Falcon Watch Golf Club - Challenge/Sands Course

3.0000000000 3.0 stars from 5 (33)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6428 yards
  • Slope: 135
  • Rating: 72.6
  • Layout

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Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

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 6428 yards 72.6 135
White 72 5968 yards 69.0 121
Green 72 5291 yards 65.0 115
Green (W) 72 5291 yards 68.0 115
Red (W) 72 5170 yards 70.0 122
Yellow (W) 72 4742 yards 68.0 114

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.0 stars from 5
Value: 3.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.9 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.9 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 33 Reviews
5 stars:
2
4 stars:
10
3 stars:
12
2 stars:
4
1 stars:
5

recommend this course

21 out of 33 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is in the 'burbs   Great for locals seniors   Challenges include water hazards bunkers forced carries  

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"Don't waste your money during summertime"


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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/18/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

The 9-hole Cypress course was in terrible condition given I had played two months prior. It seemed that they had not done any maintenance on the course in weeks. Fairways weren't cut, grass is growing in the bunkers, the greens were dying with large brown dirt patches and weeds were noticeable high in the rough. The red tee on the 1st hole was all torn up. On the 9 hole I landed in a 6x6 foot area full of old grass cuttings hat was in the middle of the fairway. The 9-hole Challenge course was in much better shape from tee to green although the greens are only minimally in better shape. I was sorry I used some of my rewards on this course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Fun older worn course"


fangoriafan's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/10/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Our threesome played the two older nines, which needed some work. Lots of weeds in the fairways. Some greens were really good and then others bad. Good variety of holes with a good sandtrap/water hazard mix. No alcoholic license.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Needs lots of work"


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

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/04/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens were fair, fairways poor, and rough was mostly dirt. Challenge was in better shape than Cypress


Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"painted greens and nasty people"


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

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/01/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played as a non member. While signing in a member barged up to the desk and interupted the desk clerk and asked for a bag of balls saying he was had little time until he teed off. My wife, who was standing next to me asked the member if she was in his way and he said yes(we were in the process of paying). It was 9:30 and we had 9:53 tee times. The clerk said the carts were in the parking lot and to find one and come back and tell him the number.He also said that they were jammed and to wait in the parking lot until 9:53. After loading our carts we went to the first tee and did not see a person. In fact we did not see a group on the course until the back nine. A few of the greens were painted green due to no or little greens. In fact there was minimal grass on the entire golf course. Never go back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


"Gradually improving, on the right track"


onepunchnelly's avatar
Orlando Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/28/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I played this course despite some poor reviews and I must say I was pleasantly surprised. The first impression on arriving was pretty bad, I thought "Wow, what a goat track" there are lots of bare areas of dirt where grass should be growing. I know they recently hired a new superintendent to try and address some of the issues. From older reviews I was not expecting much from the greens or tee boxes but I was pretty impressed overall. It seems obvious the new greens keeper is prioritizing their time and budget to first address the areas of greatest need. The greens, while not perfect, were better than average and they did roll very nice and true. Some older reviews said the greens were over gown and very slow but that is no longer the case. I played the Sands and Cypress 9s. Tom in the pro shop was very friendly and helpful getting me out onto the 2 quickest 9s despite the fact I was a little late for my tee time. There was one green on the Cypress course that was in bad shape but all of the rest were pretty good. The tee boxes on both courses were reasonably flat with grass growing and the fairways for the most part were pretty good. (I did have to move to "fair lie" in the FW once or twice.) The rough must be low on the priority list for repairs because it is in bad shape-more dirt than grass and its just unsightly. This was why I had a bad first impression when I pulled in. The sparse rough looks dead and uninviting but I do understand why the superintendent has ignored this eye sore in favor of repairing greens and tee boxes first. Good job all around to the new staff for improving the greens and tee boxes. Ron Garl is one of my favorite designers, I would love to see this course returned to its intended beauty. Depending on weather conditions this summer, I believe Falcon watch could be greatly improved by next season. I must say- I had a career round here and broke 80 (76=+4) for the first time in a while. So playing well certainly helped my enjoyment of the course. If you can get a good hot deal, I would recommend trying this course- I wouldn't pay full price as there are several other nice courses in the area.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"The place worth to visit again"


uZDXW9584ZD's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/21/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good place, friendly staffs and interesting course needing every clubs in the bag, only negative is that my GPS software can't find this course so I was playing with a lot of doubt in yardage.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great scenery"


Imker's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/30/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Bunkers need improvement [Racking ETC]


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Course conditions"


rgumptampabay's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/26/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Don't see how they keep members..course conditions are horrible.greens are below average and folks don't seem to care if you play or not..almost nothing in pro shop merchandise..that tells it all..


Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"The course is in good condition."


shaker340's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/17/2015
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

There are three 9 hole courses. The Challenge, and Sands courses greens are in the best condition. The fairways on all three are in good condition. It is a very enjoyable course to play.


