Bedford Springs Course Tops Best of PA List

The Old Course at Omni Bedford Springs ResortThe Old Course at Omni Bedford Springs Resort has been named 2010’s Best Public Course in Pennsylvania by Golf Magazine. The historic 18-hole course, which dates back to the inception of golf in the U.S., was ranked No. 1 out of 15 top courses open to the public in Pennsylvania.

The Old Course earned praise for “delicious” quirks and “long holes for a course that is only 6,785 yards from the tips.”

The Golf Magazine accolade follows close on the heels of additional recognition for the Old Course, which earlier this year was included among the “Top 75 Courses You Can Play” in the Best of 2010 issue of Northeast Golf magazine.

Noting that the recent renovation by Forse Design had restored “a former legend to its long-lost greatness,” the magazine distinguished the Old Course as “unique in that it combines the elements of three different designers; and not just any trio, but masters. Pay close attention and you’ll be able to see the characteristics of each in the finished product.” 

The article also noted that “conditions are always pristine, and the staff is user-friendly.”

Renowned as a “quintessential American course,” the Old Course is the work of three Grand Master designers, beginning with Spencer Oldham who laid out the original 18-hole design in 1895.

Following redesigns by A.W. Tillinghast in 1912 and Donald Ross in the 1920s, the Old Course was refurbished and reopened by Forse Design in 2007.

The firm’s work, which included the addition of new greens complexes, a new 11-acre flood plain, and a thorough regrassing with Bent grass on all greens, tees and fairways, earned immediate praise, including No. 1 Resort Course in Pennsylvania from Golfweek and “Renovation of the Year” from Golf Inc.

Greens fees on the Old Course start at $99. Guest room rates from $209 a night based on double occupancy. For more information or to make reservations at Omni Bedford Springs Resort & Spa, please contact 866-623-8168 or visit


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