Location: Stroudsburg, Pa.
Course architect: Robert White
Tee – Yardage | Rating / Slope:
Champions — 6,523 | 131 / 72.2
Member — 6,010 | 128 / 69.8
Advantage — 5,504 | 123 / 67.1
Forward — 5,051 | 124 / 69.6
Saturday morning green fee: $ [Under $50, fall season rate; discounts to seniors, veterans and civil service employees]
Caddie service: No
Walker friendly: Yes
Fairways: Rye and bent grass combination
Greens: Poa annua grass
Starter: Glen Brook Golf Club is one of the oldest golf courses in the Pocono region of eastern Pennsylvania. Located a mile west of Stroudsburg, the land was once owned by a direct descendent of Jacob Stroud, the town’s founder. The clubhouse, built before 1800, was the former home of John Stroud, a son. The home and surrounding land was sold in the 1920s, making way for Glen Brook Golf Club. The name is taken from a stream that runs alongside of the historic clubhouse. Course architect Robert White was the first president of the PGA of America, in 1916.
Play because …: You’ll enjoy the scenery and the walk in the crisp fall air. There are no homes on the golf course to spoil the atmosphere, but a deer or two might be seen grazing in the rough. The finishing holes are a special treat, and unlike many courses, here is where strokes can be gained. After the round, head to Mullally’s Clubhouse Café and enjoy a fairly-priced good meal. You will feel like you are stepping back in time. In 2005, the Stroud Township supervisors bought the 224-acre tract and made it completely public.
Takeaway: The fall is the best time of the year to enjoy Glen Brook Golf Club. The course doesn’t drain all that well, but the greens are superb, and the course is fair, but challenging.
THE RATINGS [1 to 10 scale; 10 being the highest]
Food | Beverage: 9.0
Pro shop: 7.0
Pace of play: 7.5
The colors of fall are a wonderful distraction from the tee box on this scenic 15th hole. [Photo: Glen Brook Golf Club]
Best par 3: No. 16 [136 | 128 | 119 | 106 yards]
This is the shortest hole on the golf course. From the tee, only the top of the flagstick is visible to this steeply elevated green. Keep the tee ball to the right to be safe. There is a steep drop-off to the left. The long green runs slightly uphill to the back of the green. Any shot to above the hole location creates a tricky fast two-putt for par.
Best par 4: No. 15 [380 / 365 / 324 / 313 yards]
From the tee box, the hole stretches out before your eyes. There is a generous fairway ahead, and the test really becomes getting the right yardage for the approach. Enough club is needed to clear the yawning greenside bunker in front, but also stay short of the hole location in order to leave an uphill putt for a potential a birdie.
Best par 5: No. 17 [497 | 480 | 455 | 408 yards]
A good tee ball, followed by a crisp second shot will put a golfer in good position to putt for birdie. The hole bends slightly to the left and it is protected by woods on the left and right. Big hitters might even have a chance to get home in two. But if the drive is not straight down the middle, then the potential for a score-wrecker awaits.
Rater: Craig Smith