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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Style Traditional
Par 72
Length 6209 yards
Slope 126
Rating 70.5

Course Details

Year Built 1975
Greens Tif Dwarf Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Ron Garl (1975)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed Yes
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Men: Collared Shirt with Sleeves; shorts permissible; no denim. Women: collarless shirts must have sleeves; sleeveless shirts must have collar; no T-shirts, tank tops, halter tops, cutoffs, jeans

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2.1
89 Reviews (89)

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 10
Water Hazards 9
Elevation Changes 7
This course/club is great for:
Beginners 9
Locals 8
Seniors 8
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 10
Convenient to the City 8

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Very Sad State of Affairs

Very Sad that use to be a primere Central Fla course.
Hard times for many courses over the years..but Imperial Lakes has fallen into complete disarray.
SERIOUS FIRE ANT issues.
Course definitely has opportunity to be GREAT once again..needs a serious investor or management company, maintenance and landscaping.
Large community surrounds course.. Perhaps private or memberships is its only hope.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Rude Staff

Course was average but staff made it clear to me that do not appreciate golfnow players. Staff unable to locate our tee time stating golfnow supposed to send course Email but he could not find it. Did let us go out. Went to first tee to wait for tee off and staff rushed out to demand we wait in the parking lot until tee off time. No problem with staff request but how it was requested was exceptionally rude, ignorant & total lack of any social skill to represent the course in working with customers. Reflects poorly.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Poor
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Greatly improved.

This onetime great golf course had fallen on some hard times and the deteroiation was so evident you could see it from the street. I have lived across from this club for over 12 years and the condition had run from grevious to pathetic. FINALLY someone with some heart, grit and money has bought the entire club with the intentions of restoring it to its earlier grandiosity. The greens are nice, the fairways manicured and little by little this course is making a comeback. I'm not some hot shot semi-pro or retired yuppie who is used to caddies and caviar. You won't find that here. What you will find is a challenging, once competitive course that has been through the mill (drought, hurricanes and complete bisection by the county to install a major water main) that has the potential to return to the greatness of its glory days. I'm an average hack who used to drive past Imperial Lakes to golf elsewhere but now plays it regularly.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Best Bang for the Buck around

Very good value and pleasant staff! The course is under new management I'm told and it's easy to see they are making improvements. There are some rough areas but overall it's a lot of fun to play here. I've been told by friends this was the premier private course a while back and it's hoping to recapture some of that. I wish them luck and will definitely be back!

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Ghetto

Back in the day, I'm sure this was an incredible place to play. Now, not so much. Most of the greens are pretty rough. Back 9 much better than the front. Areas around green need work. Driving range was closed. Pretty soft.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Jewel of the 1960's

Great layout & obviously once a premier golf course. Owners have obviously decided to have a philosophy of only putting out enough resources to keep the course playable. The finess manicure days are in the past, & the once acclaimed glory of this place is now in the past tense. Greens & fairways are maintained but at a low level of expertise, fertilizer & updating with new concrete & asphalt would do wonders to inhance the eye appeal. However, the price I paid to play was fair & my expectations were low & thus I have no complaints, & we really had an enjoyable round even tho the weather forecasters were really off in their predictions- misty rain joined us for the majority of play when sunshine was to be the plan of the day!

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice layout !

Could really be a great course. Needs some attention. Quite a few greens with sand patches on them.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Cow pasture

Dig a hole and put a flag in a cow pasture and hit your ball toward it. If you hit a cow just add a stroke for PETAs sake. It will cost you less and may have better green conditions.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Much improved from last year

The tees, fairways and greens are much greener this year. Greens were pretty fast and rolled good. Tees were definitely improved. The pace of play was very good. They are really working on improving this course. Looks like all the rain in the last couple of months has really helped. This is a fun course. I liked the front 9 best. We shall return!

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

Very poor

I give this a one star as a courtesy to the staff who work there
Holes 1 and 2 had temporary greens
The rdest were terrible
Fairways were rough. Pinned intended
Bunkers were like concrete
Quit after 11 holes
Overall a bad experience

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Absentee Owner

This is the 3rd time in 3 years that I've played this course. Each time, I've hoped that the owner would polish this worn out diamond. I asked the extremely nice older gentleman at the clubhouse check-in if he was the owner. He said the owner is back in NY. Most likely a tax write-off for an owner who hasn't cared in a LONG, LONG time. Such a shame!!! Empty pool, extremely run down clubhouse, bar, course, parking lot, facilities, etc, etc. You name it- it's run down. This place has amazing potential. Beautifully designed and laid out course, but everything dry as dust, and completely neglected. Tee-offs and Greens are worst I've ever seen. One tee-off was completely sand - not a blade of grass to be found. Cart paths are bumpy, uneven, and broken down. Minimal maintenance in general. It breaks my heart. I wish I could buy this course and put a little money into it. It could be the nicest country club/course in the Lakeland area. The country club/ wedding/function hall potential is huge, never mind the potentially beautiful course/league play. So sad. Desperately needs new ownership.

Conditions Poor
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Imperial Lakes Stinks

This course is so terrible that after we played 1 hole I went back and asked for my money back. They would not refund the money. The fairway was mostly weeds and the greens were black with little or no grass. I would recommend that Golf Now eliminate this course from it's list. It is worse than a cow pasture.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Greens were terrible

I have played this course for years. I have never see it in such terrible shape. The greens were anything but green, mostly dirt.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
4.0
Previously Played

no way

They've really let the course go. Well i think rough fairways rough
greens... Theres a reason its 25 bucks !!!!!! O yeah and the cart died

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

18 holes of golf

At one time this was likely a beautiful course, but know it needs a lot of work. The price we paid for 18 holes was way way to much. With the condition of this course I would rate it at a $15.00 course for 18 holes.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Past It's time

If you played using WINTER rules ( lift, find some grass & place ) on fairways & greens. You can have a good round. To bad because course layout is VERY good, was once the place to play in the area. Course/equipment & facilities need a lot of work. But will play again using winter rules.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Don't bother

The greens barely playable.
Holes must be placer where there is grass.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Not Maintained

While course has potential it appears a decision has been made to not invest in this course. Not being maintained. While fairways are fair there was no grass on any of the greens.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Needs work

It looks as if this course is about ready to close, all amenities are old and no updates being undertaken. Greens were pretty bare.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Imperial Lakes

This course was in poor condition; fairways and greens. The greens were in various stages of disrepair with different speeds for each.

We were greeted by 2 different staff members; one was somewhat helpful the other really didn't care if we played or not. Not very friendly overall.

My partner was looking for a scorecard in the pro shop and was treated as if that was a big deal to accommodate.

We will never go back, even at the great price we had from GolfNow.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate

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