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7400 Lansdowne Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19151
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The Olde Course

18 hole regulation length course

Municipal golf course

71 par | 6,202 yards | 116 slope

68.6 rating | Rye grass

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The Olde Course Golf Course

The 18-hole "The Olde Course" at the Cobbs Creek Golf Club facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania features 6,202 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The course rating is 68.6 and it has a slope rating of 116 on Rye grass. Designed by Hugh Wilson, the The Olde Course opened in 1916. Billy Casper Golf manages this facility, with Dennis Taggart as the Director of Golf.

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Reviewed July 10, 2013

Reviewed July 04, 2013

This course is really starting to come back around, fairways are beautiful greens are well maintained and there putting a lot of money into this place to bring it back. Designed by the same guy that did Merion this course is a classic. Just played it today; HUGE improvement from past plays. Keep it up!

Reviewed April 09, 2013

The skeleton of a good golf course exists here. If you're a golf architecture nerd then you'll surely appreciate the pedigree of the course and recognize the nuances it has to offer. If not, you'll think it's a run-of-the-mill city course that needs more TLC.

Reviewed November 01, 2012

This is the only GOLF COURSE I can not call and place an order for a set of clubs,balls or gloves in BULK and they tell you if you order it in October you will have it in APRIL when we pay our bill give me a break.

Reviewed June 04, 2012

The maintenance contractor has made repairs, improvements and a consistant effort to put bring beautiful gem back shining. The design has been challenging from the start but now it is also a nice place to play golf. No 2 holes are alike and the creek makes the first 9 a shot maker's challange while the distances and topography make the back nine challenging in distance and shot making. Go and enjoy for a great price!

Reviewed July 25, 2011

This is the crappiest course I have ever played. Worse then Walnut Lane. And for $50, this is a total rip off. The tee boxes were sand or dirt. I broke more tees trying to put them into the ground then I did swinging. I cant even imagine how crappy the cheaper Karakung course is. Not only that, the Starter laughed at us when we were there early, and said "Dont ever expect to get out on time here". Soo whats the point of a tee time? Awful experience, will never go back.

Reviewed July 24, 2011

One of the nicest public golf courses I have ever played. If you like the natural Pennyslvania wilderness, you will love the front nine. Woods, water, nature and challenging holes. Very picturesque.

The back nine is open with many holes next to each other but for the most part there is shade at every green so you can take a breather on a hot summer day.

My major complaint is the shape of the T boxes. Some of them are literally hard packed sandy dirt.

Reviewed August 02, 2010

Reviewed July 09, 2010

Played the course on 7/5/10 for the first time under current management and was pleasantly surprised by the conditions except for the tee boxes. A boogie golfer with any distance off the tee would be better challenged playing the blue tees on most holes.

Reviewed August 27, 2009

I grew up on these courses, played there as a kid, went to summer golf camps and it was the home course for my high school team. I wish it were in good shape. The layout of the Olde Course is impressive by any standards - in fact several PGA events were held here in it's heyday. You will find several holes in good shape but when you take in the entirety of the course it is definitely lacking. The 3rd, 4th and 5th holes are often well kept and are as impressive as they are challenging. My favorite hole has to be the monster 615 yard par 5 on the back nine. I play here on occasion for nostalgia's sake but I'm always left thinking it's a course better remembered than played.

Reviewed August 18, 2009

Played here for the first time on 8.18.09 and was quite impressed by the condition it was in for a public course. It was challenging, particularly the back 9. Additionally I played on a Tuesday and for $31 got a cart and lunch! Coming from Massachusetts I found that to be a great value. A comparable course in my area costs double. The only drawback for me was the tee boxes that were hard, clay-like almost. They were working on some damage from the rains we've had but the greens were in excellent shape. I'll be playing it again and I'd recommend it highly.

Reviewed July 20, 2009

I played this course this past Saturday and was very impressed. Having played here in the past with numerous infected greens and poor tee boxes and thought i would never play here again. I had heard that they were playing a junior amatuer PGA event here so i thought the conditions had to be improved. If you live in the philly area and are looking for a new place to play give this guy a shot. My only complaint would be lack of yardage markers.

Reviewed July 02, 2009

Reviewed May 18, 2009

I always look forward to my annual pilgrimage to the Olde Course.
Have the conditions improved? I hear that Billy Casper Golf management company has entered into a 5 year deal to 'manage' Cobbs Creek. Which should bring it back into better consistent condition. This course is all people say it is, great layout needing some TLC (though the 3rd green seems beyond repair - that may be the barometer for how they are doing. I wish them luck, we'll all be better off for their successes!

Reviewed April 08, 2009

Reviewed March 23, 2009

Bad course to go to. I was basically teeing my ball off a s cinder block. I saw kids skidding their bikes on the greens. Every Saturday morning my uncle would bring me here, the same people who looked like they have never picked up a golf club are drinking away at 8. I would say it is good for people who live near but otherwise I would not recommend it.

