Course Architect: Dr. Michael Hurdzan (Larry Mize, consultant)
Year Opened: 1994
Location: Moosic, Pennsylvania
Slope: 149. Rating: 75.4
Par: 71
Yardage: 6,990
Hole-by-Hole: 1 - Par 5 589 Yds    10 - Par 5 542 Yds
                      2 - Par 3 205 Yds    11 - Par 3 152 Yds
                      3 - Par 4 463 Yds    12 - Par 4 413 Yds
                      4 - Par 4 405 Yds    13 - Par 4 387 Yds
                      5 - Par 4 430 Yds    14 - Par 5 581 Yds
                      6 - Par 5 548 Yds    15 - Par 3 240 Yds
                      7 - Par 3 193 Yds    16 - Par 4 460 Yds
                      8 - Par 4 417 Yds    17 - Par 4 384 Yds
                      9 - Par 3 196 Yds    18 - Par 4 385 Yds
                      Par 35  3,446 Yds     Par 36  3,544 Yds

Key Events Held: BUY.COM Steamtown Classic (2000-01),
                 BUY.COM Northeast Pennsylvania Classic (2002),
                 Nationwide Northeast Pennsylvania Classic (2003-07),
                 NCAA Tournament - East Regional (2000),
                 Pennsylvania Middle Amateur (1995).

Awards Won: Best New Private Course (1995) by Golf Digest.
            Ranked Best in State (1997-2002) by Golf Digest.

HISTORY:  Building  this course was  no small  task, as Glenmaura National was
crafted  on  a mountain. It  took an amazing  engineering feat to preserve the
natural  beauty  of the  Pennsylvania mountainside, which includes waterfalls,
massive  trees and  babbling mountain brooks. GNCC is a very exclusive private
club, owned by its members. Joining the club is by invitation only and must be
extended by the Board of Directors.

Course  designer  Dr. Michael  Hurdzan, a  two-time winner  of the Golf Course
Architect  of  the Year award, had  his hands full. Hurdzan, who designed such
gems  as Fieldstone Golf Club (Wilmington, DE), Naples National Golf Club (FL)
and  StoneWater Golf  Club (Highland Heights, OH), faced a difficult challenge
due  to the vast  amounts of wetlands and solid granite areas and virtually no
topsoil  on the site. Work on the location was restricted due to the protected
environmental  areas and  it took over 100,000 cubic yards of rock blasting to
carve the course. The first nine is routed over the side of the mountain while
the  back nine  plays through  a valley  at the  foot of  the slope.  Stone is
featured  all over the course in the form of outcroppings, old walls and brook
boundaries   and   waterfall  backdrops.  There  are  actually  three  natural
waterfalls on the course. Wildlife is abundant and it is not surprising to see
a  black bear on  one hole or fox, deer and beavers on the next. The elevation
changes  are amazing,  as the highest point  is 360 feet above the lowest. The
course possess 93 sand bunkers, most artistically shaped, including the mouse-
sculptured  ears on the par-5 sixth. There are no parallel holes, so the venue
plays  to  a  peaceful  crescendo, rarely  encountering  other  players,  just

Within  two  years  of  the  course  opening, the  club  played  host  to  the
Pennsylvania Middle Amateur. At its full length, only 23 of the 82 contestants
broke 80. In fact, one player made a 14 on one hole. If he had only made a 10,
he  would have  qualified  for the  match play  segment  of the  championship.
Glenmaura  annually  is host  to the  Nationwide Tour's Northeast Pennsylvania
Classic.  Winners  of the  tournament include  Jeff Hart,  Jason Hill and Gary
Hallberg, who shot a final round of 64 to capture the event in 2002. Glenmaura
National  is listed  regularly as one of  the most difficult on Tour. In fact,
playing  at  a par of  70 in 2001,  the course played  to a scoring average of
72.140, third most difficult on Tour.

REVIEW:  The  course begins  on the  Mountain nine, with  a stern 589-yard par
five. Playing downhill for most of the hole, the player must first negotiate a
fairly  wide landing area off the tee, guarded by bunkers and out of bounds on
the  right.  From a plateau, the  second shot must carry  a ravine to set up a
short  iron  approach to  an uphill green,  just 27 yards  deep and guarded by
three bunkers. Most par fives are birdie holes, however par is a good score.

