Recent Golf Course Reviews


ColinSucksAtGolf
Hillsboro, OR
2 Reviews
Gold Hills Country Club of Redding, CA
  
Couldn't have picked a more beautiful day to play this great course in Redding, California. Each hole is loaded with character. Was in solid shape even after torrential rain that's unusual for the area. I could tell this course was in a recovery state, but even then it's still a good challenge. Price was a little steep considering the season. Pro shop had a great selection of equipment and refreshments. Driving range and practice green also in good shape.

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Date Played: February 26, 2017 | Cost: $69


localgolfer
Owings Mills, MD
62 Reviews
Horrible golf experience.
Rude employees. Tree limbs and sticks throughout the course. Rocks in the traps. Tee boxes full of broken tees and trash.
Winter rate CLEARLY shown on their website as $30.00 will cost $37.00 when they bend you over with their fake " bait and switch" BS pricing system. The last time I checked, February was in the winter.
Never again!

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Date Played: February 21, 2017


ben
Waterford, CT
3 Reviews
Blue Heron Pines of Punta Gorda, FL
  
interesting round, nice staff

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Date Played: January 4, 2017 | Cost: $25


wayne.allyn
70 Reviews
  
Cute little pitch and putt, par 3 that can give you a taste of what the courses are like at Bandon Dunes complex. 13 holes of down and uphill shots, and fast undulating greens. Perfect for a pre-round warm-up or a post-round cool-down. Located next to the Pacific Dunes pro shop.

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Date Played: January 4, 2017 | Cost: $75.00


wayne.allyn
70 Reviews
  
Of all the Bandon Dunes courses, personally, I like this one the best. I played from the 5,600 yard markers, and felt guilty, almost, when I was so much further forward than the tips, but it's a lot more fun when you play from a yardage that fits your ability. There's enough strategic considerations to keep you looking at the yardage book for a couple minutes on every tee box, but again, it makes the game a lot more fun when you can aim (or try) for a landing area that is conducive to the next shot. Tight lies are the key words on all the courses at Bandon Dunes, so make sure you can hit the big ball first. Otherwise, keep it on the ground by using a putting driver, pitching wedge, and your putter. You'll score a lot better if you do. As usual, the staff was friendly, accommodating, and helpful.

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Date Played: December 30, 2016 | Cost: $75.00


wayne.allyn
70 Reviews
  
Bandon Trails is a half coast line, half forest track...mostly forest. I played from the 6,200 yard tees and the course took my name and then some. Navigating the course on foot is not for the faint of heart. The track lives up to it's name with some steep trails going up, and down, to and from tee boxes. Multiple elevation changes mark the course which also provide much of the character. At one point on the course, they actually have a guy with a buggy to take you up to one of the tee boxes.
Undulating fairways and fast, multi-level greens make for some strategic contemplation on where you want to place your shots. It's your favorite hilly course...on steroids.
Wonderful little snack shack conveniently located on the course.

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Date Played: December 29, 2016 | Cost: $75.00


wayne.allyn
70 Reviews
  
Pacific Dunes is 18 holes of prime coast line golf. There is a picture every time you take a step. The off-season specials are some of the best prices for golf of this quality. Tight lies demand crisp, precise ball striking or you can easily chunk your shot. Approach shots require accuracy or the ball could roll off the green and into a bunker. Bunkers are strategically placed for your "enjoyment." Great facility with a pro shop that is stocked with all the keepsakes you need. The head pro and the rest of the staff is friendly and accommodating, Marshals are staged throughout the course to keep you on pace.

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Date Played: December 28, 2016 | Cost: $75.00


wayne.allyn
70 Reviews
Watson Ranch Golf Course of Coos Bay, OR
  
Watson Ranch is a hidden gem. This course has lots of character. Part of the course is parkland/links style and the rest winds up, in, and around the surrounding mountains. Numerous water features make for great views and interesting play in the woods part of the course. Small creeks run parallel and across the flat-land holes making strategic shots necessary. Several holes with elevated tees make fun dowwnnn-hill shots to small tight greens, and holes have elevated greens that make your approach shot interesting. Almost every green has undulations, or different tiers to make putting a welcome challenge. In a nut-shell, this course is just plain fun to play. The staff is friendly and accommodating, especially William. The restaurant wasn't open when I was there, but they started up the grill anyway and fixed me a bacon cheese burger that was delicious. They have a great practice area with full driving range, and putting and chipping area. Only 25 minutes away from the Bandon courses, this is a must play course when you are in the area. In fact, I'd say it's as much a destination course as any other Bandon tracks.

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Date Played: December 26, 2016 | Cost: $40.00


thegolfinguy
Lakeland, FL
10 Reviews
Kingsway Country Club of Lake Suzy, FL
  
Kingsway Country Club – A Must Play, From Sarasota To Naples

If you’re looking to play a great golf course with a country club feel at daily fee rates, I suggest giving Kingsway Country Club in Lake Suzy, FL. The course is conveniently located less than a mile from I-75 just off exit 170, minutes away from Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte, an area of the state that is very popular for both retirement and relocation.

