P.B. Dye-Designed Iron Valley

Sensible design has improved the way golf courses are maintained. Witness the recent opening of Iron Valley Golf Club in Cornwall, Pennsylvania. The course occupies a 378-acre site where iron was once mined. The course, designed by P.B. Dye, has severe elevation changes, with its highest point located at 970 feet above sea level.

The initial task for developer Greg Will was to determine how to pipe water around the complex site to the fairways, tees and greens. Willís company, Classic Golf Development, accomplished this by installing a computerized hydraulics system that pumps water throughout the 18-hole track, which opened in May 2000.

The 7,026-yard course is open to the public, and has green fees in the $65 range. Amenities include a four-tiered practice facility with both natural grass and synthetic turf tees. The facility boasts five target greens and a three-tiered, bi-bunkered practice green that spans over 10,000 square feet.

Right now, Iron Valley Golf Club operates out of a temporary clubhouse. However, Classic Golf Development has plans for a permanent clubhouse in the near future. For an Iron Valley tee time, call 717/279-2409.