Hammock Beach Resort - The Conservatory Course

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4.6
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5 Stars
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4 Stars
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Conditions
4.7
Value
3.9
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
5.0
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.6
99.2%
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4.0
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4.0
Value
3.0
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5.0
Pace
3.0
Amenities
3.0
StaffFriendliness
5.0
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4.3
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Conditions
4.7
Value
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4.7
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
5.0
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7776
Slope 150
Rating 78.2
Type Resort/Private
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7776 yards 78.2 150
Gold 72 7300 yards 76.0 145
Blue 72 6792 yards 73.8 140
White 72 6271 yards 71.3 132
Green 72 5995 yards 70.1 127
Green (W) 72 5995 yards 75.3 137
Red 72 5235 yards 65.9 122
Red (W) 72 5235 yards 70.6 126
Red/White (W) 72 5087 yards 70.2 123
Scorecard for Conservatory Course
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 77.5/144 444 440 202 613 460 476 440 199 570 3844 636 467 243 491 502 377 414 200 602 3932 7776
Black/Gold M: 76.3/142 421 413 202 613 434 446 418 199 570 3716 636 433 243 457 475 361 379 200 602 3786 7502
Gold M: 75.5/140 421 413 185 577 434 446 418 168 557 3619 610 433 221 457 475 361 379 183 562 3681 7300
Gold/Blue M: 74.2/138 391 377 185 577 428 418 391 168 557 3492 610 412 221 418 452 349 347 183 562 3554 7046
Blue M: 73.2/135 391 377 157 516 428 418 391 145 535 3358 574 412 193 418 452 349 347 155 534 3434 6792
Blue/White M: 71.7/132 359 346 157 516 408 386 365 145 535 3217 574 385 193 375 431 327 320 155 534 3294 6511
White M: 71.0/130 359 346 122 489 408 386 365 113 507 3095 543 385 162 375 431 327 320 130 503 3176 6271
White/Green M: 70.1/129 W: 75.4/138 359 324 122 489 388 386 365 113 507 3053 543 359 162 364 400 307 309 130 503 3077 6130
Green M: 68.6/126 W: 73.9/135 359 324 122 489 388 386 365 97 471 3001 518 359 131 364 400 307 309 130 476 2994 5995
Green/Red M: 67.3/122 W: 72.1/129 331 306 122 489 361 345 353 97 471 2875 518 337 131 340 382 286 255 130 476 2855 5730
Red M: 65.6/117 W: 70.2/123 331 306 103 466 361 345 353 70 438 2773 490 337 102 340 382 286 255 104 440 2736 5509
Handicap 14 10 18 4 2 8 6 16 12 1 7 11 5 3 15 13 17 9
Par 4 4 3 5 4 4 4 3 5 36 5 4 3 4 4 4 4 3 5 36 72
Handicap (W) 14 10 18 4 2 8 6 16 12 1 9 17 3 5 11 13 15 7

Course Details

Year Built 2006
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens TifEagle Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Tom Watson (2006)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Appropriate golf attire.

Reviews

4.6
48

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 14
Undulating Greens 11
Plays Long 8
This course/club is great for:
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 10
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 10
Advanced Golfers 9
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 9
At a Resort 6
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Handicap 5-9
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4.0
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Awesome Course!!

I played this course during an amateur tournament and it was awesome! I love the layout, the condition of the course was fantastic for this time of year. The course did have a bunch of bunkers washed out by all the rain, but I didn't end up in any of them. Greens were on the slow side, but rolled true. I would love to play here again...sooner rather than later!

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 50 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather

Watson’s Best and One of Florida’s Finest Golf Courses

Most golfers are familiar with Tom Watson the PGA Tour golfer, winner of eight major championships, including five British Opens and outdueling Jack Nicklaus on several occasions. He certainly was fun to watch.

Not as many people are familiar with Tom Watson the golf course architect. As a golfer, Tom Watson was praised for his passionate play, attention to detail and outstanding course strategy. His company, Tom Watson Design, employs the same integrity, dedication and focus to each of their designs. The company only builds one or two courses each year using a few fundamental requirements: beauty, variety and challenge. Each course design will challenge a golfer’s mental and physical skills and at the same time provide a memorable golf experience. This is especially evident at the Watson-designed Conservatory Course; part of the Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, Florida.

In their January 2008 issue, Golf Digest ranked The Conservatory third on its elite list of America’s Best New Public Courses. And with good reason. As you meander through the course, you will encounter some breathtaking sights: waterfalls, babbling brooks and veneered field stone work.

Not finding a suitable set of tees to play from is not possible; there are seven of them ranging in distance from 7,740 yards to 5,168 yards. From the back tees, The Conservatory is the longest course in Florida. Move up to the fourth (White) set of tees, and you’ll have a manageable distance of 6,281 yards. Ladies typically play from the Red Tees (5,225 yards).

