Penn National Reviews

3720 Clubhouse Drive Fayetteville, PA 17222
Average Rating: 
4.6
 of 5.0  
Based on 9 member reviews
Average Cost: $56.25        
4 member(s) paid on avg $56.25
Penn National is a public golf course that features 36 holes of fine golf in Franklin County. This par 72/72 golf club is located in Fayetteville, PA. We offer Penn National Tee Times for this course below.
Par: 72/72 Holes: 36
Phone: 717.352.3000
Website: Penn National
Range: Grass
Courses Near By:
Penn National Golf Club... ~ 0 miles, Conocodell Golf Club ~ 3 miles,

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Severn, MD
320 Reviews
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4.0 out of 5.0
  Cost: $49
My annual trek to Fayettsville (1 hr. 45 mins.) to play Iron Forge, which is one of my favorite courses. The tee boxes were like carpet--excellent shape. Fairways and bunkers in good shape, although some people not filling their divots in the fairway. The rough was thick and long, particularly around the greens. Tough to get it up and out of the grass. The native grass areas seemed to be closer to the fairways than I remember--they weren't cut back as far as in previous years, so much more in play for those slightly errant shots. The greens had been aerated about 10 days ago and were recovering nicely, but still had enough holes to make the ball wobble and throw it off line. Overall though, the course was in great shape...and the views are beautiful! We had the entire front nine to ourselves, after the pro shop put us out 30 minutes early. We ran into a wall around #13, but it was okay because we made such good time on the front and it was a beautiful day. Penn National is a really nice property with two very different courses. My favorite is Iron Forge with its links feel, but beware of the junk (native grasses) on the sides of the hole and surrounding the greens. You really need to be accurate.

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Owings Mills, MD
62 Reviews
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4.0 out of 5.0
The Founders course was in very good condition. Greens, fairways, and traps were excellent. Greens rough and fairways were all consistent and green throughout. Tee boxes are crowned on more than a few holes and that always bothers me.
Staff were very professional and attentive. The starter had the personality of a tick. But, was helpful about pin placements and markers. Minor maintenance was being done on the course and all were courteous and had the exact equipment needed for the job.
No cart person today. Snack shop at turn was fine. Pro shop was quick and painless.
I really like this course. Best course played this year so far 2014.
I will be back very soon. Highly recommend.


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Severn, MD
320 Reviews
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5.0 out of 5.0
  Cost: $42
Iron Forge: With Tee Time book was $42/w cart. Great deal! The course is in excellent shape. Fairways green and lush, and most divots repaired. Tee boxes and rough also in good shape. Bunkers had nice sand (I was in a few), and the greens were in great shape. They rolled true and definitely playable even with the undulations. The staff was friendly and even got us out about 20 minutes early. As a twosome following several foursomes, it was a bit slow; however, it was a beautiful day and we enjoyed the day and the round. Penn National is a top-notch facility...only 1.5 hours from Baltimore and definitely worth the trip up.

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Gambrills, MD
62 Reviews
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5.0 out of 5.0
  Cost: $79
If Penn National only had 18 holes I'd probably never play it since it's over 100 miles from home. This is the third time my group has made the trip up to play 36 and once again it didn't disappoint, but I do have a few criticisms.

The good: Greens are impeccable, if maybe a tad too soft. Fairways are also in great shape and the rough is kept at a fair level of playability - somewhat penal but not ridiculous. We had good service from the parking lot to the pro shop to the snack bar. Price is reasonable.

The not-so-good: Some tee boxes need a little work, a couple on the older Founder's course are showing their age having become somewhat hump-backed. The driving range has grass tees but it's more like warming up in the rough than the fairway.

The problem: Our group was behind some kind of an outing. We expressed our concern to the starter, emphasizing that we had an afternoon tee time and only about 5.5 hours to get our round in and (hopefully) a bite to eat. He assured us we'd have no problem, but 50 minutes later we were still on the #3 tee and could see the course stacked up for several holes in front of us (including a fivesome on one tee).

From our vantage point we could see the course was empty from #11 green on. We called the pro shop and told them we wanted to jump over to #12 tee. To their credit they were apologetic and supported our plan - they verified that when we came off #18 we could get right back on the front nine without a problem since the tee sheet was clear until early afternoon. Round went smoothly from there on.

I suppose one can't fault the course too much for the actions of a group outing that cannot police their members - resort courses depend on good relationships and repeat customers. So instead of criticizing the course I'll just put this out there for all of us golfers who read the site. Please, please pay attention to your pace of play. Please.

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Annapolis, MD
8 Reviews
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Overall Rating:  
5.0 out of 5.0
  Cost: $55
Made the drive to Penn National and played both courses twice over three days. Both courses in excellent shape from stem to stern. The two courses offer a stark contrast, each challenging in their own way. The turf on tees, fairways, rough and green are generally in excellent shape. Again, both courses a different, but the greens are reasonably fast and true, although Iron Forge is tricky. The mountain plays havoc with the break. The rough can be tough, but fair... and it is so nice to have rough that isn't a jumble of grass and weeds. One minor critique. The many of the tee boxes on the Founders course could use some work to level them out a bit. Not a huge deal, but many of them look like miniature football fields that are crowned. The staff is great from the parking lot to the pro shop. This is really an exceptional value within easy driving distance from the Balto-Wash-NOVA metro area. Well worth a day trip.

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Severn, MD
55 Reviews
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5.0 out of 5.0
We played Iron Forge and it was in excellent shape. Given the hot summer and then the days and days of rain recently, the course has fared well. There were only about three fairways that had soggy spots. Almost all the fairways were dry, lush, and definitely very playable. The rough was cut but full, so you're better off staying out of it if you can as it is tough to play out of. The tee boxes were in excellent shape, as were the greens, which were pretty fast. The staff is always helpful and accommodating--we were even able to get out a little early with a very full tee sheet. Penn National is a great club with two very different courses. If you've never played, it's worth the trip. They have on-site accommodations if you want to stay overnight, but it's less than 2 hours from either Baltimore or DC so the trip can be made up and back the same day.

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Brooklyn Curtis, MD
367 Reviews
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4.0 out of 5.0
Played the Iron Forge course and it was generally in excellent shape. One green had what appeared to be recently repaired damage from maintenance equipment. Snack bar was good but is scheduled to close for the season at the end of this week.

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Gambrills, MD
62 Reviews
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5.0 out of 5.0
Played both courses 8/22/10. Both are in great condition, and provide a nice contrast in styles. The original Founder's course is a traditional layout with mature trees lining most of the holes. The newer Iron Forge course features wider fairways and more elevation changes. This is one of the best 36-hole public facilities in the Mid-Atlantic region.

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Riviera Beach, MD
19 Reviews
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4.0 out of 5.0
I really like this course. The pace of play is kept up as the marshals are always present and the hospitality that everyone gave was welcomed. You can bring your own beer (they even give you a cooler and ice for it) and they sell sodas/water. The only trouble areas I saw were the tee boxes a little rough. If this course was in Ocean City it would be double the price and still worth it

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