Best Lancaster Pennsylvania Public Golf Courses

April 1, 2023

Best Lancaster Pennsylvania Public Golf Courses 

Lancaster, PA, Golf Courses Are you looking for the best public golf courses in Lancaster Pennsylvania? We can help! In fact, there are some fantastic Lancaster golf courses near the Historic Smithton Inn.

Lancaster County golf courses have made it on the radar of Pennsylvania golfers by hosting the 2015 US Women’s Open at the Lancaster Country Club, and being selected to host the 2024 US Women’s Open Championship too.

Whether you’re looking for a country club experience or wanting to take a lesson to improve your golf game, you’ll find the perfect public golf course within 30-minutes of the Historic Smithton Inn.

This Blog is All About the Best Lancaster Pennsylvania Public Golf Courses

1. Foxchase Golf Club

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Source: Foxchase Golf Course Facebook Page

Address:  300 Stevens Rd, Stevens, PA 17578 | Website
Phone:  (717) 336-3673

Foxchase Golf Club & Banquet Facility is the closest golf facility to Historic Smithton Inn, coming in within a seven-minute drive! It’s located at . Foxchase Golf boasts a country club atmosphere on a public course, with two on-site restaurants and its own banquet hall. The Foxchase Golf course layout is beautiful. Foxchase offers very reasonably priced lessons for anyone looking to improve their game. You can book your tee time online; the twilight rate (from 5 p.m. to close) is the best deal, only $17! Play a round and then grab dinner for a wonderful evening.

Where to Eat at Foxchase Golf Course:

  • The Lounge (seasononal)
  • Double D Grubbery (seasonal)
  • The Den (Snack Bar) open daily

2. Galen Hall Golf Club

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Source: Galen Hall Facebook Page

Address:  645 N Galen Hall Rd, Wernersville, PA 19565 | Website
Phone:  (610) 678-5424

The par-72 layout at the  Galen Hall Golf Club’s course features elevation changes, sidehills, and undulating greens. It's known as something of a mountain course, short but challenging.  You can book your tee times online, enjoy your round, and then visit any of the great restaurants. Every Wednesday night is seafood night at Galen Hall, so if you love seafood, you’ll love this eatery too.  Check their events calendar for fun music performances. Galen Hall Golf Club is located at  and just a 20-minute drive from the Historic Smithton Inn.

Where to Eat Near Galen Hall Golf Club:

  • Grill House & Pub: Just off the 18th hole at the Galen Hall Golf Club, the Grill House & Pub serves classic pub favorites and is a popular gathering spot.
  • Galen Hall Dining Room:  This onsite restaurant overlooks the golf course at Galen Hall Golf Club and has a cozy ambiance. The menu features prime steaks, seasonal specials, and many vegetarian options.

3. Pilgrims Oak Golf Course

Address: 107 Pilgrims Pathway, Peach Bottom, PA 17563 | Website
Phone:  (717) 548-3011

Make your way to the bucolic landscape of Lancaster County for a round at Pilgrim's Oak Golf Course. This links-style course features scenic and carefully tilled farms as neighbors, alongside an immaculate layout that will leave you wanting more! With yearly rankings from both Golf Magazine (13th best)and equally excellent 4 star ratings compiled by USGolf magazine every year; come experience this captivating course in perfect condition before it fills up fast like most other courses do during peak times.

If you need a place to practice your short game then look no further than Pilgrim's Oak. They also have the latest equipment and apparel in their proshop.  PLUS, they serve famous Chicken Salad Sandwiches too!