Reviewed October 31, 2008

If this course had the opportunity to have money put into it, it would be one of the best courses in the country...I know that many people who have played it complain about the conditions, but if you play this course as a golfer and think about the design, you just can't beat it. From starting on the clubhouse side of the course with the first two holes that are affected by Cobbs Creek, and then it has it's own "Amen Corner", #3 with it's almost island like green requiring a full carry over water to get on the green and trouble behind, #4 again requiring a carry over water with bailout on the right, but anything left is in the water which follows the left side of the green, #5 with a split fairway with the creek running straight down the will take a perfect drive to get the left side of the creek, on that part of the fairway but, but go left you are in the woods, you could hit straight over the water with a fade and try to get on the right side of the fairway for the easier shot to the green, but you would be smarter to hit down the left, but then you have a shot back over the creek which guards the front of the awesome challenge...#5 a very short par 3, 9 iron or pitching wedge, but there is a half dead tree whose limb will catch you shot due to the elevated tee, and the loft of the club which you will find hard to keep down, but then there is the water in the front, again an incredible challenge...every hole afterward is totally different than the previous unlike many courses....#10 is a par 4 shot that is blind and straight uphill, left being tree trouble, right running down a hill that rolls the ball into trouble, so you need a drive right in the center, and after getting on the fairway the approach shot is to a extremely small green which has a deep bunker in the front and back, so that shot has to be perfect to hit the green, even if you have a short shot - there is a 600+ yard par 5 from an elevated tee which is straight away but the length is awesome...the hole after that is a uphill par 4 that requires a drive from a chute surrounded by trees to a fairway that falls away to the right to a possible dead ball that you would have to just hit out back in to the fairway with no chance for the green...if you have a shot it is to a fast green that has a severe dropoff on the right, bunker in the back, slope in front of the green which might kick the ball right and down the dropoff....#17 is a signature par 3 from an elevated tee with fairly deep bunkers on the right and left wraping around the front leaving just a small opening to try and scoot through to the green, the best shot will require a perfect club selection, but the green is fast and slops severly toward the front leaving any shot past the hole demanding a perfect putt getting some part of the hole or the ball will possibly roll completely off the green....#18 is a fairly short par 4, but with a blind tee shot, the only way to know where you are going is to hit for the Tower Theater sign in the distance, once down in the fairway you are left with a fairly simple shot to the green, only problem is that it is fast and severly sloped toward you, any ball behind the hole, again will require a perfect pace or line and even if you hit the hole if the speed is too great you will find yourself off the green on this hole also....the conditions will irritate you because it is such a gem of a design...there are many great courses that have nice holes but some are simular in shape and just have length of different hazards to address, this course looks like every hole was taken from many courses in the country and placed on this spot, they are that different...I have played some of the best courses in the country, and Cobbs Creek has some of most enjoyable holes I have ever played, if I had the money I would buy the course put a lot of money in it, offer reasonable memberships, and fees, have highschoolers trained to maintain the course, and many other out of the box ideas...this course is a gem, many who are used to pristine conditions will hate the course straight off the bat after looking at it, but I have played the Olde Course (which is the nickname of this course) in Scotland, so complaining about bad lies is stupid to me, St. Andrews has charactor and much of links golf has part of it's lure nasty stuff if you don't hit the fairway....if you don't want to spend the money for the bad conditions, (which actually are imporving), then just play twilight or weekday...good golfers who like hitting shots will love this Walnut Lane, which has I think 11 par 3's, is a par 62 is the course I grew up on and learned to hit the ball straight, and produce shots, which is why I love Cobbs, (Walnut Lane has it's charactor also) - give it a try if you are a true golfer......

Reviewed August 10, 2008

Might be the most intriguing public course I've played. With that said, you hit off of crab grass or dirt and off the fairways and play is super slow, even during the week. Greens were is good condition. Had a great time, though, and the layout is pretty amazing. One hole has such a massive bunker in the front it looks like you are storming Normandy. Also, have never heard fore yelled so many times in my life, so be prepared for slow play and blue collar types drinking cheap beer, which was shared with me by the foursome in front. To a true lover of the game, it is well worth it.

Reviewed June 20, 2008

Reviewed November 08, 2007

A challenging course demanding accuracy to stay out of the creek on a number of holes. I don't understand some of the previous comments regarding course condition - with exception of 3rd green, which was in very poor condition, all greens were in a very good state and the majority of the fairways were also good. A scenic course, with plenty of interesting features and currently glowing in its fall colors. Unfortunately, play was relatively slow, stuck behind a number of 4-balls that were slowed down by the numerous technical challenges presented by the course. However, overall it represented excellent value for money.


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  • Latest Scores
  • Overall
Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 Joe S. N/A 40 40 09/03/09
2 Randy K. N/A 51 51 06/24/10
3 Beto A. 37 99 62 04/12/08
4 James V. 38 102 64 06/20/08
5 Daniel K. 48 113 65 07/31/13
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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
6 Gordon P. 22 96 74 08/21/15
56 Joseph C. 22 102 80 06/24/15
6 Gordon P. 22 90 68 06/12/15

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About Cobbs Creek, The Olde Course

Cobbs Creek Golf Club

Golf Only facility

Managed by Billy Casper Golf

23 tees driving range

36 regulation holes

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Course Staff

Dennis Taggart, Director of Golf
Joseph Alvare, Superintendent
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