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3.4
Value
3.9
Layout
3.5
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.4
74.1%
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3.6
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3.0
Value
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Layout
3.8
Pace
4.4
Amenities
3.7
StaffFriendliness
4.3
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Conditions
3.4
Value
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Layout
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Pace
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Amenities
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Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 64
Length 4545 yards
Slope 117
Rating 64.2
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The Palms Golf Club at Forest Lakes
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Course Details

Year Built 2015
Fairways Tif-eagle Grass
Greens Celebration Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Gordon G. Lewis (2015)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Appropriate golf attire

Food & Beverage

Food & Beverage

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3.4
181 Reviews (181)
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Great unique course in Sarasota

The Palms at Forest Lakes is a great local facility and tremendous value. The layout is a bit quirky but very fun, challenging and playable for players of all skill levels, and the greens are in great shape which is what matters most IMO. For the space, it is hard to picture a better course and the location is amazing, right in the center of town! Even if you are not going to play a round, the practice facilities are the best public facilities that I have found in the area with a nice short game area and solid range. The people here are very friendly and have plenty of character. I would recommend giving the Palms a shot!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing

Nightmare!

I can't give 0 stars?! First and last time here! It was a feels like 106° today so was looking for something different with less time spent outside. I WAS excited, then I got there for check-in. The guy who checked me in, who later told me he was the GM, couldn't have been more rude than what he proved to be!
I booked my tee time via GolfNow, which I've used EXCLUSIVELY in 3 states over the last 5 years. When I told him I used GolfNow, he put his head down, shook his head at me, then started his system doesn't recognize GolfNow after 3pm?! Ok, whatever for that. He then proceeded to tell me that I owe and extra $4-$5 than what I was told?! I of course questioned this as my phone shows all the charges laid out. This is where he became extremely rude, somehow accusing ME and saying this is the way it is?! LOL, huh? Umm, no! The reservation made also stated that range balls were included. I got there an hour early for this. When I asked how I proceeded, he said I would have to pay for range balls?! I pulled my phone out to show him, he angrily ignored, threw some balls in a basket and said, I AM THE GM, YOU KNOW. And your point is?!? Why are YOUR problems, MY problems?!?!?
Now the course itself...it's in HORRENDOUS condition! Like, hitting perfect shot in the fairway and getting "rewarded" with no grass and weeds all over I know I shouldn't be surprised as this guy is in charge of it. He IS the GM, you know! Well then take some pride in your job and your course!
For the $23 GolfNow rate, you can golf literally double digit courses for same or less rate which are in current GREAT shape! What a nightmare!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Our group plays every Saturday afternoon. We have a group of 5-10 that comes out on a regular basis. Greens are some of the best in Sarasota. Staff is friendly and accommodating. They offer great flexibility when additional players come out on short notice. Carts are new and ready for play.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

The Palms Hidden Gem

If you have not played the Palms Golf Course you are missing out. Great layout, Great Customer service and just plain fun. If your looking for a golf course you can call home this is the one!!!!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Interesting Layout

Did not play well today. Me not the course. Par 35 going out, and par 29 coming in. Different! Shot 85, yuch.! Can't blame the greens. My putter was cold.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Always in rough shape

We decided to give this course another shot only to be disappointed again. The fairways are rough and packed...You will hurt your wrists if you take a divot.. Can't use a wedge off the green. Poor shape all around.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 165
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

The Palms Golf Club at Forest Lakes – A Golf Course Resurrected!

For years, Forest Lakes Golf Club in Sarasota was one of the most popular golf courses in the area, but time and the recession that hit in 2008 took a toll on the course. The property remained closed for more than 10 years and then in 2016 it was reapportioned and golf course architect Gordon Lewis was called on to design a new course. The result is a golf course that will delight and amaze every caliber of golfer.

The Palms Golf Club at Forest Lakes is a truly unique layout. The new Palms Golf Club is a par 64 course that will challenge every aspect of your game regardless of how good or bad you are. You’ll find four sets of tees with distances ranging 2,731 and 4,545 yards, making it a great course for juniors and newcomers to the game. Celebration fairways, mature trees and TifEagle greens that typically run about 10.5 – 11 on the stimpmeter make for great golfing conditions.

What makes the “Presidential”-style course so unique is that the front nine is a regulation-length nine with a par of 35 while the back nine features 7 par 3’s and two par 4s for a par of 29. In essence, it’s two totally different nine-hole layouts, each with their own special features. Regardless of your skill level, you’re probably going to use every club in your bag. And several golf balls too!

