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    The Course

The whimsical name 'Birdsfoot' gives golfers a hint of what they're about to enjoy at this great Freeport course, a Pittsburgh favorite. Where many lesser golf courses pulse with pretense, Birdsfoot's a charming gem that scores with friendly staff and great golf that'll test all skill levels.

The course features 18 distinct holes -- including four of the area's toughest par 3s -- that attract golfers from all over the tri-state area and challenge every club in the bag. Links-style holes on the front nine mingle with parkland beauties played out over rolling hills that are indifferent to bounces good and bad.

No homes mar the scenery, save for the clubhouse, an old family farmhouse, that looks like it was airlifted from the set of The Waltons.

A local artist has been commissioned to carve beguiling 'Bogeymen' into the gnarled bark of trees that line the cartpath. Grim-faced and unblinking, they're likely to be the only faces that aren't smiling at Birdsfoot.

- Chris Rodell, Golf Magazine