Palatka Golf Club

3.8988000000 3.9 stars from 5 (259)
  • 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 3.9 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.7 stars from 5
Value: 4.2 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: 3.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 259 Reviews
5 stars:
54
4 stars:
127
3 stars:
53
2 stars:
10
1 stars:
15

recommend this course

225 out of 256 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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"Palatka Golf Club"


None's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/06/2018
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Reviewed on

Love the Donald Ross design from 1925. Fairways were in average to good shape. Greens were in need of mowing, very slow. And half of the greens were in bad shape with bare patches.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Small elevated greens"


larrykahler's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/27/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens either diseased or just ill-maintained.

If greens were better, this would be a fun course, though easy. Its defense is the small size of the greens, most elevated. Very Donald Ross.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


"Horrible greens"


u000005506323's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/23/2018
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Reviewed on

Terrible greens plus they charge extra $5 for using hot deal.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course



Chris5863821's avatar
Age:  25-34

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/17/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

Even though I paid you reserve a tee time for a specific price, they did not honor it and made each player pay $5 more


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"nice layout for the age"


u766703395's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/17/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

course was trying to repair the greens, bunkers and fairways were weather damaged.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Give it week or so."


porter58's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/16/2018
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Reviewed on

Palatka is a very playable 100 year old Donald Ross course. Lots of fun and overall in good shape. They have just aerated the greens and they're rough right now. I'd give it a week or so to recover. Big advantage Palatka has is they are high and dry. When everything else is a mudhole, you can play here no problem.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Greens are small and have lots of turf issues"


u459922872's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/01/2018
First time playing Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great place to focus on your short game at a great price with fast play.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Sure. I’d play here again"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Was a little surprised to learn that although Golf Now stated that there was $0.00 due at the course, a disclaimer was added in the body of the reservation stating $5 per golfer was due at the course. What a load of BS! Oh well. It was still a decent price. The course is old with a lot of character; left and right doglegs and mature trees. Definitely cannot hit driver off every tee so the (slightly over) 6000 yards off the blues does not mean the course is easy. Small, elevated greens were a challenge to hit and large waste areas added extra difficulty. Bunkers were in great condition. Some of the greens need some TLC as there are some bare spots. The guy who mows the greens needs to be retrained or reassigned - Horrible! I played on a Saturday afternoon and the there was no refreshment cart but there is a water jug at about every other tee box.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Fun Course"


u122327452's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/19/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The staff has really brought this course up to speed. I played it about 18 months ago and it was in rough shape. Now it's in really good shape with the exception of one or two greens, but this is Florida and most courses in the area have the same type of green issue-bare spots. Overall, we had a good round and lots of fun. I will definitely play there again!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/18/2018
First time playing Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Not for me."


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Top 250 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/12/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens very small and saucer-ed.Greens and tee boxes right next to each other.It might be a good nine hole course but to pact in for eighteen.We won't be back!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course



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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/10/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Was surprised at the additional $5 charge for not being a city resident.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course


"good"


Melvin8177199's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/09/2018
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Reviewed on

Enjoyed playing this course and hope to play again on my return to Florida.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"nice short course"


spidertac's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/03/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

great for seniors nice layout get the yardage book


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/26/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course




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
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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



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