Date Played: June 10, 2012
5.0 out of
Even though the back nine beats me up every time, I love this course. No two holes the same (well, #13 and #14 require much the same tee shot, but one is a par 4 and the other par 5 so from there on the strategy differs). Also a nice mix of birdie opportunities especially on the front nine (par 5 #4 and two short par 4's, #1 and #8).
The back nine is another story. I've played this course in 36/48-84 and it's very difficult to shoot as good as score on the back as you did on the front. (I did manage it today, by being terrible on the front side). The gauntlet is from #13 though #17. Get through those 5 holes in 5 over and you've really done something. At least you get to finish up with a birdie hole (you could even call it an eagle hole - I've gotten one there and usually someone in my group gets a good shot at reaching the green in two) in #18.
Very pretty setting among rolling hills of southern PA, nice outdoor grill at the turn with a couple of good specials (BBQ sandwich was excellent). One gripe - range balls not included, unusual at upscale courses, and what they had for sale was basically 5 bucks for a bag of about 20 balls. Come on Gettysburg, if you're an upscale course you don't try to make money on the range, you make it into a feature that draws repeat customers back.
Another gripe - despite the presence of a few course marshalls, we were stuck behind a line of 4 foursomes that just wouldn't keep pace. At one point we're on #13, where the course goes out to #15, turns and comes back to the clubhouse, and saw nothing but empty golf course across the lake from us. Later a foursome appears on the 17th tee, they have gotten at least two holes behind. As I said I saw marshalls on the course. They should have the guts to walk up to a group like that and give them one warning, catch up or they'll be moved up a hole. Five hour rounds are unacceptable at upscale courses like Gettysburg.