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15 Athelone Way
Avondale, PA  19311-1315
United States
P: (484) 720-8442
F: (610) 268-0516
www.inniscronegolfclub.com
Inniscrone Course

18 hole regulation length course

Municipal golf course

70 par | 6,630 yards | 140 slope

72.2 rating | Bent grass


Inniscrone Golf Course


The 18-hole "Inniscrone" course at the Inniscrone Golf Club facility in Avondale, Pennsylvania features 6,630 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 70.The course rating is 72.2 and it has a slope rating of 140 on Bent grass. Designed by Gilbert Hanse, ASGCA/(R) Hurdzan-Fry Golf Course Design, the Inniscrone golf course opened in 1998. Heathland Hospitality Group manages this facility, with Tom Bolko as the General Manager.

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Reviewed October 03, 2014

I played this golf course the weekend of Spetember 20th 2014. After playing Haretfeld and Merion the day before I was looking forward to playing a Gil Hanse design that may be more of a hidden gem. As someone who has built and designed golf courses I look at them from a variety of angles. After playing Inniscrone I can honestly say that this golf course is a perfect example of why the industry is struggling. The site is strong enough to have produced a solid golf course. We played on a Saturday morning around 8:15. After enduring a 10 minute sermon from the head pro regarding all the courses negatives (great first impression) I headed to the range. First impression was a range tee that appears to be growing a new strain of hardy crabgrass. In the modern era a vibrant high quality range can be a great source of revenue. This range appears to be attempting to conjure fond memories of hitting golf balls out of your yard into the woods. While the first hole is easy to handle you quickly realize why this course is struggling and what their current model is. Not one of the fairways were mowed nor were ANY of the bunkers even remotely raked. If you can't get a fairway mow crew out or a bunker crew out before a 8:15 tee time then you are either incompetant or simply don't care. There was even a VERY dead grounhog in the fairway near the front of the green. I did see a crew EDGING bunkers which may have been the dumbest waste of time and manpower I have ever seen on a weekend. Architecturally put this one in the "anti typical" category. Several holes are a bit tortured simply to be different (the short downhill Par 3 is horrific!!) Let me cut to the chase. If you want to get your swings in and not pay crazy money this is an option. They also know that they are realtively cheap and therefore are not in the mood to lift a finger to make this place better. If they want to make money and provide a great product here's some tips. Put your best foot forward on the weekends!!! Raise the rates $15 bucks mow the fairways and tees, rake the bunkers, redo the cart paths at 5,10, 18 before someone gets killed. Inniscrone could be good. Instead it's soildly in the "played it once ain't going back" column.

Reviewed October 19, 2013

I played this course for the first time today and have a few thoughts. First the range, the layout of the range is great..problem is the tee area...its pretty much like rough. Its very poorly maintained and if you are looking to work on some timing with divot feedback, you are not gonna get it. That being said, its not mats and the layout was good. I should mention the clubhouse and staff are great..very nice people and lots of new equipment for reasonable prices. Now on to the course...the first thing I noticed on the first tee was that the tee boxes were very fury. Longer grass than you would expect and might distract you or cause slippage if you are used to closely trimmed tee boxes. The ball washes need towel replacement. The fairways are well maintained and are eye pleasing, keep your ball there. The rough is quite long.. adds to the challenge of the course but not unmanageable at all. It actually makes you feel like you are on a course that pros would play. The Sand bunkers are very inconsistent and it seems as if they only rake a few of them when they feel like it..only had 1 bunker shot today but I looked at all of them and some of them were unplayable. Now on to the greens...they are difficult.. even that is an understatement. They are undulated and extremely fast on the front 9. What boggled my mind was the speed difference between the back and front... The back 9 has much more playable greens. the front was nearly unplayable and really disappointing. The course layout is great but if you are a first timer then you definitely want to go with someone that can tell how long and what direction to hit your shots. I could had saved at least 2-3 strokes if I had a clue where the flag was on some holes. There is a really cool 95 par 3 that plays severely downhill. Hit it thin and you are done. I had to use a 60 and landed 4ft from the pin. It really plays around 70-75. The par 5s are getable. There are a ton of uneven landing areas so you need to either find a flat lie or be on top of your game with uneven lies. If this club was maintained properly, it could be a top course in the area. My recommendations to the club is slow down the speed of the greens since they are so contoured, care for the sand bunkers, all of them and trim the tee boxes. I drove and hour to get there, had a great time here and would come back.

