Opened in 1916, the Karakung Golf Club is an impressively maintained facility geared toward players of moderate skill levels. ... More
Cobb's Creek Karakung Course
Opened in 1916, the Karakung Golf Club is an impressively maintained facility geared toward players of moderate skill levels. Even the most casual of links men should have little difficulty negotiating the relatively short 5700-yard, par 71 course. Located within the Fairmount Park section of Philadelphia, Karakung is only about three miles away from Center City. Reservations are required at this public 18-hole course. Lessons are available.
While traveling in the PhiIadelphia area I found this course with an on line booking service that I use around the country. Given the price I did not expect the quality of a resort course, but what I found was terrible. Here are some of the non-golf things - the homeless people selling golf balls near what should have been the 2nd tee - skate boarders along the 12th hole - crossing a busy city street 3 times during the round without any cross walks - no rest room facilities on the entire course - trash scattered throughout the course especially beer bottles and cans piled in the rough near the areas that were supposed to be tee boxes - the dead rotting smelling large bird near one of the fairways. The condition of the course was the worst I have ever played. Three holes should have been closed because the area between where the hole started and the greens had been flooded recently and were mostly mud, with some patches of weeds. The score card indicated 3 sets of tees. There was only one set of tee markers on each hole. The area where these were located often had no grass at all. When there was grass it was mostly crab grass. The "rough" ranged from 6 inch deep grass to weeds to bare dirt. The sand traps had no rakes and looked like they had not been maintained in weeks. About 1/2 the greens had large areas of desease that had killed the grass. Many of the greens had ridges left by the mowers or areas that had been missed by the mowers giving the golfer an uneven surface for putting. The fairways that were playable were mostly crab grass.
All in all I would recommend that everyone stay away from this facility as a golfer or a visitor.
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