After a summer full of misread putts and tee shots into the woods, most Pennsylvania golfers are usually ready to put away their golf clubs for the season by September. It makes enough sense: the weather starts to get cooler, days get shorter, and the Saturdays and Sundays that were free all summer are now filled with football games from noon until after midnight.
Golf season in Pennsylvania is too short as it is, but this year the weather allowed golfers to play rounds in early March and could potentially keep area courses operating into November — offering golfers big savings on greens fees.
Here’s a look at some of the area golf courses that have already posted discounted rates as the golf season in central Pa. winds down:
Rich Valley Golf – Mechanicsburg – 6,882 yards
With the proximity to my apartment and decent twilight rates all season long, I played more rounds at Rich Valley this season than any other course. Their October rates may get me back out to the course if the weather cooperates: $26 to golf 18 holes with a cart during the week, $28 for 18 holes and a cart on weekends from noon to 3 p.m. and only $20 to play 18 holes with a cart after 3 p.m. on the weekends.
The Golf Club at Felicita – Harrisburg – 6,316 yards
The host of the SaraBozich.com Links and Drinks event a few weeks ago, Felicita has some of the most scenic holes in Harrisburg. As nice as they may look, most fairways are narrow and golfers missing fairways could be in for a long round. In October, play 18 holes with a cart at Felicita for only $25 during the week and $30 on the weekend.
Manada Golf Club – Grantville – 6,402 yards
Even though I didn’t make it over to play a round at Manada this season, it has always been one of my favorite courses to play since I’ve moved to the area. Golfers can play a round at Manada this month after 11 a.m. on weekdays for only $22. On the weekends, play 18 with a cart for $28 after 11 a.m., $22 after 3 p.m. and only $17 after 5 p.m.
Deer Valley Golf Course – Hummelstown – 6,027 yards
Another course I would have liked to play this season, Deer Valley has some of the cheapest 18 hole rates in the area this month. During the week, golfers can play 18 holes with a cart for $23, but if you wait until 2 p.m., you’ll pay only $18. On the weekends, 18 holes and a cart will cost $30 all morning, but only $20 after 2 p.m.
Sunset Golf Course – Middletown – 6,373 yards
With the backdrop of Three Mile Island, Sunset is currently offering golfers some of the best rates around. It will only cost $24 to play 18 holes and ride during the week; on the weekend, pay only $27 to play 18 holes and ride after 11 a.m. and only $23 after 1 p.m.
I’ve only listed a handful of courses that have started to offer end of the season specials. Armitage Golf Club and Dauphin Highlands said they will begin offering end of season rates in November. Sportsman’s Golf Course and Liberty Forge are still charging regular rates but may begin to offer discounted rates in the coming weeks. The two publicly accessible country club courses, Colonial and Blue Ridge in Harrisburg, said they will not be discounting their rates at any point.
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