Cobbs Creek Golf Club
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7200 Lansdowne Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19151-3005, United States
Both the Olde Course (1911, Hugh Wilson) and the Karakung Course are owned by the City of Philadelphia and operated by Billy Casper's golf management firm. They are located along the waterway of the same name, along the Philadelphia-Delaware County line. The Olde Course has been ranked the sixth-best municipal course in the United States by Golfweek Magazine.
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clevelandstever - 11/21/11
Played in the fall, and it was plenty lush and green, except some balding in the tee boxes. Obviously the heavy rain and lack of play have helped the course. The Olde Course is a great design, with the creek forcing you to pick your shots on the front nine. The back is pretty forgettable, mostly long, straight par 4s but there are great views of the city. The greens are VERY fast.
bkcox - 7/25/11
The only reason this rating got a 1, was because I couldnt select 0 stars. It was that awful. Worst course I've played in a long time. And for $50, a total rip off. The tee boxes were sand or dirt, and the sand traps were mud. Nothing was maintained except the greens. Starter laughed at our group when we showed up 10 mins early to our tee time, said exactly "Dont ever expect to get out on time here". Soo, whats the point of a tee time. Didnt get out til 25 minutes AFTER our tee time.
jce - 6/25/11
I played the olde course. Not well maintained. There was very little grass on the tee boxes. It was cheap to play at least.
bart2street - 6/6/11
Karakung Course: Awful course, tee boxes are mostly dirt, fairways were unmowed, grass is very high and lost sight of ball quickly. One saving quality; greens were in excellent shape. Surprising since the rest of the course is horrible. Random puddles in fairways too, this is a neglected course. Even for $33, this is NOT worth it.
gardnerdan - 8/31/10
The Olde Course is on a magnificent layout rumored to be designed by Hugh Wilson of Merion fame. Unfortunately, some of the original holes were absorbed by what is now a driving range. The course was re-routed and neglected by the city for budget reasons I suppose. Holes of note include the par 4 15th and the par 3 17th.
Despite the conditions, I still enjoy the occasional round here. The two par 5s on the front play as par 4s from the white tees. Quite a few of the back tees are rarely used which is disappointing. The PGA Tour (or whatever it was known as back then) hosted and event on Cobbs in the 50's or 60's.
There are rumors of a grassroots effort to restore the original layout; however, I am not sure if there as been progress during the recent recession. Bottom line is the place needs modern irrigation and a lot of tree work to restore it to its glory.
If rounds played is how a Muni is judged, the Olde Course is a rousing success. It is typically packed to the gills on every weekend in the summer which contributes to the poor conditions and ultra slow play.
My bottom line recommendation is to give it a try during a weekday or a weekend in early spring or late fall to avoid the crowds.
k-von - 9/4/09
Considering the natural layout and potential for this course it's downright tragic that it's being so effectively squandered by neglect and abuse. Until Cobb's is purchased and renovated do not waste your money.
ibashdaily - 6/3/09
This could really be a special course. That is probably the best thing that I can say about it. The layout is great and the holes are very interesting. The upkeep was horrible. We stood on a tee box for 10 minutes trying to figure out what was going on before someone told us that there was a temporary green on the hole. There were two holes where they had beat up range mats instead of tee boxes because there was not a blade of grass to be found on them. To top it all off, you will find neighborhood kids playing on the course without a ranger in sight. On one hole, the kids were actually sitting on the tee box heckling players and asking if they can hit a few shots. The only time we did see a ranger, he had the gaul to ask us to pick up our pace when there was a group only one hole ahead of us. The only reason we were that far behind is because of the break we took at the aforementioned temporary hole, and the 10-20 minutes it took us to shoo kids off of the fairways. I would not suggest playing this course until they make more of an effort to keep non-golfers off of the course and if they drastically reduce the number of bare spots on the course.
theab22 - 8/20/14
Hack22 - 8/27/13
italiathad - 4/11/13
Best Score: 67
Olde / Blue