A Classic Philadelphia Golf Course Designed by William Flynn

The design of Bala Golf Club depicts the great traditions of golf and the classic Philadelphia School of Architecture. Tasked with expanding the original 9-hole layout, William Flynn succeeded admirably in creating a challenging 18-hole course on the small, rolling landscape that is Bala Golf Club. Although short by today's standards, Bala continues to challenge it's membership by placing a premium on sound strategy and skillful shot-making.

William Flynn is one of the great golf course architects of all-time, with an overwhelming portfolio of classic designs, including the nationally ranked Shinnicock Hills and Cherry Hills Country Clubs. Locally, Flynn is responsible for many of the Philadelphia area's greatest golf courses, including Huntingdon Valley, Rolling Green, Lancaster and Philadelphia Country Clubs. Flynn is also credited with the 1925 re-design of Merion Golf Club's famed East Course (along with Hugh Wilson) and had his hand in some work at Pine Valley Golf Club.

Combining the highest standards in maintenance with Flynn's classic design elements, the course repeatedly holds the members' interest by providing a full examination of one's entire game. Above all else, Bala is a golf course that is FUN to play.

Hole 1

Par: 4

Men's Handicap: 13

Red Handicap: 13

Yellow Handicap: 5

  • Guest Information
    • Rules and regulations for guests of Bala

      Welcome to Bala Golf Club! We are pleased to have you as our guest. Please take a moment to review the rules and regulations of our Club. Click here for a printable .pdf.

      Cell Phones

      Cellular phones may be carried on the course for use in an emergency or exceptional circumstance. Please be discreet when talking on your phones around others who are golfing and dining.

      Changing Shoes

      Shoes are not to be changed in the Bala upper or lower parking lot. Please visit the Men’s or Women’s Locker Room where our locker room attendants will be happy to get a locker for you.


      Hats, caps, and visors worn by gentlemen should be removed while they are under cover (Clubhouse & Main Dining Room). Gentlemen are to have their shirts tucked in at all times. Bermuda shorts are permitted for men and women; knee length is preferred for both men and women, not to exceed 3” above the knee; golf skorts and skirts not to exceed 4” above the knee. Several items are considered inappropriate, and will not be permitted on either golf course, on the practice range, or in or around the clubhouse: tank-tops, short sleeve mock turtlenecks (men only), t-shirts, jeans, cut-offs, tennis-length skirts, short shorts, flip flops, crocs, leather sandals (men only), cargo shorts/pants, and jogging attire.

      Smoking Policy

      Smoking is prohibited inside the Clubhouse. Smoking is only permitted in the designated areas on the outside patio.


      Each day the course is open for play, either a “CART PATH’S ONLY” or a “90°” rule will be posted in the Pro Shop and on the 1st and 10th tee. If the cart rule is “90°” carts are expected to stay in the fairway until back on the cart path.

      Pace of Play

      Be prepared to play at all times. Always carry an extra ball. Be ready to hit when it is your turn and feel free to play ready golf. Always rake your own fairway bunker and replace your own divot. Repair ball marks and prepare to putt while others are playing their ball. Play from the appropriate tees (guests with a course handicap of 10 or higher may not play from the back tees). If you reach your maximum allowable score, pickup.  

  • Course Record
    • A true testament to the sound design of William Flynn, Bala's course record of 60 by Doug Adam has stood the test of time and modern equipment since 1960!

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