Where to Eat Near Pilgrim's Oak:

  • Melissa's Country Grill is the closest restaurant to Pilgram's Oak. They serve American comfort cuisine, made with care and a staff to make sure you're happy.  (1426 Lancaster Pike, Quarryville, PA)
  • Rawlinsville Hotel Restaurant & Bar is a great choice if you're looking for Home Cooking, nothing fancy, just made from scratch homemade food. (3 Drytown Rd, Holtwood, PA)
  • Hecho a Mano Mexican Restaurant is an unexpected treat in Lancaster County where you wouldn't necessarily expect to find authentic Mexican fare!  (201 East State Street Street, Quarryville)

4. Overlook Golf Course

Address:  2040 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601 | Website
Phone:  (717) 569-9551

There’s always a something special at the Overlook Golf Course! This golf course in Lancaster  features different specials ALL THE TIME! From a casual ladies’ night of golf to the five-hole beginner golf league, there’s always something new at Overlook. The course is 18-minutes from the Historic Smithton Inn. Check the events calendar for fun championships and leagues. Overlook Golf Course also offers lessons and a driving range for guests to practice their golf swings. You can also study the course by taking an online tour. Overlook Golf Course Lancaster PA has been rated the #1 golf course in Lancaster PA by local players for 12-years running!

Where to Eat Near Overlook Golf Course:

  • The Sand Trap | On-Site
  • Stoner Grille | 605 Granite Run Dr, Lancaster, PA 17601 | Website

5. Moccasin Run Golf Course

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Source: Moccasin Run Golf Club Facebook Page

Address:  402 Schoff Rd, Atglen, PA 19310 | Website
Phone:  (610) 593-7322

Moccasin Run Golf Club, located in Atglen, PA is a peaceful escape into the countryside, providing the perfect retreat for a day of golf. This Chester County course is open to the public, known for pristine playing conditions, and named for the Shawnee and Nanticoke Indians who once occupied the area. The 100-acre property is championship rated and treasured by lifelong players and visitors alike.

Where to eat near Moccasin Run Golf Course

  • Shotgun Pub & Grill | On-Site
  • Victory Brewing Company Parkesburg | 3127 Lower Valley Rd, Parkesburg | Website

6. Four Seasons Golf Club

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Source: Four Seasons Golf Club Facebook Page

Address:  949 Church St, Landisville, PA 17538 | Website
Phone:  (717) 898-0104

Four Seasons is a challenging par 70 mature golf course, perfect for any player. The course opened for play in 1962 and adapted the name “Four Seasons Golf Course” in March 1983. In November 1989, East Hempfield Township purchased the golf course and has continually made improving the golf course a top priority.  Under our Golf Course Superintendent’s direction, the course is consistently well-maintained. It isn’t surprising that Four Season's Golf Club is known as one of the finest public golf courses in Lancaster County.

Where to eat near Four Seasons Golf Club

  • Blue Collar Restaurant & Pub | On-Site | Website
  • Loxley's | 500 Centerville Rd, Lancaster | Website

7. Highlands of Donegal Golf Club

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Source: Highlands of Donegal Facebook Page

Address:  650 Pinkerton Rd, Mount Joy, PA 17552 | Website
Phone:  (717) 653-2048

Highlands of Donegal Golf Club has a very "links" feel which makes sense because the course was designed with a very Irish / Scottish approach to the land.  Four Teeing grounds make it a challenge for any level player.

Where to eat near Highlands of Donegal Golf Club

  • Highlands Pub | On-Site | Website
  • Out of the Fire Café | 3784 PA-31, Donegal | Website

8. Willow Valley Golf Course

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Source: Willow Valley Golf Course Facebook Page

Address:   2400 Willow Street Pike, Lancaster, PA 17602 | Website
Phone:  (717) 464-4448

Willow Valley Golf Course is open to the public, and players are welcome to join for an impromptu round—no tee times required! Highlights of the par-32 course include: water features, elevation changes, landmarks such as a barn and a chapel, and rolling green vistas.

Where to eat near Willow Valley Golf Course

  • Mick's All American Pub | 2428 Willow Street Pike, Willow Street | Website
  • Wacker's Roadhouse | 312 Beaver Valley Pike, Willow Street | Website
  • A Taste of Philly at Lampeter Cafe | 1702 Lampeter Rd, Lancaster | Website

9. Cool Creek Golf Club

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Source: Cool Creek Golf Club Facebook Page

Address:  300 Cool Creek Rd, Wrightsville, PA 17368 | Website
Phone:  (717) 252-3691

Cool Creek Golf Club located in the rolling hills of the Susquehanna Valley is just minutes from the Amish country of Lancaster and historic York, PA. Cool Creek Golf Club is a classic course that meets the needs of the contemporary golfer. Four sets of tee markers make the course playable for golfers of all abilities.

