Palatka Golf Club

4.0174882353 4.0 stars from 5 (232)
  • 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 4.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.8 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 232 Reviews
5 stars:
48
4 stars:
116
3 stars:
47
2 stars:
9
1 stars:
12

recommend this course

203 out of 229 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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"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


"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
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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



u000004519351's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/01/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



u0000017327's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/23/2018
Previously played 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: Good


I recommend this course


"A nice little gem that is fun"


Eddie1914085's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/23/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Second time here and it's a nice little course. A bit short but plenty challenging. A lot of the "casual sand" the fairways are in nice shape but on many holes the rough was lacking grass, some severely. The greens were a bit hairy but pretty fast. Hard to read. Will play again. Andy? in the pro shop was nice and accommodating. ONLY ONE REAL COMPLAINT WAS THEY STARTED A GROUP OF 5 JUST AHEAD OF US and we waited every hole until we passed at the turn


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Donald Ross Course"


Dan4078478's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/19/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great staff and layout! By no means over the top this course has everything you need.. A great value.


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


"drawbacks"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/11/2018
Previously played Used cart Wet weather

Reviewed on

This is an excellent Course to play, the people are friendly But the city of Palatka is greedy. They require the course to discriminate against you if you are not from Palatka and to charge you an addition so called tax of $5. Golf now does not mention this until after you have booked your game and even then you would probably miss it if you did not know it was going to happen. Golf NOw in my opinion should be showing it upfront as a city surcharge on tourists so that tourists realize how much they will be paying upfront.

I like the course but I do not like the sneaky way this surcharge is being handled.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



pcharts's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/24/2017
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Old School Golf"


Trebmangum's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/18/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

A Donald Ross course designed in the 1920s. If you’re into old school golf where the fairways aren’t lined with houses, there isn’t a bunch of water or forced carries, but a really good challenge, then this is the place for you. If you feel like you can test your game against some of the best amateurs in the country come visit in March and play the Florida Azalea Am. And if you don’t think you can keep par with the elite, there are 5 flights in addition to the champ flight.


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


"Be"


u317739127's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/02/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I played by myself in right around 2 hours for 18 holes. It was a great day on the course. The layout makes it more difficult than the yardage may make you think. The course was in better condition than I have ever seen. It was the first time I played there in quite a while. It was definitely worth the money and the course’s conditions would compare to that of a course at double the price. The staff is always very hospitable here as well. Very much enjoyable golf round.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Nice course for fast play"


u000002997751's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/27/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course has improved in the last years. The greens are not to fast, good bunkers. The fairways are sometimes a little soft which is not easy to play. But anyhow, to play Palatka is value for money.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Brains before brawn"


u311822923's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/16/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Classic Donald Ross, not long but deceptive from 100 yards in. You definitely need to double check distances, often you are farther from the hole than you think. Add domed greens and fiendishly placed bunkers, trees that protect greens from off line shots. The greens are in excellent shape for this late in the year with many subtle breaks. The course has survived two hurricanes in good shape. Not a typical flat Florida layout, it takes advantage of its location next to Ravine Gardens State Park.

Played in 3 hours then had time for good food and beer when we were done.

Try it, you'll have a ball!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Excellence"


u000007923519's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/03/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Historical course in excellent condition and great staff.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"This course has great features"


uJVVZ4067JV's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/24/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is looking pretty good after the weather problems in Florida with hericsnes and such.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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