Sandhill Crane Golf Course

4.2850411765 4.3 stars from 5 (310)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6504 yards
  • Slope: 136
  • Rating: 70.2
  • Layout

  • 11401 Northlake Blvd, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33412, Palm Beach County
  • (561) 626-7888, (561) 775-2556
  • (561) 775-2558
  • www.gardensgolf.com

Year built: 1992
Architect(s): Roy Case (1992), Dusenberry Design (2013)
Type: Public
Greens: TifEagle Bermuda
Fairways: Celebration Bermuda
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: Yes
Dress code: Proper golf attire. Jeans, tank tops, tee shirts, short shorts or short skirts, sweat pants, swimsuits (board shorts), spandex or bike shorts are not appropriate golf attire.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed, Birthday Parties

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold/Championship 72 6504 yards 70.2 136
Blue/Back 72 6028 yards 69.7 130
White/Middle 72 5420 yards 67.0 116
White/Middle (W) 72 5420 yards 72.2 130
Red/Forward 72 4690 yards 63.6 113
Red/Forward (W) 72 4690 yards 67.5 116

Play 18 holes of challenging yet enjoyable golf through 140 acres of the Loxahatchee Natural Preserve at Sandhill Crane Golf Course. This Par 72, Roy Case designed course is truly a "walk in the gardens". The peace and quiet is interrupted only by the sounds of nature. Southern pines, palm trees frame the course giving you breathtaking views and quality golf, while still being affordable!

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.3 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.5 stars from 5
Value: 4.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 310 Reviews
5 stars:
111
4 stars:
163
3 stars:
25
2 stars:
5
1 stars:
6

recommend this course

289 out of 309 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is in the 'burbs worth the drive convenient to the city   Great for wildlife/ scenic views locals advanced golfers   Challenges include water hazards bunkers forced carries   Great for drinks patio dining 19th hole scenic views  

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"Relatively short but challenging course"


Leo2putts's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/12/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I heard about this course for a long time but haven't taken any action to drive 1.5 hour to play there until I took a day off on 7/12 to play this course and the other nearby great course back to back. I am totally glad for what I did on 7/12. Sandhill is great! It's short but challenging. I played from the back tee. The tee shot is critical. You have to think where and how to fire your tee shot almost on every hole. When looking out from the back tee, a lot of holes intimidate you. The tee shot openings are very narrow. It's a very unforgiving course especially when you play from the back tee. It's fun and I am glad to take that long drive.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Many dogleg holes, ware area carries to challenge driving accuracy."


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/10/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

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The course itself was in very good condition except for some sand on several greens. There is some construction renovation going on involving concrete trucks but it was being managed very well and didn’t interfere with play.

There was a young family of four in front of my threesome that slowed our pace of play to some degree and probably should’ve been told to let us play through by the Ranger but since it’s off-season, and I am a family man myself, it was nice to see mom and dad introducing their two children to the game of golf!


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


"conditions"


robb1's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/12/2018
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Reviewed on

The course shouldn't have been open,very very wet. Cart path only. No notification was listed about how wet the course was. This course doesn't drain well after rain.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Little honesty never hurts"


ljohnsongolf's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Should have told us they punched the entire course only a few days before...not on Golfnow sign up


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Enjoyable round..."


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/25/2018
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Great layout for a shortish course. Conditions were excellent despite all the rain we have been receiving. In my regular rotation.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"To Close For Comfort"


tdawson55's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/12/2018
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The course layout is so tight we nearly were hit by errant shots 4-5 times. Also experienced a wait on every tee box resulting in a 4.5 hour round.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Capt Jeff"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/24/2018
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Need to speed up play, too many snow

Birds that have no or very little golf etiquette


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great shape"


Ann1744138's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/17/2018
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Reviewed on

Have played this course many times. They continue to cut back the brush and growth making it easier for stray shots to be found and hit. It is not a long course so players who can find their balls should

score very well.

The food in the new clubhouse has been excellent and on a par with some of the private clubs. The addition of toilet facilities should speed up the turn time. The lock on the outer ladies room (holes 15/17) has not worked for months and results in a lot of walk ins and embarrassments of both sexes .Do not open the door without knocking.!,,,,

A good experience, all the improvements have increased prices,. Golfnow helps with softening the blow.