Value: 7/10
Condition: 6/10
Playability : 7/10

Reviewed June 03, 2013

Inniscrone is a nice course and is the former home of the Exelon Invitational, a one day charity PGA event. There are a few unique holes and the course is maintained nicely. The greens are fast, but playable. The value of $25 riding weekday via an online deal is hard to beat considering an unlimited driving range is included in that price. They also have logo balls, a big plus for the collector like myself. However, being an average golfer who usually shoots around 100, this course was too difficult and built for those with low handicaps. Some carries from the tee box are quite challenging and the 18th is near impossible. The thing that made it the least fun was how high the rough was, done by design to make the course play harder so I get it, but that aspect took away the ability of an average golfer to shoot quality shots. Bottomline, I wouldn't recommend this course unless you shoot under 90 or want a stiff challenge which might end up hurting the confidence of your game. If your truly in that upper echelon of golfers then try it out and you'll probably like it. For the record, I shot 48 on the front and 60 on the back( Back 9 way harder than front) and played well that day. I normally shoot 100, shot 108 that day, but probably would have shot 113 if I wasn't playing great just to give you some idea. Overall rating B-.

Reviewed June 30, 2012

One of the worst managed course I have played in a while. Everytime I've played around 2pm, it always take 5 hours to finish. The pro shop pack so many players in but don't bother having rangers out to manage the pace of play. Over priced; badly managed; don't think I will be driving that far again to play this course.

Reviewed April 01, 2012

Inniscrone Golf Club has made a turn for the better. Bunker work that has not been touched in years is now underway. Conditions of the greens are marvelous. Price is reasonable. I would recommend it to anyone to go there and take a look at Gil Hanse's early work.

Reviewed March 15, 2012

Big fan of the course in the PAST! Played the other day on a beautiful day, course was in AWEFUL shape, did not see one person working on the course the entire round. Price was ok for time of year but check it out they are going to $55 on March, 16!! Are you kidding!!!
The new management is nothing like the great people that ran it the last several years, where are the VanSycles? They were awesome and so were Scott and the rest of the staff, this such a shame! I will be taking my business to another course.

Reviewed June 27, 2010

Nice course...Great layout..Lots of fun to play..From long carries to a 94 yard par 3..our foursome loved it can't wait to go back ...free yardage book ..which comes in handy your first time here like ours was ..awesome value

Reviewed August 12, 2009

Beautiful course with many elevation changes. Many holes are difficult if you are shaky on the tees due to the need to carry overgrown areas to get to the fairway. The greens were very well maintained, as was the rest of the course. Some very unique holes (no problem here with 16 unlike some other reviews). The course was a GREAT value w/college rates being $35 and twilight being $29 everyday after 4pm. I will definitely be coming back and well worth the trip. The scenery alone is worth the money. Biggest con is no bar/food. Pretty much non-existent pro-shop. Great course

Reviewed August 11, 2009

Picked the hottest day of the year to play here...made the finish really difficult. Lovely course with all the ravines (especially on the inward side). Obnoxious course with all the ravines...gets old after a while. I'm not a long ball hitter...couldn't drive the ravine on 18. My young son played along...the ravines became too much for him. No breaks for short ball hitters. The back nine is tough (too tough for the youngster) and it was a bit gimmicky. I did enjoy the layout and the ravines add a scenic touch...just a mentally exhausting finish to what seems to be a nice course. Construction along a couple of back nine holes...yuk! Worth a stop if in the area...might hit from a different set of tees.

Reviewed July 13, 2009

It is true that the first time you play this course you'll spend a fair bit of time wondering where your next shot should be aimed. And sometimes that will include your second/approach shot after a perfect drive in the middle of the fairway. The 16th is the worst hole I have ever played, just silly, after 2 perfect shots you'll be looking at the top of the flag at the bottom of a steep slope right front of the green. Also your drive could appear to you to be in the middle of the fairway, yet when you get to the ball you'll see it was some kind of illusion and that you are in the rough. Greens are fast and in good condition. Also, a lot of the greens are elevated and so errant approaches will not trickle on but ricochet off into some sort of trouble. Grass driving range, which is nice. Lots of signs urging players to keep pace, and numbers to call a ranger for slow play. Thats a good thing. Yet we still had a super slow group in front of us who hacked up the course and took hours hunting their balls. There was a heavy stink in the air on some holes and the course is near the mushroom farms of Kennett Square so that's what I am assuming is the cause of that. I hope it is! For around $60 with range balls on a Sunday I don't think I'll go back.

Reviewed July 01, 2009

The course is now owned by the township, and now opens early compared to last ownership. The seniors price of $35 with cart for these conditions is a great deal, it probably can not be beat in the Delaware Valley. I enjoy this course, contrary to other comments there is no problem finding your way around. There are only a couple holes that parallel each other. Yes there is a "gimmicky" hole or two (16th is the only one that comes to mind), but once you see them once they are not so hard to play. Today they gave away the course distance books. There are some very difficult holes (4, 16, 17) and most of the greens have lots of slope, down hill putts roll forever. Play it if you get the chance.

Reviewed November 25, 2008

greens are great, fairways are great...2 thumbs up for the maintenance department....layout sucks 2 thumbs down for the architect. a horrible gimmicky layout. what a waste of space, whoever designed this should go back to school. be prepared to lose balls, clubs and your mind.

