Pittsburgh. When I think of this city, I think of hard working folks that are tough as nails. And their unwavering loyalty to one of the most storied football teams in history. These folks are proud of where they’re from and won’t let anyone tell them different.
What I wasn’t aware of is how much people love their golf in Pittsburgh. Come to find out, a lot of our readers call the city home. And they were kind enough to share their thoughts on the best public courses in the area so I could put together a guide.
Quicksilver Golf Club
Quicksilver Golf Club is located a bit of a drive from downtown Pittsburgh in the lush rolling countryside of Western Pennsylvania. The views are splendid, and the course is to die for.
Known for being one of the best conditioned courses around, it’s more than apparent no detail is overlooked. The greens are fast and true.
Even though the layout is somewhat old school, the fairways are generous. The real shot values are found in the approach shots that involve elevation change and ask precision into greens that are well protected.
A locals’ favorite for many years, don’t turn down a chance to play Quicksilver Golf Club.
Rolling Fields Golf Club
Rolling Fields Golf Club dates all the way back to 1955.
True to its name, this layout traverses rolling terrain through wooded forests. Keeping the ball in play is a must and you can expect some uneven lies. This makes for some interesting shot making.
This isn’t a long course either. That makes it playable for everyone. Precision and strategy are more important than being a bomber.
Regulars also rave about the level of service they receive at Rolling Fields. The entire staff is happy to be there and want everyone to have fun above all else.
A fun round at a fair price.
Grandview Golf Club
Grandview Golf Club is an experience unlike any other in the Pittsburgh area. The course is perched high atop a hill and overlooks the downtown skyline and the Monongahela River. Bring your camera.
The layout itself features at least some elevation change on the majority of holes. Here again, the occasional uneven lie is to be expected.
When you’re done with your round, Asti’s Restaurant will be calling your name for delicious food, a stiff pour, and friendly service.
For Cherry Golf Club
One of the best munis in the country just might be Fort Cherry Golf Course. This track gets a lot of play. With that said, it’s always in good shape and pace of play moves along.
The layout is fairly open off the tee. However, many of the greens are elevated and protected by bunkers.
Even though most holes are right in front of you, this course will test your mettle throughout the bag.
A great value, friendly service, and a fun round of golf.
Mt. Lebanon Golf Course
Mt. Lebanon Golf Course opened on Independence Day, 1907. I bet that was one heck of a party!
Even though this track has been renovated a few times over the last century, much of its original charm remains to this day.
Again, not a long track, but one where you have to pay attention.
The greens are quite small and can be tricky to read.
One of the better kept secrets in the Pittsburgh area, don’t overlook Mt. Lebanon.
Conley Resort and Golf Club
Conley Resort and Golf Club is one the premier destination resorts in the state. There’s something for everyone to do here.
Locals describe a round here as peaceful. The course is set in the country amongst rolling hills and heavily wooded forest. Serene lakes dot the property as well.
As seems to be a theme with courses in this part of the country, Conley Resort isn’t long by modern standards. Yet again, the emphasis is on brains over brawn.
If you’re going to stay a while, don’t hesitate to bring the family. Besides golf, you can enjoy hiking, an indoor waterpark, and some of the finest dining to be found anywhere.
Hickory Heights Golf Club
Hickory Heights is a classic American eastern seaboard design.
Set amongst stately trees and rolling hills, this track is full of character.
Small greens and narrow fairways demand your best from tee to green.
Once you’re on the green, take a little extra time to read putts. The breaks are subtle and leave even the best putters scratching their head from time to time.
A wonderful old school design, don’t miss out on Hickory Heights.
Meadowink Golf Course
Meadowink Golf Course sits in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains. This is as good as it gets in Pennsylvania for mountain golf.
If you get a chance to play this course in the fall, it comes highly recommended. The contrast of changing leaves and bright blue sky is a sight to behold.
The design is somewhat minimalist. Water only comes into play on a few holes and there are fewer bunkers than most other tracks. With that said, it’s a great test for players of all abilities.
For a round of golf that you won’t forget anytime soon, put Meadowink on your list.
Moon Golf Club
Moon Golf Club is only a short drive from downtown Pittsburgh.
Even though it’s in the middle of the city, you’ll feel like you’re anywhere but a concrete jungle. The natural setting is as quiet as it is picturesque.
There’s plenty of history to be found here too. The course opened in 1932.
Its age is reflected in its design. The course is less than 6,000 yards from the back tees but demands accuracy and thoughtful course management.
Great location, reasonable price, and a fun round await at Moon Golf Club.
Longue Vue Club
Longue Vue Golf Club’s name is fitting. From many of the holes, you can see for miles.
This course is one of the more difficult tests in the Pittsburgh area. Narrow fairways, undulating greens, and frequent elevation changes ask for your best stuff if you’re going to score well.
Long Vue is known for being in impeccable condition too. The Superintendent clearly knows what he’s doing.
Regardless of what you shoot, you’re sure to have a blast playing Longue Vue.
My time in Pittsburgh has been limited over the years. In fact, my trips here have always been for work.
Having heard from our readers who call this city home, I’m more than convinced that there’s great golf to be found, however. You can bet I’m bringing my clubs on my next trip.
If you have more to say about public golf in the Land of the Steel Curtain, feel free to drop us a note down below.