Treat yourself.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Excellent course"


u3466715's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/16/2018
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Reviewed on

We played late afternoon, when we arrived we were met by Bob from Binghamton, extremely friendly and informative. The course layout was excellent, pace of play very good, beverage cart was out and about, greens were superb.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Aesthetically appealing golf course"


u000008204538's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/13/2018
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Reviewed on

Sandhill Crane is a golf course that is pleasing to the eye. The layout has good variety and you normally see plenty of birds and a few alligators. The fairways are reasonably wide and the greens receptive, giving the average golfer opportunities to score. The greens do have subtle break, causing some perplexing near-misses. This is one of our favorite Palm Beach County courses.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Good course for an amateur striving to get better"


u000001050090's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/09/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was my 1st time playing Sandhill Crane GC. Even though the wind was a factor all day, the fairways were tight but manageable plus there was multiple yardage markings on the 8 Par 4's and the 5 Par 5's to help you which I liked (for control purposes, I used my 3 Wood a lot). I also liked the colored flags (Red front, White middle and Blue back) & the GPS on the cart because it really helped me to play controlled, disciplined golf, resulting in my best round this spring. The greens had a nice consistency to them but they were all too fast on the day that I played (I don't know what the stimpmeter was) which was a bit deflating after quality 2nd shots to the green. Although the course was full on the Monday afternoon that I played, my partner and I did not feel rushed.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



allan5970107's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/03/2018
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Reviewed on

Very nice course and atmosphere. Definitely have this on my favorite list.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



justme4274's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/03/2018
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



ThomasGram's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/30/2018
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Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"A Diamond Built In The Rough"


lannertcito's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

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

Reviewed on

Formerly known as the Palm Beach Gardens Golf Course, this entertaining track built on an Everglades preserve featured a winding, somewhat nondescript, front nine that bordered a residential development followed by a visually spectacular back nine that neatly snaked through a seasonally dry marsh. There was a young diamondback rattler squiggling across the fairway on No. 13, a double dog-legged Par 5 that while not listed as the toughest hole, could have easily qualified as such. Course management and joining up with a person familiar with this rather short, but deceptive, course was most useful as I saved several balls and strokes during a nearly four-hour round played on some of the truest greens in South Florida. Considering near drought conditions, the fast-running fairways were in solid condition, with a bit of bareness on the fringes where several sandhill cranes were hanging out. Because of usual inattentive care from golfers on this heavily-played course, the bunkers were pretty beaten up. The pro staff and cart attendants were professionally polite, but not particularly welcoming. While the cart service was limited, due to late afternoon time slot, the attendant was friendly and efficient. The Dancing Crane restaurant in the spiffy, newly-minted clubhouse is one of the very best in South Florida. And as many courses close in South Florida, it is heartening to know that the city of Palm Beach Gardens, which owns Sandhill Crane, is building a new Par 3 course to complement its 18-hole gem.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"scenic course"


kato69's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/26/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

first time playing course but had a regular to help with shot directions which helped. course conditions were good. good greens. not a long course but has doglegs to make you hit to spots. the course is a little out of the way but would play again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good value and great course"


MaryAnne1050162's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/21/2018
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Course is in great shape and the new clubhouse provides wide food options plus lots of wildlife make for a winning experience. Definitely worth a try.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



Ann1744138's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/18/2018
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Rough day due to players who ignore good sense and drive through roped off areas or on par 3s. If not for two sets of these players we would have played in 4 hours. The carts shut down when you violate cart rules and you can only back out—back out straight and you will be fine —try to steer out and the swamp awaits....


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Trying to Be an Upscale Course"


u000002315020's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/16/2018
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Reviewed on

The City of Palm Beach Gardens has overpriced the greens fees for this course to pay for their overly fancy new clubhouse, which they want to serve as an event venue. It's a bit out of the way from most of the local area population and not that convenient for events they are trying to attract, although an additional 9 holes and new housing (and much needed additional parking) are planned for next door. But it's still the same golf course -- average conditions and pace of play in a great natural setting with a water driving range -- that do not warrant an increase in greens fees. It did not appear that the golf course has been changed much. Look for a deal instead of paying full price.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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