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Center Valley Club, CLOSED 2011

3300 Center Valley Pkwy, Center Valley, Pennsylvania, 18034
Type: Public
No. Holes: 18
CLOSED
Architect: Geoffrey Cornish (164)
                      
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About Center Valley Club, CLOSED 2011

Center Valley Club is a Public 18 hole golf course located in Center Valley, Pennsylvania.

The course was designed by Geoffrey Cornish. Originally owned by the Stabler Land Trust, the golf course property was left as open space because a prior usage zinc mine operation complicated development. The golf course, which opened in June 1992, seemed like a natural fit.

The Front Nine - "Scottish Links" Design

Beginning with the first hole at Center Valley Club you will be introduced to hidden bunkers and mounds that guard the fairways and greens. The front nine presents the impression that the holes are wide open, but care must be taken to focus on the driving targets. The "Scottish Links" hole designs are patterned from some of the finest holes in the British Isles. A few greens are undulating and challenge the accuracy of the second shots into the green. Putting could be difficult if you position the second shots in the wrong position on the putting surfaces. The par 5's number 3 and 6 are reachable in two shots. The par 3's number 2 and 8 are both over lakes guarding the front and left side of the greens. The front nine yields birdie opportunities, rewarding "ball control".

The Back Nine - "North American" Design

The back nine presents at Center Valley Club an interesting, unique and contrasting challenge from the front nine. This "North American" design presents a different challenge. Beginning at hole number 10 a narrow drive landing area, two lakes guarding the fairway and a sand trap protecting the front right of the green establishes the atmosphere for the back nine. Your trip through the trees, lakes and beautiful design of this nine will offer an enjoyable experience. This nine plays a couple strokes higher than the front nine. It challenges you to drive the ball into the fairways to score it well. You must be careful to hold your focus on this inward nine. Errant shots have penalty obstacles positioned to catch your ball.

Par for the course is 72. From the back tees the course plays to 6916 yards. From the forward tees the course measures 4925 yards. The longest hole on the course is # 11, a par-5 that plays to 568 yards. The shortest hole on the course is # 2, a par-3 that plays to 162 yards from the back tees.

Watch out for # 3, a 550 yard par-5 challenge and the #1 handicap hole on the course. The easiest hole at Center Valley Club is # 2, the 162 yard par-3.

The course closed in October 2011.

The property is in Upper Saucon's "enterprise zone," which allows a wide variety of uses including commercial, manufacturing and office. Some of the property is zoned industrial, Heater said.

The closure dealt a blow to Joe Candia, who has worked as the starter at the course since it opened. Candida, who is 100 years old, said he had heard only that the course has been sold.

"We're pretty sick about it," Candia said. "I opened up the club in 1992 with [golf pro] Larry Wise. Then to get hit with this, you don't know how to answer. It's done as a golf club. It's done. I don't know if it's going to be condominium buildings or what. There's only a certain amount of land they can build on because there are old mines beneath it."

This course has been ranked 3 times
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Allentown, PA

$41 (cart included), played on Friday, August 2010 at 10am

Always enjoy playing this challenging course. My partner shot a hole-in-one on #13. Very exciting to witness. Pro Shop was very accomodating.

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Ranks with the best in this price level, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 011211
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Clinton, NJ

Guest (cart included), played on Wednesday, May 2008 at noon

Course was in very good condition and played difficult with the winds. I would have appreciated seeing the beverage cart a little more often. Garbage cans need to be placed by the tee boxes. Players were leavng garbage in piles where there were no cans.t

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again
 
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Rank ID # : 002996
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Bethlehem, PA

$21 (cart included), played on Wednesday, September 2007 at 4pm

Center Valley is split into two distinct 9-s, making it a little schizophrenic. One is a links course and the other is more of a traditional course through trees, water etc. For an average golfer like me, it is very challenging but not often rewarding.

On the links side, there are a lot of gimmicky blind shots that often end up on the sides of hills, if you can find your ball at all given the angle of the tee box in relation to the green. The links portion of the course abuts a major road with a mall and on another side a factory.

On the traditional course, a major highway passes by it, so traffic noise is a constant. High tension wires also come into view so the overall ambience of the course is not particularly great.

The course is overpriced, particularly on weekends, although some amenities might make it worthwhile for a good golfer such as a bucket of practice balls provided free and good service from cart attendants. They keep the course in good condition and the greens and pin placements are challenging but fair.

To me, the course has delusions of grandeur and an air of country club without the goods to back it up. There are much better and more affordable places to play in the Lehigh Valley area, particularly if you head north. However, your own opinion of this course might be higher than mine if your handicap is lower than mine--where target golf is not only achievable but also a regular outcome of your shots. If you spray and pray like me, expect some high scores and frustration...as well as some lost balls.

Would travel: 0-10 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: Better courses for less nearby
 
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Rank ID # : 001877
3.3/5
Based on 3 reviews
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