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Getting To Know: Hershey Links

An Insightful Interview With Bob Kreider, Head Golf Professional

By Brian Weis

Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with Bob Kreider who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.

Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property
Set on 177 acres the Hershey Links meanders over and around many natural ravines. Golden brown fescue grasses frame virtually every hole.

If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
Hershey Links features impeccable playing conditions with bentgrass tees, fairways and greens. A spacious practice area sits between the front 9 and the back 9 and is always included with your golf. The course offers magnificent views from many tees. Keep your eyes open for the deer or fox or wild turkeys.

What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
Pay close attention to your yardage guide as you will want to be careful on yardages both to lay up to or carry one of the many ravines. The course sets high on a bluff and wind is frequently a factor.

Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
Recently named by Golfweek Magazine as the #6 "Courses You Can Play" in Pennsylvania.

What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
#2 is a medium length par four. You can lay back off the tee or be bold with a longer club. Your decision off the tee will play a factor into how challenging your 2nd shot approach will be. With water on two sides, the green appears to sit almost peninsula like in a lake. A great example on how a shorter hole can be both beautiful and challenging.

What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
#1 is a beautiful dogleg right par 5 opening hole. From a high point overlooking much of the course, the opening tee shot must find the generously wide fairway. A well struck 2nd shot must carry a 100 yard wide ravine. The 100- 140 yard 3rd shot plays into a green that slopes gently away from the player. Play close attention to the hole location marker as the green is 90 feet deep.

Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
House cured Reuben sandwich. Don't forget to check out the cobra beer tap.

Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score?
The course record is 8 under par 64. One golf professional shot a 64 twice and another golf professional did it the 3rd time. One of the 64"s included 5 consecutive birdies.

Back Tee Stats
Par: 72
Yardage: 7009
Slope: 137
Rating: 73.6

More Information
Hershey Links
101 Hanshue Road
Hummelstown, PA 17036

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About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

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