Top 9 Golf Courses in Pittsburgh

February 17, 2019
Culture & Art
jason wolfe

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!

1. Oakmont Country Club

Oakmont Country Club

Image courtesy of Oakmont Country Club. This is one of the most beautiful courses in the country, and it’s right in Pittsburgh!

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Oakmont
1233 Holton Rd.
Oakmont, PA 15139

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412-828-8000

Oakmont Country Club is the most prestigious course that Pittsburgh offers-- having played host to multiple U.S. Opens and PGA Championships.

“Oakmont's golf course can rival any in the world for its design conditions and beauty. Greens are as good as any you'll ever see. I've been a member about 9 years and loved it from the start." - Yelp Review

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.

2. Mt. Lebanon Golf Course

M. Lebanon Golf Course

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.

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Mt. Lebanon
100 Pine Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15234

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412-561-9761

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.

“Love this course! Staff is always happy and nice. Great location. Greens and fairways always kept up." - Google Review

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.

3. South Park Golf Course

Teeing off at South Park Golf Course
Image courtesy of South Park Golf Course. Enjoy either the 18 or 9 hole layouts at this public course. Located in South Park, this course is a great option whether you’re a novice or more experienced.
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South Park Township
East Park Dr.
Pittsburgh, PA 15236

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412-835-3545

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Mon-Fri 6am-8pm

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

4. South Hills Country Club

South Hills Country Club
Image courtesy of South Hills Country Club. This course requires a membership, but there are various levels available, including one for non-residents.
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Whitehall
4305 Brownsville Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15236

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412-885-1100

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Tues-Sun 11am-9pm

The South Hills Country Club is one of the most popular courses in Pittsburgh.

“Really well maintained and beautiful golf course which is a lot of fun to play on. The golf pro shop has a good selection of products and friendly helpful staff." - Yelp Review

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!

5. Bob O’Connor Golf Course at Schenley Park

Bob O'Connor Golf Course

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.

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Oakland
5370 Schenley Dr.
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

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Mon-Fri 8:30am-7:30pm
Sat-Sun 8am-7:30pm

Bob O’Connor Golf Course, formerly Schenley Park Golf Course, is situated right in the heart of Pittsburgh.

“I took my son here for his first golf outing and he had a great time. Many compliments to the staff on their great service and great friendliness...went out of their way to be friendly and helpful." - Google Review

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.

6. Edgewood Country Club

Edgewood Country Club
Image courtesy of Edgewood Country Club. Try your skills at this challenging course located just east of Pittsburgh.
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Edgewood
100 Churchill Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15235

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Tues-Sun 9am-9pm

Edgewood Country Club offers a great green for Pittsburghers to play a round of golf on.

“The women (golfers) really know how to have a fun time. I've been lucky because I've been invited to play in their ladies invitational and their Queens day. The pro shop does a great job with the tournaments and the food is always good." - Facebook Review

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.

7. Longue Vue Club and Golf Course

Longue Vue Club and Golf course
Image courtesy of Longue Vue Club and Golf Course. The lush rolling greens of this course make it a popular golf spot.
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Verona
400 Longue Vue Drive
Verona, PA 15147

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412-793-2232

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Tues-Sun 7am-11pm

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.

“Beautiful course and wonderful facility!!" - Facebook Review

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.

8. Lindenwood Golf Club

Lindenwood Gold Club
Image courtesy of Lindenwood Golf Club This gorgeous golf course is located in Canonsburg, and offers a 27 hole championship layout.
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Canonsburg
360 Galley Road
Canonsburg, PA 15317

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724-745-9889

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.

“My very favorite golf club. The jewel of the South Hills. Super friendly staff and great food." - Facebook Review

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!

9. Clover Hill Golf Course

Clover Hill Golf Course

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.

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Franklin Park
2200 Reis Run Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

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412-364-4227

You’d almost never know this 9 hole golf course located in Franklin Park was there, but it has been challenging golfers since 1990.

“It is a great place to play nine. Course was in great shape and the pro shop staff were very friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend. I had a great time." - Facebook Review

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!

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