While you may have a core group of Pennsylvania golf tournaments you frequent, to keep the game interesting and to improve your handicap, playing different courses and competition is a great way to improve your skills by experiencing different situations and challenges.
If you're an amateur you may want to look into joining the Pennsylvania Golf Association. They offer a variety of tournaments and access to courses not available to the public but to their members only. Everything from a Father and Son tournament, traditionally held in Hershey, to Senior Better Ball tournaments are held throughout the golf season.
For the casual player, Locust Valley Golf Club in Coopersburg is rated as one of the tops in the state, and is extremely affordable for a Saturday afternoon round. Golfers will want to bring their own food and beverage, but this can be seen as a plus to those who are hard to please or don't want to over pay for a nice cold drink in the middle of an enjoyable 18 holes. The fairways play tight, and the greens are somewhat small, but it makes for an enjoyable course. Mount Airy Golf Course, in Mount Pocono is a local favorite as well. It averages at $20 per round, and will be redesigned for the 2011 season. It's an affordable public course that is one of the areas best kept secrets.
For those looking to make it a vacation, Nemocolin Woodlands resort offers a variety of packages between two distinct courses. The resort also offers a Golf Academy to bring along beginners or fine tune an experienced players’ skills. Mystic Rock Golf Course, designed by Pete Dye, recently won the Gold Medal Award from Golf Digest Magazine. Caddies are included for this course and make the experience much more rewarding and unique. Their second course, The Links, is the resorts original course, while it's not an easy course, it's the more friendly of the two and boasts eye pleasing natural scenery which also provides a natural set of hazards.