I walked Inniscrone and have talked to Gil about Inniscrone (not on a pod).
For the public it should be a course everyone visits in the greater PA area. I go see a lot of courses that are in this price range, Inniscrone is one of the few modern courses with a design pedigree. The course had financial troubles and it killed the potential for the course to be a “highly regarded” private venue.
It’s a bit in the sticks but it’s a great piece of ground with a really good design. There have been a few holes altered for public play. In the end, it’s a bit sad - a course 10 years into a 50 year slide that you see with a lot of public Ross courses. Can still see the bent grass from where the fairway used to extend to.
Saw a bunch of public courses that trip to Philly and have a future article planned for it but here’s a short version
Lulu - awesome spot every public golfer within 100 miles should go see. Some really cool Donald Ross stuff there. Did an article on it here: https://thefriedegg.com/a-rossy-vacation-lulu-country-club/
Jeffersonville - Another Ross course in the Philly area that’s under $50. There are about 12 original holes out there. Every city should have a place like Jeffersonville
Paxon Hollow - This was my gem find of the trip. Its an old short 18 hole golf course filled with quirk on a great piece of land. Gil Hanse’s design partner Jim Wagner is friends with the pro from high school and has been doing pro-bono work at Paxon for years.
A little west of Philly
Galen Hall - Findlay/Tillinghast/Gordon course - they had a brutal summer of weather and need some serious help with drainage. That being said, I would go there in a heartbeat, especially if the area has had a nice 2 week string of weather. The Moat Hole alone is worth the green fee. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psfAs4WobDA
Reading CC - Alex Findlay course - This place has so much potential but much like Galen Hall has had a year of weather. It’s in desperate need of a chainsaw but it’s an incredible piece of land for a golf course. If you can see past scruffy, it’s a real gem.
Manor GC - Right down the street from Galen Hall, it’s a quirky old course worth seeing. Lots of charm and a nice piece of land.
One I didn’t see while out there that I wanted to was Berkeley Hills.
All these courses besides Lulu are less than $50 to play and you can see some unique stuff. I wish Chicago had this much good affordable public golf.