Course Architect: Tom Fazio
Year Opened: 1995
Location: Avondale, Pennsylvania
Slope: 143  Rating: 74.4
Par: 72
Yardage: 6,969
Hole-by-Hole: 1 - Par 5 579 Yds    10 - Par 4 425 Yds
                      2 - Par 3 162 Yds    11 - Par 3 186 Yds
                      3 - Par 4 410 Yds    12 - Par 4 346 Yds
                      4 - Par 4 450 Yds    13 - Par 5 581 Yds
                      5 - Par 5 534 Yds    14 - Par 3 198 Yds
                      6 - Par 3 198 Yds    15 - Par 4 392 Yds
                      7 - Par 4 406 Yds    16 - Par 5 552 Yds
                      8 - Par 5 472 Yds    17 - Par 4 446 Yds
                      9 - Par 3 223 Yds    18 - Par 4 409 Yds
                      Par 36  3,434 Yds     Par 36  3,535 Yds

Key Events Held: Bell Atlantic Classic (1998-99),
                 Exelon Invitational (2003-05),
                 U.S. Open qualifier (2005).

Awards Won: Best New Public Course (1996) by Golf Digest,
            Best Public Course in Pennsylvania (1998-2000) by Golf Digest.
            Ranked #24 in Pennsylvania (2003) by Golf Digest.

Website: www.clubcorp.com/Clubs/Hartefeld-National.

HISTORY:  The land  that Hartefeld  National  rests upon  has history  galore,
dating  back to 1682  when King Charles II granted William Penn land to settle
the  mostly  wooded lands between  the colonies of  Maryland and New York. The
drive into Hartefeld is pre-Revolutionary. During the war, the British marched
north  on this  very road  in an  attempt to  capture Generals  Washington and
Lafayette.  On September  9, 1777, British General Robert Howe led his army of
12,000  along with  another 6,000 Prussian mercenaries down the road to tangle
with  the Americans in the Battle of the Brandywine. It came as no surprise in
the 19th Century and the Civil War, that this area was used in the Underground
Railway,  given  the strong  Quaker influence  and the  close proximity to the
Mason-Dixon  Line. Following  World War  I, Captain  Charles Webster  Robinson
built  a village or "colony" as he called it of modest homes for rent to young
families.  This  land along with  adjacent properties, constitute much of what
makes  up  Hartefeld National Golf Course.  The current Ladies' Shower Room in
Hartefeld House (the clubhouse) was originally part of an abandoned plantation
house  that was  built in 1740 in Tyaska, near Salisbury, Maryland. Soon after
opening,  Hartefeld played  host to the Champions Tour's Bell Atlantic Classic
for  two years.  Both events  held at  Hartefeld were  decided in  playoffs by
Jay  Sigel and Tom  Jenkins. When Sigel captured the 1998 tournament, he set a
course  record of 62  during the second round, which included an amazing 27 on
the  front  nine. His nine-under score  is still a Champions Tour record which
featured an eagle and seven straight birdies, the best eagle-birdie run in the
history of the Tour.

REVIEW: The course opens up with a long par-5 with an ample fairway to get you
going.  From there its an easy lay-up to a large green that slopes hard to the
left  with a false front. Birdie is an extreme possibility, but don't be upset
with  a  simple par. At  162 yards, the  second hole seems  to be a push over,
however,  this severe downhill three-par is anything but. The green is fronted
by  a difficult bunker  and the putting surface is very narrow, just six paces
deep  and  very undulating. Another  easy driving  hole is the third. Although
uphill, the fairway is 50 yards wide in some places. This will leave an uphill
second  shot  to a  two-tiered green  surrounded by  sand. The putting surface
cannot  be seen from  the fairway, so an extra club will definitely be needed.
Your  first  real test is the  fourth. A solid par  four at 450 yards from the
tips,  the  tee shot plays from  an elevated box  to a fairway flanked left by
sand  and right by  out of bounds. The green is raised, but situated in a bowl
for  a  perfect amphitheater. The  putting surface  features a false front, so
don't  be short, as your second shot will roll back down the fairway. Although
the  green is relatively flat, the speed is very quick from back to front. The
word  fun explains the  fifth. At just 534 yards, this par five can be reached
in  two. That  is if your tee shot  is long and true and you can negotiate the
myriad  of bunkers  short of the green.  The hole slopes down to an undulating
fairway,  very receptive  and wide. From there, depending upon the lie, a long
iron  or fairway  metal will get you  home. However, you must avoid fescue and
eight  bunkers bordering the  green left and front for any shot at birdie. The
signature  hole of  Hartefeld is the par-three sixth, which requires a long or
mid-iron  over  water and  a severe  bunker front  and left  of the green, the
largest  and most  undulating putting surface on the course. Escaping with par
will  not be  an easy chore. Interesting,  to say the least, as the routing of
the  course now puts  you back at the clubhouse, leaving a fairly long walk to
the seventh tee. Another wide fairway awaits on this short par four. But don't
be  deceived, as the a large swale fronting the green will gobble up its share
of  errant  shots. This will  make the hole look  short, making the right club
selection a must. In tournament action, the eighth plays as a rugged par four,
however  for the average  golfer, the hole is an easy par five. A forced carry
over  fescue and  scrub, the  tee shot  needs to  favor the  left side  of the
fairway,  as a stand of trees guard the corner of this dogleg right. The green
is  most  difficult with  two tiers,  sloping from  left to  right and back to
front.  I  forgot to mention,  a gaping bunker, front  and left will gobble up
most  wandering shots. Bailing out right is the play, so don't be ashamed. The
front  nine finishes with its third par three. The ninth is a mighty 223 yards
from the Fazio tees. A large greenside bunker occupies the entire left side of
the green while trees guard the right. Pinpoint accuracy is a must.

