Toftrees Golf Resort:

A Most Beautiful Setting, Filled with Lots of Challenge.

Those traveling through Pennsylvania know how rugged the Appalachian Mountains have made the landscape. Beautiful mountains draped with thick hardwood forests bless the state and those who visit. Toftrees Resort is located on the western edges of State College, a drive and a wedge from I99. This Ed Ault design opened in 1968 and is now a stunning part of the Marriott Toftrees Resort and Conference Center. The routing uses the varied elevation changes to swing and sway through dense forests, with the front nine having a welcoming lost from civilization feel. Exacting shot demands and considerable length place many challenges in front of you. Make no mistake, this is not a typical resort style golf course. Tight fairways, encroaching limbs and rare flat lies all combine to make this a stern test of golf for both guests and the membership alike. It wasn't just the spectacular natural surroundings that provided the breath of fresh air on this memorable layout.

Course Stats:

Par 72, 5320 - 7107 yards, 69.3 - 74.8 rating, slope rating 125 - 140

Public Play or Stay and Play Packages with the Marriott Toftrees Resort.


State College, Pennsylvania


Editor's Shot Makers Picks:

Hole 5   Hole 9   Hole 11   Hole 18  
Par 4 HCP 2 Par 4 HCP 8 Par 4 HCP 9 Par 4 HCP 1
Black 427 Black 392 Black 394 Black 438
Blue 402 Blue 361 Blue 377 Blue 416
White 388 White 298 White 372 White 371
Gold 317 Gold 280 Gold 341 Gold 359
Red 314 Red 271 Red 325 Red 326


Feature Holes Descriptions:

With so many great holes to select from it came down to a recurring theme at Toftrees, the dogleg left par 4 holes. Playing the usual high cut, I was forced to shape shots out of my meagre high draw, or smother hook and hope.  Hole 5 is a monstrous challenge. Playing off and elevated tee, the fairway dips to a landing area guarded at the corner by a devilish bunker. The climb back up to the elevated green might require 2-3 clubs more to stand a chance of getting home. The 9th is a pure hero hole. The back tees seem like floating islands in a vast pond with all carry over the huge pond. Straight uphill to the green is the reward for those surviving the tee shot unscathed. Eleven is a mid length par 4 protected by a hillside and large hardwood tree left, while the fairway cants right to add even more to think about. The green has a narrow opening between fronting, punishing bunkers. The final hole leaves a lasting impression. One of the course's most difficult tee shots requires a right to left ball flight to navigate the massive tree at the corner. A mid to long iron into the elevated green must avoid the fronting bunkers and fall off back to reward you with a par finish.


Toftress Golf Club
1 Country Club Lane,

State College, PA