$16 (cart included), played on Tuesday, May 2011 at 10am
Our group of travelling seniors (from as fas east as Baltimore, about 75 miles) played here 5-3-11, for a mere $20 with the Tee Time Book, which is a SUPER deal for this gem. Layout is in a fairly remote valley southwest of Mercersburg, about a mile north of the Whitetail Ski Resort.
No residences visible from anywhere on the course...what a nice plus that is! Layout is not overly tricky, takes full advantage of the significant terrain features, and is more than scenic: on some holes, it is just breathtaking. There are a few holes with sneaky features, especially on the back nine, where there is waste area at fairway breaks: for first-timers, I recommend a ride up the cart path to assess what's ahead. This is especially important on #16 and #17 - you've been warned! The architect also used some deceptive looks to challenge the unwary: the view from the #2 tee box can be very intimidating, but there is a lot more landing area than would initially appear. All in all, a very nice layout.
Conditions on this early May day were superior: tee boxes were level, and well-grassed, with no bare spots. Fairways were in great shape: I can't recall a single bare patch. Rough was thick, and pretty juicy in some areas, and suitably discouraging...it is rough, after all. Greens, which are fairly large, were very good. No signs of aeration, so they putted true, but were a little slower than they appeared. Bunkers were generally in good shape, but there are not all that many of them on the course, and they're fairly easily avoided.
The staff was very positive and welcoming. The clubhouse is new this year, and is quite nice, although modestly sized, and the pro shop is well-stocked. Overall, our group really likes this course: we just wish the commute were a little shorter.
We highly recommend.