The Club at Shadow Lakes is a fair test of golf that is challenging for low handicappers as well as enjoyable to play for high handicappers. There are wide fairways, medium cut rough, and the greens undulate just enough to give the golfers different looks. Mostly every shot is in front of you resulting in almost zero blind shots anywhere on the course. While the back 9 is more challenging than the front, birdies are a possibility on most of the holes depending on your skill level.
A Heroic Comeback
Shadow Lakes has made a big comeback recently. Some minor, aesthetic changes over the past year, along with improvements to the condition of the course, has made Shadow Lakes a top place to play in the area once again. Shadow Lakes also hosted the WPIAL class AAA boys’ semifinal playoffs in 2014. Recent improvements include paving sections of the cart path on the back 9, a fairway bunker along the 8th fairway that protects balls from traveling into the lake to the left, and general improvements on most putting surfaces.
There are still a few minor areas of concern, like the dead trees that line multiple fairways on the course, particularly on the par 4, 3rd hole, par 5, 5th hole and the par 4, 9th hole. These trees take away from the aesthetics of the course, and need to be removed. This would do wonders for the quality of the course, improve hitting lines, and remove unnecessary eyesores. Another area of concern on the course is the ground under repair area on the 9th hole.
After your round is complete, the bar/restaurant area located on the ground level is a perfect place to have a beverage and a bite to eat. The food is usually pretty good and reasonably priced. The same goes for the drinks. Flat screen TVs give patrons a perfect view for watching live sporting events, and the view of the course from here is fantastic.
When Shadow Lakes was known as Beaver Lakes, the course was the finest in western Pennsylvania. It’s slowly starting to make a comeback, but it will be hard to get back to the country club conditions given the amount of play it receives, including multiple outings every week. However, recent improvements and general positive reviews from the paying public lead me to believe that Shadow Lakes will continue to be a prime golf destination for golfers in and around the Beaver County area.
Save a Few Bucks
When it comes to finding the best golf deals in Beaver County, look no further than golfnow.com. The Club at Shadow Lakes, Rolling Acres, and Stonecrest are three courses in the County that offer discounts on golfnow.com. All you have to do is find the course you want to play, select the day and time, and book your tee time online. Normally, these prices will be a few dollars cheaper than paying upon arrival at the course.