Course Review and Comments
As you enter the driveway climbing the hill leading to the Scottish Heights Club House and your car down shifts to first gear to climb the hill, you get the idea that your score today can be as up and down as this course. The view from the club house located on the top of the hill is very impressive. You can see much of the course from the first tee and gives you the feeling, no matter what, that you are going to have a good day on the golf course. Many of the holes are wide open. You can spray your drive all over the course and still be able to shoot at the green. Then there are some holes that the course will tighten up on you and remind you that you do are suppose to hit the ball straight. The course is very well maintained. There are 3 kinds of holes on this course, down hill, up hill and flat. You do not get many side hill lies to play but you get your share of down hill ones and up hill ones. On the 10th tee, which is a par 3, you can see the green in the valley below. It is just fun to decide the right club to hit. You make your shot, let it fly and wait for what it seems like forever for the ball to fall on the green in the valley below.
The greens putt true and are fairly quick. The greens can give you some nice long ones to drop in but can also give you 3 putts too if you do not pay attention. The greens allow you to shoot at the flag or play bump and run. If you do not like the sand, your in luck, because there is none. The rough is cut short enough to make shots from. If you hit a really poor shot and go past even the rough, you have a challenging shot from the very high grass.
They allow you to walk this course on weekdays. I did walk all 18. On some holes, the distance from the green to the next tee is a hike in it self. You climb the hill (remember the car down shifted to first gear) back the club house twice on the front nine and twice on the back nine. If you are not in good shape or it is a hot day, I do not recommend walking it unless you plan on combining your day hike with some golf mixed in. But the only way to get the real feel of the course is to walk it on a weekday. You get to really enjoy the beauty of this fine course. You should plan on taking over 4 hours to play this course because of the layout. The green fees on the weekend, which include a cart, are a very good value. I recommend that Scottish Heights is one course that should be high your list to play in this area of PA.
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