Bent Tree Golf Club

3.9468571429 3.9 stars from 5 (131)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6642 yards
  • Slope: 126
  • Rating: 71.9
  • Layout

  • 350 Bent Tree Rd, Sunbury, Ohio 43074, Delaware County
  • (740) 965-5140
  • (740) 965-2589
  • www.benttreegc.com
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Year built: 1989
Architect(s): Denis Griffiths
Type: Public
Greens: Bent Grass
Fairways: Bent Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: No tank tops or cutoffs
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Championship Tees 72 6642 yards 71.9 126
Back Tees 72 6239 yards 70.3 121
Middle Tees 72 5763 yards 67.5 118
Forward Tees (W) 72 5110 yards 69.1 119

The lush, rolling terrain occupied by Bent Tree Golf Club was sculpted into one of the most popular championship golf courses in central Ohio. Dennis Griffiths, the course's architect, seamlessly blended the design with the natural features of the landscape. The abundant natural water hazards come into play on half the holes and Griffiths strategically incorporated several well placed bunkers. The terrain's gentle undulations provide some interesting slope in the greens that place a priority on accuracy. Bent Tree Golf Club's par-4 eighth hole is especially demanding. It may be short at only 334 yards but it is surrounded by bunkers on all sides. It is followed by another tricky par 4 that requires both distance and accuracy in order to navigate the tree-lined fairway uphill to an undulating green faced with bunkers to the front and back.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.9 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.3 stars from 5
Value: 3.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.2 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 131 Reviews
5 stars:
35
4 stars:
62
3 stars:
17
2 stars:
9
1 stars:
8

recommend this course

106 out of 129 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive in the 'burbs convenient to the city   Great for advanced golfers locals seniors   Challenges include bunkers water hazards forced carries   Great for drinks patio dining 19th hole scenic views  

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"What happened to the Fairways ?"


u000001743422's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/06/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

My group loves this course,, we try to play it 3-4 times each year,, However our first round there this year was a total shock. The normally beautiful lush fairways were sparse,splotchy and appeared to be totally burnt up, and the greens all had numerous un-fixed ball marks. Whether the burnt condition was caused by chemicals or weather, didn't matter , we've played on several " cheap courses" this year that had fairways that were in much better shape. We have cancelled our plans for return trips this year and hope they recover by next year.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 09/09/2016

First of all, we thank you for the support throughout the years. After about 4 inches of rain last month, we worked backwards to get fairways back to their ideal conditions. We've already seen tremendous improvement and hope that your group will visit again in the future.


"Amazing Day of Golf on Fourth of July Weekend"


Bills453's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/03/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

From the beginning to the end our day at Bent Tree was great! It started with the surprise of getting one free beer and one free hamburger because we were golfing during the holiday weekend. Well done, Bent Tree Management, well done. The course was in beautiful shape. My dad, dad-in-law, and brother-in-law played a foursome. Never had to wait once at the tee box and never had anybody pushing us.

The starter (decked out in full Michigan gear) was a very fun guy who set the vibe that this was a course to have fun, not some stuck-up you really need to follow the rules or else kind of place. Cart girl was great...she always found us at the right time.

PSA about the course, get ready to play out of the sand. There are bunkers everywhere! Even so, it made for a very fun day of golf.

We will be back.


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


Commented on 07/07/2016

Thank you so much for the fantastic review -- we work hard to keep the course looking great and are so grateful when golfers share their experiences! We will send word of your satisfaction to our starter and cart girls, they will be thrilled to hear your feedback. Great tip on bunker play -- we pride ourselves on a challenging round and are so glad to hear your group really enjoyed it. We can't wait to have you guys back, thanks again!


"Great day for a January round and the course was in great shape."


u000002777291's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/31/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

After seeing the weather forecast for the weekend of Jan 30-31, I knew I had to go out golfing, and since I had heard that Bent Tree was open weather permitting, I couldn't pass up playing this course for $29 with a cart. The course was in excellent shape considering the recent rain/snowmelt, with the only exceptions being the bunkers, but that's beyond the ability of any groundskeepers to do anything about.

