Pittsburgh is definitely a sports town-- boasting of a professional hockey, football, and baseball team-- it’s easy to see why.
But there is another sport that is also dear to Pittsburghers, and that’s golf.
Perhaps it’s because golf legend Arnold Palmer hails from nearby Latrobe and was beloved by many Pittsburghers. Or maybe golf is loved by so many locals because the U.S. Open has been played on the course at Oakmont multiple times. Whatever the reason, the number of courses in the area attests to the fact that golf is played-- and enjoyed-- by a lot of Pittsburghers.
If you know someone who loves to get a few rounds in each weekend, why not treat them to a GiftYa electronic gift card to use at their favorite course? They’re accepted at these courses-- as well as ones across the country-- and can never be forgotten or lost. Perhaps you know a kid who would like to learn to play golf-- or has never been on a course before-- this would be a perfect gift for them!
Image courtesy of Oakmont Country Club. This is one of the most beautiful courses in the country, and it’s right in Pittsburgh!
1233 Holton Rd.
Oakmont, PA 15139
Oakmont Country Club is the most prestigious course that Pittsburgh offers-- having played host to multiple U.S. Opens and PGA Championships.
It also boasts of being one of the most difficult courses in the United States, and challenges even the professional golfers that visit it.
This is a private club, but members are allowed to bring guests to enjoy a game of golf.
The club house is known throughout Pittsburgh as one of the most elegant, and weddings and other private events keep weekends here booked.
Image courtesy of Mt. Lebanon Magazine. This course is a local favorite, and one of the places to get in a quick game with friends.
100 Pine Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15234
Mt. Lebanon Golf Course is a public course that is local and easily accessible to those in not only the South Hills, but all over Pittsburgh.
This 99 acre course is also home to local high school golf teams-- including both Mt. Lebanon High School and neighboring Keystone Oaks-- that take advantage of its professionally maintained greens. It smaller size makes keeps the green fees low, and it’s perfect spot to host multiple local charity events throughout the year.
South Park Township
East Park Dr.
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
The South Park Golf Course is one of two public golf courses operated in an Allegheny County park. It has two layouts-- one 18 hole and one 9 hole-- which is perfect for either the experienced golfer or the novice.
This would be a great course to sharpen your skills before venturing to other, more crowded greens. While it does not offer as many perks as a private club, this course still offers cart rental and is a USGA member. It is also conveniently located close to shopping and other amenities for post-game relaxing.
“This is a great public course for the journeyman golfer in most of us. I play the 9 hole course with my league - The South Park Men's 60+ League. It's an honest course...not too challenging and offers a good range of challenges." -Yelp Review
4305 Brownsville Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
The South Hills Country Club is one of the most popular courses in Pittsburgh.
Golfers love taking in a game as they admire the gorgeous natural surroundings.
The club has been around since the 1920s, and is as popular for its swimming pool and patio almost as much as it is for golf.
The club house has recently undergone renovations, and now boasts of a stone fireplace and wood-accented windows. It is a popular spot for weddings!
Image courtesy of Bob O’Connor Golf Course. Named after the former mayor of Pittsburgh, this lovely course sits right in the heart of Pittsburgh.
5370 Schenley Dr.
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Bob O’Connor Golf Course, formerly Schenley Park Golf Course, is situated right in the heart of Pittsburgh.
It is a 18 hole course that boasts of 4,620 yards of golf and a par of 67.
This would be a great course to take any out-of-town guests too, since it is so close to the city. Right down the hill is the bustling neighborhood of Oakland, filled with shops and restaurants to visit.
100 Churchill Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15235
Edgewood Country Club offers a great green for Pittsburghers to play a round of golf on.
It also has all the other amenities that go with a country club-- clubhouse, pool, patio, tennis courts, and banquet rooms-- all situated in the quiet Edgewood neighborhood.
This is a private club, but it encourages new members to apply.
Edgewood Country Club is another well-known place in Pittsburgh for banquets or weddings, and the use of their facilities is available for non-members as well as members.
400 Longue Vue Drive
Verona, PA 15147
Created in the 1920s as a retreat for wealthy industrialists, Longue Vue has since transformed into a beautiful club that offers great golfing overlooking the Allegheny River.
It offers both golf and social memberships, but guests are also welcome to use the facilities as well.
In addition to golf, this club offers tennis, swimming, and skeet and trap shooting. Lessons are offered on site as well, encouraging members to have their children learn the joys of golf at a young age.
360 Galley Road
Canonsburg, PA 15317
Lindenwood Golf Club is just 25 miles south of Pittsburgh and is a great option for those looking to try a golf course they haven’t played on yet.
In addition to its 27 hole championship layout, it also features a driving range, putting green, chipping green and sand bunker.
These are a great way to practice part of your game or to just loosen up before hitting the course. Be sure to check out the golf outing packages, and make an entire day out of it!
Image courtesy of Clover Hill Golf Course This public course located in Franklin Park is open all year. Weather permitting, this means golfers don’t need to take the winter off to work on their skills.
2200 Reis Run Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
You’d almost never know this 9 hole golf course located in Franklin Park was there, but it has been challenging golfers since 1990.
Clover Hill Golf Course is one of the few golf courses in the area that is maintained and open all year round.
Which means if Pittsburgh happens to get a nice spell in March, be ready to take to the green! Clover Hill isn’t as long as other courses in the area, but it was designed to be a test of skill and accuracy. Utilizing sand traps, rolling greens, and water hazards, this course will definitely put your golf skills to the test.
If you’re looking to try out a new course, consider some of these great local options. Or if you’d like to try a new one, grab some friends and make a day out of it! What is your favorite Pittsburgh golf course and why? Let us know in the comments!