I recommend this course


Commented on 01/06/2016

Thank you for playing our course and for the great review.


"Terrain en réparation"



3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/17/2015
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Le terrain est en overseeding et les verts sont inconsistants,certains sont très rapides,d'autres sont lents,certains sont très courts,d'autres très longs,rendant le terrain très difficile.cette semaine,le tout était mieux,mais il faudrait attendre environ 1 mois et refaire une évaluation lorsque la période d'overseeding sera terminée.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 01/10/2016

Thank you for your feedback. The greens and course are in much better condition. The over-seeding is complete and it went very well. When you come back you will see a difference.


"Fun Outing"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/06/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played the Cypress & Challenge courses. Pace of play was fantastic. Grass on the greens was too long, which made them very slow, but even so the course was fun to play. Staff was excellent and positioned us to play a very speedy round. The Challenge course was indeed a challenge and very different from the Cypress course. Challenge had undulating terrain and some tight fairways. Wife and I enjoyed it. Will play it again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


Commented on 01/06/2016

Thanks for your feedback, we have a new superintendent and things are moving in the right direction.. Thanks again for playing Falcon Watch and please come back soon.


"Falcon Watch GC"


mcglynnjf's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/01/2015
First time playing Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Played Challenger and Sands. The good, not crowded, breezed through round in 2.5 hours with minimum waiting playing through two groups, thanks to them. OK layout's, some of the holes were challenging, requires some thought for club selection. I played well 76. I only hit half the greens but they were so small normally chip results in a tap in. The bad overall course conditions. Tee's and fairways fully grassed, didn't hit a bunker shot but they looked OK. Greens were less than average. 6 were OK, 6 were rough and 6 were not worth putting. Greens probably the smallest I've played as a collection. Good course for the local community or beginners, not one I'd play again though. Give it a shot but beware of the spotty conditions.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 01/06/2016

Thanks for your feedback, we have a new superintendent and things are moving in the right direction.. Next time you visit us you will see the difference, thanks again for playing Falcon Watch.


"Horrid course conditions"


lschwandner's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/29/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 9 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

Played 10/29/15. As others have noted, sand bunkers are weed pits, tee boxes weed beds, rest of the course weeds, very little grass. Best of all...the fire ant bites I received on both legs...and did not step in an obvious hill. Unacceptable. Course manager admits there is a fire ant problem they can't control. They have let this course go to weeds, just as they did the KP Exec course before they closed it.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 01/06/2016

Thanks for your feedback, we have a new superintendent and things are moving in the right direction.. Next time you visit us you will see the difference, thanks again for playing Falcon Watch.


"Good deal great pice"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/03/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course has beautiful fairways and some holes are challenging. One of the tee boxes on the back 9 was facing the wrong direction. I'm thinking someone moved things around to be funny since we had played there 3 weeks earlier and it wasn't like that. Some of the the greens had dirt patches but not all of them. It was a glorious day to be on the links.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Course is being neglected somewhat....."


ricklmartin's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/25/2015
Previously played Played as a single Used cart Played 9 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course among 4-5 owned by Clublink and I can tell that this one gets the least attention in maintenance. The practice chipping area, bunker are completely neglected, grass is overgrown with no evidence of maintenance since my visit a week ago. Carts are old with mildew on seats and cover - appearing about 20 yrs old. Course was moderately maintained. Fairway and greenside bunkers need a lot of work (weeks growing in them). Greens were in adequate shape. Tee boxes needed mowing. Course could be in much better shape, but I think it is low course on the Clublink totem pole budget-wise.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Good challenging course."


kenraps's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/19/2015
Previously played Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The Fairways at the Challenge Course were not mowed so they were almost like playing in the rough at times.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Rough"


Timothy3850358's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/12/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The greens were in terrible shape and the fairways were very dry and lacking grass in a lot of places.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Nobody Home"


uTIRZ7575TI's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/11/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I checked in one hour early to use the practice facilities. The Pro Shop reviewed my Golf Now tee sheet and still advised I owned them $32. After a quick reading of "The Will" the assistant said, Paid On Line.<br/> Just as I had advised him when I checked in.<br/> Course conditions were very poor. This location will not be on our playing rotation. Greens were in sad shape, bunkers had grass growing in the middle and tee boxes were disappointing. 19th Hole was closed in the afternoon.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"one of my favorite courses."


johngehrke's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/02/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Shot my personal best 68 and came away feeling I left 4-5 out there. A couple lipped out birdie putts and 5-6 other narrowly missed putts. An unfortunate soft bounce on a mushy area in front of 9 on the challenge(my 18th hole) led to led to my only bogie. What a fun day.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"course is challenging"



4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/24/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course has length, with water, sand traps,island type holes. lots of great views.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course