Best Reason To Live In The Poconos: The Lure of Fantastic Golf Courses!

By: Don Hannig

Life in the Pocono Mountains region of Pennsylvania harbors many wonderful benefits. If you love the outdoors – whether immersed in the miles of forested trails, unique land marks, or simply driving along enjoying the verdant woodlands interspersed by valley farms, the Poconos remains the ideal place to call home . The wide variety of sporting opportunities our region provides is truly outstanding – and the bevy of golf courses is no exception.

The lure of the golfing green is a siren call to many of us. And although some may argue that golf is a pastime and not a sport – there are many more healthy advantages to golf than you may realize. One of the best parts of golf, from a fitness standpoint, is the high amount of cardiovascular activity that is involved in the sport. Think about it—most golf courses are spread over multiple acres of hilly ground. Therefore, walking across a golf course is a great way to improve your cardiovascular system – so leave that cart behind!

However, cardio is not the only type of exercise that your body needs! Giving your brain a workout – outside the office – is also very important for mental longevity and the slowing of memory loss as we age . Golfing forces you to remember numbers, images, and even specific tips and techniques. Therefore, it is a great all-around way to exercise both body and mind!

Golf also teaches youngsters (and old-timers!) to let go of our finicky quest for perfection and to reach the acceptance that there will be a next hole, and another shot to come. Like most great games, golf has enough paradoxes to suit different temperaments: whether you are the type A personality who strives to be better all the time, or whether you are out to relax, chill, and have a good time – golf can be a perfect outlet.

This month, we have chosen to highlight some of the best that our region has to offer! Here are our TOP 5:

1. Great Bear Golf and Country Club. According to, “The Jack Nicklaus signature golf course is one of the best in the region. There are no parallel fairways and the course winds over gently rolling terrain. For a course in the mountains, the elevation changes are fairly tame. The course has a great finishing hole. The par-5 18th is a sweeping dogleg and the approach must be hit over marshland to an island green.” This course is located in Marshall’s Creek, just north of East Stroudsburg.

2. The Country Club at Woodloch Springs. This fantastic course features a challenging collection of holes that play up and down some steep terrain. Tee Boxes at Nos. 7 and 10 are perched high on the sides of hills making for dramatic shots. The course provides a number of Pocono overlooks that are visually stunning. This course is located in Kresgeville roughly 30 miles north of Allentown.

3. Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort. This grand golfing resort has stood the test of time and conquered. Most of the 27 holes sit on an island in the Delaware River – how amazing is that?? Two holes require shots across the river from tee to green. Shawnee was the first course laid out by legendary architect A.W. Tillinghast and it retains the feeling of a bygone era. According to, “Paul Runyan upset Sam Snead to win the 1938 PGA Championship there. In 1967, a young college golfer named Hale Irwin won the NCAA championship at Shawnee.” The golf course and resort is located at Shawnee-On-The-Delaware, north of East Stroudsburg.

4. Cherry Valley Golf Club. Nestled along the Appalachian Trail, the Cherry Valley Golf Club is a picturesque 18-hole public golf course which meanders up and down the mountain through the woods. Incredibly outstanding views of the Blue Mountains! The club features a restaurant, bar and pro shop, professional staff, tournaments and group outings/events.

5. East Course at the Inn at Pocono Manor. According to the Pocono Mountains visitor’s bureau, “The East course has been the site of professional tournaments and pro-am events. The West course is a modern-style layout with wide fairways that dare the long hitter to be aggressive.” Get yourself hyped for some serious golfing here!

Some of the older resort courses are not as ‘amenity rich’ as newer golf courses, but it doesn’t detract from the amazing quality of the golf. If you know which gorgeous mountain to look behind, you can find a treasure trove of superb golf in the Pocono Region!

To find out more about the Pocono Mountains, please call us at 570-646-4646, email us at or visit our website at


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