Golf has been played in Luzerne County almost from the time golf was introduced in North America. Wyoming Valley Golf Course was originally built as a nine-hole course in 1896, making it the 45th oldest course in the United States, and the fifth oldest course in the Commonwealth. In the early part of the 20th century, one of America’s most distinguished golf course architects, A. W. Tillinghast, was hired by Luzerne County’s wealthiest citizens to design and build golf courses for them. In a short period of time, Tillinghast designed four “gems” that continue, almost one hundred years later, to be acknowledged by golfers around the world as some of Tillinghast’s finest work. They are: Fox Hill Country Club, Valley Country Club, Irem Temple Country Club, and Wyoming Valley Country Club.
Today, these legendary courses have been joined by acclaimed Huntsville Golf Club, a Rees Jones design, and by Eagle Rock Resort’s Arnold Palmer design. Although the four Tillinghast courses and the Jones Course are private golf clubs, Luzerne County features a dozen daily fee golf courses. Some of the finer daily fee courses include: Wilkes-Barre Golf Course, Sand Springs Golf Course, Blue Ridge Trail Golf Course, and Sugarloaf Golf Club.