North Park and South Park golf courses are open for the season

One more proof that spring has finally arrived.

Not only is Tuesday opening day for the Pirates at PNC Park, but it’s also a day golfers can finally hit the links on two of Allegheny County’s most popular public courses.

The county has declared the North and South Park golf courses open for the season. Daily hours of operation are 6 a.m. to dusk.

The courses have just gone through maintenance and aeration, the annual process of drilling small holes in the greens and fairways that opens up room for root growth and helps keep the turf healthy.

So what kind of shape are they in?

“Honestly, the golf course is outstanding,” said Ralph Butera, co-director of the North Park course. “I’ve been on the course and the greens are great and the fairways are great. Over the past two weeks we have redone a lot of sand traps and the greens have held up well.

Meanwhile, the South Park course survived the heavy winter snowfall in good condition, according to course director Bill McGrady.

“He’s in excellent condition,” he said. “We just completed the aeration two weeks ago and the course is in great condition. It’s very humid, but in terms of condition, it’s very nice.

Senior Golf Permits for those aged 60 and over for the 2022-23 season are available for purchase online or in person at the North or South Park Lodges from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday . The cost is $80 for county residents and $100 for non-residents.

Disabled veterans with IDs can purchase golf permits in person at the lodges from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The cost is the same; $80 for residents and $100 for non-residents.

Concessions at both courses are open seven days a week and serve beer, hot dogs, chicken fingers and fries, among other things. Concessions will accept cash and debit cards.

For more information or to view policies for young golfers and spectators as well as rates for the 9 and 18 hole courses, visit alleghenycounty.us/golf.

Paul Guggenheimer is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Paul at 724-226-7706 or [email protected]

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