The par-3 second plays extremely difficult due to the severe slope left of the
green and the 40-yard deep putting surface. To make matters worse, three large
bunkers guard the green with a grass swale on the left.

The  longest par  four on the course  is the third hole. Bending left to right
from  an elevated  tee, the player is greeted by three beautiful sights. First
on  the list  is the  magnificent  vistas of  the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre  area.
Second is the design of the hole which features a rock-carved wall on the left
side  of  the fairway. And  finally, the majestic  mansion of NHRA drag racing
driver  Joe  Amato situated atop  a bluff  overlooking the hole. Although very
long,  the  hole plays shorter  than the yardage due  to the elevation and the
fairway  is quite wide,  so getting home in regulation should not be an issue.
Another trio of bunkers guard the oval putting surface, which slopes from back
to front and features a hogback in the rear portion of the green.

The  shortest par-4  on the outward nine  is the fourth at just 405 yards from
the  tips. A  carry over wetlands is  required on this dogleg right hole which
possess  a  sloping fairway toward the  tall pines guarding the right side all
the  way to the green. A three-metal off the tee will set up a medium to short
iron to an uphill, two-tiered green.

Rock  croppings  appear on the right  side of the straightaway, par-4 fifth. A
driver is needed here for a medium iron to a difficult green. Miss the fairway
left  and  it's jail, miss it  right and a  favorable bounce is needed off the
rocks just to stay in play. The putting surface falls off severely on the left
to a bunker and a bunker short and right of the green, so just getting on will
not guarantee par.

The  sixth  is a  reachable par-5  with a catch.  The tee  ball must split the
flanking  bunkers and tree-lined fairway. The fun begins with the second shot,
as  a ravine  about a hundred yards short  of the green must be cleared with a
long  iron or fairway  metal. The thought process will be tested, as going for
it  and  missing will result  in tragedy. Hit  it thin and  the ball is in the
gully,  miss right and  it's in the creek, and left, sand awaits. Getting home
in  two should result in a birdie, although the putting surface has a ridge in
the front portion and the green runs away toward the back.

The signature hole could very well be the seventh. The great par three is just
193  yards, but features a creek running in front of the tee and all along the
left side through the green, with a 30-yard bunker protecting the left putting
surface.  The  green itself is 43  yards long with  a huge hump in the center,
making club selection key. Missing right is no bargain either, as a bunker and
grass swales protect the bail out area.

The  eighth is  another signature  hole  with a  quarry along  the right  side
featuring  a large rock  wall. The tee shot must play left, setting up a short
iron  over  part of the  quarry to a  back-to-front sloping green. Missing the
fairway  right will obviously produce problems, however a tee shot missing the
quarry altogether will catch the two strategically placed bunkers below. There
is plenty of room to miss left of the green, so avoid the bunkers and the rock
wall right.

The  nine  concludes with  the  third  par-three  on  the front.  This  beaute
necessitates  a mid-to-long  iron to  a long  42-yard narrow  green with  four
bunkers surrounding the surface. Miss left and you'll fall off the face of the
course, right and you'll find yourself amongst a rock wall or worse, on top of
a hill with a native American figurine guarding the spirits.

The  back  side is  played on  the Valley  nine stretching  to more than 3,500

The  par-5 10th  enables the player to  get a shot back after a difficult nine
holes. The hole bends toward the water, which traverses all along the right to
the green and beyond. Bailing out left will only bring in numerous bunkers, 11
in fact, with the final four guarding the putting surface.

The  shortest hole on the course is the 11th at just 152 yards. The difficulty
here is correct club selection due to pin placement. The largest bunker on the
course  guards the front and right while the green is two-tiered with a severe
slope. The left side is protected by a small bunker and a slope which will not
allow a chance for an up and down. Take three and move on.

The  phrase "signature hole" can be used frequently on this course and another
case  in point is the 12th. Just 413 yards, this par-four features a rock wall
on  the  right side of the  fairway. But the key  for success here is to avoid
missing  the landing area.  Rocks await right, but left is dead as the fairway
drops  off  severely to trees  and wetlands. The  circular, flat green is very
accessible to a short iron, thus enabling a good chance at birdie.

