The Takeaway: Lookaway is a solid parkland offering in the greater Philadelphia area that is highlighted by a half dozen holes that stand out among the rest, including the final half of the inward nine. Conditioning and playability are an emphasis at the club where you'll find pure turf and a course that caters to all handicap levels. Grade B
Designer: Rees Jones in 1999
Phone Number: (215) 794-5727
Course Website: Official Website - Visit Lookaway Golf Club's official website by clicking on the link provided.
Directions: Get here! - 4219 Upper Mountain Road, Buckingham, PA
Accolades: Ranked 9th in Pennsylvania on Golf Course Gurus' Best in State rankings.
What to Expect: Located 30 miles north of Philadelphia and just 20 miles west of Trenton, NJ, Lookaway Golf Club finds itself in historic Bucks County which is bordered by the famed Delaware River. Lookaway is a Rees Jones design where the club emphasizes two main things; playability and a caddie program. The course is one of the most playable courses you'll find, until you get to the 18th, and thus attracts a membership with a lot more ladies and high handicappers than you'll find at prestigious Philadelphia area clubs Merion and Aronimink. The gentle moving terrain creates a very walkable course and helps the caddie program thrive although players also have the option of riding a cart if they wish. Kudos are given to the course superintendent that keeps that turf in impeccable shape which is aided by the fact that the club invested in sand capping their fairways and greens to improve drainage. Ultimately the course is characterized with the 4th and 7th highlighting the opening 13 holes before Lookaway unveils its impressive five hole closing stretch. In fact, if the entire course were up to caliber with the final quintuple of holes, Lookaway would have an argument of being a top 100 course; but alas, it simply isn't the case much like many other solid courses outside the grasps of greatness. In the end, Lookaway is a good golf course that isn't overly difficult, enjoys nice surroundings, and is a pleasant course to enjoy on a daily basis.
By the Numbers
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 7th Hole – 399 Yard Par 4
Best Par 3: 15th Hole – 170 Yards
Best Par 4: 14th Hole – 477 Yards
Best Par 5: 17th Hole – 523 Yards
Birdie Time: 4th Hole – 387 Yard Par 4
Bogey Beware: 18th Hole – 434 Yard Par 4