Bacon Park Golf Course

2.7857000000 2.8 stars from 5 (56)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6284 yards
  • Slope: 121
  • Rating: 71.0
  • Layout

  • Shorty Cooper Dr, Savannah, Georgia 31406, Chatham County
  • (912) 354-2625
  • (912) 354-9758
  • www.baconparkgolf.com
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Year built: 1926
Architect(s): Donald Ross (1926)
Type: Public
Greens: Bermuda
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - $19
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Donald Ross 71 6284 yards 71.0 121
Blue 71 6025 yards 69.1 116
White 71 5471 yards 66.3 111
Red 71 4760 yards 67.1 112

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 2.8 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.0 stars from 5
Value: 3.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.6 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.7 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 56 Reviews
5 stars:
7
4 stars:
15
3 stars:
12
2 stars:
3
1 stars:
19

recommend this course

30 out of 55 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city   Great for beginners   Challenges include bunkers water hazards undulating greens  

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"Summer needs to get here"


uARQX1070AR's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

This is my second time to play Bacon Park. I love the layout, some tough par 4s on the back into the wind, a long par 3 and some easy 4s sprinkled in.

The problem is the disparity of the condition of the 18 I played and the nine "inner" holes that make up the course. The fairways in the regular 18 are dormant, grassless, etc. yet the 9 holes that are less played are green and obviously fertilized.

The greens are rolling well and fast and put an emphasis on your short game. Miss the green in the wrong places and you have a combination of no lie and the fast greens. Don't have a problem with the greens but can't understand the fairways. Other courses around Savannah are much, much greener.

The sun and warmer temperatures need to get here fast.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



u000005575632's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Bacon Park"


Benwicker1975's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/06/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The reviews are right on. This course is a bit rough now, but they are working on getting it back to true Donald Ross standards. The staff was fertilizing, cutting back brush, blowing leaves, etc. It's only a matter of time before it's going to be more fun to play. Tee to green it's a pretty easy, straight forward course, but the greens and surrounding areas were very difficult to judge-speedy, a bit hard, and tough to read. I would have to play more to get used to it.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Good Experience"


u207310463's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/27/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

As other reviewers have said this course is wide open; but that doesn't mean it's easy for most golfers. Miss a fairway or green on the wrong side and par becomes a real challenge. The course conditions were good for this time of year and should get a lot better with the spring green up. The greens were fast and challenging with lots of knolls & valleys. The layout is unusual in that the front 9 doesn't end at the clubhouse, but that shouldn't keep anyone from playing this course. There's a restroom near the 6th hole. The staff members were cordial and helpful. I enjoyed my round and will come back for more.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"DON'T GO OVER THE GREEN"


TERRY7272's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/27/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A true Donald Ross test. All greens are elevated and well trapped. Greens are fast and very undulating. Some pins are very tough as they are placed on crowns ....the maintenance staff is a somewhat sadistic. That is my only complaint ...quite a few placements a just unfair. Fairways will not be green and softer until April.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Bacon Park"


David4489253's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/24/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Ive seen mixed reviews for this place but I really enjoyed it. If you just focus on the course and not its surroundings its a very enjoyable day. The use of the word "park" is very fitting, as the course is essentially just a large flat plot of land. Most holes are wide open, but if you find yourself off the fairway, you will likely be blocked be trees or have no angle to the green, so it becomes harder to score. Also, the back 9 is classic ross with elevated greens, so scoring can get tricky from 50 yards and in, if you had to lay up. Look out for #17, a 225 yard par 3. Overall, a fun course and one I would def play w my friends if I was a local.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course



u241117302's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/24/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Room for improvement"


Mark9131519's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/20/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is a Donald Ross renovation. As a municipal it is impressive that they spent the money on redesign but there is much room for improvement as the fairways were packed down with little fluff. Perhaps owing to the time of year but at times it felt that you were hitting off paved surfaces. Maybe more aeration and a little water? Greens were true but several had damage in spots that made the normal true and consistent roll impossible. Fringe area allowed you to putt rather than risk chips from the hard surfaces ala Kaymer at Pinehurst. Pace of play was very slow. We saw a marshall twice but our round on this not long at all course was over four and a half hours considering the wide fairways and matted down rough made for long waits. The par fives were really par 4.5's which also slowed play. The clubhouse is in need of renovation as its age is showing. Given Savannah is close to Hilton Head and this is a Ross an investment in to better conditioning it would make it a nice off island get away to an old style course - if not for the greens alone if they are pristine. Bunkers needed more work and sand for consistency. A little more investment in time and money could make this a destination and focal point. A positive was seeing pros instructing youth on the game and it would serve them better to play on a course that would make their experience addictive to the game.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 03/06/2017

