Conley Resort in Butler: Family friendly resort golf in western Pennsylvania's rolling hills

Located within western Pennsylvania's rolling hills, Conley Resort is just north of Pittsburgh off Route 8 in Butler. The centerpiece of this family friendly resort is the 18-hole championship golf course. It is one of the most well reviewed courses in the Pittsburgh area on

Davidgolf123, a local golfer who has played several area courses including Birdsfoot and the Links at Spring Church, said, "This is one of the best golf courses on Route 8."

Conley Resort: The golf course

Conley Resort's golf course has a traditional layout that has become a favorite among locals. Beginners can get some good practice on the player friendly layout, while more advanced players appreciate the amount of challenges you get for the money.

Thomas2014, a Pittsburgh golfer who has been playing the course since 2010, said, "There are more than enough tough pin placements if you fly the greens," and Donald8189564, another local golfer, warned, "The rough is deep, and it's easy to lose balls in it if you don't watch it carefully."

If you have a tendency for either drawing or fading, you'll face some trouble either way thanks to a layout that begins playing left to right, but then switches completely on the back nine and plays right to left.

A variety of different holes await you, but two in particular stand out. The seventh hole is considered the course's risk-reward hole. It's just as easy to bogie as it is to birdie on this par 5. For the best position, the tee shot should be straight up the middle, avoiding the trees to the left. There are wetlands protecting the green,s and the tough decision that will ultimately determine your score is whether to go for it or lay it up.

The course finishes with its signature hole. Like the seventh, 18 is another hole that will either make or break your score. This par 3 plays to a green that is not only completely surrounded by trees but also protected by a bunker on the right and water in the front and back. The only safe shot you'll have is to hit the green, but a soft touch is required since the green breaks to the water.

Conley Resort off course

In addition to the golf course, Conley Resort also has an indoor water park that includes two water slides. Many reviewers commented on the quality of the food at the restaurant and the friendliness of the staff.

A unanimous 100 percent of reviewers on said they would recommend the course. Conley Resort offers some of the most affordable weekend rates in the area and they often run both weekday and weekend specials.

My Nguyen has been writing for the Golf Channel's TravelGolf Network since 2008. She has written about hundreds of golf courses throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, as well as many courses in Europe.
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