Like doing a gymnastics routine in the Sahara, golf requires a steady hand, a flashy ensemble, and the ability to retain some semblance of dignity when struggling in the sand. Hone swinging skills with today's Groupon: for $36, you get one round of golf and pull-cart rentals for four players at the Bob O'Connor Golf Course at Schenley Park (a $72 value).
Boasting resplendent metropolitan views, the verdant fairways of the Bob O'Connor Golf Course have challenged adroit ace makers and bogeying beginners alike since 1897. Today, the hilly par 67 course provides 51 acres of foliage-filled refuge within city limits for tee toters of all ages. Golfers can assemble an argyle-swathed fellowship of four to journey across skills-testing grounds and seek out locally nesting birdies and eagles. A pull cart shoulders the burden of conveying bags heavy with wedges and irons across the luxurious links, leaving clubbers' upper torsos free for team-wide celebratory chest bumps.
Bob O'Connor Golf Course at Schenley Park
Designed by Mark Ormison in 1897, the fairways of Bob O'Connor Golf Course at Schenley Park sprawl over 51 acres and invite linksmen to frolic among foliage that has been flourishing for more than a century, while also gazing out on metropolitan views. Players find themselves challenged right from the get-go with a second hole that is also the toughest, but can strive for birdies at holes 8 and 17 to recover. At the 11th hole, golfers encounter a quirky rectangular green, whose geometric origins are likely found in a house having occupied the space long ago. The course is managed by the local charity The First Tee Pittsburgh, which strives to encourage good character, values, and healthy life choices in children through the game of golf, and proceeds from the course benefit its programs.
Before hitting the course, players can hone their form at the course’s driving range in good weather, take lessons with a Class A PGA professional, or strengthen their swings at the Full Swing simulator, which tracks ball flight, speed, and distance in real time. The simulator offers high-definition projections of more than 35 notable courses, including Pebble Beach, Oakmont Country Club, Pinehurst Country Club, and Harbour Town Golf Links, and lets golfers sharpen their swings in the dead of winter without fear of losing a limb to frostbite or abominable ground squirrels.
Course at a Glance:
- 18-hole, par 67 course
- Length of 4,620 yards from the farthest tees
- Course rating of 63.3 from the farthest tees
- Slope rating of 104 from the farthest tees
- See helpful course notes
- 18 hitting stations at driving range
Squirrel Hill North
5370 Schenley Dr.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15217Get Directions