American at Bobby Jones Golf Complex

2.8235294118 2.8 stars from 5 (3)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6032 yards
  • Slope: 119
  • Rating: 69.2
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
GPS: Yes

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 | Full Scorecard

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

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 2.8 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 2.9 stars from 5
Value: 2.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.8 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 3 Reviews
5 stars:
0
4 stars:
1
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

2 out of 3 reviews


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"Without great expectations, OK for a round"


u000001730570's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/25/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Disappointing"


rockydogz's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/03/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

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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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Accommodating for All Levels of Play"


TheGolfinGuy's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/18/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

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<br/> .<br/> 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).


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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