Reviewed August 29, 2008

I played Inniscrone last week and I enjoyed the course very much. A few of the reviewers had understandable beef with the lack of hole descriptions available. They now have caddy books available for the price of $3 and they are obviously helpful. I certainly could have gotten beat up even moreso than i already have without it. I played for $35 with a cart at 3:00 on a saturday and the course was not crowded at all and slower groups gladly let me play though. Each hole is very demanding and requires your full attention at all times. I enjoyed the 3rd, 9th, and 12th, and 14th hole a lot. There were a few, in particular #5 and #10 that I thought were a bit silly and over the top. That being said, id gladly go back to this course in a heartbeat. but you need to bring your "A" game at this course because it will eat your lunch if you arent ready.

Reviewed December 05, 2007

The most disappointing course I’ve ever played. It’s no wonder they couldn’t keep a membership. Problem is, now they’re left with a course that is designed to be a members club and they’re selling it as daily fee. As other said, good luck finding your way around during your first round. Second, this is a penal design. The maintenance didn’t help matters as it was slow around the greens, but the greens themselves were very fast. Add to that, grass on green collars that was so thick I lost two balls that hit the green and rolled off; not fun. While there are some good holes here, there are some aggressively bad holes as well; far too many for a “good” course. I respect Gil Hanse and I know some people like this course very much. For me, it was an oddly maintained, often blind, unwalkable, at times bad and silly, with tons of out of bounds and lateral hazards, golf course.

I really can’t see a fist timer enjoying it, and I can’t see anyone with a handicap over 10 playing well there.

Reviewed July 02, 2007

DISAPPOINTMENT

I read a report earlier, from someone who played the course in April, and made the same comment I'll make today.
No diagrams...! Not on the score sheet or at the tee. This was the first time my wife & I played this course. We had no idea what was required on some of these holes. In some cases we had to drive ahead to see where we we're going. This made for a frustrating round of golf.
We are probably average hitters, no long distance, but we enjoy the challenge, in this case it only reduced our enjoyment.
The second thing was no service on the course, we tee'd off at 1:30 on a Saturday, and were told that a cart would make its rounds.....Never saw one for the entire 18 holes...not even in the distance. Good thing we had brought water with us. The water stops on the course were warm or empty...Not saying much for the ammenities.
The course has some beautiful holes and some tough ones too. But almost all of the sand traps needed grooming, drying up puddles, hard pan sand, not what you would expect from a top class course...no wonder it went from private to public, but I've played other public course that are definitely a better valve.
Needless to say at the end of the day I finished the final hole with a par...! Lucky Me...!

Reviewed April 22, 2007

A Challenge for Any

Played here 4-20-07 for the first time, and went off at 1130 as a single, on an almost empty course. Bad move, as there are MANY holes which present surprises (all unpleasant) to the complacent. The day I played, there were no hole diagrmas to be had: not on the scorecard, no diagrams at the tee, and no yardage books in the shop. That is supposed to remedied "soon." If it is not, wait to tee off util you can join someone who's played it before. Having said all of that, this is a tough course, but a real treat. Design is terrific, uses every wrinkle in the terrain to optimal advantage, no two holes run parallel, and most seem to stand alone. Greens are huge, and fast, but nor exceessively contoured. A gazillion bunkers, of all sizes, from pots to vast tracts of sand, all carefully located to maximize your "enjoyment." Several holes have blind tee shots, but even some where you can see the green, like #16, present some hidden treats, like a huge ravine just in front of the green with four bunkers down in there. And then there's #12, a 454 yard par 4 from the middle tees: good luck on that one, as it plays into the prevailing wind. When you stagger off 18, you'll feel abused, but in a good way! Clubhouse is nice: pro shop is smallish, but has a decent stock of merchandise. Locker room is kinda small for a club with hopes of going private someday: only about 30 lockers, one shower, etc. Snack bar/tap room upstairs is nicely done, but sadly, no draft beer - only bottled. Menu is the usual range of sandwiches, and the BLT I had was excellent. Staff is very pleasant throughout, and made an effort to make the golfer feel welcome. Inniscrone is now open for public play on weekdays, and is moderately priced (less than $50), and very much worth the trip to find it. I will be back!!

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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 Roger A. 18 45 27 09/04/11
2 Roger A. 18 45 27 06/24/11
3 John C. 15 45 30 07/16/11
4 John C. 15 51 36 07/30/11
5 Alex H. 23 89 66 06/13/11
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38 Thomas M. 13 92 76 04/18/18
15 Thomas M. N/A 86 72 10/05/17
11 Thomas M. N/A 85 71 05/02/17
32 David S. 14 89 75 07/25/15
39 David S. 14 90 76 10/18/14

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Inniscrone Golf Club

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Managed by Heathland Hospitality Group

20 tees driving range

18 regulation holes

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