There is a lot of mounding and undulation at the Conservatory, not only on the greens but all down the fairways and roughs. Conservatory is anything but your typical Florida course and for this reason some players may find it too much. If that’s the case, my suggestion is to relax, take a deep breath and look around you. Looking back on the previous hole provides every bit as much of an inspiring view as what lays before you!

For me, what sets this course apart from any other I have played around the world is the bunkering; there’s sand everywhere. And it comes in all shapes and forms: there are your typical greenside bunkers and coquina-shelled waste bunkers which are fairly easy to navigate. But then there are a number of pot bunkers – some visible off the tee, some not - that can wreak havoc with your score not to mention your mind. Some of these are sod-walled, which adds a true Scottish feel. Most are penal in nature; one in particular on the first hole is in play off the tee if you hit it right. The face of this bunker has to be 5 feet high and about 140 yards out. Find this bunker and you can say goodbye to par – or even bogey – on this hole! Not a great way to start.

Most Memorable Hole: Number 15, Par 4, 377 yards (White Tees). With a Tom Watson course, what you see isn’t always what you get; many shots appear more difficult than they actually are. Case in point is the 15th hole, a par 4, dogleg right. The waste bunker that runs up the right side of the fairway blends in with the bunkers on the far side of the fairway, creating the illusion that the landing area is miniscule. Trust me, it’s not; there’s plenty of room out there. The large multi-tiered green is also surrounded by sand, so it will take an accurate approach shot to get it close.

Favorite Par 3: Number 8, 134 yards. The shortest hole at The Conservatory is also the signature hole. At only 134 yards from the White Tees, the island green looks inviting. If your nerves are already shattered, there’s plenty of room to bail out to the right. The green is wider than it is deep and has plenty of undulation. Don’t get too greedy with a left pin placement.

Favorite Par 4: Number 14, 431 yards. Regardless of the tees you decide to play, this is the longest par four on the golf course and offers a great risk/reward opportunity. Longball hitters can cut off a significant amount of yardage off the tee by playing to the right of the fairway bunkers. Water guards the entire right side of this behemoth hole. For us mere mortals, it’s either a long iron or fairway wood into the green. For many, your best shot at par is to get on the green in three and one-putt.

Favorite Par 5: Actually, there are two of them. Number 4 plays 497 yards and is fairly straight away. From the back tees, number 4 stretches out to 621 yards; it’s sheer length makes it a formidable opponent. From the White Tees, it’s a manageable par 5. Off the tee, water is in play on both sides. The layup is the toughest shot on the hole and requires both accuracy and distance control. The water creeps in very close on the right while strategically placed pot bunkers on the left side and middle of the fairway make you choose to either layup short or go over them. An approach shot from the left side opens up the green. A good wedge player can score well on this hole.

Number 18 is a dogleg left that plays 592 yards from the Back Tees; 502 from a humane distance (White Tees). Pot bunkers and Florida wetlands dot the landscape up the right side, while water guards the left. Watson has provided a generous landing area at the bend in the dogleg, which will require a mid-length iron into a long and narrow green guarded tightly on the left with water and on the right with sand. Find the fairway off the tee and you’re well on your way to a good score.

Last Word: For my money, this course rates as one of the top tracks in Florida; far and away Tom Watson’s best work in the state. His use of bunkering is unrivaled on any course I’ve played; they are plentiful and penal. Avoid them if you want to score well.

Although this course can play very long for the men, ladies enjoy many benefits. From the Red Tees, the majority of hazards faced by the guys off the tee are taken out of play. All they will need to deal with are the rolling fairways and undulating greens. In building The Conservatory, Watson’s two major goals were to create course that was both beautiful and playable. He has succeeded on both fronts.

These are just a few of the memories I have of the Conservatory Course at Hammock Beach. The best way to experience this course is to book at vacation at Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, FL. When doing so, be sure to package it together with a round on the newly renovated Ocean Course. Combined, these two courses offer the best one-two punch of any two courses in the state.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Hammock Beach's other course shouldn't be overlooked

While the newly renovated Ocean Course at Hammock Beach Resort is getting much of the attention, The Conservatory, which is also offered by Hammock Beach, shouldn’t be overlooked. In fact, it’s probably a better test. And while it isn't on the Ocean, it's certainly picturesque in its own right. More importantly, the quality and variety of holes is outstanding. With water on half the holes and some challenging bunkers, it's a terrific test. Word of warning here, don’t play too far back because long approach shots can make for a long day. This is a really good test of golf and plenty enjoyable.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Intimidating Layout

Course is a minefield of deep bunkers but once you get over the visual shock you realize that most of them don't come into play if you are hitting the ball decently. Greens are large, roll great but not fast. Course was in great condition. Highly recommended if you can get on this private course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Watson Design, He is a GENIUS!