Where to eat near Cool Creek Golf Club

  • Sandtrap Lounge | On-Site | Website
  • Burning Bridge Tavern | 108 Hellam St #1310, Wrightsville | Website
  • John Wright Restaurant | 234 N Front St, Wrightsville | Website

10. Wyndham Lancaster Resort & Golf Club

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Source: Wyndham Lancaster Resort

Address: 2300 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster PA, 17602  | Website
Phone:  (717) 299-5500

Wyndham's championship, 18-hole course winds its way between two working Amish farms.  Its lush fairways are dotted with stately trees and offer challenging features such as over-water shots, uphill approaches and three-tiered greens. The course features championship, senior and ladies' tees with a PGA Golf Pro on site. This historic course has welcomed legends of the game such as Arnold Palmer, Sam Snead and Jack Nicklaus.

Where to eat near the Wyndham Lancaster Resort & Golf Club

  • Twisted Rooster Bar & Lounge | On-site
  • The Greenfield Restaurant | 595 Greenfield Rd, Lancaster | Website
  • Lancaster Brasserie | 1679 E Lincoln Hwy, Lancaster  | Website

11. Tree Top Golf Course

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Source: Tree Top Golf Course Facebook Page

Address: 1624 Creek Rd, Manheim, PA 17545  | Website
Phone:  (717) 665-6262

Tree Top Golf Course is an 18-hole, par 65 course open year-round, weather permitting. Experience the beauty of the lush green valleys, sparkling waters, and breathtaking views of Lancaster County’s prime farmland.

Where to eat near Tree Top Golf Course

  • The Clubhouse | On-Site
  • Mount Gretna Hideaway | 40 Boulevard Ave, Mt Gretna | Website

12. Evergreen Golf Course

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Source: Evergreen Golf Course Facebook Page

Address:  503 Lititz Rd, Manheim, PA 17545 | Website
Phone:  (717) 898-7852

Evergreen Golf Course features a large pitch and putt course that was designed by Harlan Will and built in 1966. Our executive golf course, which was designed by Graybill Longenecker and Elvin Simmons, opened three years later. In 2015, and 9-Hole Foot Golf Course (Soccer Golf) was added.  The 18-hole executive course features 4,569 yards of golf for a par of 66. It’s great for seniors and parents, who are looking for a course to teach the game to their children. In addition, it’s ideal for experienced players.

Where to Eat Near Evergreen Golf Course

  • The Cat's Meow | 215 S Charlotte St, Manheim | Website
  • Mad Chef Brewing Company | 2023 Miller Rd, East Petersburg | Website

13. Tanglewood Manor Golf Course

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Source: Tanglewood Manor Golf Club Facebook Page

Address:  653 Scotland Rd, Quarryville, PA 17566 | Website
Phone:  (717) 786-2500

The 18-hole "Tanglewood Manor" course at the Tanglewood Manor Golf Course facility in Quarryville, Pennsylvania features 6,457 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72 . The course rating is 70.1 and it has a slope rating of 119 on Rye grass. Designed by Chester Ruby (R) Forse Design Group, the Tanglewood Manor golf course opened in 1967.

Where to eat near Tanglewood Manor Golf Course

  • Emory's at Tanglewood | On-site
  • J & B Hotel | 26 E State St, Quarryville | Website

14. Crossgates Golf Club

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Source: Crossgates Golf Club Facebook Page

Address:  1 Crossland Ps, Millersville, PA 17551 | Website
Phone:  (717) 872-4500

Bordered by the Conestoga River and nestled into gently rolling hills, Crossgates Golf Club offers you 18 holes of challenging play, SUPERB course conditions, driving range, a full service Pro Shop, and a comfortable restaurant with delicious food.  All of this in a quiet, relaxing atmosphere just minutes from downtown Lancaster.  All of these elements come together in such a way that you will want to return again and again.