I'm not really a fan of the bunkers here to begin with. They seem more like shallow (oftentimes fairly wide# depressions in the earth with a thin layer of sand. Sadly, probably due to budgetary constraints, this seems to be more the rule than the exception at most courses, making it to the point that when I do play a course like Ohio State Scarlet who vigilantly maintain their bunkers, while I'd rather be out of the bunkers than in, I almost feel a bit giddy to be in a bunker that you can actually play proper bunker shots in.

But I digress. Once again, the course was in excellent shape for any time of the year really, better than when we went twice last July. Back then, there were some burned out patches on some of the fairways, but I noticed nothing amiss with the course today. It was definitely a thrill to be able to skip a ball over ice and onto dry land. It's not something I've ever had the chance to do, not playing in cold weather much.

This course has a nice layout, and I've played here many times so I am very familiar with it. I'm so glad they mowed the tall grass that they had between the tees and the water on the par 3 7th for a couple years. That seemed a bit punitive for players who struggle to hit the ball consistently, particularly when it's over water. The pace of play was fine, even if the group in front seemed to take twice as long as they needed to on most of the greens.

I will definitely be back here in the future. I'm just not sure if it will be this year. There are MANY course to play in the area and around the state, if you're the type who likes to have a wide variety of courses on their plate each year. I would highly recommend making this course a part of your regular rotation, as it's never disappointed #except sometimes on the scorecard).


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/24/2016

Great review! Thank you very much for taking the time to give us and golfers such great feedback. We work really hard to maintain conditions, even in the more "off" than on-season, so really appreciate your sharing. We hope you'll be back again soon this year!


"Winter golf"


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Top 500 Contributor
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/27/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

For November 27 in Ohio the day was great. 56 degrees,some wind and the course was in good condition . Leaves were blown from the course and everything was good. Head pro is a great guy.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/24/2016

Thank you for the kind words! We hope you'll be back again this Summer.


"Well maintained course"


u000004688521's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/20/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice, well maintained course. Challenging with many traps and some long 3 pars. Windy conditions on our playing date made for some tough shots.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/24/2016

Thanks for taking the time to share your review, come see us again this year!


"soggy foggy day...greens were great"


jmcgee84's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/11/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played Bent Tree the day after some rain. It was cart path only, and the entire course (except the greens) was in need of cutting. Fairway grass very long, and the rough was high with quite a lot of leaves. Greens were if very good shape, and the course was really beautiful. Craig G. is great in the Pro Shop.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/24/2016

Thank you for reviewing our course, we appreciate your feedback. I can assure you we've been working hard to maintain great conditions -- hope you'll visit again soon!


"Great Value, Good Test of Golf"


000712's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/16/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Got a Hot a Deal for $19 and couldn't pass it up. Especially since the golf season is about to end. Started just before 3pm after an outing and finished just before dark. Sure wish everyone would play ready-golf instead of thinking they are on the PGA Tour. If that was the case, our foursome would have been done an hour earlier. Overall a good experience and the course was in nice shape. Give Bent Tree a try.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Course in poor condition"


mike355n's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/26/2015
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes

Reviewed on

Bare areas in fairways, Tees chewed up.<br/> Greens mostly good.<br/> I expected much better for these prices.<br/> Shooting range or something with sporadic gunfire near 6th hole.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Good Course, Could Be Betterr"


Rhoades12's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/22/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Overall this is a decent course with some unique holes. The conditions were decent but they could do better. Most tee boxes were in rough shape and the ponds was filthy. Other then that it was fun course. The back is fairly difficult with a lot of water to work around.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Bent Tree fairways"


Mike6120376's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/22/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Bent Tree fairways are in terrible shape. I am not sure what has happened but it started late last year and is going on through this whole summer. It starts on number one and goes all the way through the golf course fairways are in bad shape very disappointed. Our group likes to play the ball down and on this golf course in the fairways especially we played lift clean and place. There were a couple spots in the rough where there was no grass so we might have to play roll them everywhere which is not the way we want to play


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Hot deal Plus"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/14/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Basically paid $20 to play the pace of play was terrible but the course was fun and played tough due to windy conditions.

