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594 Simpson Rd
Irwin, PA  15642-4801
United States
P: (724) 863-6016
F: (724) 863-4711
Irwin Course

18 hole regulation length course

Public golf course

70 par | 5,416 yards | 117 slope

65.6 rating

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Irwin Golf Course

The 18-hole "Irwin" course at the Irwin Country Club facility in Irwin, Pennsylvania features 5,416 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 70. The course rating is 65.6 and it has a slope rating of 117. Designed by James G. Harrison, ASGCA, the Irwin golf course opened in 1933. Doris Cipra manages the course as the General Manager.

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Time5am - 9pm
Price $0 - $500
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Reviewed November 11, 2017

This course is within a few miles of my home. In no way should you consider this a country club. This is a below average public course. I go to work on my game occasionally and I am always disappointed in some way with my experience.

The golf course layout isn't terrible. Some of the hilly terrain is a nice challenge.... even though I'm sure it's not intentional.
The scenery is acceptable with woods around the whole course. The holes are average at best and not going to capture your eye with picturesque beauty.
The fairways are not much of an advantage over the rough most of the time. They are poorly maintained. The course has many areas where there is gravel inexplicably running through the fairways as drainage; and ineffectively. On that note, there are random areas that are just not maintained... making approach shots for the non-member frustrating. Chunked up sod in front of greens, the aforementioned gravel and areas that they just don't care enough to drain can be a challenge if not downright infuriating.
The greens are rarely in good shape. They don't maintain them throughout the day which makes it nearly impossible to putt with any touch... most of the year. They are often covered in pine needles or branches. This could be easily taken care of if the owner cared at all about playability or profit. A lack of accurate and visible yardage makers is disappointing, but once you know the course you learn how to use them... if you can see them.
No carts after 6PM in the summer... ???. Also the carts are often in terrible shape. It's also as expensive as the better courses in the area.
Don't expect to be greeted with open arms or appreciated because it feels like they are doing you a favor by letting you golf there. I've been in the presence of the owner and found him belittling and abrasive. I walk the other way if I ever see him. I'm not sure they even care to make a profit, because they aren't doing anything to enhance the course or build a membership base. They seem to be satisfied with the membership base they have, but don't seem to care to maintain the course year-to-year to show appreciation. The members I know and have met are all great people. They are mostly local older people that have golfed there all of their lives and are tolerant out of nostalgia and proximity.

In summation, if you live close, can deal with not being appreciated and don't mind playing on a course that is minimally maintained you may like Irwin Country Club. If you are willing to travel a few more miles visit Madison Club, it is ten times the golf course that Irwin Country Club is at the same price. You'll also walk away feeling like you were appreciated and got your return on greens fee investment. I'm interested in hearing others review their experiences here. I think my review, as harsh as it may sound, is actually more positive than I feel after a round at Irwin Country Club. I miss Carradam.

Reviewed October 26, 2008

Great value and a fun course. The course is well maintained for the amount of play it gets. The greens although small, putt well. The back 9 is scenic, especially the view from #14 tee. I try to get 6-8 rounds here every season.

Reviewed October 16, 2007

Don't go here expecting a "County Club" atmosphere or conditons. Its simply not in any respect. Irwin is a very short but challenging golf course seemingly cut out of mountain terrain. It seemingly has a devoted group of regulars who occupy the course at all times so they surely must enjoy it. Despite recent attempts to upgrade the course I still find it usually in sub par condition for my standards although when right, they do have excellent greens. Notice I said, "when right." This course is very tight and smallish so accuracey is premium. The greens are very small and knowing the terrain is of great benefit. The 14th thru 17th holes are actually very nice as they cut out of valley with a creek running along the side. In season they are gorgeous but the rest of the course is not up to their standards. That being said, I still find myself golfing here occasionally simply because it is challenging for being short on yardage. Long off the tee does not help much here as the greens are postage stamp sized and a challenge to hit from any distance. I also learned to golf here so it carries some nostalgic value. The price is right as well so we cannot complain too much. Most low handicappers would avoid this course but its surely a great place for beginners and mid liners tuning up their game.

Reviewed June 28, 2007

Country Club???

I guess anything will pass with that title these days.


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  • Latest Scores
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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 Tyler B. N/A 47 47 08/18/13
2 Craig L. N/A 56 56 11/08/08
3 Gene C. 22 89 67 06/08/11
4 Sam A. 13 81 68 08/08/10
5 Jon T. 22 91 69 06/29/09
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About Irwin

Irwin Country Club

Golf Only facility

18 regulation holes

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Course Staff

Doris Cipra, General Manager
Craig Repicky, PGA, Golf Professional
Steve Steiner, Superintendent
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