Rolling Acres

If you’re a golfer like me, then playing golf is always on your mind, whether it’s mid-December or the dog days of summer. I’ve decided to compile a list of the top five par three holes from Beaver County golf courses.

Note: I left Old Stonewall off this list because any of their par threes are better than any other the County has to offer.

5. #18, Beaver Valley Golf Club

I would be remiss if I didn’t include a hole from one of western PA’s oldest courses in Patterson Heights. You don’t see too many finishing holes in the form of a par three, but that’s what players face here at Beaver Valley.

This is a hole that plays around 165 yards and has a seriously misleading false front that can suck balls back down into the fairway. The green is surrounded by bunkers, not to mention woods to the right. And if you catch this hole on a windy day, take a couple extra clubs because the wind will be right in your face.

4. #4, Seven Oaks

Out of the four par threes at Seven Oaks Country Club, I believe this to be the best. It usually plays around 180 yards downhill, framed by woods in the back.

The green is much deeper than it looks from the tee. With the right club selection, players can take dead aim at the flagstick and really get a good look at birdie here.

3. #8, Rolling Acres West

Simply a great par three. This hole at Rolling Acres will vary in distance depending on where the tees are located.

The green is extremely undulating.The tee shot is all carry over water. If you’re short, your best hope is that it winds up in the bunker that sits below the green. If you’re long, you will be chipping downhill off a hill that sits behind the green.

2. #6, Black Hawk (second nine)

My golf league plays at Black Hawk Golf Course, and I always look forward to the challenge this hole presents. It plays anywhere from 155 to 165 yards depending on the tee.

A bunker in the front right corner of the green will gobble up any mishit shots short and right. If you play a fade into the green, there are some tree branches overhanging the left side that could alter your shot.

Then there’s the green. It’s extremely slippery, especially in the summer months. Getting up and down here is very hard if you miss the green.

1. #10, Club at Shadow Lakes

This monster par three at Shadow Lakes usually requires a long iron or hybrid off the tee to cover all 210 yards. It plays slightly downhill into a two-tiered undulating green. If you miss the green, good luck getting up and down. Par is an excellent score here.

Marc is a lifelong resident of Beaver County. A 2001 graduate of Center High School and 2005 graduate of Point Park University, Marc is employed by the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School and officiates high school and college football. Follow Marc on Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram @marcgrando