Sharon, Pennsylvania: America's Only Free Golf Course

Promoted as "America's only free golf course," it has no membership, clubhouse, greens, or cart fees. Nine holes, the final three designed by Arnold Palmer.

Buhl Park Golf Course

Address:
129 Forker Blvd, Sharon, PA
Directions:
Buhl Park Golf Course. Follow I-80 to it's westernmost exit in Pennsylvania and follow the signs for Hermitage. Take Route 18 north and turn left on E. State St. Follow uphill and turn right onto Buhl Farm Drive. Make the first left turn after you pass Buhl Park (on your left) and follow that road downhill to the golf course.
Hours:
Daily 8-dusk Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Admission:
Donations appreciated.
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America's Only Free Golf Course

9-hole Buhl Park Golf Course is promoted as the only free golf course in America. Open about eight months a year (spring to fall). It was founded by millionaire philanthropist Frank Buhl in the early 1900s along with nearby Buhl Park. A trust fund keeps the park maintained, but a new pay-for-use driving range is supplementing the park's budget. The course has had several layouts over the years. The 7, 8, and 9 holes were designed by Arnold Palmer (a western Pennsylvania resident), who was the first to tee off on them.

[C.Clayton, 06/07/2001]

Oct. 2020: Tip unearthed from the past!


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