Top public and private courses in Pennsylvania

Want to play Pennsylvania’s best public golf courses? The legacy of legendary architect Pete Dye has you covered. Want to play the best private courses in Keystone State? They have some of the best classic layouts in the country to choose from, but for most of us good luck teeing off at these timeless beauties.

Dye designed Mystic Rock in Nemacolin, a sprawling resort 90 minutes southeast of Pittsburgh Airport. Mystic Rock opened in 1995 and was extensively renovated in 2021 by longtime Dye collaborator Tim Liddy. Built on beautifully rolling terrain, Mystic Rock is ranked #1 in the state on Golfweek’s list of the best courses to play for public-facing layouts. It also ranks 10th among all courses owned or operated in association with casinos in the US

Nemacolin is also home to the Dye-designed Shepherd’s Rock and the state’s No. 5 public course.

On the private side, Oakmont Country Club and Merion Golf Club are in the spotlight, each having hosted multiple national championships. But they’re hardly alone as preeminent private clubs in Pennsylvania. Each of the state’s top 20 private courses is among the top 150 on Golfweek’s list of the best modern or classic courses, with 1960 being the year that shared these two prestigious lists.

Golfweek’s Best offers many course ranking lists, with those of Top publicly available courses in each state to the most popular. All courses on this list are open to the public in some way, whether it’s through daily green fees, through a resort, or by staying at an affiliated hotel. If there is a will, there is a start time.

Those are popular too Golfweek’s Best Rankings of the best private courses in each state, and this list for Pennsylvania’s prestigious private offerings is also provided below.

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(m): Modern course built in or after 1960
(c): Classic course built before 1960

Note: If there is a number in parentheses next to the m or c, this indicates where that course ranks in Golfweek’s top 200 modern or classic courses.

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2. Omni Bedford Springs (old)
Bedford (T200c)

3. Olde Stonewall
Ellwood City (m)

4. Glen Mills Golf Course
Glen Mills (m)

6. Hershey CC (West)
Hershey (c)

8. Left at Gettysburg
Gettysburg (m)

9. Jeffersonville GC
Jeffersonville (c)

10. Wide barrel
West Chester (m)

Oakmont Country Club

The pew bunker at Oakmont Country Club in Pennylvania (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

1.Oakmont CC
Oakmont (6c)

2. Merion (East)
Ardmore (7c)

3. Philadelphia Cricket Club (Wissahickon)
Mehlstadt (T38c)

4. Fox Chapel
Pittsburgh (T63)

5. Aronimink
Neustadter Platz (68c)

6. Lancaster CC
Lancaster (72c)

7. Laurel Valley
Ligonier (T82c)

8. CC of Scranton
Scranton (T88c)

9. Rolling Green
Springfield (T110c)

10. Saucon Valley (Weyhill)
Bethlehem (T121m)

11. Golf Mills
King of Prussia (T117c)

13. Stone Wall (old)
Elverson (T128m)

14. Huntingdon Valley CC
Huntingdon Valley (T128c)

T15. Lehigh
Allentown (T130c)

T15. Philadelphia CC (Spring Mill)
Gladwyne (T130c)

17. Pittsburgh Field Club
Pittsburgh (T134c)

T18. Saucon Valley (old)
Bethlehem (T139c)

T18. Longue Vue Club
Verona (T139c)

T18. Sunnahna
Johnstown (T139c)