Bartow Golf Course

3.4576588235 3.5 stars from 5 (122)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6623 yards
  • Slope: 126
  • Rating: 72.0
  • Layout

  • 190 S Idlewood Ave, Bartow, Florida 33830, Polk County
  • (863) 533-9183
  • (863) 519-3758
  • www.cityofbartow.net
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Year built: 1921
Architect(s): Donald Ross
Type: Semi-Private
Style: Traditional
Greens: Bermuda grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6623 yards 72.0 126
White 72 6211 yards 68.6 116
Yellow 72 5703 yards 66.2 112
Red (W) 72 5304 yards 69.8 120

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.6 stars from 5
Value: 4.0 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 122 Reviews
5 stars:
12
4 stars:
41
3 stars:
53
2 stars:
11
1 stars:
5

recommend this course

101 out of 122 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city worth the drive   Great for locals seniors walkers   Challenges include bunkers water hazards undulating greens   Great for drinks brunch  

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golfjared's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/05/2018
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Reviewed on

Greens are being redone later this month. If we had known this would have chosen another course. Greens were very poor. I look forward to seeing how the new greens will enhance the course.

Couldn’t recommend the course at this time we will see with the completion of the new greens.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Bartow Golf Course"


u062221197's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/09/2018
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Reviewed on

My brothers were in town from Connecticut, we decided to play a round at the last minute. BGC is a nice course, staff is friendly, play was at a nice pace. Good course to play, some nice short holes as well as some nice long holes. We had fun challenging each other as brothers do!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



vtcwe's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/08/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



CherokeeFlyer's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/03/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is not and probably never will be, well maintained. But, with that being said, the course has some interesting and challenging holes and is fun to play occasionally. Rates are reasonable so go for it!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Hillbilly Hinedty"


u018935460's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/08/2018
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Reviewed on

Needs some work but so does my game so let's call it even


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"overated"


u000002637945's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/07/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

other reviews i read were misleading

old, tired, poorly maintained course

greens spongy, grainy, and slow

fairways rock hard

club house old and tired too


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course




3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/01/2018
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Reviewed on

Charged me 5 dollars more than I was quoted as an on line rate


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair


I recommend this course



Willi2035081's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/14/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



u775634668's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/13/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Improved"


jbondjbond's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/13/2018
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Reviewed on

Course was in as good shape as I've ever seen it, but greens are still thin.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Donald Ross Municipal Gold Course"


ShragMagtite's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/25/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is challenging, but fun. It's one of the flattest courses I've ever played. Most of the greens are elevated in true Donald Ross fashion. I played it in the winter so the Bermuda grass was dormant, resulting in some pretty tight lies. The greens were in excellent shape.

If you are a fan of Donald Ross designs, then this one is worth a look. And the cost is inexpensive (weekday greens fees + cart was less than $30).


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Nice enjoyable experience"


u000002897484's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/21/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Met friends from west coast. Good half way point. Friendly staff. Convenient eady going golf. No frills, just fun. Good value. Wiil br back


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Bartow Golf"


Peter9363436's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/13/2018
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Reviewed on

Staff very friendly, good course layout with good greens. Fairways were a bit bare (not a lot of good grass)


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Work Neded"


cacompo16's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/12/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Hi

Great layout greens good bit fairways need some work. Overall great corse.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/02/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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



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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/31/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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


"Play was good until."


Gentry55's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/26/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We made the turn went to the clubhouse and a group of golfers they let start on #10 jumped in front of us slowing down play for us. Don’t understand why they let people do that. Something needs to done about that.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



gaudw001's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/07/2017
Previously played Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course improving. Nice new sand in traps. Greens looking a lot better. I'll be back.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Nice Course"


DCB828's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/05/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We have played this course before and enjoyed it once again. Some challenging holes and others are relatively easy. It's a fun course and the pro staff was very friendly and helpful.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



u2631568's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/03/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average


I don't recommend this course



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