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3.6
640 Reviews (640)
5 Stars
81
4 Stars
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3 Stars
146
2 Stars
79
1 Stars
61
Conditions
3.5
Value
3.9
Layout
4.1
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.5
80.1%
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456 out of 640 reviews
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2.2
26 Reviews (26)
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
4
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
6
1 Stars
11
Conditions
1.8
Value
2.3
Layout
3.6
Pace
3.5
Amenities
3.1
StaffFriendliness
4.0
34.6%
Recommend this course
9 out of 26 reviews
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3.6
111 Reviews (111)
5 Stars
18
4 Stars
57
3 Stars
17
2 Stars
7
1 Stars
12
Conditions
3.5
Value
3.8
Layout
4.2
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.6
StaffFriendliness
4.4
78.4%
Recommend this course
87 out of 111 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 7000 yards
Slope 139
Rating 73.0

The Preserve Golf Club at Tara features Ted McAnlis' par 72, championship golf course. Exceptional care was taken to protect and enhance wetlands and other natural features of the course. At just over 7,000 yards, the course offers four sets of tees, allowing players of all skill levels to enjoy a challenging round of golf. Eleven bridges span the many small streams running through the golf course, protecting natural waterfalls and wetland habitats. A unique feature is the 60 foot Mount Matthew, which sits between the driving zones of hole five and six and forms an impressive backdrop for the tee shot. A beautiful clubhouse is open for lunch daily and is perfect for seminars, banquets or receptions.

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Course Details

Year Built 2001
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Ted McAnlis

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes
Pull-carts No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker No
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Golf Simulator No
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole No

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Visa, Mastercard, American Express
Metal Spikes Allowed No

Reviews

3.6
640 Reviews (640)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 22
19th Hole Specials 9
Brunch 6
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 87
Forced Carries 60
Bunkers 53
This course/club is great for:
Locals 49
Advanced Golfers 42
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 40
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 62
Worth the Drive 24
Near the Airport 18

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Conditions Average
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Used cart

Nice course BUT

Play this course intermittently for years. It’s a nice course with challenges for every level of player

However, the fairways are in poor condition , The greens were just plugged and are very bumpy. I would wait at least one month before playing this course again

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Good greens

Greens were good. Fairways were decent, Loved the layout.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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1.0
First Time Playing

Course should be closed

They should shut the course down until it’s fixed. It’s not even playable. Dirt and weeds everywhere. I felt like I was playing in a backyard. There’s no fairway at all. It’s all dirt and muck. Cart paths are horrible too. There were puddles all over the fairways too. Do not waste your money even if it’s for under $20. It’s absolutely terrible

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Please do not waste your time...

I golfed this course on August 12, 2019. The last time that I played the course was in February of 2019. In 7 months I could not believe the devastation that has overcome the course. The fairways are no longer fairways. I mean, there is no grass. Dirt and muck. The greens are sub par. They have completely let this course go and are clearly not taking care of it. Crab grass is everywhere. The flowers that they had planted are gone by the hole markers. The landscaping is overgrown and not maintained. The cart paths are completely destroyed. This course 7 months ago was average and I enjoyed everything about it. Now, I will never come back again. It is really sad to see. The course should be closed to the public until they sink some serious money into this to revive a really nice layout of a course.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played

Wait for better condition

The course was in horrible shape. Back nine was mostly dirt with scattering of weeds for greenery. Front nine was marginally better. Even at a cheap price it is not worth the money.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course was in decrepit shape.

Course was absolutely disgusting. I’ve played this course numerous times. Should be closed down for repairs. Fairways had no grass. Greens were horrible.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
First Time Playing

Should not be open for play

Horrendous. Read this review, and DO NOT PLAY HERE. I’m not a person to write a review, but all aspects of this place had be beyond livid. An affront to the sport of Golf. Barely even fit to be deemed a course, closer to a horse paddock or a field for mudding. They should plant potatoes on the fairways, might make it profitable. Amazing deals in the Pro Shop saved my day, really helpful wee gentleman in there.
Ranger out stalking us as we played, they scheduled tee times for us and another group during a day they said they have “League” play. Then stalked us and sarcastically coughed and stared us down. We weren’t playing slowly, in fact rushed ourselves round so much I’m surprised we survived with a score we did.
YOU COULD NOT PAY ME ENOUGH MONEY TO PLAY HERE! Save your money, go to a driving range instead even.
IMPOSSIBLE.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Previously Played

Downhill

We have played this course 4 or 5 times now. This is the worst we have seen it. Tee boxes bare as were the fairways. Greens were barely fair. Garbage cans were overflowing ( at 7:30 am). Course restrooms were atrocious! Will be a long time before we go back.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

What happened?

I played here just over a month ago and from then to now the course went to crap. The fairways look like they've taken a beaten from my mother, did some military unit have a road march through the course? Well I can't recommend the course to even a hacker, I could be cussed out.
Thanks for the ice and water on the course, that's my positive side to how the course is.
Hopefully the course will turn around soon, until then I can't go back, there are too many other courses in the area. I wouldn't play here for free.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course

The fairway and tees boxes were a disgrace. The greens were air raid probably a week ago.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Bad shape

Been playing this course for a long time. It has seen better days for sure, the last few months this course has been in pretty poor shape. Choppy greens , terrible fairways and tee boxes , they are dried out patchy, and A lot of hard mud. Taking them a long time to recover. Aside from all that, very tough course and a loooot of water. So if your handicap is in the 20’s, bring a lot of balls

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Course was burned out on all tees, fairways had burned out areas and crabgrass, greens recently aerated, but this was not noted when booked on golf now. Bathroom at clubhouse had water standing all over the floor and smelled. Overall ;just very poor conditions, so we guess that the price of $12 is why.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played

Keep Away

Got a hot deal that wond up being a cold fish.

I have seen my share of aireated greens in my day but this course takes the cake. Sand literally covered the greens. Should have brought a pail and shovel. One hole was do over sanded, that the flag could not be placed in the hole.

There is sooooo much crabgrass on the course that there is practically no way yo get a good lie. Tee boxes need seeding. Right now the boxes are nothing but weeds. Course has browned up as well

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Interesting Layout - needs work.

Tee boxes and fairways are rough. -worn out need som TLC.

Greens were ok and fun to putt.

Course design is fun and challenging If you can overlook the tee boxes and fairways.

All in all I would play again.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Relaxing Course.... bring extra balls!

The layout was different with regards to hazards. Some were in the middle of the fairway. Some were on each side. So, even if you are a good golfer, be prepared to lose a few balls! Before we left the pro shop to begin our round, I picked up a half dozen balls from the "2nd chance" bin for $1.00 each. Glad I did. They were gone by the 10th hole! There was a significant amount of shade to drive through, so this will be a course we play in the summer. Bunkers were not challenging ,(flat). That is the only negative comment ( may not be negative depending on your skill level!). Enjoyed the wild life!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Very saf

My friends and I played this course last year and thought it was in excellent condition,, and a bargain for the price we paid on golf now.
Also played it the year before that, and thought the dame.
I was honestly saddened by the conditions I found yesterday. Tee boxes, fairways and greens all showed significant decline Red stakes were not well marked, and the score card didn’t seem to sync with the actual tees. Very sad that this course went downhill so fast. Hope they can bring it back.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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