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Pottstown, PA  19464-3494
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Raven's Course

18 hole regulation length course

Public golf course

71 par | 6,740 yards


Raven's Golf Course


The 18-hole "Raven's" course at the Raven's Claw Golf Club facility in Pottstown, Pennsylvania features 6,740 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71.Designed by Ed Shearon, the Raven's golf course opened in 2005. Jim Bromley manages the course as the Golf Professional.

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Reviewed July 11, 2013

Reviewed September 21, 2012

I played a round here a few weeks back, and surprisingly got off as a single midday during the week.

I was thoroughly impressed with the course, very friendly staff, and especially the picturesque stone 'relic' on the first hole.

The maintenance was as good as I've seen on a public course from tee to green (rough included), although the greens were a little slower than what I expected due to aeration the previous week. In addition to this, the holes were unique and challenging without being too daunting for mid-to-high handicappers.

It's about an hour drive for me, but I definitely plan on making it a regular play each year!

Reviewed July 14, 2011

Wow what a course. I will admit that I was a little overwhelmed to play here after reading the reviews but we had a blast. First and foremost, bring an extra sleeve or two of balls. We went on a Tuesday afternoon, no back ups on the course. Staff was incredibly friendly, chatted with us before our tee time and the ranger even helped us look for a wayward tee shot. We saw the drink cart at least every 4 or 5 holes. As far as the course goes, it's definitely an accuracy favoring course. Overall environment would be a lot better if it wasn't surrounded by houses, but it doesn't take too much away from the course. We paid $42 for a twilight rate, which is a little steep, but in our opinion was worth it. We will definitely come back to give the course another shot now that we know the layout. Word of advice, think before you break out the driver on #8. Enjoy!

Reviewed August 20, 2010

i love this track. play here several times a year and it never gets old. lots of variation in holes and setup so be ready to use every club in the bag. 600+ yd par 5 aptly named "Long" is a real beast, take par and move on. only real issue i have is the proximity to homes on a few holes. Overcooked one on a dogleft left and dented some guys siding, he of course yelled at me and i asked him why he lived 20 yds from a fairway...otherwise great course

Reviewed July 11, 2010

Great looking and challenging (but not frustrating) course. Greens are championship size. Long carrys needed on some of the par 4s on the back.

Reviewed April 27, 2010

I would suggest that this course is best for the player who can place shots well, as it really is essential. The course was in excellent condition when I played, and would have been wonderfully scenic if not for all the houses. There's a lot of challenging holes desinged to draw you in to making a bad choices, so there is a psychological element. The clubhouse and restaurant are very nice, and the staff is friendly. I gave it a lower value score as the fees are a bit steep even with a coupon, it still cost close to $60 for the round. My game is not up the level it needs to be to fully enjoy this course, so my value rating is subjective.

So, long story short, bring your A game. If you average high 90's you probably won't have as much fun on this course as you would somewhere less challenging.

Reviewed September 06, 2009

Great course, no two holes alike - course very well spread out, shotmaking is key as there's lots of OB around. Staff is pleasant and friendly, clubhouse and restaurant are excellent. I have played here since they opened the preview holes with a trailer in the parking lot a few years ago and it has improved every year, making it now a place you have to play if you're in the area. High marks.

Reviewed July 24, 2009

I may be tough on Raven's Claw but they deserve it. I have played here several times. I played when they only had twelve holes open and charged 18 hole rates; I played when they opened all 18 and had construction debris all over the place and charged 18 hole rates; I played when I thought the course would be grown in and have player amenitiies on the course, but didn't. I have been dissapointed every time. It is a shame too because it is a great lay out. The last outing I asked the teenaged looking starter if there were water coolers on the course and he replied "yes". Well, he wasn't lying but he neglected to say they didn't have water in them on a 80 degree day. He also told me there was a beverage cart. We saw it: once on the front and once on the back. If there is a next time I play here I will make sure I have a coupon and bring my own beverages.

Reviewed June 17, 2009

Ok, let me start off by saying that I am a high handicapper and more worried about making good contact than course layout.

The staff and amenities are A+++++, the course is A+, Maintenance is A+. Even the scorecard is the best I've seen. It actually tells you where to place your drive in order to score well. That being said I really didn't like this course. I have been trying to understand why. I think I've found it. This is a links style venue, in an area that I feel can't take advantage of what a links style course can bring. I think if this course was down the Jersey shore I would LOVE this course.


Reviewed June 10, 2009

Love the layout and the course, great variety of holes to challenge your skills...greens could be a little faster but still decent. Agree that if you a high handicapper you can lose a lot of balls. Great value for the area.
Could use a halfway house, but they usually have a cart girl so thats not a problem.

Reviewed November 29, 2008

played this yesterday, and the winds and cold made this very difficult, as it's a link-style venue. although public, the members take priority here on tee times and protocol.
The course has challenging holes and each hole has an unique layout design. It's fairly difficult with the undulating greens, rough mounds, and fairways. A high-handicapper will struggle here, as strategic shot placement and accuracy is required to score. Missing some greens, could result in double bogeys, and long putts are 3-putt territory. The roughs are mild in grass length. It is very well maintained, especially the greens. no. 17, a 210 uphill par 3 with danger on the right, has to be the hardest par 3 that I've ever played. a 2 tiered-green with undulation. a bogey is a good score here. no. 12 has a sand trap in the middle of the fairway, which I believe is gimmickry. I enjoyed the dogleg holes no. 8 & 9. The greens held approach shots, and would be considered moderate speed for putting, some contained hidden breaks. rated #10 in the courses you can play in the state by golf magazine.
this course is geared towards the mid to low handicapper(under 12), it has some nice vistas, scenic holes, challenging layouts, risk-rewards to satisfy a serious golfers quest. It's not too hard to walk. Surprising there weren't any port-a-johns on the course, as the turn is away from the clubhouse, and houses are in view during nature's call. I don't understand why some of the houses were built so close to the course. the one hole's(no. 13?) back yard is right behind the tee box. a few row of houses are along the left side of the rough. make sure you schedule a tee time here, or you'll be waiting a long while.