There are several holes out here that you won’t soon forget, starting with the first. You can’t see it from the back tee, but there’s a creek down the left side that crosses the fairway about 220 yards out and can ruin what you thought was a great tee shot. Take something a little less off the tee, and leave yourself a short pitch onto a flat, relatively small green protected by a single bunker front right.

The par 5, 3rd hole has two water hazards in play down the right side. The first one comes into play about 190 yards from the back tees. The landing area off the tee between the water and trees left is narrow, so choose your club wisely off the tee. The fairway opens up a bit between the second water hazard and the tree line so leaving your layup shot about 100 yards short of the green is a safe lay and leaves a manageable approach shot into another small green. The second pond is being enlarged, which will only add to the beauty of this hole.

The shorter “Presidential” back nine starts with one of the toughest holes on the course. It’s a narrow par 3 that plays 177 yards from the back tees with trees down the right side and a retention pond on the left that shouldn’t come into play. In fact, there’s nothing good to the left! The green is fronted by a bunker front right. Par is a great way to start this nine.

At 241 yards from the back tees, Number 11 is a risk/reward par 4. For my money, the reward greatly outweighs the risk, especially if a draw is in your shot repertoire. There’s a bunker front left that catches anything short. The green is pretty small but seems to hold shots well.

If for some reason you don’t feel like playing a round of golf at The Palms Golf Club, it’s a great place to practice and hone all aspects of your game. The aquatic driving range has several floating target greens and is long enough to let you hit every club in the bag, while the short game area and practice putting green let you practice all of your shots on and around the green.

Is your company or organization is planning a golf tournament or outing? The Palms Golf Club is worthy of consideration; after all, they are the most accommodating people in golf! Whether you’re looking for a traditional stroke play event, a four-person scramble, a golf marathon or something totally unique, the staff is there to help you maximize the profitability of your event!

Because of its layout, it’s appealing to more golfers than a typical championship course, meaning you’re likely to attract more players. The front nine is the perfect place to host a 9-hole league. It’s a par 35 that plays almost 3,000 yards and has a par 5. Throw in some cold beers after your round and a few hot dogs and you’ve got all you need for the perfect league setting! The back nine is perfect for groups looking to play 9 holes, have a drink and enjoy some fun and camaraderie, all in under 2 hours! The Palms Golf Club welcomes all different types of organizations, professional associations, groups, and clubs.

If you’re looking to take up the game or improve the way you currently play, The Palms Golf Club Golf Academy can help. They feature two locally seasoned golf professionals: Jay Nash and Douglas Erb, each with their own unique teaching style. Instruction is available for juniors as well as adults and groups. You can design your own package or series or schedule a playing lesson.

It may not be your typical regulation length championship golf course but The Palms Golf Club at Forest Lakes is a challenging layout that provides a variety of holes, water features, mature landscaping, and more! Best of all it can usually be played in about three hours. I challenge you to find a golf course anywhere that has a friendlier staff and is more welcoming than The Palms Golf Club at Forest Lakes. The club is located minutes from Siesta Key, Bird Key and Lido Key on one of Sarasota’s busiest streets, Beneva Road.

The Palms Golf Club at Forest Lakes is a semi-private club meaning it’s open to the public. It’s very popular with locals, visitors and snowbirds alike. Memberships are available; if you’re interested call General Manager Sven Nelson and he can fill you in on all the details.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Quite surprising challenging course for an executive course, will definitely play again.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Very Dry. Needs watering

Surprised course only takes credit cards. No cash , except for tipping. Course in poor shape and desperately needs watering. Pace of play good for time of year.

Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing

Frogging Beneva

Nice exec. course with small but fast greens.Great place for a casual round of golf with friends. It doesn’t but to much stress on your game if you play the correct tees. The Bermuda greens were fast and held shots nicely. Fairways were created many tight lies allowing low shots to run out. The course even adds an element of danger due to crossing Beneva a couple of times.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fairways

The fairways need some work but the greens were good.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Challenging short course good par 4’s, long par 3’s. Ruff was dry and hard, greens were nice. Staff very friendly.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Fantastic staff won't make up a good golf course

The staff could not have been nicer. We had problems on the course and the staff resolved the problem promptly and more apologetic than expected but that didn't make up for the fact the golf course is in poor condition. If you want to play cheap golf and are not expecting much you will be satisfied here. Like I said, you can't find anywhere that welcomes you more.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

terrible excuse for a golf course. bargain basement or just basement?

Worst course we've played this year and in the top 10 overall, ever.
note- It is regulation on front nine and executive on back with mostly all par 3's
not worth it even if $15 or 20

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Hidden Gem

Great Course Conditions. Best Staff in Sarasoat and best Greens. A must play!!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 22
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Very fast greens

Overall the course is above average. Greens are true and very fast.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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