The Best Finishing Holes on Philadelphia Area Golf Courses

These holes in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey are some of the most beautiful and challenging to be found.

The Ridge at Back Brook

You are ready to tee off on the last hole. Maybe you’ve been playing the round of your life, or maybe you’ve lost a week’s salary worth of golf balls. Either way, the risk, reward and redemption of the 18th hole await.

A great finishing hole should have all the elements we love about golf: the beauty, the architect’s final design statement, the competition, the strategy, the side bets, the fun and the camaraderie. A hole that’s equal parts challenging, tactical and social. What’s your plan: play for par and have a chance to halve it, or go for broke and steal a birdie to take the final skin?

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Here are some of the area’s best finishing holes, ones that will leave you challenged, inspired, and ready for another round on another day. A job well done, time well spent, money well earned, and a few chops to bust as you head to the 19th hole to relive the day. That’s the beauty of the 18th: golf’s grand finale.

Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club

Bulle Rock Golf Course

Lookaway Golf Club

Merion Golf Club, East Course, Ardmore, Pa.  463 Yards, Par 4

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Philadelphia Cricket Club, Wissahickon Course, Flourtown, PA. 480 Yards, Par 4

Applebrook Golf Club, Malvern, Pa.  454 Yards, Par 4

Fieldstone Golf Club, Greenville, Del.  524 Yards, Par 5

The Ridge at Back Brook, Ringoes, N.J.  537 Yards, Par 5

Bayside Resort Golf Club, Selbyville, Del.  483 Yards, Par 4

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Stonewall, Old Course, Elverson, Pa.  451 Yards, Par 4

Lookaway Golf Club, Buckingham, Pa.  434 Yards, Par 4

French Creek Golf Club, Elverson, Pa.  418 Yards, Par 4

Philadelphia Country Club, Spring Mill Course, Gladwyne, Pa. 392 Yards, Par 4

Baywood Greens, Long Neck, Del.  425 Yards, Par 4

Moselem Springs Golf club, Fleetwood, Pa.  456 Yards, Par 4

Bulle Rock Golf Course, Havre de Grace, Md.  485 Yards, Par 4

Aronimink Golf Club, Newtown Square, Pa.  436 Yards, Par 4

Dupont Country Club, Championship Course, Wilmington, Del. 445 Yards, Par 4

Wyncote Golf Club, Oxford, Pa.  557 Yards, Par 5

Hartefeld National Golf Club, Avondale, Pa.  409 Yards, Par 4

Llanerch Country Club, Havertown, Pa.  296 Yards, Par 4

Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club, Ocean View, Del.  534 Yards, Par 5

The Ace Club, Lafayette Hill, Pa.  602 Yards, Par 5

Other notable finishing holes (acknowledged by area golf pros):

Pine Valley Golf Club
Lancaster Country Club
Huntingdon Valley Country Club
Saucon Valley Country Club
(Old and Weyhill courses)
Waynesborough Country Club


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