Broad Run Golfer's Club
Broad Run has lost it's luster
I played Broad Run for the first time in 2014 today. I have been a huge fan of this course for years, and after the latest ownership change I was eager to get out there to check it out. Upon arrival the pro shop attendant (who was asleep behind the counter) checked me in and after telling me that I owed the greens fee of $81, he said "wow, that's expensive." Expensive indeed, but I was happy to pay as Broad Run never disappoints and I have heard only good things recently. Our tee time was 8:20, and after waiting around the putting green, we finally teed off at 8:35, pretty early in the day for a backlog, but ok, no biggie. My tee shot on 1 found the 2nd fairway bunker and firmly plugged in the mud next to the pond of water covering 50% of the bunker. Very disappointing for a course of BR's stature, but maybe the crew was busy pumping water out of bunkers and hadn't gotten to this one yet. As it turns out, 60-70% of the bunkers were either washed out and ponded with water, totally muddy, or just ungroomed. Totally unacceptable for $81 rack rate. The pace of play was absolutely terrible, we waited to hit almost all day and our round clocked in at just over 5 hours. We saw a ranger once, he apologized for the pace and promised to get things moving, and he did for 3 or 4 holes, but we never saw him after the turn and the back 9 was painfully slow. The golf carts had a nice little sign advertising food to call ahead and order for pickup on the turn. When we got to the 9th tee we called to order a few sandwiches, the girl who answered the phone said she wouldn't have any food to offer until 11am. We called at 10:50. I can see not having food available during the week, but this is Sunday in peak season. One of my playing partners left his wedge on a previous hole and didn't realize it until his approach on #9, so on the turn he politely asked our friend behind the pro shop counter if he could radio the ranger to see if anyone had turned it in, he said "why don't you go look for it? If anyone finds it they're going to keep it, that's what people do." After insisting that he call the ranger, the ranger confirmed that he had the club and promptly brought the club to the clubhouse, problem solved. The pro shop attendant was completely unprofessional and rude from start to finish. Overall the condition of the course was average, fairways and tees were nice, bunkers were terrible (not just the condition previously stated, but the edging had been totally let go), greens were inconsistent, some fast and smooth, some bumpy and slower. I left Broad Run today feeling extremely disappointed. This course has the potential to charge $81 to play, and has realized that potential in the past, but in its current condition, I'd be hard pressed to say its worth any more than $60 on a weekend morning. Needless to say, I won't be returning to Broad Run (nor will I be recommending to anyone), and that's a bummer because I really love the layout, but this incarnation of BRGC is a bad value and total waste of time. Sorry guys, I love Iron Valley, but you need to pay more attention to Broad Run, it's terrible.
July 13, 2014
This course is tucked away in the woods of scenic chester county. The conditions are always amazing here, the course is challenging yet fun, the views are amazing. The course is beautiful and I would play here every week if I lived closer. You can't beat the value of this place. Easily one of the top 5-10 public courses in the philly area.
May 28, 2014
Nice course with plenty of elevation
Fun yet challenging course. Lots of elevation so impossible to walk. Every hole is different, except for the par 3s which all seem to be downhill. Fairways and greens in great shape. A bit of a hike from Philadelphia, but worth it every once in a while!
May 5, 2014
This was one of the most enjoyable rounds of golf I've ever played. There is a lot of undulation and you have to think your way around the course and pick your spots. It's challenging, but not so difficult that you can't score, there are many birdie opportunities because the course isn't overly long.
Staff was great. Conditions were great. Views of the PA farm country were amazing! Highly recommend checking this one out.
February 15, 2014
Great course with unique holes
Great place to play. The course has some very interesting holes. Played on a Thursday morning so pace of play was great..Golf carts are equipped with GPS systems a plus. All the staff were very friendly defiantly a plus. Will play course again for sure.
April 2, 2013
Good course for the experienced golfer.
You don't have to be a single digit handicapper to enjoy this course but experience helps. Requires good decision making and proper club selection. Make sure you have all 14 clubs in your bag because you will need them all.
Even in winter conditions the course was in good condition.
December 24, 2012
This course is fun to play
Good golf course with lots of hills. There are only a couple holes (2,17) that are subpar. Its always in pretty good shape. The carts were old and the brakes barely worked (which isn't good for a course with steep hills). Overall I would recommend. I like it but not in love with it.
December 16, 2012
I've played this course twice this year. I drive an hour to get there, and it's worth it. The course is beautiful, challenging, and always in perfect shape. To me it’s a little bit like a cross between a mountain course and a links style course. It’s very playable, the greens are huge, and views are awesome. It’s some of the best public golf around.
December 11, 2012