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4.1
313 Reviews (313)
5 Stars
69
4 Stars
157
3 Stars
60
2 Stars
12
1 Stars
15
Conditions
3.8
Value
4.3
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.5
Amenities
3.8
89.4%
Recommend this course
273 out of 313 reviews
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3.8
20 Reviews (20)
5 Stars
2
4 Stars
13
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.4
Value
4.2
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.6
Amenities
3.7
StaffFriendliness
4.5
80.0%
Recommend this course
16 out of 20 reviews
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4.0
38 Reviews (38)
5 Stars
11
4 Stars
19
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.8
Value
4.3
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.5
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.5
84.2%
Recommend this course
32 out of 38 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 5862 yards
Slope 118
Rating 68.3

Neighbor to the beautiful Ravine State Gardens, Palatka Golf Club offers a game that is as scenic as it is entertaining. Designed by Donald Ross in 1925, the golf course was created with all skill levels of golfers in mind. The layout is player friendly, but there are still many challenging elements to keep golfers on their toes, including Ross' signature "turtleback" greens. There are also numerous bunkers fiercely guarding the greens. The signature hole of the course is the par-3 third. This 188-yard hole is a test of accuracy, requiring a difficult tee shot to a well bunkered green. Palatka Golf Club also offers a unique aqua driving range for golfers to use.

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Course Details

Year Built 1925
Golf Season Year round
Architect Donald Ross (1925)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
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
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Appropriate golf attire.

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Meeting Facilities, Conference Facilities, Banquet Facilities

Reviews

4.1
313 Reviews (313)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 24
Brunch 7
Watching the Game 7
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 31
Bunkers 26
Undulating Greens 17
This course/club is great for:
Locals 35
Walkers 30
Seniors 29
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 30
Convenient to the City 19
In the 'Burbs 8

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Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Course can handle the recent rains.

Most courses in the area are so wet, that they are practically unplayable. This course had no standing water anywhere. A few things like the rough and some tee boxes need improvement, but overall not bad for a course that is owned by the city and has a limited budget.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

so much fun

I really enjoy this course , It's never crowded , the pro shop staff is super friendly , they just need to cut the rough down.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Donald Ross would roll over in his grave

The course is in terrible shape, the rough is all dollar weed, many sandy spots. The greens were slow, not in bad shape mostly.
The T boxes are uneven and in terrible shape, had to T it up anywhere on the T box, just to find a decent spot.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Pleasantly surprised!

The greens at Palatka are very well kept; perhaps even perfect, and the club house is terrific! Best $6 breakfast in America and very friendly staff. I belong to a private club that’s currently under renovation, so went to Palatka just to play some real golf, but I’ll definitely be back!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Great little Donald Ross course with small greens & close green to tee walks. Sometimes the tees are a little too close. Green speed is slow due to summer grass height required to prevent burnout. Fun course with challenges from the 6000 yard back tees that plays longer than you would think.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

True Florida golf

Such a gem in Palatka. Such a historic golf course with the friendliest staff (especially the ladies at the bar and drive through window). It’s rough around the edges but such a unique and fun course design. Would definitely recommend.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

It's a shame no more love is shown

The course layout is great but the course conditions were not very good at all. Most holes had no yardage markers, and the fairways were in bad shape. I would not play it again as I drove 35 miles to try it out in lieu of it being a Donald Ross design. Tiny greens which made it more fun.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Classic Old Florida Course

This course is in over all good condition and I love the fast greens. For the price it offers an excellent value for the money!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 119
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Top 100 Contributor
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course in decent condition

Normally enjoy the course...All the rough is grown in with weeds but I am not suppose to be there...

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Don’t be fooled

Although this course isn’t long from the back tees and you have plenty of space to hit driver don’t think this is easy course. Classic Ross course with tough greens to both hit, and putt when you do hit one. Tee boxes needed work, fairways were perfect, rough was cross between grass and sand. Every green except one was in great condition but were very slow. Overall I enjoyed the course, I got a good deal using Golfnow. Id recommend playing it at least once to appreciate the differences between green designs of the early years to what we get present day.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice day

2 of us played in 2 hour 45 min. Greens in great shape. Tough to read if you have not played it. I played like do do but enjoyed the course !

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 20-24
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice Day

For early Fla. spring the course is in good shape. Grass is growing and there looks to be continual effort to improve the fairways. The greens are rolling and in good shape. This is where a few of the extra shots come in. Local to me and I enjoy playing there a couple of times per month.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great day

The course is handling the Coronavirus health scare very well. They allow one person per cart, the holes are cut 1 inch deep so you don’t have to reach in, no rakes in the bunkers, and the carts are cleaned after every use.
The only minor ding on the round was that the greens, though in perfect shape, were very slow. No word on why they weren’t mowed closer.
All In all, well worth the trip from Jacksonville for a Donald Ross hidden gem.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course

Very great condition. Greens are tiny and elevated. Fairways are in excellent shape as our the greens. Greens could be a little more faster for me. Great layout. Would highly recommend this course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser

No longer with golf now

Got there and course is no longer associated with golf now. Did get to play after driving 35 miles but paid more. Still need to call Golfnow and get my money back that course would not honor. Kind of a cluster.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 28
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Donald Ross old style gem

Palatka Golf Club is a classic Donald Ross. Small raised greens. Green speed was quite slow but perhaps necessary given shape and size of greens. Pace of play was very good, we played in 3 1/2 hours.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 13
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

First time I will be back

Nice nice course enjoy myself enjoying the friendly atmosphere the greens on excellent shape course everything they told me it would be

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