British at Bobby Jones Golf Complex

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3.0
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2.9
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3.4
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2.4
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 6710
Slope 125
Rating 71.7
Type Public
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6710 yards 71.7 125
White 72 6263 yards 70.0 120
Gold 72 5502 yards 66.2 114
Gold (W) 72 5502 yards 72.0 117
Red (W) 72 5352 yards 71.1 115
Scorecard for British
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Blue M: 72.1/123 395 522 413 174 402 507 392 180 409 3394 344 403 213 540 503 399 346 152 406 3306 6700
White M: 69.9/119 W: 75.9/127 358 512 380 134 338 482 374 168 399 3145 334 379 183 469 470 383 332 140 374 3064 6209
Combo M: 68.5/116 358 476 321 174 338 482 374 153 384 3060 334 313 164 469 503 331 332 140 325 2911 5971
Gold M: 66.5/114 W: 72.6/120 325 476 321 126 324 408 337 153 384 2854 322 313 164 439 416 331 310 132 325 2752 5606
Red W: 70.4/117 308 469 304 118 303 387 327 145 358 2719 310 269 156 393 402 319 243 124 284 2500 5219
Handicap 7 1 5 17 11 13 9 15 3 10 2 16 12 8 4 14 18 6
Par 4 5 4 3 4 5 4 3 4 36 4 4 3 5 5 4 4 3 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 5 3 11 17 13 9 7 15 1 10 4 16 14 8 2 12 18 6

Course Details

Year Built 1927
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Donald Ross (1927)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Reviews

2.4
9
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Handicap 5-9
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British is bad shape

lack of irrigation makes for bare fairways and aprons.. ridiculous..re-sodded greens but bumpy..challenging to make birdies from tips but not worth playing..off rotation

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing

Surly starters

I only recommend this course because it is cheap and convenient. I went as a single with a tee time. The starter had no interest in talking with me and seemed a bit overwhelmed. When it was time for me to tee off, I had to go to him and his response was " yeah, go with them " . If I hadn't asked, I'm sure I'd still be standing around waiting.as I finished on number 9, a different starter was yelling from the starters area at a couple on number 1 . Very rude and unprofessional since it seemed the people were confused about when they were up. Not surprised at the confusion.

The course was in rough shape , but still fun. It's hard to run a course with all the expense involved, but poor service is inexcusable.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Promising layout, lots of potential

First off, the layout is terrific. Lots of good holes, and the decision to go with zoysia on the greens is a good one (seen it work successfully on several courses this year). But the greens were rolling about 6 on the Stimpmeter, they were uneven and have a ways to go before they're really puttable. And I don't understand why the fairways were so hairy and the rough so deep and thick. It was difficult to find golf balls at time, much less play shots out of the rough, and considering the type of golfer that usually plays a muni, this certainly doesn't speed up play. As for the dining, if you're just looking for a beer and a snack, it certainly works, but if you want a meal, I suggest you eat somewhere else before or after your round.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Florida Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing
Fair weather
Used cart

American at Bobby Jones Golf Complex

11:00 tee time w/ wife for $17.99/ea direct thru course website. Tree lined Municipal course under water the day I played. Made for a long arduous round because cart path only. Except for the greens, when I stepped off the cart path, it was "soupy". Therefore no roll & lost distance from all shots. Had to aim for cart paths, so 2nd shots on certain holes weren't conducive to getting green in regulation. Nice lay out though. Would have enjoyed a lot more if course were better drained. Elevated medium sized greens rolling medium fast but true.Battery powered carts w/ windshield, no rain cover in back.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
1.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Being sold

Heard this was being sold with condos - explains the poor condition of course. Greens are patchy, fairways mowed but uneven. Worse course in the area.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Sad display of a Course. SHUT IT DOWN FOR NOW

In all my years playing golf I have not seen a course in this bad of shape. They told me it was aerated a week ago so I figured I knew what to expect, was I mistaken. If it wasn't for all the sand on the greens you would be putting on mold and dirt hills. The fairways resembled the median on I75. It is comical they actually charge people to play under these conditions. This course needs to be shut down. You could have the greenskeeper from Augusta National show up and it would take him 6 months to even get it to a playable condition. AVOID THIS PLACE

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing
Fair weather
Used cart

Good value

Have played this course two days in a row. Friendly staff. Good layout. Pace of play was very good - did not wait except briefly on two par 3s. Conditions were just OK - greens were a little uneven. That said, the course is good value for the money. Saw a flock of green parrots during the round which was neat. Will play again.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Half Ross

