Foxburg Country Club Course View
Foxburg Country Club is tucked into a grove of ancient oaks, on an escarpment high above the gentle Allegheny River north of Pittsburgh in Clarion County. Our beautiful log clubhouse commands an imposing view of the valley below. Our golf course isn’t long, but don’t let that fool you. Our fairways are narrow, our rough is deep, and our greens are small and fast.
The course at the Foxburg Country Club facility in Foxburg, Pennsylvania features 5,219 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 68 . The course rating is 65.9 and it has a slope rating of 119 on Rye grass.
Time here is still measured in seasons. The hours pass softly in the company of good friends and when your round is finished, there’s a little time left over for quiet reflection. Come visit us at Foxburg Country Club and you will quickly realize that we are the premier destination for Foxburg golf.
We are a USGA Member Course, open to the public from April 1 to October 31. The clubhouse was built in 1912 as a private residence, and it was acquired by the country club in 1942. It houses the American Golf Hall of Fame on the second floor, where visitors will find a priceless collection of golf clubs and other exhibits depicting golf’s rich, 400-year history. We cordially invite you to play our historic course.
1 & 10
The tee shot for number 1/10 is through a small chute of trees. A recent loss of trees due to storms have opened this straight-a-way hole up for a more generous area from the tee than any hole on the course. Approaching the green from the left, middle or right side of the fairway to the flattest green on the course provides an opportunity to start the nine with a par or birdie. Like all holes at Foxburg a shot from the fairway is significantly easier than a shot from the rough.
2 & 11
This is the first of three consecutive demanding holes. A middle to long iron to a small green that is hard to read makes par a very good score here. The green is guarded on both sides by sand traps and behind by green side rough.
The tee shot travels over the old railroad bed. Until the early 1960’s B & O railroad had a train that golfers playing current holes 2, 3, 4 or 5 had to defer to while the train passed. The trains quit running around that time, but the tracks continued to be an obstacle. It was not unusual to see ‘worm burners’ carom back after hitting the tracks. After the tracks were lifted many duffers breathed a sigh of relief.
3 & 12
A 385 yard hole that plays like 425 and even longer in wet conditions. The only tee shot that sets up a par or birdie is one that is long and straight. Right off the tee is in the rough with trees to deal with and left is in the rough with more trees, especially Foxburg’s signature oak tree to block errant approach shots. The approach shot to a green that is guarded by sand traps on each side is up the hill adding about twenty yards to the distance. A putt or short chip shot from the back to the front of the green can easily run off the false front.
4 & 13
Another tough par 4 requiring a long, straight drive over a ditch that runs through the tree-lined fairway. Number 13 (blue tee) is an even tougher tee shot into the fairway because of the added length presented by the dogleg. Tee shots that are way right or left actually allow open shots to the green, but from tougher angles. The approach shot is up a hill to a green surrounded by traps and only the flagstick is visible. Out of bounds right and back as well as a pond and brush left ensure that the approach shot is straight. The green challenges with the usual Foxburg undulations.
5 & 14
This is the first of a four hole stretch that can help the scorecard. Avoid the out of bounds right and grove of trees to the left off the tee or a big number is in the offing. Conservative play makes par attainable and birdie possible. The tee shot from #5 White works better with a fade to keep it in the fairway. Big tee shots set up the possibility of reaching the green in two. Short is better than long for approach shots. Playing from behind the green requires an extremely delicate chip from the green side rough to get close.
6 & 15
A picturesque and fun hole to play. A middle or short iron shot that is straight sets up an excellent opportunity for par or birdie. The penalties for hitting it right or left are what make it a great hole. A miss to the right is either out of bounds or in the green side rough that needs a soft touch to get the ball near the hole. Left misses are best if they stay in the sand trap. When conditions are dry a miss left will roll deeper into the trees and further from the hole. Some pin positions have putts that will break 10-15 feet to get close. While par or birdie is possible for all skill levels, the possibility of bogey, double bogey or worse always looms.
7 & 16
Another hole in which players of all skill levels can make par or birdie. At 300 yards downhill many players can reach the par 4 green off the tee, but the drive must be straight and the right distance to gain an advantage. Because an off line effort to drive often results in big numbers most players try to lay up short of the ‘bunkers’ - two large mounds about 50 yards short of the green. The lay up tee shot sets up a second shot that is by no means easy, but safer than errant shots from further down.
All approach shots must negotiate “Harvey’s Humps.” Local legend has it that an early club President named Harvey had small layers of dirt installed just short of the green to make it more difficult to run shots on. Anyone who has had the humps stop their shots short can attest that it worked.
8 & 17
A short iron to one of the larger greens on the course invites pars and birdies from all skill levels. The green is guarded by ‘bunkers’ and sand traps in front and green side rough around the left, right and back. Don’t miss it left or long because getting it up and down from the rough and onto a green that slopes away from you is difficult. A miss to the right offers an uphill chip that is considerably more manageable.
9 & 18
An accurate tee shot sets up a mid to short iron to a postage stamp green. This is the only hole on the course void of sand traps, but missing the green in any direction leaves a shot that requires thought and touch onto an elevated green in order to recover a par. Anytime this small green is reached in regulation a birdie is possible, but rare. Be happy walking away with par and no worse than bogey.
A strayed tee shot usually leaves a difficult approach. Many big hitters choose a long iron or fairway wood from the tee.