This 6,200-yard course – with 6 par-5s, 4s, and 3s? It’s a demonic gem

The author is at Lake Pinecrest in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Jeff Garner laughs twice. once in the beginning. Then again, finally. Although sometimes, when people come to him halfway through a tour and they are previously Bloody and bruised and yet somewhat happy, he’ll laugh afterwards too.

Garner is the golf manager at Lake Pinecrest in Poconos, in northeastern Pennsylvania, is the guy who often gives you a scorecard (and maybe a yardage book if you’re nice). This is where his fun begins. It comes in two waves of starters.

Number 1 is par-5. And number 5 is. And No. 7. As well as 11, 15 and 18?

And wait. Are there six par-3s too? And six bar – only 4?


clings. The yardage, for a par-72, from the middle tees, is 5438? And 6,241 of the return?

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“Six, six, six, a lot of guys look at him and look at the yards, and go, man, this place is going to be a piece of cake,” Garner said. “And I say, Enjoy, talk to you after nine.

“And you haven’t gotten to the hard part yet; you’ve only played in the front nine.”

Have you ever played a tournament with six players 5, 4 and 3?

I did not. My three buddies didn’t, when We did an autumn golf course Through Poconos two weeks ago. until Few of the experts at GOLF dot com They were unaware of the sprain. (For those who visit this space, you may remember I wrote about golf in the third season of the year Last year – “The Smallest Greens I’ve Ever Seen and a Wawa Morning: My New Favorite Golf Tour,” the headline wrote – and I can report from this trip that Wawa also serves bacon, eggs, and cheese grits.) Out there in the world of golf, from There will probably be three to six players – please see the order below – and with some courses that now let you set your own level you can craft your own, but it’s rare.

Of course, there is a reason behind that, one of the most important is that since we can be fed a -5 bar, we’re getting a 4 bar diet. It’s here, though, that I’ll unearth a little 375-yard par-4s, 440-yard par-4s—the 14-obstacle swing makes me hit the driver, and the natural wood—easy to forget, and I’m adventurous, despite my choices. For food above, so it was pumped.

However, outside of checking your card, you don’t really notice Pinecrest pars. This is good, though.

This brings us to another curiosity of the fun things about the club.

“Yeah, actually, you know what, it doesn’t even come into play,” Garner said of the alignment of six, six, and six. “Every hole, you just get up, lift it up and go and the conditions are consistent on every hole. It doesn’t really make a difference. Like I said, even a lot of guys who come in here, golf pros who play here or there, nothing different. You really don’t hear So much about it. All you hear is, “Boy, that’s weird.” “So how did you shoot?” “Oh, 96. Oh man, this place is a killer.”

Like I said, it doesn’t help. Like when you look at the card and you see the spaces and everything, and you’re like, ‘Oh, man, this is shorter than 5 digits. You get to number 7 and you go off the white shirts, you only have 488 points. I mean, 488, no I think you can get green into two parts. [On 5,] 493 on eggs. You have 463 in the first hole. They are all under 500 yards. This is madness.”

Have you ever played par-72 – that’s also 5,438 yards?

This, you may have, in one of two ways. Either you’re nuclear here, driving a chauffeur, getting into 300 yards of Par-4s, or you’ve been kicked out of defense, as might happen at Pinecrest. Garner calls it the Shooting Maker course, and Garner also isn’t a bachelor’s degree holder.

There are rock holes, uphill holes and cliff holes. There are marshes and there are trees. There are bunkers, and there are sloping green areas, mostly from back to front. (There are bears. The group behind us saw one.)

Lake Pinecrest scorecard

some examples:

— At 463 yards, par-5 1st, a right-to-left tee shot cut a tree on the right as it began its movement.

–At 165 yards, 3-fold, my friend Jeff, after losing the green on the left, hit about 10 feet and onto the hole line — then hit his third shot from 25 yards under the green.

— at 493 yards, 5 par-5, — hole #3 for the handicap — there sump is 185 from the tee box, which is 238 for carry. At 488 yards, par-5 7th – #1 handicap hole

– There’s a swamp outside 222, then the crater clears up, then goes up. At 530 yards, par-5 11 – handicap hole #2 – waterway left 90 degrees about 240 yards, there’s a sump about 150 yards in front of that, and there’s another sump about 100 yards in front of that.

– At 400 yards, No. 5 No. 18 – Yes, 400 yards bar-5 – There is a 210 sump, where the hole begins to roll right. You played this very well – 7 wood to the edge, then 7 wood piercing the background of the mountain.

Only to get lost on the trees on the right.

“A guy said the other day, ‘They’re like, ‘You’re kidding me,’ it’s less than 6,000 yards, 5,438 whites,” Garner said. “A piece of cake. And I said, ‘Okay, you’ve got your racket, wait till you see these greens, wait till you see the wetlands, wait till you see what’s there, and like I said, stop after nine and tell me how you did.’

The reaction when they’re done is just a big question mark on their heads, it amazes me, at least I survived it, you know.

Jeff Garner, Pinecrest Lake Golf Manager

“A guy texted me yesterday, he said, ‘Oh man, your vegetables, three throw hits had a great day. They were rolling really fast yesterday. It sure made them agitate. I don’t know why they were, but the pins were in all those little places for that guy,’ It was just that, you can’t stay close. So yeah, the reaction when they’re done is just a big question mark on their heads, wow, at least you survived it, you know.”

This is another part of the fun.

It’s tough, without being scammed. It’s a test, but a fair test. If your game is correct – in all of your game – you will score. Want to play courses like this. I won it.

But there is more.

Which one of you is the photographer?

It came from a gentleman who stopped in front of our car in the parking lot. He knew we were new to the course. He was making sure our phones were charged.

Thank goodness they were, because the goodness of pincrest pops, especially in the fall, as you can see in the photo slider below.

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The author is at Lake Pinecrest in northeastern Pennsylvania.

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The author and friend are at Lake Pinecrest in northeastern Pennsylvania.

We’ll end it this way.

Here’s the beginning of the conversation I had with Garner when I called him after a week of gaming:

“Hi Jeff, this is Nick Piastowski from Golf Magazine. I played there with you guys last week Monday.”

“Yes, yes, how are you? How do you make it?”

“Yeah, not too bad, not too bad. I missed you on the way out. I enjoyed my time. It was a really good run. Like I said, he was tight; he had a lot of defense from playing off the white shirts, for being under 6000 yards; It was kind of cool. Like I mentioned with six of my 5 par-5s, par-4s, and par-3s, that was definitely cool too.”

While I was talking, he was laughing.

Editor’s Note: Pinecrest is a private club, although memberships are available, and information can be found by calling 570-646-4444 or going to the website over here.

Editor’s Note II: The author would love to hear about your quirky courses! You can email him nick.piastowski@golf.comor send it On Twitter DM here.

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Nick Piastovsky is a senior editor at and Golf Magazine. In his role, he is responsible for editing, writing and developing stories across the golf space. And when he’s not writing about ways to hit the golf ball farther and straighter, the Milwaukee native will probably play the game, hitting the ball left, right and short, and drinking a cold beer to wash down his score. You can reach him about any of these topics – his stories, his game, or his beer – at

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