The first thing you see when you arrive at the property is the clubhouse, an 18,000-square foot Old Florida style building with a lot of class. Inside is a large grille room with multiple large, flat screen TVs to catch all your favorite sporting events, a game room and a very elegant dining room, where you can have an intimate dinner party for that special someone or host a gala event. Kingsway’s outside verandah is also a great place to relax and enjoy a cold one after your round.

Before your round, you owe it to your golf game to warm up on Kingsway’s spacious driving range. Here you’ll find an unlimited supply of range balls, an excellent short game area with a chipping green and practice bunker and a massive practice green. You will find that the practice facility is as meticulously maintained as the golf course; you may just feel like spending the day on the range.

Kingsway Country Club originally opened in 1976 and in 2005 went through a complete redesign by golf course architects Ron Garl and Chip Powell. From the back tees, the course plays 7,001 yards with a course rating of 75.0 and a slope of 137. With six sets of tees to choose from, golfers of all abilities can play from a yardage they are comfortable with. I found that Tee No. 3 (6,129/71.6/131) provided a very fitting challenge.

One of the nice things about this course is the proximity of the greens to the next tee box, a fancy way of saying this course is easy to walk. And many players take full advantage of that, especially during the season. Even with walkers, it’s still easy to get around the course in a little more than 4 hours.

Memorable Holes
Favorite Hole: Number 12, 335 yards (Tee Number 3): When Ron Garl redesigned the Kingsway Country Club course, he totally redesigned Number 12. What you have now is a short par 4 that demands accuracy off the tee and then forces you to carry the green on your approach. There is a large waste area down the left side which ends as the fairway starts to slope downward. Off the tee, carry the waste area where it meanders into the fairway and avoid the two pot bunkers on the right, and you’ll leave yourself a short pitch shot to a small, elevated green surrounded in front by sand. Although this is the shortest par 4 on the course, it is by no means a pushover.

Favorite Par 3: Number 16, 144 yards (Tee Number 3). The key to doing your best on this hole is to hit a high tee shot that lands soft and sticks. The first order of business off the tee is to clear the water and carry the bunker that fronts the green. With the green being so shallow, only a lofty tee shot will stop short of the bunker behind the green. A delicate tee shot can translate into a low score.

Favorite Par 4: Number 6, 374 yards (Tee Number 3). Number 6 offers an interesting risk/reward opportunity. With the fairway sloping from left to right, a drive that carries the left edge of the bunker will be greatly rewarded and take full advantage of the slope. Hit this shot, and you’ll be left with a short iron approach shot. If the bunker is too much to carry, play down the left side of the fairway to have the best line into a green that is heavily protected on the right side by sand and water. Another solid golf hole.

Favorite Par 5: Number 15, 509 yards (Tee Number 3). This three-shot, par 5 is Kingsway’s signature hole and for most players, it’s a 3-shot hole. That is, unless you crush your tee shot, then you may be tempted to go for it. To do that, not only will you need the drive of your life, you’ll have to hit a long, high approach shot that carries a second lake. Most players should opt to play their layup shot towards the fairway bunker on the left to avoid the waste area on the right side. Then, your approach shot is to an elevated green fronted by two bunkers. The putting green has a lot of undulation and can prove to be tricky. Make par or better and you’ve done well.

Last Word: This place has private club written all over it. From the elegance of the clubhouse, to the friendliest and most professional staff in the area, to the highly manicured grounds and golf course, non-members should consider themselves lucky to have the opportunity to play this track. Fairway divots are and filled with sand, sand bunkers are meticulously raked, and the areas around waterways are neatly trimmed. You’ll feel bad if you don’t repair your ball marks.

Many holes are well bunkered in front, forcing you to take enough club and carry your approach shot onto the green. This may make it more difficult for seniors, who prefer to bump and run the ball onto the green. Layup shots on par 5 holes need to avoid either water or sand, adding a certain level of accuracy necessary to score well on these holes. Two of the par 5s require a carry over water, but if you’re playing from the tees that best suit your handicap, it shouldn’t be a problem.

The TifEagle greens are amazing – fast and true. The subtle undulations and long, sweeping breaks on a few keep you honest on the putting green.

In addition to great golf, Kingsway Country Club is also the perfect venue for weddings, banquets, business meetings, and parties. Memberships are also available and Kingsway is unique with their various dues structures. Their ultimate equity membership includes unlimited golf with cart, unlimited use of the practice facilities, club storage and handicap service. There are also a variety of other memberships, such as a “pay as you play" program that has become very attractive to the local business community. Social and Dining memberships are also available. Call J.B. Belknap at 941-625-9827 Ext.5 or email him jbbelknap@kingswaycountryclub.com to learn more about all the options.

To learn more about Kingsway Country Club or to set up a tee time, give them a call at 941-625-9827 or visit their website: www.kingswaycountryclub.com. Kingsway was once an exclusively private club, but economic changes forced them to allow a limited amount of outside play. Sooner or later, membership is going to be back at a level that will allow them to be private again. My advice is to play it while you can. Or better yet, join!

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Date Played: December 6, 2016


stuart
Rochester, MA
2 Reviews
  
best walking course in the area

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Date Played: November 26, 2016 | Cost: $27