Raven's Claw Golf Club
Same Ole Same Ole
My buddy & myself had the glorious privilege of playing last Monday afternoon. Weather was beautiful. This was our 4th or 5th time playing here. I believe we have played the course from the 1st tee as intended just once. Every other round we have started on random holes because they are working on the course. This round was no different.
We noticed a couple hot deals pop up on Golfnow randomly for the afternoon so we scooped them up considering the reviews. We were mistaken. When we arrived, the guy in the clubhouse informed us that they were aerating the greens and that we would need to start on number 13. We teed off jammed in between two groups and were waiting to hit and having guys hitting onto us for the whole round. We were told to play 13 and that they would be done aerating greens 1-12 by the time we reached them. That was false. The first few holes were ok because the greens weren't yet aerated. After that, every hole was completely sand ridden and you could hardly make out the hole on some of the greens because there was so much sand. When we reached the 2nd hole, there were kids and guys walking across the fairways with fishing poles, despite several signs stating it is private property. No ranger to scatter them or anything. Guess it makes for a more challenging approach hitting over them. On the 3rd tee box, a collection of no shirted guys were filling up jugs from the water containers as we teed off. Very scenic. We continued and teed off on the par 5 tenth hole and both hit two shots. We were waiting to hit our approach shots onto the green only to notice a guy driving on the green with no flag in. We drove up to the green and the guy told us to just go back to one and play the first nine holes again. Completely ridiculous.
Why Raven's Claw didn't put the aeration logo on the Golfnow site as most courses do says an awful lot about their management. Otherwise we obviously would not have booked here. Not to mention the fact they allow players to play WHILE they are aerating is ridiculous in itself. Most courses will shut the front nine while they aerate and vice versa and you would just play the back twice. That would have at least been a semi enjoyable experience versus the disaster we encountered.
It's a real shame because I genuinely like several of the holes at this course but just can't bring myself to make the hour plus drive again to play a course where the owners obviously could care less about any players that try to play the game on a budget. Will be awhile before I go back here, if it all.
May 15, 2015
Quick Round on Mother's Day
I've played this course dozens of times so I know what to expect. My gut feeling is that Raven's is trying to make the course easier. Some places where there were white stakes are now red. Fescue where you would once lose your ball is now removed. I'm not sure if I'm happy or sad but just noting.
I always enjoy the round though because I find each hole as its own uniqueness. We played in 4 hours as a 4some so there were no complaints on that end. I never have issues with the staff. I'd reccomend Raven's Claw as a fair course for the price.
May 11, 2015
Completely overpriced and some of the worst green conditions I ever subjected myself too
May 8, 2015
come back in june or july
Greens was recently airrated/aerated. Rest of the course is in adequate condition. You are probably better off finding other courses to play for at least a month given the severity of the greens.
May 7, 2015
Slow pace plus the maintenance staff closed the putting green 90 minutes prior to the time they were schedule to do so. I asked if I had time to put as my round was 30 minutes away. They responded with, "you have a few minutes." I took one practice putt and a staff member immediately removed the cups and began to cut the practice green. Needless to say, it took me 3 greens to understand how they were rolling. Very upsetting.
May 4, 2015
For the golfing experience value, there a few course in Penn that beat expectations like Raven's Claw. It never disappoints!!
May 1, 2015
Slow pace of play
They send out groups with five minute tee time spacing and it results in a 5-12 hr round
April 20, 2015
Great as always
Condition is fantastic for being this early in the season. Greens are firm and fast but are in good shape. Keep it in the fairway and you will be rewarded.
April 20, 2015