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Hi-Level, Where Golf Is MORE Fun!

Featured in Golf Business Magazine, a publication of the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA), Hi-Level Golf Course is a third-generation family business located in rural Western Pennsylvania. After 56 years in continuous ownership by the Hess family, the course retains its historic charm and design, while keeping up with the newest golf innovations. Hi-Level introduced Golf Boards for rent this year, and last year offered the more fitness-oriented players a complete Soccer Golf Course.

Described as “laid-back,” “well-maintained”, “user-friendly”, “the best greens in Eastern U.S.”, Hi-Level was the first public 18-hole golf course in Clarion County. The course was constructed on the site of Fern City, an oil boom town with a population of 600 in 1885. In 1954, Edward Hess, a prominent oil and gas producer, and the current owners’ grandfather, purchased several tracts of rugged land. His main reason for the purchase was to improve the land in order to explore possible remaining oil reserves. Although not a golfer himself, Hess wanted to find out if others would enjoy playing the game on the newly developed land.

Hi-Level Developed from One Man’s Imagination into Local Favorite: Today’s new additions echo founder Ed Hess’s original intention of building a course where golf was FUN. The fairways are wide, the roughs are kept short, and the greens are some of the best in the area.

“If you did a survey of the people in the area, I bet more than 90% have learned to play at Hi-Level,” says co-owner and manager Mindy Hess.

From oil field to farm to golf course, Hi-Level has emerged from one man’s imagination into a recreation facility enjoyed by thousands and operated by three generations of the Hess family.

Thank you for your business.

Hess Family

Hess Family of Hi-Level Golf Course
Dad and Grandpa with the Gilmores

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