Whispering Oak at Verandah

4.4742000000 4.5 stars from 5 (194)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7214 yards
  • Slope: 142
  • Rating: 74.5
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
No. 1 72 7214 yards 74.5 142
No. 2 72 6589 yards 72.5 138
No. 3 72 6348 yards 71.2 135
No. 4 72 6014 yards 69.6 129
No. 4 (W) 72 6014 yards 75.1 138
No. 5 (W) 72 5310 yards 70.8 125

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.6 stars from 5
Value: 4.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 194 Reviews
5 stars:
115
4 stars:
59
3 stars:
18
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

178 out of 193 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive convenient to the city near the airport   Great for advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views playing multiple courses   Challenges include undulating greens bunkers water hazards   Great for drinks patio dining  

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Reviews


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Type of Golfer
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"Fantastic"


Anthonyzarro's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/16/2021
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Loved the course and can't wait to go back. Challenging but fair and the greens rolled perfect.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"2nd time was even bettter...."


Theperfectround's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/24/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

Since my first review, I took the time to read some others and I am in complete disagreement with those that complained about being harassed about the pace of play. Admittedly did not play the Machismo tees but moved up one to the #2 tees that are sloped at 138 and have a par rating of 72+. It plays about 6600 from there and our 4some did it in 4 hours and 5 minutes, with all scoring at or under our < 10 handicaps.

As for the staff, one of the best in SW Florida. Said it n the other post and I will say it again. I personally enjoy the Oaks course over the Orange course but having played both in a two week period they are equally groomed and you can't miss on either one when the reopen the Oaks after they maintenance break.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



wpilon2017's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/17/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Lesser quality of the two tracks!"


GSPostalian's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/08/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Our preference would have been to play Old Orange, as it is the better (much) of the two tracks at Verandah, Whispering Oak provides an enjoyable (just okay) experience, as it is set in somewhat of a less visually appealing environment. As this is an affiliated club as part of the Pacific Links Golf network and the price was too good to pass on, especially during high season, we designated to play the Whispering Oaks course. Oh well, maybe next time!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



andymeili's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/26/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



TroyTyler's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/05/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Longball"


spantry's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/29/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Enjoyable round. Course in nice condition. Greens small and tricky have to really concentrate on the line.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Underwhelming"


emmandken's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/21/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Although I most of the reviews for Whispering Oaks are above average, I found it no better than average. The course conditions were good and greens rolled true, but the design variety was boring. I've played lots of courses in the area and this course does not distinguish itself from others. It may be a Nicklaus, but you could only recognize 1/3 of the greens and a few holes as Nicklaus. Would play elsewhere for the money.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Amazing"


u000001299983's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/05/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

From the staff to the course 5 star. This is a must play!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Course"


Randy1079971's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/28/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Course is in great shape right now with a nice variety of holes. Wide fairways but a miss in certain spots will leave you with a obstructed second. Greens are challenging. Overall one of the top courses in the area. Highly recommend!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great opportunity!"


twoblindrefs's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/18/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is great to play! Enjoyed a round on Wednesday, scheduled a 2nd round for Thursday while on the 12th tee box! Played in 330-4hrs both days. Great course, fantastic conditions. Once you know where to hit it, a course you can score on. Play the correct tees! Lots of options.......have fun!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Nice Course"


Werner1000's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/13/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I've played Verandah numerous times - I always find it a tricky but fair test. Generous fairways and not overly long - but tough greens with defined shelves/targets. The course was in as-good-a-shape as I'd ever seen when played in August - fairways were lush and the greens were excellent - although I wish they cut them a little quicker. Starter is always friendly. There really isn't a signature hole, but overall - a very nice course in SW FL.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Monotonous but great shape."


Jim3431777's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/10/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great shape and great staff. Layout monotonous- many holes look the same. Still worth it.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"A Gem"


Larry5873055's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/06/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

What a fabulous course. Generous fairways and testing greens. A must play if you're in the area.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"definitely one to revisit"


georgekkl's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is one of the nicest courses to play - great set up and was nice and quiet - would love to play this one again when we return to the area.

greens were a nice speed and course in great shape


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course, Great value"


Anthony1099138's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Since my wife and I started playing golf together and traveling, I have really started paying attention to the reviews people leave. This is the first one i have ever left because this place deserves it! We almost passed on playing here because of so few reviews! That would have sucked for us!

This course is FANTASTIC!! the fairways are perfect and wide enough to forgive a slightly errard shot. Green were soft and fast. You could put from 6ft-8ft off the green. Tee boxes and sand trips were well taken care of as well. It was a very hot day but were well taken care of by the cart girl we saw 4 times in our round and by the restrooms on the course that hard ice machines and water.

Do yourself a favor and play this course, but remember to take your plastic because the don't accept cash!! Yeah, not even the cart girl.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Verandah"


u000006605971's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/11/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course. Greens are fast and fair. Fairways are wide and the rough is short


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Excellent course"


u000006641442's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/25/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We played the course every November the last 5 years, the conditions especially the greens are outstanding. What changed this year, is that guests are obviously 2nd class subjects. It is a private club though so mayb understandable. We booked originally a 12:09 teetime. Then we got an email that we got set back to a 12:36 teetime. In this time of the year that matters especially as we had to play behind very slow clubmembers that lost the group in front. No marshall to see! So it was nearly sunset as we finished. That was not that nice. Other people from canada we met this holidays told us they experienced it the same severall times now. Booking an earlier teetime get confirmation and finally had to play later. Unacceptable. Its sad as we love (!) this course.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 12/04/2015

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review-we appreciate the feedback. We sincerely apologize for the change to your tee time. Our guests take the same precedence as our members and we apologize if we did not give that feeling. Please don't hesitate to contact us directly if you have any other questions or concerns.


"great place to play"


londres1's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/24/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

excellent in all aspect I wish they wood have more tee time and less costly after christmas


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Golf at verandah"


Badger123's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/13/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have played here many times before. Never a disappointment. Beautiful facility and service.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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