Tee it Up: Why Skytop’s Golf Course Is the Best in the Poconos  

Mar 24, 2023

Wondering where you’ll get your golf fix during your travels to the Poconos? Whether you’re considering a public course or want to make sure your resort is equipped with one you can use bright and early each morning, Skytop Lodge’s golf course is the best in the area.

It doesn’t matter if you’re planning to spend a day or a week out on the green, just make sure you read our handy guide to Skytop’s golf course before booking your next round.

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A Brief History of Golfing at Skytop

Here at Skytop Lodge, we’re all about the story. We’re incredibly proud of the fact that our establishment is almost a century old, and that golf was baked right into it from the start.

See, golfing isn’t a new pastime at Skytop. In fact, it was the very first part of the resort that its founders built. Founding friends John Stubbs, Frederic Smith, Earl Mayne and Sam Packer dreamed of a lovely escape from it all, nestled high in the mountains, where one could enjoy sweeping views and countryside vibes far from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Thus Skytop Lodge was born, and its golf course was right there alongside it. On what used to be farmland, blossomed 2,500 acres of pristine, gorgeous fairways. Now you can enjoy a round of golf while also basking in the beauty of America’s natural playground. Discover what those four friends knew: that with the right surroundings, you can let go of the world completely and simply sink into your love of the game.

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Take It to the Next Level

Love golf? Well, so do we, and we have the award-winning 18-hole championship course to prove it. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, there’s something for you here.


Just getting started? No problem. We offer private lessons to teach you the basics or help you correct some aspects of your gameplay. They’re $85 for adults or $75 for youth per hour, or $45/$40 per half hour. Lessons on the course are available upon request.


Live nearby? You might want to consider a membership to ensure you’re making the most of your Skytop experience. Our golf membership includes:

  • Preferred tee times
  • Greens fees and cart fee
  • 10% off food, beverages and merch in the Pro Shop
  • Access to Skytop’s extensive grounds
  • Reduced membership fees for adults and children in your party

Note that membership doesn’t include access to the pool or beach.


Planning an event to spice up a family reunion, treat your employees to a corporate getaway, or otherwise show your group a good time? A Skytop tournament is just the ticket. We’ve got a completely outfitted facility with a driving range, locker rooms, showers, tons of parking, and our favorite watering hole midway through the course: Callaway’s.


We also offer an unlimited golf package at Skytop. If you’re planning to stay at Skytop anyway, why not make sure you can get your golf in free with this amazing deal? Now you can enjoy daily rounds without worrying about the extra cost, plus:

  • Daily breakfast
  • Access to all resort trails and amenities
  • Evening campfires with marshmallows
  • AAA 4-diamond lodging

What’s not to like?


Skytop Lodge has a driving range, chipping green and a putting green. If you need to put in a little practice, either with a teacher or on your own, feel free to make use of these facilities as well as the course. Just make sure to call and find out if Skytop is accepting walk-ons to both places ahead of time.

skytop lodge golf course with cabin and bridge in the background

What to Know Before You Come

You’ve got golfing on the brain, and you’re jonesing to head to Skytop Lodge and scratch that itch. We couldn’t support that idea more. Before you leave, though, here are a few things to know:


Rates vary depending on when you come, whether it’s a weekend or a weekday, what time of day you play, what season you play in, how many holes you play, and whether or not you are a guest. You’re looking at between $35 and $95 per player, depending on your unique combination of factors.

Dates Open

Be sure to check if the course is open or not before you reserve your package. While you can reserve tee times even when the course is closed, you can only play between April 1st and November 30th (though this may change from year to year, so keep an eye on the website for any updates).

Course Rules

Everyone must have their own clubs; no sharing. If you don’t have your own, you can rent them at reasonable rates in the Pro Shop. No fivesomes are allowed on the course; four is the limit. No walking on the course before 3 PM.

Dress Code

Skytop requires collared shirts and soft-spike shoes to be worn on the course at all times. No jeans and no exceptions. You will be politely asked to change if you show up in anything but dress code-approved attire.

Advanced Tee Times

It is not necessary to book an advanced tee time, but it will certainly help you avoid the disappointment of showing up and having to wait around – or worse, head back home. Skytop’s course is popular and is also open to the public so it fills up quickly, especially on nice days.

Therefore, it’s always a good idea to book an advanced tee time, whether you’re staying at the lodge or not. Not only does this help us control the flow of traffic, but it also ensures the best experience for you and your crowd as well.

Overall, golfing at Skytop Lodge is an amazing time, so it’s no wonder the pros love doing it so much! If you’re interested in the same award-winning experience, we invite you to book a tee time or an entire vacation here at Skytop so we can show you how relaxation is done!

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Book a Stay at Skytop Lodge

While you can pop down and visit Skytop’s fairways any time you like, it’s always more fun to stay right on-site. That way, you don’t have far to travel for a round of golf or to get back to your home away from home.

If you’re ready to learn more about dates and rates, feel free to check out our booking calendar. And of course, get in touch with us if you have questions or for help at any time. We can’t wait to see you on our award-winning golf course at Skytop this year!