Another  birdie  chance is  the 13th at  just 387 yards.  A fairway metal will
leave  a short iron to another easy green, just 32 yards in depth. This narrow
surface is bunkered left and slopes slightly to the front.

The next three holes could be the most difficult on the course.

The  14th is a massive par-5, generally not reachable in two, let alone three.
From an elevated tee, the fairway is ample, however trees and a huge slope are
right  and bunkers are left. The lay-up shot should favor the right side, thus
setting up a simple pitch of 100 yards to a green that is set off to the left.
The left side near the green is protected by tall trees, a creek and a pair of
bunkers.  The putting  surface is  raised  and only  31 yards  in length  with
deceptive breaks and slopes.

Although  the  15th is rated as  the 13th handicap  hole on the card, this par
three  is  enormous at 240 yards  from the black  tees. To top things off, the
green  is the largest at 44 yards. Missing right will find either a pot bunker
or a grass swale, while left is double-bogey territory.

Probably  the hardest of this trio is the 16th. For starters, a carry over 200
yards  is needed just  to reach the fairway and accuracy is a must. Miss right
or  left and it's water and trees. Water will come into play on your approach,
as  the green is protected by a brook left and back leading to a waterfall. So
narrow  is  the green,  that one  pace left off  the surface  will be wet. Try
bailing right, sand or another rock wall.

The final two holes feature beauty and strategy.

The  17th is  the shortest par four  on the course at just 384 yards. However,
length  is not needed to provide fits. Playing uphill, the tee shot must split
the  fairway, as  missing  right will  find  rocks and  water,  while left  is
wetlands. Just a wedge remains to a rectangular green fronted by the creek and
three  bunkers around  the right and back.  The putting surface is large at 37
yards  with  a huge swale, center-right.  The putting is treacherous with many
bends and breaks.

The  18th  is very unique, yes,  another signature hole. The golfer must clear
wetlands  of  over 200 yards  to a deceiving  fairway featuring grass and sand
bunkers. From there, just a short wedge remains, depending upon which green is
in  use.  Yes, the  final hole has  two greens, equally  difficult in size and
slope.  Both are surrounded  by the wet stuff, sand and the logo waterfall and
both  are small with slopes and swales. Choose wisely, or your final shot will
be a watery one.

OVERALL:  Beauty  and brawn are  both key  elements of Glenmaura National Golf
Club.  While standing  on the tee of  each and every hole, one wonders, how in
the world did the designer come up with that idea. Incorporating the beauty of
the  region with the length of a championship venue. It's no surprise that all
players  who  come to  visit and  experience the  course say  that this is the
finest course that the Nationwide Tour competes on.

Wetland  areas appear in  front of all the tee boxes. Most of the fairways are
generous, but lined by rocks, trees and streams. One ingredient to the success
of  the  course are  the numerous  sets of  tee boxes,  allowing even the less
skilled  player  a  chance  to  enjoy the  challenge.  To  make  matters  more
accessible, on 10 holes the front of the green is open, enabling the shot that
lands  short a  chance to  bounce and  skip its  way back  to the  hole. Don't
overlook  the  danger of  the course.  Water comes  into play  on 10 holes and
missing  the  fairways will make  you pay, as your  ball will disappear down a
rocky  slope or  worse,  gnarly rough.  The greens  are  certainly no  bargain
either.  Like  all of Hurdzan's greens  here, they are clever and crafty, with
borrows both subtle and bold.

A  yardage book  is  necessarily  not needed,  as  markers  are spread  wisely
throughout the course, however all yardages are to the front of the green, not
the  center.  It might  take you few  holes to remember,  so don't forget. The
practice  facility  is excellent with many  targets to choose from and an area
for  your short game, however it is located near the 10th tee. Originally, the
Valley  nine was the outward nine, but was switched so that the finishing hole
would  end at  the  clubhouse.  The main  building  a  traditional in  design,
featuring  natural  cedar siding and native  stone, over 25,000 square feet in

In  just  a short period  of time Glenmaura has  gained a great reputation and
rightfully  so. From top to bottom, the course is A+ all the way and is one of
those  tracks that you won't tire from. That is, if you get the chance to play