American at Bobby Jones Golf Complex

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2.8
Value
2.9
Layout
3.3
Friendliness
3.8
Pace
3.4
Amenities
2.9
70.6%
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3.0
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3.0
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3.0
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3.0
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3.0
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4.0
100.0%
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About

Holes 18
Par 71
Length 6032
Slope 119
Rating 69.2
Type Public
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 71 6032 yards 69.2 119
White 71 5422 yards 66.6 114
White (W) 71 5422 yards 71.0 126
Gold (W) 71 4773 yards 67.6 113
Gold 71 4773 yards 63.8 103
Red (W) 71 4308 yards 64.3 104
Scorecard for American
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: 69.6/119 385 400 312 143 360 464 411 188 460 3123 322 496 308 166 379 402 152 323 357 2905 6028
White M: 67.0/114 W: 72.0/122 363 359 276 136 349 443 380 174 406 2886 268 448 277 144 358 383 121 297 299 2595 5481
Gold M: 64.9/109 W: 69.4/115 318 318 268 101 297 393 364 149 383 2591 246 428 266 122 330 369 109 259 273 2402 4993
Red W: 65.9/106 267 306 224 83 267 354 300 121 367 2289 213 395 237 84 260 339 88 206 248 2070 4359
Handicap 6 8 14 18 10 12 2 16 4 11 5 13 15 3 1 17 9 7
Par 4 4 4 3 4 5 4 3 5 36 4 5 4 3 4 4 3 4 4 35 71
Handicap (W) 10 12 16 18 6 8 4 14 2 9 7 13 17 3 1 15 11 5

Course Details

Year Built 1927
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Donald Ross (1927) Ron Garl (1987)

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

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Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
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Windy weather
Used cart

Without great expectations, OK for a round

Staff friendly, but course definitely needs some TLC. Appears they are considering a major rebuild which would be great. Could be a premier area courses(s) with central location and some major improvement. Fairways are thin, greens bumpy.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing

Disappointing

Hello,

This was my first time playing the American course and the number of bare spots on the fairways was very disappointing. The sand traps were very inconsistent and half the rakes should be replaced. The greens were good, but a little slow compared to other courses I play. Overall, I play quite a few courses I feel are a better value with courses in much better condition.

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Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 50 Contributor
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Accommodating for All Levels of Play

The American Course plays 6,032 yards to a par of 71 and carries a course rating of 69.6 with a slope of 119. It’s very popular among women and seniors and combines gently rolling fairways and terrain with sparkling lakes and a stream that meanders throughout the layout. Although only four tee boxes show up on the scorecard, a set of “hybrid” tees have been added and is very popular among the men’s leagues at Bobby Jones. To use the hybrid tees, just play from the yardage circled in red on the scorecard on each hole. There are also square green tee markers on each tee box to help out. According to my calculations, the hybrid tees play 5,543 yards. With all of these yardages to choose from, the American Course has a yardage that can accommodate golfers of all skill levels and abilities . Just because of its short length, don’t let the American Course lull you into thinking it’s a pushover. Remember that meandering stream I mentioned? It comes into play on a minimum of 5 holes; more if you spray it. Take number 9 for example, a par 5 that plays a mere 460 from the back tees. The stream comes into play here and to drive it, you would need to carry it at least 290 yards, so for most, that’s not an option. Should you hit a good drive and decide to go for the green in two, it will require a pinpoint approach shot; anything right is likely to find the water and left will find trees. In the words of Head Professional Christian Martin, “you can make 3 here, but you can just as easily make 7.” Number 11 is the only hole on the American course that requires a substantial amount of carry over water from the back tees. The fairway narrows in the landing area of your layup shot. Long ball hitters that are tempted to go for the green it two face some very penal pot bunkers short of the green in the middle of the fairway as do others who hit approach shots short. The green is small with more sand right. Number 14 is one of the longer par 4s on the American Course at 379 yards. It’s a slight dogleg left, so a draw off the tee will go a long way in doing well. Anything too far left and you’re either OB or in the woods; right and there’s a good chance you’re wet. The approach shot is to a small, postage stamp green with water right and sand left. It’s another hole that you may want to leave the driver in the bag. In the near future, I think you’ll see big changes at The Bobby Jones Golf Club. I can foresee them building a new clubhouse and working out of a trailer for a year or so while a new one is built. The golf courses themselves are in good condition and a great value for the price. According to a recent article in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, a city-appointed study committee recommended $14.5 million in capital improvements, including a do-over of both courses, a new clubhouse and a player development/teaching center. The task force also suggested that greens fees be increased by an average of $7.50 a round, a small price for golfers to pay for such big improvements. Both regulation courses at the Bobby Jones Golf club offer golfers of all levels and abilities a fair test of golf. Granted, they may not be the toughest courses around, but no one here is looking to win the US Open either. What Bobby Jones offers is a well-kept municipal course, with a very friendly staff and reasonable rates. The food at the snack bar is good and the beer is cold. If you’re showing up to play for the first time, there are a number of hospitable groups for both men and women and someone’s bound to invite you to play. For more information, visit them online at www.BobbyJonesGolfClub.com or give them a call at (941) 365-GOLF (4653).

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
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