Using a combination of star ratings from the magazine’s Best Places to Play and its Best in State rankings, Cranberry Highlands was named Pennsylvania’s top municipal golf course in the publication’s August 2009 issue and awarded four stars out of a possible five. Only the Bethpage Black course in Farmingdale, New York received a five-star rating.
Built on portions of a 335-acre farm owned by the Township in 2001 from a design by William R. Love Golf Course Architects of College Park, Maryland, Cranberry Highlands was widely praised from its opening day as a first-rate golf course. With two water hazards, 95 sand traps, and 6,513 yards from its back tees, Cranberry Highlands’ par 70 links-style course provides a challenge for golfers at every level of play.
Since its 2002 opening, Cranberry Highlands’ natural assets have been enhanced to the point that in January of 2009, Audubon International certified the golf course as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. Their certification reflects an extensive program of wildlife preservation and environmental conservation measures now in place which encompass the entire facility.