The  inward nine opens easy enough with a downhill par four. However the green
is  most difficult and is fronted by a very deep cavernous bunker. The putting
surface features a large hump in the center, making a two-putt strenuous. Most
players  will under  club on the 11th.  Looks are deceiving, as this par three
does play uphill. The green is guarded on the left by wetlands and a very deep
bunker, one that will leave you sightless of the flag, so bail right. The 12th
is  one of the easier holes on the course at just 346 yards. Playing uphill, a
long  iron or  fairway metal is required off  the tee, setting up a wedge to a
shallow  green.  Birdie is a must  on this fairly bland hole. It's risk-reward
time  as you reach the par-5 13th. Although 581 yards, the hole plays downhill
off  the  tee and can be  had with a big  blast. A driveway some 300 yards out
crosses  the fairway  and if  reached, then  knocking your  second shot  on is
possible.  The easy way  out is to layup short and left of the green and pitch
to  an  elevated green. The putting  surface is two-tiered and extremely long,
making  for  a most difficult two-putt.  The final five holes in my estimation
are  the jewels of  the course. The downhill, par three 14th is a beauty. Miss
long  and left and a ravine awaits, miss right and you'll be faced with a very
tough,  downhill  chip to a  green that slopes from  back to front. The ravine
continues  on the 15th,  as your tee shot must carry 200 yards to the fairway.
Once there however, a short iron awaits to an elevated green that's guarded by
a  menacing bunker on the right. Pin placement is key to selecting the correct
iron  to this long,  narrow green. If the flag is back-left, be happy with par
and  move  on. A  long hike of  sorts presents itself  on the 552-yard, uphill
16th.  Although surrounded  by trees at the tee, the hole is virtually without
the  leafy substance  through the  green. Just  a straight  uphill climb  that
requires  three  shots to a very  difficult surface. This two-tiered green can
fool  you,  so trust the yardage  and add a club.  There is no shame in making
par.  Driving is key on the outstanding, downhill 17th. Not the longest at 446
yards,  precision must  be made off the tee  as to avoid a large bunker on the
left  side of the  fairway and out of bounds right and left. The long, shallow
green has a pair of bunkers up front and a wooden fence back and left, so club
selection  and execution  is key. The 18th  ranks as one of the best finishing
holes in the area. The dog-leg right requires both accuracy and length off the
tee.  Your tee ball  must favor the left side, as the hole is flanked right by
trees  and it must carry the uphill climb to the fairway. A medium length iron
is  needed to  reach the green, however depending upon pin placement, an extra
club  may  be needed.  The putting  surface is two-tiered  and quite severe in
speed.  Miss on the wrong section of the green and your next shot might not be
a putt. Set down from the clubhouse, the 18th green provides a natural setting
and a great place to watch the final foursome.

OVERALL:  At  just under 7,000 yards  from the tips, Hartefeld National is not
one  of those overpowering courses that knocks you to your knees. It is a fair
test with ample fairway targets on most holes, and very accessible greens. The
course's best attribute is its beauty and conditioning. The undulating greens,
manicured  fairways,  not to mention the  outstanding views will give even the
struggling  player  a reason to  smile. The  downside, well there really isn't
one,  except that the course will be open to the public only through 2003. The
rates  aren't the best  either at $110 a pop during the season, but it's worth
it. With numerous sets of tees, Tom Fazio created a course that players of all
levels can enjoy.