Hannastown Golf Club first opened for play in 1919. The first 9 holes were designed by Emil Loeffler. Emil Loeffler was a long time superintendent / professional at Oakmont Country Club.
The Hannastown Golf Club course stayed as 9-hole course until 1997, when Brian Ault and Tom Clark were hired to add 9 more holes. The new 9 and the old 9 are intermingled to allow desired routing. The golfer today plays 2 old holes, 6 new ones, 4 old ones, 3 new ones and finishes on 3 old ones. Given that the old 9 has old style greens that are pure poa annua and the new 9 has USGA speck greens with bent grass it does make getting a feel for the greens somewhat of a task.
The original 9 definitely was influenced by Loeffler-s experience at Oakmont with fall-away greens, a very long par 3 similar to #8 at. The new 9 has smaller greens that feature some very interesting slopes and mounds in the center of the greens. These greens tend to penalize the player who tries not to short-side himself by creating difficult chips over the center mound to a green that slopes away. Frequently the player who does miss on the short side has an easier uphill chip.
The course is 6668 yards and plays to a par of 70. There are five par 3s and three par 5s in the mix. The course rating is 72.4 and the slope is 127 from the tips.
Gold tees: par-70, 6,668 yards, course rating 72.9, slope rating 129.
Blue tees: par-70, 6,668 yards, course rating 70.9, slope rating 128.
White tees: par-70, 5,643 yards, course rating 66.9, slope rating 123.
Red tees: par-72, 5,000 yards, course rating 69.0, slope rating 120.
$41 (cart included), played on Thursday, July 2017 at
I have played this course many times over a 50 year period. I believe it is in the best shape I have ever seen it. The greens are fast and true, the layout is a excellent test for good golfers and people are friendly. The old and new holes do clash somewhat but the overall blend makes for a good test of golf. The cost is reasonable.
Member (cart not included), played on Tuesday, August 2011 at 4pm
The original 9 holes reminds one of Oakmont CC. The new 9 is equally a penal style of architecture --- poor shots are punished --- a great challenge for good players, and by playing the forward tees, still fun for the lesser accomplished player. Also, an unbelieveable bargain by any standard --- terrific greens and overall great condition.
$51 (cart included), played on Wednesday, July 2009 at noon
actually a member for 28yrs. member owned since 1975. built 9 holes in 1919 (emil loeffler), new 9 in 1997, (ault&clarke). rerouted so you're not playing all old holes and all new. always in great shape. greens very difficult and stimp usually 10 or faster. stay below the hole, always. several tees for varied handicappers. all you want for your handicap or money. we've held US Ama. qual. and several other qualifiers. strictly golf club. simple clubhouse, good food and drink at reasonable prices. only drawback is no range. small 90yd. wedge range. par 70. gold-6668, blue(members)6320, white (up or senior) 5745, red(ladies) 5700. usually plays longer than yardage.
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