Wholeheartedly agree with reviewer's assessment of Bacon Park. Don't understand how the course could win award for redesign. This layout can't compare to the near-pristine course conditions of the southside's La Vida.


"#3 Most improved course 2016"


u902844690's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/14/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

This is a municipal course that was largely forgotten until 4 years ago. Traditional Donald Ross lay out with wide flat fairways graceful live oaks and a minimum of houses on only 2 holes.Driving range open late.Staff has worked hard to rebuild it with much clearing of overgrown areas.

Just as you are thinking "pretty easy" as you near the greens in 2 ( most are elevated) the possibility of birdie or par disappears.FAST greens,some large some small,rolling in every direction...And did I mention the elevation?Suddenly you're facing a 3 putt....Lots of fun and worth playing.Will only get better.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Bacon park getting better"


u4748205's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/07/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played Bacon Park today. The course is well maintained and the greens were smooth. It would be nice to have a map of course on the scorecard or posted on cart like other courses do. Speed of play was better today than in the past.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Getting better all the time."


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/03/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Friendly staff, laid back and fun place to play. Worth every penny and they are constantly working to get this track back to glory.

I try to play there as often as possible, just so they can keep up the great work!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Greatr for beginners"


ron3487's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/18/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is wide open plenty of room to recover from errant shots. For me it was kind of boring and not really enjoyable. be a great place to learn other than fairways and greens are really hard pan. Might be better once rains come and every thing greens up but right now I would not play again.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Easy


I don't recommend this course


"Slowwww....."


raynelson23's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/11/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First off, course conditions were just okay. Layout was nothing special and besides the greens the course was not very well maintained. Aside from that, I would not recommend playing this course on weekdays as the pace was considerably slow...two sets of foursomes waiting at each tee box! I left early, usually I would stay and stick it out, but I only paid $14 which was the saving grace to the day. Oh and the staff was great as well...cheers


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Bacon Park Ross 18"


1johnemmettoneilsr's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/05/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great conditions, a real test of your putting skills. Saw a bald eagle flying around, very cool.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Greens are great"


jamead's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/28/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens are in great condition and very fast.

Had not played here for a couple of years. Made a T time through golfnow. Great value for the money.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Awesome staff"


AlfredB8288148's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/26/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time I've played this course in about 10 years. Staff was incredibly helpful and nice. Course was much better than I remembered. Greens quick and tricky with lots of contour. Really enjoyed the new changes.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"New layout"


Dwight7989264's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/01/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

New layout is much better for the average player. Easier.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Ready golf"


Newlife1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/04/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The pace of play and the new layout was prestine


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


"Horrible!!!!!!"


SavannahBill's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/19/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Bacon Park is the worst course I've ever played in my 65 years of golfing. The course conditions are deplorable. Fairways are devoid of grass, tee boxes besides being mostly rock hard dirt are impossible to get a tee into, and the greens are like asphalt. This redone Donald Ross layout would make the original architect turn over in his grave. The only saving grace is the friendly, helpful clubhouse staff and starter. I played Bacon Park in late March and it was bad...but not as bad as it is now.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Easy


I don't recommend this course


"Course Needs Lots Of Work"


SavannahBill's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/23/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 9 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Surprisingly, the sand traps were well maintained but the fairways and greens were like concrete. The starter/ranger, Bill Whalen, was very cordial and helpful. He made it a point to check on our foursome several times to make sure we weren't having any difficulties. The gentleman who checked us in was very pleasant with a great sense of humor. Unfortunately, we were expecting pristine conditions from O.C. Welch Golf Properties and were sadly disappointed. Maybe later in the year things will improve dramatically. Our group only played 9 holes and the ninth hole is a very long way from the clubhouse That doesn't seem like a wise course design..


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course



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