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4 Best Lancaster Pennsylvania Public Golf Courses

March 1, 2021

4 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 four 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 golf course within 30-minutes of the Historic Smithton Inn.

Here’s our list of Best golf courses in Lancaster, PA:

  • Foxchase Golf Club
  • Galen Hall Golf Club
  • Hawk Valley Golf Club
  • Overlook Golf Course

Best Public Golf Course in Lancaster with Country Club Feel: Foxchase Golf Club

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 300 Stevens Rd, Stevens, PA 17578. 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 (closed for the winter season)
  • Double D Grubbery CLOSED TILL MAY 2021
  • The Den (Snack Bar) open daily

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Most Scenic Public Golf Course in Lancaster PA: Galen Hall Golf Club

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 645 N Galen Hall Rd, Wernersville, PA 19565 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.

9-Hole Golf Course in Lancaster PA: Hawk Valley Golf Club

If you’re looking to play golf but 18-holes seems too much, head over to the Hawk Valley Golf Club. Located in Denver, PA at 1309 Crestview Dr, is 22-minutes from Historic Smithton Inn, this nine-hole course features 3,141 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 36. The course was designed by William F. Gordon, one of the most prolific golf course architects of the 20th century. It has since undergone many renovations to improve the playability of the course.

Where to Eat Near Hawk Valley Golf Club:

  • The Spring House: This snack bar at Hawk Valley offers a light fare and beverages
  • Ranck’s Family Restaurant offers quaint, old-fashioned, deliciousness; cash only (1233 Reading Rd, Bowmansville, PA 17507)
  • Bella Italia serves Italian pasta, pizza and grill dishes (1255 Reading Rd, Bowmansville, PA 17507)

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Best Lancaster PA Golf Course, According to Local Golfers: Overlook Golf Course

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. Located at 2040 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601, 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: Located next to the Overlook Golf Course Pro Shop, The Sand Trap offers soups, sandwiches and snacks, as well as alcoholic beverages, sodas, and more.
  • Stoner Grille: Casual yet classy, this family-run restaurant is a local favorite (605 Granite Run Dr, Lancaster, PA 17601).

Things to Do After a Round of Golf in Lancaster County Gold Courses

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.

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 entree. When we can, we use locally sourced products, like dairy from Kreider Farms or sausage from Sensenig. We can also accommodate any special dietary needs you may have; just let us know ahead of time!

How to Reserve Your Stay in Lancater County PA

We’d love to see you! Different times of year sell out quickly. If you’re planning around a specific time frame, we encourage you to browse our selection of rooms and book your stay today!

Looking for More Information on Things to Do in Lancaster County PA?

Check out  our favorite Lancaster PA Attractions to get a full list of Lancaster PA golf courses. You’ll also see our recommendations for restaurants, museums, and hiking in Lancaster County. Planning your vacation is easy with the help of our Lancaster Vacation Guidance!

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We hope you enjoyed our cheat sheet to the best public golf courses in Lancaster PA and hope to see you at the inn and on the green!