Best golf courses: Around Philly & Atlantic City

Philadelphia to Atlantic City, both offer a good choice of public golf courses and private clubs. Philly's Glen Mills golf course is one of Pennsylvania's best, a championship layout with a number of challenging holes. Atlantic City is home to a number of top-rated public golf courses, all well-maintained open layouts that don't disappoint. They include Vineyard Golf's fast and challenging greens (plus its resort's winery tours) and the popular Sand Barrens Golf Club.

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Philadelphia
Ross, Donald

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Private club

Nearest city

Philadelphia

Designer

Current design by Donald Ross (1926); modifications by William Gordon (1950s), Dick Wilson, George Fazio and Robert Trent Jones Sr (1985), Ron Prichard (2003) and Gil Hanse (2017).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Atlantic City
Reid, John

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Atlantic City

Designer

Original design by John Reid (1897); remodelled over the years by Willie Park Jr (1915), William S. Flynn (1925) and Tom Doak (1999).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Atlantic City
Schlegel, Dan

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Atlantic City

Designer

Dan Schlegel (of Ault, Clark & Associates).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Philadelphia
Jones, Rees

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Philadelphia

Designer

Rees Jones

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Philadelphia
Mungeam, Mark

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Philadelphia

Designer

Mark Mungeam designed the North course (1999) and South courses (2002).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
New York City
Mungeam, Mark

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

New York City

Designer

Mark A. Mungeam of Cornish, Silva & Mungeam.

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Atlantic City
Fazio, Tom

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Private club

Nearest city

Atlantic City

Designer

Tom Fazio

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Visitors welcome
Philadelphia
Weed, Bobby

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Philadelphia

Designer

Bobby Weed

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Atlantic City
Coore & Crenshaw

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Private club

Nearest city

Atlantic City

Designer

Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
New York City
Jones Sr, Robert Trent

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

New York City

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Sr.

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Philadelphia
Flynn, William S.

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Private club

Nearest city

Philadelphia

Designer

Current layout designed by William S. Flynn (1928).

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Philadelphia
Wilson, Hugh

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Private club

Nearest city

Philadelphia

Designer

Hugh Irvine Wilson designed both Merion's East course (1912) and West course (1914).

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
New York City
Hurdzan & Fry

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

New York City

Designer

Dr Michael Hurdzan & Dana Fry

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Philadelphia
Crump & Colt

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Private club

Nearest city

Philadelphia

Designer

George Arthur Crump (Philadelphian hotelier and Pine Valley's founder) and Harry Colt. The extent of Colt's input is much debated, but would seem to have been significant in terms of the detailed design of each hole, not least the bunkering and green complexes. The feared par-3 5th and 10th holes are among several fully attributed to Colt.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
New York City
Smyers, Steve

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

New York City

Designer

Steve Smyers
Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Allentown
Strong, Herbert

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Private club

Nearest city

Allentown

Designer

OLD course: original design by Herbert Strong (1921), with later renovations by Perry Maxwell (1943) and Tom Fazio (2008). GRACE course: designed by William & David Gordon (1957). WEYHILL course: William & David Gordon (1968), with later revisions by Tom Fazio (2010).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Philadelphia
Kay, Stephen

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Philadelphia

Designer

Stephen Kay

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Atlantic City
Hearn, Ray

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Atlantic City

Designer

Ray Hearn

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Atlantic City
Ross, Donald

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Atlantic City

Designer

Original design by Donald Ross (1914) with later improvements by Bob Cupp (2006).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Atlantic City
Flynn, William S.

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Atlantic City

Designer

Original nine holes designed by William S. Flynn, with construction supervised by Howard C. Toomey (1927). Extension to 18-holes and updating of original nine by William Gordon (1957).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Atlantic City
Fream & Dale

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Atlantic City

Designer

Ronald Fream & David Dale of Golfplan.
Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Visitors welcome
Philadelphia
Fazio, Tom

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Philadelphia

Designer

Tom Fazio

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Philadelphia
Beidel, Ed

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Philadelphia

Designer

Edward M. (Ed) Beidel Jr.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Atlantic City
Struthers, Archie

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Atlantic City

Designer

Archie Struthers

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Atlantic City
Hurdzan & Fry

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

Atlantic City

Designer

Original design by Hurdzan-Fry Design (1997; lead designer Dana Fry). Major renovation by Dana Fry and Jason Straka of Fry/Straka Global Design (2019/20).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Atlantic City
Shearon, Ed

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Atlantic City

Designer

Ed Shearon

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Philadelphia
Ault, Brian

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Philadelphia

Designer

Brian Ault (of Ault, Clark and Associates)

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