Where to eat near Crossgates Golf Club

  • Copper Hill Public House | On-Site | Website
  • Jack's Family Tavern | 15 S Prince St, Millersville | Website

15.  Iron Valley Golf Club

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Source: Iron Valley Golf Club Facebook Page

Address:  201 Iron Valley Drive • Lebanon, PA 17042 | Website
Phone:  (717) 279-7409

Iron Valley Golf Club opened in the Spring of 2000 and lies on a large 352 acre tract of land that has historical significance dating back to the late 1700′s. The golf course was designed by the world renowned architect, P.B. Dye, and offers natural terrain, expansive vistas, and extreme elevation changes. Iron Valley Golf Club provides a genuinely great test of golf.  Iron Valley is ranked the #8 course you can play in Pennsylvania by Golf Magazine.

Where to eat near Iron Valley Golf Club

  • Minor's Pub Restaurant | On-Site | Website
  • Blue Bird Inn | 2387 Cornwall Rd, Lebanon | Website
  • Tony's Mining Company | 211 Rexmont Rd, Lebanon | Website

16.  Fairview Golf Course

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Source: Fairview Golf Course Facebook Page

Address:  2399 Quentin Rd, Lebanon, PA 17042 | Website
Phone:  (717) 273-3411

The Fairview Golf Course opened in the late 1950’s.  The course has matured into a great test of golf for players of all ages and skill levels. This public golf course sits at the base of the south Gretna mountains in the beautiful Lebanon Valley.  Being just a short drive from Hershey, Harrisburg, Reading and others, our golf course has become a favorite among golfers in the area.

Where to eat near Fairview Golf Course

  • Knickers Restaurant & Bar | On-site | Website
  • Quentin Tavern | 81 W Main St, Lebanon | Website
  • Blue Bird Inn | 2387 Cornwall Rd, Lebanon | Website

17.  Royal Oaks Golf Club

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Source: River Oaks Golf Club Facebook Page

Address:  3350 Oak St, Lebanon, PA 17042 | Website
Phone:  (717) 274-2212

The Ron Forse-Design, 18-hole championship golf course challenges players of all skill levels with five sets of tees and a variety of play. Dramatic views, lush fairways and pristine emerald greens offer an unforgettable golf experience. Royal Oaks is graced by the natural beauty of the Lebanon Valley and has become one of Central Pennsylvania’s most prestigious golf courses.

Where to eat near Royal Oaks Golf Club

  • Trattoria Fratelli | 502 E Lehman St, Lebanon | Website
  • Lebanon Gin Mill | 324 East Cumberland Street, Lebanon | Website

Book Your Golf-Getaway at the Historic Smithton Inn

king bed After you’ve played a round of golf at any of these Pennsylvania golf courses, return to Historic Smithton Inn in Ephrata PA for a relaxing night! Our beautiful bed and breakfast is located in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country and is the perfect place to stay during your Lancaster County Vacation. When you’re here, you’re one block from a hip and trendy downtown… and a few minutes’ drive to Amish countryside. In fact, Amish buggies pass by the inn several times a day.

Fire pit and garden If you’re after a quite evening, grab a glass of wine at our onsite wine bar and step outside to enjoy it in the garden, chatting on rocking chairs, or at the fire pit under a starry sky.

Next morning, enjoy our amazing complimentary breakfast. Each day, we treat our guests to a gourmet meal with scrumptious homemade muffins and breads, signature granola, and a hot entrée. When we can, we use locally sourced products, like dairy from Kreider Farms or sausage from Shady Maple. We can also accommodate any special dietary needs you may have; just let us know ahead of time!

This Blog is All About the Best Lancaster Pennsylvania Public Golf Courses

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