First Tom Watson course that I have played, outstanding Golf Course! Great use of the terrain, water, 146 sand traps, championship greens with paspalum grass, EVERYTHING WAS AMAZING! Played twice on the same day, enjoyed every moment, every shot and every putt! A wonderful club house and restaurant! The only downside, is we saw the cart girl twice in two rounds and the half-way house closed before we made the turn on the 2nd round! No drinks available on the patio (19th hole), everyone went home at 4 pm and we finished at 6:30 pm.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
First Time Playing
Fair weather
Used cart

Lots of bunkers, but where is the sand?

I was told I was lucky that there was an opening for a single and was paired up with another single and a couple. Other than a twosome behind us, we saw no other golfers all day. So much for the 'lucky' part of the tee time. The course is tough, and made tougher by the windy conditions. It was said there are over 170 bunkers on the course, and I did find my fair share of them. In most of the ones I found, there was little or no sand. It is extremely hard to hit over the raised lips Tom Watson is known for when you are hitting off glorified hardpan. for the $125 I paid in green fees, I felt the course should have been in MUCH better condition.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

What. A. Place!

From beginning to end, great golfing experience. Course is absolutely fantastic! Design, condition, challenge...the best I have played in Florida! Clubhouse is spectacular. Place is quiet, secluded and feels like a private club. If i could play here for 2 weeks on vacation i could. Top marks from me.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Boston Advisor
Top 25 Contributor
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Wow, what a great track

This is by far one of the best second tier courses I have played right behind the big boys like Kiawah, Pinehurst #2, Kapalua and PGA National. I would rank this as a top five course that I have played in the state of Florida. The layout is amazing, condition is top notch and the staff and pro shop are fantastic. I played it from the blues, 6700 yards and it was actually pretty manageable from there, they do have plenty of tees to fit your game. Bring your sand wedge, you'll need it. I also stayed at the resort which is about 15 minutes from this course, the ocean course in on the resort grounds. I would recommend this course to anyone heading to the area. For what you get the price is not bad, believe I payed $129 with cart and range balls.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

sand trap heaven

very playable with extremely large greens wide fairways with numerous traps with high lips if you avoid the traps you will most likely score well

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

This course is a must play

The staff was extremely friendly. The course was in excellent condition. Especially the consistency of the sand traps. The greens were difficult, but fair. It was a great value. Wish there had been a 19th hole.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Challenging, but fair.

No question about it, this is a great layout with plenty of challenges on every hole. The course is beautiful and well maintained. You may even see an alligator or two along the way. Even a high handicapper can still enjoy the round with the various tee placements.

Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Average weather
Used cart

great course

Very good course, very challenging but has lots of tee blocks for any kind of golfer. So far the hardest out of 10 courses we played. I would put it on a for sure place to play

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Don't miss this gem!

I'm a low handicap player and would NOT even think of playing the back tees! 7700 yards is just insane! Played the blue tees on a cold, windy day and that was plenty of golf for me. Starter checked our handicaps verbally to make sure we played the correct tees. Good idea. Club house is stunning! Better than TPC. Staff inside and out very friendly and helpful. Course was in good shape given the time of year. Very large greens that putted very smooth. Play this course!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Poor weather
Used cart

Great design

One of the best courses I've ever played. Even though the first week of February the huge greens were in spectacular condition. Lots of traps with soft white sand and lots of waste areas. 5 or 6 sets of tees so you can make the course easier or harder. Carts included GPS that showed pin placements which helped since the front to back of some greens could be almost 2 clubs different. Management and staff were great. The course has a 4 hour and 20 minute play time

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Not for the faint of heart

Probably one of the nicest courses I've ever played although it ate my lunch if you play here you better bring your A game I'm not sure there are 10 people in the world who could break par from the tips ,The one thing I was disappointed with was no grass to speak of in fairways in January still if your in or around palm coast play the Conservatory it's memorable

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

dogman

great course excellent condition! greens were perfect.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Fair weather
Used cart

A gift of unsurpassed landscape art!

Formidable yet playable. Visually stunning. Links style. Superb course condition.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

A must Play

Great course in excellent condition very challenging a must play

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Happy Golfer

The day before playing the Hammock Beach Conservatory course, I played the better known Hammock Beach Ocean course. I found the Conservatory course to be more challenging and fun to play. It is a hidden gem, and is beautifully maintained. It is a must play if you are visiting Northeast Florida.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

A hidden gem!

This course is well hidden but don't let it pass you by. It's a must for all levels but for you single-digit handicappers such s myself, do it! The staff was very considerate and ranger well mannered, asking others to let me play through. I will definitely play this course in the future and would recommend this over the Ocean course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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