Reviewed September 13, 2008

In my humble opinion, this is one of the best public venues in SE PA (along the lines of Lederach and Bella Vista -- though admittedly not quite in a class with Wyncote or Broad Run). I've played it occasionally since the year it opened, and have observed both the course and the amenities noticeably mature. The course is consistently in excellent condition, and the variety of holes makes for a full range of shot making. There are few boring or non-descript holes here, and most reward thoughtful strategy and shot selection. While there is certainly a premium on accuracy, you're not automatically dead on many of the holes if you don't happen to be hitting it on a string -- there are some bail out areas and opportunities for recovery from moderate curve balls (as long as the direction of the curve happens to suit the particular hole -- on some you can get away with slices better than hooks, on others hooks are better than slices). This is by no means an easy course, but its challenges are eminently fair and the overall lay-out is very well designed (though the 17th might seem a bit much for the average player, especially from the back tees). I don't much care about beverage carts, but for those who do, they come regularly, which is useful since the "out" nine really do go out -- once you tee off, you don't see the clubhouse till you're done. Though a bit "high end" for the area, this course is definitely worth the price of admission.

Reviewed August 16, 2008

Reviewed August 01, 2008

Reviewed July 28, 2008

I'm confounded by some of the reviews. I really like this course; people who don't like this course say there's no cart gal at Thangsgiving!? - (buy a flask) or it's too difficult. That's a plus to me, I like the challenge. Good variety of carries; doglegs, short challenging par 4's (#8 comes to mind), bruising par 5's (#10!) and pleasing par three's. Good shots and course management get rewarded; bad shots get their due (especially from the tips).
If you're a hacker, stay away, there are better courses for you to hone your game for a lesser price.
It's a young course, I've been playing this course for three years and it seems to be maturing nicely. Generally friendly staff, good deck to have a beer and watch people come up the 18th; course is challenging and in good shape and not terribly crowded. I make a point of playing this course three - four times a year. A very good value.

Reviewed July 06, 2008

I really enjoyed this course. It was in great shape, the greens were challenging, but true. The course had great variety among all of the holes, and was visually entertaining throughout the round. I believe that this course is worth the price, and is a very good play.

Reviewed June 30, 2008

Read some nasty reviews about this course before I played it , but found that it really wasn't that bad. There were scorecards, there was a ranger, and the starter was very nice and informative. Course has a nice layout, no side-by-side holes, once you leave the clubhouse, you don't see it until your back at the 18th tee. Fairways are a little tight, but keep it straight, any errant shot to the side of the fairway will be in the woods, or down a slope-(most fairways feel like they are on a plateau). Course was in decent shape, some areas had thin grass with rock/shale, but those were 20-30 yards off the fairway. Greens were in excellent condition and very tricky to read. You see a break, but it goes straight. The speed of the rolls were true. Overall a nice course. Clubhouse food is very good. Beverage cart is always running, almost too much, had to say no about 5 times. Good atmosphere and not very crowded at all.

Reviewed June 16, 2008

Played the course back in early May, and was disappointed with the whole experience. The course was not in the same condition as 2007. There were no scorecards (they actually gave me paper to keep score).

Played the course again yesterday (Father's Day Morning) and to my dismay it's only gotten worse. Registration was chaotic and yardage guides were way overpriced. Then when I asked the cart attendant where the pins were today, he told me "in the holes", and walked away. My dad thought he was being a wiseguy, but I just think he had no idea of what I meant. Several tee boxes were hairy and a few greens were bumpy, patchy and burnt out. Pace of play was slow with a lot of backups. The foresome that was hacking in front of us was playing 2-3 tee shots apiece, and the ranger was MIA.

One positive - after the round, the food and service in the clubhouse restaurant was excellent!

A total shame, as I enjoyed playing here last Summer. The course is laid out nicely and has real potential, but I'm not sure what's going on. Heard it's under new management. If so, what a big mistake, as they obviously are not golf people. With so many nice courses in the area, like Bella Vista, Lederach & Turtle Creek- don't waste your time or money.

Reviewed May 22, 2008

Great course! Worth every penny

Reviewed April 27, 2008

This is the nicest course in the area. Great scenery, great layout, and some really memorable holes. Some of the complaints I read about accuracy are a little unfounded, the front nine has almost no trees, and the fairways are average width. The rough is thick and punishing, tough to get out of for sure. It is on the high end for Montco and the Pottstown area, but it is the best in the area.

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  • Latest Scores
Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 B B. N/A 51 51 06/25/13
2 Bob A. 31 96 65 10/03/13
3 John A. 20 87 67 08/27/11
4 Conor M. 14 81 67 08/03/08
5 Adam P. 33 100 67 07/14/08
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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
103 Jerry A. 14 98 84 11/04/16
47 Jerry A. 15 90 75 02/21/16
48 James B. 7 82 75 11/11/14
92 Ed N. 18 100 82 05/19/14
23 Howard M. 24 96 72 10/12/13

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About Raven's Claw

Raven's Claw Golf Club

Community facility

28 tees driving range

18 regulation holes

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Jim Bromley, Golf Professional
Randy Kresge, Superintendent
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