Every weekend I play golf with the girls. Our home course is Blue Ridge Country Club in Palmerton, right on the outskirts of Lehigh Valley. Two weeks ago we got the boot because it was the men's invitational so we decided to make a short trek to Jack Frost National Golf Club in Blakeslee, about 30 minutes from Lehigh Valley.

I've been hearing rave reviews of Jack Frost National, so we decided this would be a nice escape from our normal playing grounds. The tee time was booked for 10:20 a.m., the match was determined (losers buy lunch) and we were all super excited to hack up the course.

We pulled up to the temporary clubhouse and made our way to the practice area; a grass driving range, a chipping green with sand bunker and a big putting green with plenty of ridges was a preview of what we were to find on the course.

We played from the most forward tees (they have five sets, the championship tees being over 7,200 yards) and the course looked very fair from every tee. There really weren't any blind shots and the yardage book proved to give us all the information we needed as first-time players on the course. I had heard the course was a little tight, but I didn't see it; I felt the fairways were of decent size.

Even though Jack Frost is only a few years old, it felt as if we were playing on a mature golf course. The scenic views added enjoyment to our round. I think we were all amazed by hole #11, a picturesque downhill par 3 that proves challenging if your right, long or short. I would say that this is their signature hole:



For $65 on weekends (including cart), this Billy Casper Golf course is a hidden gem as it seemed as if we were the only ones on the course. And I know I'll be heading back thanks to the coupon I was emailed the day after we played.

Have you played Jack Frost National Golf Club yet?