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3243 Gehman Rd
Barto, PA  19504-9548
United States
P: (610) 845-2491
F: (610) 845-0167
Butter Valley Course

18 hole regulation length course

Public golf course

71 par | 6,211 yards | 115 slope

68.4 rating | Rye grass

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Butter Valley Golf Course

The 18-hole "Butter Valley" course at the Butter Valley Golf Port facility in Barto, Pennsylvania features 6,211 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The course rating is 68.4 and it has a slope rating of 115 on Rye grass. Butter Valley golf course opened in 1969. John L. Gehman manages the course as the Owner/Manager.

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Time5am - 9pm
Price $0 - $500
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

Butter Valley is a great hidden course in the middle of nowhere. Due to its location the scenery is great and the family owned and run staff are super nice and down home friendly. It's also the reason that the course itself doesn't get overly pressured allowing for a nice relaxing round with few exceptions. Butter Valley is a pretty short course standing in at only 5900 yds. from the white and plays that way, but several holes are unique and most holes are fun to play. A really cool twist to this course is that a small airport landing strip actually runs in between two holes on the back 9 and is operable. If your lucky you will see a plane or two take off or land...really cool. This is also where there signature hole is, the 15th, a 600 yd. monster. The course is decently maintained, nothing spectacular, and the value of $24 to walk twilight weekend is very reasonable. They also have logo balls for the collector like myself, another plus. Just a great experience and would highly recommend checking this place out. Overall rating A.

Reviewed August 19, 2011

Reviewed September 16, 2010

Reviewed July 25, 2010

I used to enjoy this course very much. It has a good variety of holes, nice views and was in good condition when I've played it in years past. However now (in July 2010) the fairways have completely burned out. It is clear that they do not water the fairways at all (except perhaps for the 18th which can be seen from the road). The greens and tee boxes were, if not great, at least passable. But the fairways were literally dead grass and even dirt. This was one of the worst conditions I've ever seen a golf course - far worse than other courses in the area which have been exposed to the same weather conditions. It reminded me of a cheap chip & putt. It was not worth $41 - I wish I had paid $60 to play a course that is better taken care of. I will never play this course again.

Reviewed July 15, 2009

Played this for the first time 7/9/09 after hearing my stepbrother rave about it.

The Pros:
Fairways, rough, & greens in uniformly excellent condition. The tee boxes, however, were hard as rocks -- jackhammer would have helped to get tees in the ground.
Interesting variety of holes that provide a wide diversity of looks on both nines.
Very scenic, partly due to the hilly terrain which offers great vistas -- if you're walking, be prepared for multiple climbs and a good workout.
Although many holes are tree-lined (particularly the front nine), they're not forests, so there are fair opportunities for recovery from off-line drives.
Course length from the tips is appropriate for most mid 'cappers, while consistently low 'cappers may find it a bit short. Course length from the whites is considerably shorter (5000 plus change), which is good for higher 'cappers and/or the distance challenged. If you can drive over 230 you should play from the tips here, otherwise the course simply won't be as challenging -- you may score better from the whites, but many of the holes will feel like pitch & putts.
The small plane airport in the middle of the course is kind of neat, with the runway situated between holes -- plane took off right next to us as we were playing.
Greens fees are excellent any day, any time, with or without cart. Outstanding value given the excellent course condition. AND, the carts have GPS devices! Where else can you get GPS for prime time rates in the low $40's?

The cons:
I found 2 or 3 of the holes overly contrived (can't remember the exact holes). In one case, a double dogleg par 5 (first left, then right), the right dogleg is unnaturally severe and is lined with tall trees such that a perfectly positioned drive offers no option to go for the green in 2, or to get anywhere near the green for that matter. On another, a slight dogleg left par 4, the tee box is aligned with the left side of the fairway, but tall trees overhang that side of the fairway to such an extent that anything more than a 5 iron off the tee to clear the overhang is almost impossible, unless you have the skills to aim a wood at the adjacent hole on the right and pull off a 20 yard draw to the fairway. It's not that these aren't playable -- they just seem to have been deliberately designed to put hazards in places where they don't naturally belong. There's another par 5 with a large tree smack in the middle of the fairway in what for most folks would be their average driver landing area. Doesn't make much sense -- if they wanted to pose a precise challenge to driver accuracy, a bunker would be better, not to mention fairer.
Many of the greens sit atop hills, with steep fall-offs. This is fine, but the "bad" fall-offs, i.e., where the ball will roll into woods, bushes, and other nasty stuff, are invariably behind the greens. You quickly learn that to score well here, make sure your approaches are on the short side, never long. I'd prefer to see more variety.
This "con" actually doesn't bother me at all, but I know some people like the amenities almost as much as the course. This place doesn't have any amenities to speak of. There's an indoor area to smack some balls into nets, but no range. There's a small grill area, but no alcohol, meaning NO BEER. And since there's no beer, there's no point in having cart girls. Personally, I much prefer that they have GPS in their carts rather than having cart girls -- but for those who look forward to the latter, you'll be disappointed.
Overall, though, a very nice course at almost a bargain price!

Reviewed June 19, 2009

Reviewed May 12, 2009

I never knew about this course and lived only 30 minutes from it my whole life. Played it for the first time today and loved it. The staff was friendly and the course maintained well. I really enjoyed the gadget of the GPS in the cart. Overall I couldnt believe the price either. I will be back often.

Reviewed September 06, 2008

Reviewed August 03, 2008

Reviewed July 12, 2008

Reviewed May 29, 2008

One of my most favorite places to play. If I am having a bad day at golf, the scenery always helps me get back to focus and relaxes me. Could use a driving range however. There is an indoor range to warm up with.

Reviewed December 07, 2007

I drive about an hour and a half as many times a year as I can to play this magnificent course. The scenery is amazing, the course is set up to be challenging for the amateur golfer. A very long par 5 17th leads to a 200+ yard par 3 to finish. The occasional single engine plane crossing your view just adds to the ambience. A nice bar is local at the Bally Hotel.

Reviewed September 25, 2007

Reviewed September 17, 2007

Lovely scenery and nicely layed out course. Good course for folks who are not long hitters. Tough second shots if you are not in the fairway. The greens were recently airated so they did not roll true. Certainly worth the drive.

Reviewed September 01, 2007

My most played course. Very enjoyable course to walk. Scenery is magnificent. Nice course with airport bisecting 10th & 15th Fairways.

Reviewed September 01, 2007

Reviewed July 14, 2007


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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 Barry G. N/A 61 61 04/10/08
2 Justin C. 31 98 67 03/21/09
3 Jason M. 21 89 68 03/19/08
4 Ken S. 21 89 68 12/29/06
5 Gary D. 2 70 68 08/24/07
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About Butter Valley Golf Port

Butter Valley Golf Port

Golf Only facility

6 tees driving range

18 regulation holes

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Course Staff

John L. Gehman, Owner/Manager
Gary Brooks, Golf Professional
Joshua Gehman, Golf Course Superintendent
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