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1001 Fairway Dr
Wilkes Barre, PA  18702-9790
United States
P: (570) 472-3590
F: (570) 472-9506
www.wilkes-barregc.com
Wilkes-Barre Course

18 hole regulation length course

Municipal golf course

72 par | 7,020 yards | 125 slope

72.8 rating | Bermuda grass

Recommend this course: +1 -1

Wilkes-Barre Golf Course


The 18-hole "Wilkes-Barre" course at the Wilkes-Barre Golf Club facility in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania features 7,020 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72.The course rating is 72.8 and it has a slope rating of 125 on Bermuda grass. Designed by Geoffrey S. Cornish, ASGCA, the Wilkes-Barre golf course opened in 1968. John Kebles manages the course as the General Manager.

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Least favorite course in wb, area, mostly because of the horrible members. This course isn't nice enough or challenging enough to have snooty members controlling the course. Last time I was there my 4some was on the tee and there was a group of 8 waiting by pro shop, bags weren't even on their carts, we play hole one with their first group teeing off as we're on the green and we were finished putting by the time the were ready to hit their approach shots. Before we could get off the tee box on 2, the ranger shows up saying his members are complaining (not the group behind us, but the 2nd 4some in the group of 8 complained) so we jumped a head a couple holes and what do you know, they never caught up to us! This isn't the first time I've had issues with these members here. I'm a good golfer but a lot of my friends are just starting out and I like coaching them and letting them hit a couple extra shots here are there. We let people play through and very often they are rude even though we're doing the right thing by letting them go. Also the course is maintained pretty horribly. The bunkers are awful, and the other day my friends and I lost 4 balls just because the rough was so patchy. I understand if all the rough is tall but it was so patchy it looked like it hasn't been trimmed in days. Overall I don't recommend it here. Other courses in the area are cheaper, way nicer conditions, much friendlier staff. For instance blue ridge or Edgewood in the pines. And to all those members at muni, golf is supposed to be a game of patience and fun. If you want the course to yourself join a private club assholes! Or realize that your dumbass joined a public club meaning you play with the public... It's terrible I'm telling 70 year old men to grow up!

Love this course. Backdoored the hell out of a hooker at the turn. Cleveland steamer. Poor bunkers.

The course itself is great. Fits longer hitters for sure. Shorter hitters may need an extra shot or two on the par 5's. Major draw back from this place is the staff. Granted I was early so the guy at the desk held my group back one day. As we sat there for 15 minutes, not one single person tee'd off. Eventually he let us start sooner with a snob attitude. Got through 3 holes and ranger pushed us with a 2some in front of us. Well I'm not a pro but these other two guys were. Ruined the time for all 4 of us. Another time that same ranger pushed a 3 some I was in. There was 4 4somes behind us that were backing up but we still had a full hole on them. The ranger said lets pick up the pace. We questioned why and he said they were backed up at the start. Not our problem they over booked a time. Well we push so fast we got stuck beind 3 forsomes in a row. Took about 2 hours to complete 6 holes. When the ranger came by while we waiting all he said was "you played too fast". When asked if he was going to speed the groups up in front of us, he pushed the gas pedal on his cart and took off. Since these two times, I played there once with no problem. Doubt I'd go back though.

Played Aug 10, 2010. Course in great shape. Pro shop friendly, helpful. Carts in good shape (no GPS). Pace of play was good (9 holes in 1 1/2 hrs). 2 holes with blind tee shots - recommend a bell or flag system to help know when hole is clear for tee offs. Overall a very good value.

For a municipal course, this is pretty decent. I was, however, absolutely shocked to see other reviews mention the "friendly staff" as I've been unimpressed by the staff on each of my visits. From the man working in the pro-shop that keeps you waiting for 20-30 minutes while he's clearly on a personal call, to the gruff cigar-smoke spewing starter to the guy on the lawn mower who apparently thinks nothing of mowing around the green when you're trying to putt, I've been extremely unimpressed with the staff. The course itself is a good lay out surrounded by really beautiful scenery, and is generally well-maintained. The practice facilities are a little lacking (the grass portion of the driving range is really beat up, and the mats that are available are in horrible shape and on an uneven red, rocky surface that leaves a nasty red gunk on your clubs). Take the advice that one local gave me: play Wilkes-Barre Golf club once just to play it; after that, take the extra time and $$ and play the much nicer courses at Blue Ridge Trail and Edgewood.

This has to be one of the nicest muni courses in the state. It blows Scranton Muni out of the water imo and is better maintained than Allentown and Bethlehem's courses. The course is set on a great piece of land on top of a mountain just outside of Wilkes-Barre. It's extremely wooded but the fairways and ruff are generous. WB Muni offers a great variety of holes as well as great scenery and wildlife. Black Bear are everywhere so that is something you do have to be aware of. The course plays over 7000 from the tips so it will challenge everyone. This place has the best twilight deal of any place i know, $22 after 3 on the weekends. It's well worth the 35 minute drive down the turnpike. It can be busy at times but not as bad as your usual muni. Next to Stone Hedge and Blue Ridge it's the best public course in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area imo.

I played this course Tuesday the 16th and it was beautiful. The muni courses in Western Pa look like cow pastures compared to WBCC. I hope to return to play this one again.

PLAY THIS COURSE ONCE A YEAR SOME TOUGH HOLES NICE LAYOUT AND FRIENDLY STAFF . LOTS OF NICE COURSES IN THIS AREA VISIT TO PLAY ONCE A YEAR . HOLIDAY INN IN WILKES BARRE HAS A GOLF PACKAGE DEAL IT IS VERY REASONABLE . NICE AREA LOTS TO DO .

Nice muni, decent price, nice layout. Long rounds but worth the money.

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  • Latest Scores
Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 Jim S. 30 52 22 10/08/11
2 Michael L. 10 44 34 07/22/10
3 Michael L. 10 44 34 07/20/10
4 Michael L. 10 48 38 07/20/10
5 Phil P. N/A 45 45 08/03/11
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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
20 Jim S. 30 102 72 09/07/14
29 matt V. 17 92 75 06/29/14
18 Bob R. 14 85 71 05/31/14
22 Jim S. 30 103 73 07/26/13
43 Paul M. N/A 83 83 06/20/13

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About Wilkes-Barre

Wilkes-Barre Golf Club

Golf Only facility

12 tees driving range

18 regulation holes

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Course Staff

John Kebles, General Manager
Greg McElhattan, Superintendent
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