Can all of you hacks do me a favor and go to the driving range and earn how to hit a ball before you try to play golf? Thanks. We all appreciate it.<br/> Gotta start somewhere I know, just don't start playing in front of me. Thanks again.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Starter shout out"


Joel3443821's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/13/2015
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Scenic, enjoyable, very well maintained course. I arrived later than I expected and was rushed to make tee time. Check-in was smooth and quick and the starter was great! Very friendly and understanding of my nervous rushed start. That's all pluses for the staff including the groundskeepers. Worth mentioning that a "hot deal" gave me a very reasonable Sunday green fee.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"On course cart girl and outdoor bartender!"


Brett6018000's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/04/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes

Reviewed on

Special thanks to Emily for the outstanding Bloody Mary's on the course from the "Bloody Mary Machine" I've got to have one! Also, thanks to Jamie W. for making our post round beverages enjoyable. Very outgoing and friendly staff. Will be going back.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Awesome Staff"


mark3611045's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/30/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Played in the Columbus Desi Golf Outing and it was run exceptionally well by the golf staff. The bev cart girl Emily was awesome. She was very attentive to our needs on the course. Always was there at the right time to provide us beverages. The bartender Jaime W was awesome as well. She had great customer service as we had a long day on the course. She was always there with our next round before we finished our current ones. What a great experience yesterday.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Great Staff. Poor course conditions."


chiro4you's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/29/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Staff was super friendly. I have played this course in the past and remember it being good. The course now is in terrible condition. The tee boxes are all torn up and the fairways are hit or miss with grass. Because I got a great deal on Golfnow, I wasn't too upset. If I would have paid full price, I wouldn't have been too happy.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Need a Ranger"


rkdick1974's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/28/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Needed a ranger to keep things moving. Our group of 3 were on the heels of 3 straight twosomes. Why 2 groups weren't paired up is beyond me. Wonderful bunkers and greens. Fairways had some dead areas but overall in nice shape.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Sad Shape"


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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/23/2015
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fairways were burnt out and the tee boxes torn up.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"What happened?"


Bill2373840's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/23/2015
Previously played

Reviewed on

I've played Bent Tree dozens of time over the past two decades and this is by far the worst shape it's been in. The tees were really bad. Large patches of no grass. Many fairways were burnt out or had no grass at all. The greens weren't too bad but had a ton of unfixed ball marks. Pace of play was quite slow and never saw a ranger. Several tees had a two group back up. Also, never saw a beverage cart until the back nine! The staff was great, friendly and helpful, but this once nice track is in need of some help!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Booking a tee time obviously doesn't matter"


wags5257's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/11/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Booked a tee time, was there extra early, and then they let a couple that just showed up go off in front of us, which pushed our tee time back, and the couple slowed down our foursome, to the point we had to wait on every shot, which backed up everyone behind us. Not a fan of letting walk ups just go off at any time. The worst part was it was a Tuesday, not even a weekend round. The tee boxes were in terrible shape, few bunkers with standing water(to be expected after the storm that went thru Monday afternoon), greens were very soft, fairways were good.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Disappointment"


jprince30's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/08/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Bent Tree has always been a highly rated course for years in central Ohio. I hadn't played in 8-10 years until yesterday. I'm okay with the rather dry conditions to conserve water which I think is an aim of the course management. That unfortunately comes at the expense of horribly maintained tees which were overly dry and badly chewed up. A nice layout but it's lost its allure. Staff was great and accommodating.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course



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