridge has to be in the mix here somewhere scenic challenging links style course