I have a secret. And I’m not even sure that I want to share it because it could ruin everything for me.
Imagine having your own private golf course 10 minutes from your house, and three minutes from work. You also have free access to a putting and chipping area, a driving range, and a PGA teaching pro there that gives reasonably priced lessons. It’s easily walkable, and get this: on most days I’m the only one on the course. I literally have the place to myself. I don’t keep score, I’m there to practice for my usual Saturday death match with my buddy Scott.
Millcreek Golf & Learning Center lies within touchdown distance of Erie International Airport. The original course was built on a former toxic waste site that was cleaned up and donated to the township and opened as a 9-hole course in 2002. Unfortunately, the course was closed in 2011 due to the expansion of the airport which ate into half of the holes. It sat dormant until 2017 when it was redesigned as a six-hole course.
I started playing there in earnest a few years ago, and even though it’s only six holes it’s perfect: I can go after work, walk six holes for exercise, work on my game, and be finished in 45 minutes. Nobody in front of me, nobody behind me. Total cost? Seven bucks.
The course layout can be a little confusing, so I created this course layout from Google Earth. The yardages are approximate as I used the measuring tool on Google Earth. But unless you’re an extremely long hitter, you can use your driver on every hole except the par-3 third hole.
If you’re going:
- Sometimes the clubhouse door is locked and you have to go find the pro on the range to pay.
- They have several nice pull-carts for rent for $3.00
- They do have two electric carts. The pro is usually using one, and the other one is pretty slow-moving.
- They have a few ball-washers on the course which are usually dry. Bring a wet towel to clean your clubs and golf balls.
- On any given day, you might just have to putt through a lot of goose poop. That’s one thing I wish they could take care of, like raking the greens a few times a day.
- The sand traps aren’t maintained, more like waste areas. No rakes.
- They do have rental clubs. These aren’t brand-new pro shop clubs.
- It’s a great place to watch airplanes taking off and landing right over your head. LOL I love it.
With all of that being said, it’s a great resource for working on your game and getting some exercise for a very reasonable price.