Birdsfoot Golf Club
I've been here before and enjoyed the great layout, but have had issues with pace of play. This time I was playing under threat of thunderstorms (the radar showed the storms missing to the northwest but people still stayed home) so the course was not crowded on a Monday late afternoon.
I teed off at 3:48 and finished playing at around 6:50pm. There was a threesome in front of me but they allowed me to play through on No. 3, so I made excellent time. The course was wet from rain earlier in the day but the bunkers looked to be in pretty good shape. The greens were a bit slow due to the rain, and they were pretty marked up from golfers who didn't fix their pitch marks. Some of the tee boxes were also pretty chewed up, but not so much that they interfered with my tee shots.
As on my previous visits, the staff here were very friendly and made me glad to be visiting again. They currently have a special for weekday membership for less than $200/yr, which is CRAZY. If I lived closer to the course and could play weekdays more often I would take them up on it...if you play 5 rounds the membership pays for itself.
August 12, 2014
Beware the Rolling Greens
A packed Saturday greeted us at this track about an hour northeast of Pittsburgh, but despite all of the bodies on the course the friendly staff managed to keep things moving.
The course was dry and greens were rolling extremely fast, too fast for their spiked up condition. Everyone in our foresome lost strokes to an online putt that jumped away from the hole because of an overly spiked up line.
The course is a classic uphill and downhill Western PA layout that will test your ability to judge how much extra club you need to reach an elevated green. #9 is a medium-long par 3 that is 100% carry over a ravine to a long, but slender green. #13 is one of the toughest par 5s in the area since it plays dead uphill. Bomb a drive AND a 3 wood and your work is not yet done.
#18 requires a 250 yard carry over a bunker complex that splits the fairway in half before it dives over one last hillside roller coaster style to a green near the property's original farmhouse that now stands as a clubhouse.
There might not be a more friendly staff on any course in the area and the bar is worth checking out.
August 9, 2014
Beautiful day for golf with the exception of the greens which were littered with ball marks an bare spots on every green. Fairways and bunkers in nice shape. Explanation I got in pro shop was "it's a public course"
August 9, 2014
Good golf course. Met some good golfers. I will definitely come back to this course.
August 7, 2014
Loved the course, got it for $25 each on golf now. Only problem were the greens were trashed and needed rolled badly. Might have been due to monster rain storms over the weekend, but a gem 40 minutes from downtown. Will be back for sure
August 5, 2014
Love the course. Many great experiences there. Tons of play left greens really chewed up, though. Great value but really disappointed we were paired up with another twosome for no reason. All in all, great deal and sure to return.
August 3, 2014
Course was very nice although a little wet from recent showers. Pace of play was horrendous, a lot of waiting around so bring some beer and extra balls.
Ranger was non existent except at the start and one pass thru when he told us to stay to cart paths.
July 22, 2014
This was my second time playing at Birdsfoot and both times (Saturday afternoons) the course was super busy with large events. Pace of play is slower than average due to the congestion on the course. I would suggest calling the course to find out if there are events planned when you want to play - if they have an afternoon start to their event you will want to go out at least an hour prior to the start.
Overall, beautiful course that is well worth a visit.
July 22, 2014