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4.1
167 Reviews (167)
5 Stars
60
4 Stars
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3 Stars
20
2 Stars
8
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.8
Value
4.4
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.8
87.5%
Recommend this course
151 out of 167 reviews
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Average Rating
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3.9
28 Reviews (28)
5 Stars
7
4 Stars
14
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.5
Value
4.2
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.4
StaffFriendliness
4.0
85.7%
Recommend this course
24 out of 28 reviews
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3.9
47 Reviews (47)
5 Stars
14
4 Stars
21
3 Stars
7
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.7
Value
4.3
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.6
StaffFriendliness
4.1
85.1%
Recommend this course
40 out of 47 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 6271 yards
Slope 127
Rating 69.1
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Galen Hall Golf Club
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Course Details

Year Built 1910
Fairways Bentgrass
Greens Bentgrass
Golf Season Year round
Architect A. W. Tillinghast (1917) Alex Findlay (1910)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range No
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Food & Beverage

Bar, Grill, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Lounge

Accolades

Reviews

4.1
167 Reviews (167)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 16
Dinner 9
Amazing Food 7
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 26
Undulating Greens 17
Water Hazards 17
This course/club is great for:
Locals 20
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 16
Advanced Golfers 15
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 18
Worth the Drive 18

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Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fun layout, rough conditions

I have played here before but the conditions seem to be getting worse. The cart paths are awful. The bunkers need attention. Quite a few torn up parts of turf. The layout is fun but it will be hard to come back if other conditions don’t improve.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 39
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
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Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing

January Round

1st round of the New Year. Got a day in the 40’s in January. Course is 1 1/2 hours away but worth the trip. I read a lot of reviews both positive and negative but the draw of Tillinghast made it worth a try. And the Gordon’s have done some really good design/restoration work in the area so what the heck.

Pro Tip: Take a cart if you’re not in tip top shape. The last couple of holes will kick your butt. Straight up hill. I was the only walker i saw. Should’ve been an indicator.

Course was very wet. Top inch or so was frozen. There’s no place for the water to go so it was a quagmire. The entire course was casual water. A few of the greens were so frozen it was like hitting to Macadam. Happened on the first hole. I hit pin high and bounce well over the back off the green almost OB.

Other than that, we really enjoyed playing Galen Hall. A couple of holes are quirky. The most called out hole is #2. It’s a blind tee shot with a road crossing through it. Playing for the first time is what made it the most challenging. We had no real idea where or how far to hit it. The third hole also has a road running through it that you cants see.

The par threes are very challenging. There are five of them and they are among the most interesting and challenging collection of any course. The 7th was a real short par 3 of about 140 yards that played to more like 175 given the uphill, wind and temps. The green is very small and is crazy hard with severe slope. The most hole 15 is one of the hardest “island” greens I’ve ever played. 185 from the back with no margin for error. The 17th is about 175 uphill and plays more like 205. Good luck. I needed oxygen after walking up this hill.

I’ll be back to play this is warmer temps with more receptive greens. It’s a blast.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Love the layout

I really like the layout. The elevation charges and the course's relationship with the topology is fantastic. My son thought the back was better and the front was not his favorite but I thought both front and back were equally enjoyable,. The teeboxes were pretty beat up but the fairways were nice, The greens were slow but I think the conditions for this time of year were better than could be expected for an inexpensive muni.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 29
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

17 holes good, BUT

I love this course, BUT today I find out the Golfnow price is like $5.00 More than what they were charging at the course. Also, #4 which is a beautiful, tough par 3 had a closed green for some reason, so it was reduced to a Frankenstein created semi mowed rough/fairway green with a hole in the middle...this was unplayable period and RUINED the round which I was playing great other than this which the people in the group said to just pick your ball up once on the green and take two putts. It was horrible. Not going back until next year when they fix it.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 40
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Beautiful layout

Interesting and challenging course. Course was in great shape

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 19
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Value Good
Layout Good
Pace Average
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Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played

Needs work

Greens were ok. Some of the tees are dirt. The bunkers have a lot of rocks and stones. The replacement superintendent added some new bunkers a few years ago must to make it tougher to play also added high grass around them I think he forgot to add sand in them. Goose droppings on some greens and fairways the cart path on two hill is a death run. I was told numerous carts have rolled on the path. One last thing they tore the restrooms down and there are none to use.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Old School Fun

Played Galen Hall with 3 of my brothers today, conditions were tough (high 50s, rainy and very windy) but we had a great time. I wouldn't say the course is in great shape but it's a phenomenal course regardless. The layout is very interesting and challenging, incredible value for the price. If I didn't live over an hour away I'd play this course all the time.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 19
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

hard and fast

got roll on the fairway, but unfortunately, the greens weren't holding. That's golf! it took some skill to get up and down.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Challenging course

The course had some significant changes in elevation and blind shots. The greens were also small compared to easier courses. These attributes, along with some tilted fairways added to the challenge. I truly enjoyed my first play on this course and will be back to enjoy the challenge again. If you are a golfer looking for a different experience I would recommend this course.

The attached photo is from the second hole green up toward the significant fairway hill.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great layout - Horrible pace of play !!!

Amazing Findlay/Tillinghast design !
They are turning over in their graves as the course was jammed with tight interval tee times. 5+ hours was brutal !
Snack bar at the turn was closed despite being told it would be open - hungrier than normal after waiting on every shot !
Course could use some TLC on the tees and traps, but I can overlook that based on their operating budget - but no ranger in sight all day is inexcusable as they are bringing in increased revenue and admittedly were understaffed.
What a conflicted day enjoying the deign on almost every hole and then getting frustrated with the wait on every hole !

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 13
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 64
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Unique layout

A lot of ups & downs. Greens in great shape. Tee boxes & fairways in good shape. Some cart path problems.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 17
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice layout, tough greens

I always enjoy this course. It has a good layout, with several interesting holes. The course demands that you hit the ball to the correct place, as The ball will run completely off some of the sloping fairways. The greens have a lot of undulations, and can be severe on some holes. Friendly staff, and a nice outdoor area set up under the pavilion for a beer afterwards.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 64
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Unique layout

Love the layout with ups & downs everywhere. Greens & fairways in good shape. Tee boxes in terrible shape. Some cart paths need big time attention. Parking lots also need some work. Not a good course for beginners.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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