My father-in-law and I are planning a road trip in late October to Pittsburgh. We have tickets to a Steelers-Giants game and are thinking about getting in a round on Saturday afternoon and early Sunday morning. Any courses you can steer us to that won’t break the bank?
Terry Duane, Cranford, N.J.
The Pittsburgh area’s best public course is Olde Stonewall (724-752-4653, oldestonewall.com), 35 miles north of downtown. From the tips it’s tougher than Bill Cowher’s jaw. Best of all, since the big game takes place after October 22, you’ll pay just $100 instead of $160.
On game day, try Pittsburgh National (724-265-4800, pittsburghnationalgolfclub.com), in Gibsonia, a few miles north of town. Formerly known as Deer Run, it tumbles through wooded terrain. You’ll pay $36 to walk and $50 to ride. That leaves enough for a few beers at Heinz Field.
I will be heading to the Big Easy in late October. Any suggestions?
Joshua Mullin, via e-mail
If you can tear yourself away from the charms of the French Quarter, try Audubon Park ($30-$40; 504-212-5290, auduboninstitute.org). Don’t let the numbers fool you: even at 4,220 yards, par-62, it’s a good test. Best of all, it takes just three hours to play.
I am going for training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center near Brunswick, Georgia. I’m hoping to play golf on the weekends and am looking for courses within an hour and around $100 or less. What are the best options?
Ryan Maring, Hudsonville, MI