Palatka Golf Club

4.0678529412 4.1 stars from 5 (244)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 5862 yards
  • Slope: 118
  • Rating: 68.3
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Appropriate golf attire.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 5862 yards 68.3 118
White 72 5589 yards 66.9 115
White (W) 72 5589 yards 73.0 119
Red (W) 72 4748 yards 67.5 113

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.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.1 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.8 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 244 Reviews
5 stars:
53
4 stars:
122
3 stars:
48
2 stars:
9
1 stars:
12

recommend this course

215 out of 241 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive convenient to the city in the 'burbs   Great for locals walkers seniors   Challenges include elevation changes bunkers undulating greens   Great for drinks brunch watching the game  

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5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/14/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Surprise"


u946840694's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/06/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The surprise is you get to pay a non residents fee at check-in, yet no one asked if I was a city resident. I guess they assume that if you book and pay with GN.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great value- old style course"


Bill3851356's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/30/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The greens were in great shape especially given the time of year The greens have a lot of false fronts so you might want to take an extra club for your approach shots it appears they have put their money into maintaining the fairways and the greens rest of the course needs some work

Nice track - much more open than most Florida courses

It was worth the 40 minute drive from Crescent Beach and I’d play it again


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"The best condition of any course I’ve played in the area"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/23/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fairways actually have grass! Greens in great shape. Superintendent should be commended .


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Slow....."


DougVann's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/15/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We normally love playing Palatka however during March every year there are tournaments (which we knew) and apparently the ones in the tournament this weekend were out playing as well as the general public. Play was very slow however there was a group of 3 in front of us (I would say about 25 years old) and when they finished a green they would then proceed to throw down a few balls and continue to practice on the green. This would go on for several minutes even though we were on the fairway waiting to hit onto the green and there were other groups lined up behind us also waiting. My wife finally called the clubhouse. So these clowns would not do this when one of the course employees was there but as soon as he left they continued. Ended up taking close to 5 hours to finish which is close to double our normal 18 hole time. I would definitely not recommend Palatka during March any year and we won't be back before heading home to Ontario. It was a very aggravating and disappointing day. The course should have been letting people know what was going on ahead of time or just close the course to the public. We also saw 6 other people get fed up and leave while we were there.... terrible.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/14/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"What a surprise."


Bill10to7's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/07/2018
Previously played Walked Windy weather

Reviewed on

The course was in better shape than I have seen it in a while. Tee boxes were in great shape, fairways were well cut and the greens were all green and fast. The staff was excellent and the club house was in great condition. The pace of play was very good for most of the game. I hooked up with two men (John and Dave) that played like I want to play when I grow up. I had a great time and look forward to my next round. Kudos to the staff and grounds keepers for a great job.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"JUST GO PLAY THERE!"


42844's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/06/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great old Don Ross course with small greens and bunkers. $10 Golf Now Hot Deal and course charged me $5 for non- Palatka resident but a small price to pay for this historic layout. Give it a try on your travels though Florida and you won't be disappointed.


Pace of Play: Excellent

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


"The course was great shape even after having youth tournament."


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/04/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

After not playing in 4 years I found was a great course to get started again. Some danger if you shanked it but the fairways are open enough to if you hit it straight. I really enjoyed the course will definitely play again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



Ben1942's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/27/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"old type course"


uLNTF4979LN's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/25/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

the greens are not big but are very slow by todays speeds at most courses. very cheap green fees.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great Course"


romanyoung's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/23/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Golf course was in great condition. Fairways were perfect height and rough was just high enough to provide a reasonable challenge. Greens were moderately fast and consistent. I've played Palatka a number of times and always find it to be in great condition.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



benso's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/23/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



u000004519351's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/22/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Hidden Gem"


u023952384's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/20/2018
Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Had heard some good things about this course so made my way over from St. Augustine area to give it a crack - anytime you can play a Donald Ross layout for $25 you gotta go - little rough around the edges, course not the condition you find many of the Florida courses this time of year but not terrible -small greens were mostly slow, probably from morning dew but did face some speedy down hill putts that had plenty of pace - good design of holes and par 3's were tough, especilly #3 - almost 190 uphill from blue tees - after playing most Florida courses with lots of water in play this course offered just a bit less stress - only complaint is one I have with many courses - trouble immediately in front of the red ( up front) tees - my wife is a relative beginner so she sometimes struggles getting the ball in the air - one of my pet beefs with designers is putting trouble - water - sand - etc right in front of those up tees and gobbling up shots of people who need all the encouragement & help they can get when first atking up the game - other than that a nice day & I would return


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great Old Course"


mrlpetoskey000001's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/17/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I really great example of an OLD course. It's well maintained. Enjoyed the elevations changes. Even though the course is short, it has enough challenges for everyone. The greens are old style small, and a bit slow, but the ball rolled well. Well placed bunkers and some were challenging. Tees and fairways were in nice shape, too. I will definitely be returning to play this course again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"City of Palatka discourages outsiders"


augment's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/15/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The only negative about this course is the fact that they have to charge you and extra $5 as a tax by the city of palatka on people who are not residents of Palatka. It makes you feel unwelcome.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Rained out"


Norm1856's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/13/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I got rained out, but the wait for a representative at golf now was 4 hours and 12 minutes, so I am out the money I paid. Such is life.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



u000004519351's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/12/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Passing Through"


Joe5944281's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/02/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens were in great shape, however Sand bunkers need sand, drainage is poor


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



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