Bayview/Bayou at A. C. Read Golf Course

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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 6716
Slope 135
Rating 72.7
Type Military
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6716 yards 72.7 135
Blue 72 6291 yards 70.4 135
White 72 5845 yards 68.2 125
Copper 72 5114 yards 69.6 123
Scorecard for Bayview/Bayou
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 72.7/131 357 400 533 180 347 356 528 204 366 3271 390 217 535 201 567 369 396 399 353 3427 6698
Blue M: 70.3/131 340 386 522 171 330 325 501 184 340 3099 363 178 518 168 536 344 370 378 337 3192 6291
White M: 68.6/125 W: 73.8/128 319 367 486 151 309 286 471 162 328 2879 336 152 504 138 492 325 342 355 322 2966 5845
Copper M: 65.2/116 W: 69.5/119 300 351 449 132 251 251 434 140 298 2606 287 130 410 117 423 276 294 265 306 2508 5114
Handicap 16 4 18 12 14 8 2 6 10 15 3 17 9 13 7 1 5 11
Par 4 4 5 3 4 4 5 3 4 36 4 3 5 3 5 4 4 4 4 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 2003
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Jerry Pate (2004)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Appropriate golf attire.

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Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Good weather
Used cart

Beautiful Layout

This is a must play course in Florida's Pan Handle area. I played in a Florida State Golf Association tournament and fell in love with the course. From tee box to green the course is in excellent condition. You can tell from talking with all members of the staff that they are proud of their golf course and it shows in the condition of the course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather

Great Military Course - Super Good Conditions

Played Bayou to Lake View today and was pleasantly pleased at the course conditions. The fairways are lush and every bunker has been rebuilt, perfect sand. Te greens are hard and fast, some hot spots, but really nice. The hazards were well marked. All three nines past the snack bar and the hot dogs are really good and sell out fast. The Golf Shop is the tops! Super staff and well stocked. The have a restaurant and it's always been a hit with especially the breakfast.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Good weather

best course in Pensacola area

I've played here about a dozen times and believe this is the best course in the Pensacola area. Not many civilians play here because it's not widely known that it is open to civilians (just need to show a driver's license at the gate). The staff and other players are very welcoming to civilians. It's easy to show up as a single and get paired up. The three nine-hole courses are about equal in difficulty. There are a lot of short par-4s, so long hitters will want to play from the back tees. Each of the nines has one or two quirky holes that dogleg at 200-250 yards, to it helps if you can fade and draw the ball. Some also have large trees at the corners, so fairways woods and hybrids are required off the tee. This course has survived the spring floods and summer heat better than most courses in the area. It is always in good condition.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Good weather

very playable, beautiful to look at

This if probably the best course in the Pensacola area. Not many civilians play there because it's not widely known that it's open to the public. A beautiful course to look at and easy to walk. The three nine-hole courses are about equal in difficulty. I've played it about a dozen times and found it in very good condition. Easy to to show up as a single and get paired up. The staff is very welcoming to civilians. Each of the nines has one or two quirky holes that dogleg 200-225 yards off the tee, so you have to hit less than driver. And several doglegs have large trees at the corners, so it helps to be on the correct side of the fairway. This course survived the spring floods and summer heat much better than other courses in the area. The fairways appear to drain well after heavy rains, and the putting surfaces are smooth.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented On 11/14/2015

Update on public access -- a few months ago, because of bomb threats and other security concerns, the Navy changed is policy about public access. Instead of just showing a drivers license at the main gate, you now have to stop at the visitors center and get a one-day pass (showing drivers license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance). A bit of a hassle, but still worth it to play a great course.

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