Inniscrone Golf Club - hole 18
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Inniscrone Golf Club - hole 18
Inniscrone Golf Club is a memorable Gil Hanse design. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Inniscrone Golf Club - hole 2
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Inniscrone Golf Club - hole 2
The second hole at Inniscrone Golf Club is just 348 yards, but it plays longer because the tee shot is uphill. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Inniscrone Golf Club - hole 3
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Inniscrone Golf Club - hole 3
At 309 yards, the third hole at Inniscrone Golf Club is classic risk-reward. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Inniscrone Golf Club - hole 6
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Inniscrone Golf Club - hole 6
At 445 yards, the par-4 sixth is one of the most difficult holes at Inniscrone Golf Club in Avondale, Pennsylvania. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Inniscrone Golf Club - hole 7
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Inniscrone Golf Club - hole 7
The seventh hole is the first of two par 5s at Inniscrone Golf Club in Avondale, Pennsylvania. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Inniscrone Golf Club - hole 8
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Inniscrone Golf Club - hole 8
At 233 yards from the back tee, the par-3 eighth at Inniscrone Golf Club can play plenty tough. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Inniscrone Golf Club - hole 10
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Inniscrone Golf Club - hole 10
The tee shot from the par-4 10th hole at Inniscrone Golf Club is extremely downhill. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Inniscrone Golf Club - hole 11
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Inniscrone Golf Club - hole 11
Another one of Inniscrone Golf Club's picturesque par 3s in the short 11th. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Inniscrone Golf Club - hole 13
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Inniscrone Golf Club - hole 13
The approach on the par-4 13th at Inniscrone Golf Club is over a hazard. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Inniscrone Golf Club - hole 15
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Inniscrone Golf Club - hole 15
The second and last par 5 at Inniscrone Golf Club, the 15th hole is 524 yards from the tips. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Inniscrone Golf Club - hole 16
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Inniscrone Golf Club - hole 16
With a split fairway all the way to the green, the par-4 16th at Inniscrone Golf Club is one of the most unusual and difficult holes in America. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Inniscrone Golf Club - hole 17
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Inniscrone Golf Club - hole 17
The toughest hole at Inniscrone Golf Club is the 471-yard par-4 17th, starting with the tee shot. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Inniscrone Golf Club - hole 18
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Inniscrone Golf Club - hole 18
At 350 yards, the 18th at Inniscrone Golf Club isn't particularly difficult, a break from the two tough holes before it. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Inniscrone Golf Club outside of Philadelphia: Scenic and very challenging

AVONDALE, Pa. -- Between Philadelphia and Baltimore in the sleepy little town of Avondale lies Gil Hanse's first solo project, Inniscrone Golf Club. It's a hilly parkland course that starts out easy enough but gets progressively harder as you get toward the finish.

It also plays much longer than the 6,561 yards on the scorecard, partly because it's a par 70 and also because some of the holes are very short, leaving several par 4s that are both long and exacting.

Originally private when it opened in 1998 to rave reviews, Inniscrone Golf Club, under new ownership, is fully open to the public and is one of the better values in the area.

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.
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