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Monday, November 7, 2011

The Bridges Golf Club



Welcome to The Bridges Golf Club

homepic2.jpg The Rolling Hills of South Central Pennsylvania are home to the historic Gettysburg battlefield, New Oxford antique shops, Lancaster County Amish and...

The Bridges Golf Club

Our Public 18 hole, par 72 golf course boasts premier course conditions, superb all-turf practice areas, finely appointed guest rooms, quality pro shop, restaurant, and a gorgeous view of Adams County countryside. Enjoy Golf in it's purist form at The Bridges.

   "15th best course you can play in PA" - Golf Magazine

homepic3.jpg"Four Stars"- "A hidden gem"-"Cross it!" - Golf Digest

"This course is the definition of a hidden gem, and a great value to boot" - Golf Week

"An honest, fair test of golf; no tricked-up excesses and gimmicks" - Tee Time Golf

"100 must play courses of the Middle Atlantic" - Washington Golf Monthly

Rated in top 100 places to play - Golf For Women Magazine

"Top Pick" - Powers Golf Guide reader survey

Course Information & Layout

Completely watered bent grass tees, greens and fairways are always finely manicured and open to the public. With four sets of tees, this south central Pennsylvania gem offers a variety of options to all levels of play.

The course is a 6,713- yard, par-72 layout designed by Charles & Fred Altland.  Its setting is on a former horse farm owned by the Bross family, with 14 wooden bridges (including one covered bridge on No. 2) crossing mostly environmentally sensitive wetlands, though some creeks and lakes do come into play.  The beauty of the Bridge's layout is the fact that there are really no brutal holes, though many of them will give you more than your fair share of trouble if not properly attacked.

The front nine is the more wooded of the two and generally considered the more difficult. It includes the only real forced carry off a tee on the course (No. 2), and a par 4 that sits precariously on a crowned fairway that leaves very little room for error either right or left (410-yard No. 6).  The ninth hole, a 430 yard uphiller, to the clubhouse, is a monster, as shown by its No. 1 handicap rating.

The back nine is a little more open, with no forced caries. There are times, however, that proper club selection is essential to prevent from landing in one of the environmental hazards or bouncing a PRO V off one of its popular wooden bridges. One of the better holes on the back nine is the 534-yard, par-5 No. 15, which has woods and out of bounds down the right side and an old dead tree about two thirds of the way down the fairway. This turns out to be one of the narrower holes on the back and a challenge trying to navigate your way to the green. The 18th hole parallels No. 9 back to the clubhouse but is a little more generous in that it is a par 5 stretching 540-yards mostly uphill.

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