I wish to chime in following the first review and regarding the general impressions that people seem to have of this course. The original course here was designed by Donald Ross in 1925, opened June 5, 1926 as Sarasota Municipal Golf Course and Recreation Grounds (Ross' layout included a baseball diamond) and dedicated February 13, 1927 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and exhibition match featuring immortal Bobby Jones with 1500 spectators. On that day the course was renamed "Bobby Jones Golf Club". The course was NOT a "lower end" Ross design but in fact was heralded in its time as one of the premier golf courses in the South. In addition to a number of matches featuring "hometown boy" Bobby Jones (he and his parents and new bride wintered here for several seasons), the course hosted the 1935 Sarasota Open won by Johnny Revolta (leading money winner and that year's PGA Championship winner). In 1940 the Senior PGA Championship was played at BJGC. The first two "Senior PGAs" were played at Augusta National, the only Major other than The Masters ever played at Augusta. Otto Hackbarth prevailed over previous champion Jock Hutchison in a never-equaled "double playoff": the two tied after regulation play, were tied after an 18-hole playoff, and Jovial Jock won 74-75 in the second 18-hole playoff. The 1941 Senior PGA was also played at Bobby Jones Golf Club, won by U.S. Open runner-up Jackie Burke, Sr. in a runaway 7-stroke victory. The Senior PGA then moved to Donald Ross designed Dunedin Country Club, headquarters of the PGA of America for the next several decades. In 1952 nine holes were added to BJGC designed by Chicago golf architect Robert Bruce Harris. In 1954, the LPGA played its Sarasota Women's Open at BJGC. Betty Jameson won. In 1955, Bob Jones Award-winner Betsy Rawls won the tourney. The fields included every player from the first THREE classes inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. In addition to Bobby Jones and the LPGA Hall of Famers, Sam Snead played at BJGC with the famous Bauer sisters. We know that at least 10 Hall of Famers played BJGC. In 1967 a fourth nine holes were added, design by local golf architect Roy Albert Anderson. With the total number of holes at 36, the City split the Ross course into two nines and assigned the Ross FRONT nine holes 1-9 to the British Course (British 10-18) and the Ross BACK nine holes 10-18 to the American Course (American 10-18). So when you play either the American or British course at Bobby Jones Golf Club, you'll play a famous and historic Donald Ross back nine. In 1987, Florida golf architect Ron Garl renovated the American Course, including significant alterations to the original ROSS holes 10-18. A Sarasota-based not for profit, Friends of Bobby Jones Golf Club (.org) is working to promote sustainable investment to improvements at BJGC including the RESTORATION of the historic DONALD ROSS design. The course could again be one of the best in the South.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Homey Donald Ross course with big personality

Okay, so this course is one of the lower end Donald Ross courses but it's a lot of fun if you're not expecting pristine conditions. The course is not very long but there are lots of holes with big personality--some narrow holes, wide holes, and some risk/reward shots. If you're looking for a day of family fun or fun with friends on a 'homey' golf course and atmosphere, definitely give Bobby Jones G.C a shot.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
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Commented On 08/12/2014

The Bobby Jones Golf Club AMERICAN Course is a mix of two nines from different original courses. The Front Nine holes 1-9 was opened in 1967 and designed by Sarasota golf architect Roy Albert Anderson. The Back Nine holes 10-18 was opened in 1926 and dedicated by Bobby Jones in 1927: the layout is a Donald Ross design, who designed the historic 18 holes as Sarasota Municipal Golf Course and Recreation Grounds in 1925. When the 27 holes were expanded to 36 in 1967, the Ross Course was split in two. In 1987, golf architect Ron Garl renovated the American Course and significantly altered the Donald Ross design. Friends of Bobby Jones Golf Club advocates for the Ross Course reunion and restoration.

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Commented On 08/09/2014

The Bobby Jones Golf Club BRITISH Course is a mix of two nines from different original courses. The Front Nine holes 1-9 was opened in 1952 and designed by Chicago golf architect Robert Bruce Harris. The Back Nine holes 10-18 was opened in 1926 and dedicated by Bobby Jones in 1927: the layout is a Donald Ross design, who designed the historic 18 holes as Sarasota Municipal Golf Course and Recreation Grounds in 1925. When the 27 holes were expanded to 36 in 1967, the Ross Course was split in two. Friends of Bobby Jones Golf Club advocates for the Ross Course reunion and restoration.

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