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111
5 Stars
31
4 Stars
53
3 Stars
19
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
3
Staff Friendliness
3.4
Pace
3.2
Amenities
3.7
Conditions
3.3
Value
2.9
Layout
4.4
50.2%
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Staff Friendliness
3.0
Pace
2.5
Amenities
3.5
Conditions
4.0
Value
3.0
Layout
4.5
50.0%
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3.0
Pace
2.5
Amenities
3.5
Conditions
4.0
Value
3.0
Layout
4.5
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7072
Slope 134
Rating 73.5
Type Private
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Orange 72 7072 yards 73.5 134
Blue 72 6489 yards
White 72 6170 yards
Red 72 5162 yards
Scorecard for Lake Wales
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Orange M: 73.5/134 376 413 214 478 146 335 376 455 557 3350 537 474 223 558 476 197 394 384 479 3722 7072
Blue M: 71.2/130 363 371 191 476 137 287 365 396 505 3091 521 434 208 518 417 183 354 363 421 3419 6510
White M: 70.3/123 W: 75.9/134 360 347 176 471 135 275 354 384 476 2978 506 416 191 470 395 155 341 324 395 3193 6171
Gold M: 65.3/114 W: 70.9/123 357 319 136 411 132 266 346 265 433 2665 433 291 144 403 326 142 297 310 353 2699 5364
Red W: 69.8/121 291 305 126 404 129 226 301 249 422 2453 427 283 135 393 316 132 267 238 346 2537 4990
Handicap 9 3 5 11 15 17 7 1 13 14 2 12 18 6 10 8 16 4
Par 4 4 3 5 3 4 4 4 5 36 5 4 3 5 4 3 4 4 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 3 5 13 11 17 7 1 15 9 12 18 16 10 8 14 2 6 4

Course Details

Year Built 1926
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Donald Ross (1926)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs 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

Reviews

2.4
111

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 14
19th Hole Specials 6
Dinner 6
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 25
Undulating Greens 23
Elevation Changes 12
This course/club is great for:
Locals 26
Seniors 22
Advanced Golfers 16
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 19
Convenient to the City 16
In the 'Burbs 6
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Recommended
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Age
Type of Golfer
Gender
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Unexpected Surprise

After booking and reading recent reviews, we were pleasantly surprised by the conditions of the course. It looks like the new owner has the course trending in the right direction. Course conditions were excellent and the old Donald Ross design a bonus over the negative reviews from 2016. Tees, greens and fairways were in great shape. I would recommend anyone who played the course a couple of years ago come and play it now. I believe you will be more than surprised by the changes. We will be back in a few days because of the conditions and the excellent service of the staff. I recommend this course to anyone in the Orlando/Kissimee area.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

3 hours to play 3 holes

Stuck our group of 36 in the middle of a women's and men's collegiate tournament. It took 3 hours to play 3 holes because we had to keep letting the women play through. All 36 of demanded a replay and the shouting started. The older gentleman behind the counter had words with several of our group before finally giving us the replay..
Staff Friendliness Poor
Pace of Play Poor
Off-course amenities Average
Course Conditions Average
Value for the Money Poor
Course Layout Good
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dirt2624
Commented On 03/04/2018
The course was in great shape and the people were very friendly. A great old course that has been brought up to good condition under the new owners. Had a wonderful time playing a good Donald Ross course.
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Commented On 03/04/2018
Played on March 2nd and the course was in great shape - we were a bit leary having read the old reviews but the course was in great shape and the staff were very friendly. We met the new owner as he was playing in the group behind us and he told us of the challenges he faced after buying the course. Course conditions were very good on a great old golf course.
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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

This course needs help.

We read the reviews on line and saw good ones, but when we got there the course is in poor shape. The tee boxes were not mowed, greens are just about lost, not sure if they could get them back. Fairways were in average to below average. Save your money!
Staff Friendliness Average
Pace of Play Average
Off-course amenities Average
Course Conditions Poor
Value for the Money Poor
Course Layout Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Very Disappointed

Prior to playing Lake Wales I had read that the course was not in good shape, that was an understatement. The front 9 was closed for rehabilitation, which I truly hope works. The back nine was in such a state of disrepair it made me question is it was a golf course or a grazing pasture. There was no grass on the tee boxes and most of, what would be, the fairway areas were infested with weeds. The greens were absolutely horrible, if you could call them greens. The sand traps were more dirt traps then sand traps. On the plus side, this was my first visit to this track and being that it is a Donald Ross design I could see that the course was once a beautiful and fun track. Hopefully the ownership will bring this gem back to the condition that I am sure it once was. Until then I won't be back.
Staff Friendliness Average
Pace of Play Good
Course Conditions Poor
Value for the Money Poor
Course Layout Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Front 9 closed for renovations

Course is trying to get rid of bentgrass, so greens are suffering. When things get back normal, course will be a classic, again.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Average
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing

Fun course to play

Typical old Florida golf course look and feel. The staff was real friendly.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Average
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played

Hard for me to write this...

I am a huge fan of Lake Wales Country Club and it is honestly one of my favorite courses in Central/West Florida. For the money is usually one of the great value buys in all of Florida. All that being said, Donald Ross is rolling in his grave today. I have played this course many times and it is usually a 4 to 4.5 rating, but the conditions were as bad as any course I have played in some time. - Fairways had some weeds - Bunkers were impossible because the sand is all but gone, liken it to hitting off a cart path - Greens were at least 30-50% dirt I pray the course comes back because I won't until it does. I walked off the course after 9 holes depressed about what had become of this course that I love!
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Fair
Course Conditions Fair
Value for the Money Average
Course Layout Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
2.0
First Time Playing

Sad condition.

I had a member come across the course to apologize for the condition. I would love to play if it were better maintained.
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Average
Course Conditions Poor
Value for the Money Poor
Course Layout Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played

It's a shame really..

The design is challenging. Everyone was real nice. The pace was great largely due to little play. This place used to be one of the "places to play" sadly it's in terrible condition right now. Looks like they aerated a couple weeks ago but that's not the real problem, greens are shot. I guess it's the sign of the times, even for $17 it's too much. Greens make the course, this one needs a lot of work, fairways and tee boxes are just as bad. Tons of potential just looks to be lacking funds.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Average
Course Conditions Poor
Value for the Money Poor
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice course

Course layout was pretty straight. 6800 yards and plyed easy, pace of play 3 1/2 hours.
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Good

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