The Rookery South

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3.5
12
5 Stars
3
4 Stars
3
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.5
Value
3.4
Layout
3.8
Friendliness
3.7
Pace
4.5
Amenities
3.0
72.5%
Recommend this course
8 out of 12 reviews
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Average Rating
3.0
2
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
0
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.0
Value
3.0
Layout
3.5
Pace
4.0
Amenities
2.5
StaffFriendliness
2.0
50.0%
Recommend this course
1 out of 2 reviews
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Average Rating
3.7
6
5 Stars
2
4 Stars
2
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.8
Value
3.7
Layout
3.7
Pace
4.5
Amenities
2.8
StaffFriendliness
3.3
83.3%
Recommend this course
5 out of 6 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 71
Length 6481
Slope 125
Rating 70.5
Type Public
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The Rookery South
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 71 6481 yards 70.5 125
White 71 6139 yards 68.6 123
Red 71 5528 yards 66.1 115
Red (W) 71 5528 yards 71.5 121
Red/Gold 71 5129 yards 63.9 107
Red/Gold (W) 71 5129 yards 68.1 114
Gold 71 4875 yards 63.3 105
Gold (W) 71 4875 yards 67.1 111
Scorecard for South
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Blue M: 70.5/125 395 178 305 297 402 500 410 400 123 3010 601 447 361 486 236 151 401 170 618 3471 6481
White M: 68.6/123 385 168 300 290 385 491 390 362 115 2886 575 425 351 466 200 140 375 155 566 3253 6139
Red M: 66.1/115 W: 71.5/121 365 154 230 270 360 460 363 340 105 2647 565 325 281 456 180 121 311 135 507 2881 5528
Red/Gold M: 63.9/107 W: 68.1/114 325 154 230 270 360 460 285 252 105 2441 480 325 281 456 130 121 311 135 449 2688 5129
Gold M: 63.3/105 W: 67.1/111 325 140 201 255 315 436 285 252 95 2304 480 315 271 402 130 111 298 115 449 2571 4875
Handicap 5 15 11 13 9 1 3 7 17 4 10 12 2 14 16 8 18 6
Par 4 3 4 4 4 5 4 4 3 35 5 4 4 5 3 3 4 3 5 36 71

Course Details

Year Built 2000
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fee
Clubs Yes
GPS No

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Proper golf attire preferred.

Reviews

3.5
12
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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
1.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Horrible condition, rude employees

Late September 2018.

Even at $72, this place is not worth it.

The entire course was in horrible condition.

The starter insulted me in front of my group (he was trying to be funny ... he made a joke at my expense ... totally unnecessary).

And - at the turn - the other starter solicited us for money (to contribute to his charity).

Moreover, we had 7:30am tee times and the grill wasn't open. (So sorry that the employees couldn't show up early for their customers.)

No reason to return to this less-than-mediocre golf course.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Hot weather

Eastern Shore Find

The Rookery South is 10 miles north of Rehoboth Beach, DE. It is a sporty track with great conditions, varied layout and a lot of fun to play. Tremendous value!! A must play, especially for buddy trips on their way to or from OCMD

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Fun Track

Very fun track. Score-able and not boring. Some shorter holes but they make up for it with some fun shots. Greens rolled well and the staff is great. Been there twice and I plan on many more.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Wet and cart path only

No one said "Cart path only" when we paid for outing. All of us have some "senior" issues which makes walking a long course difficult and less than enjoyable. The fairways were wet from heavy rains two days before but not so bad all the course lawnmowers and others weren't out in full swing. A 90 degree rule would have worked well and made the day better. Also, Rookery does not provide a bucket of balls with the reservation, one of the few in the area that skimps on that GolfNow perk.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Would play again

Pleasantly surprised with the Rookery South. Despite a few days of wet weather, there was no issue on the course itself. Conditions were pretty decent, better than some of the reviews I had read. Tee boxes, fairways, and greens all in great shape. Couple greens had some rough spots, but this time of the year/season, most normal priced courses do. Well worth the $40 GolfNow price I paid. I would definitely play again. It was a tad quirky, the front nine was a lot of shorter holes, then the back nine had 3 par 5's, and seemed much longer than the front. Decent layout, no real "gimmicky" holes. Just straight up golf. Good for the beginner and high handicapper. Very forgiving.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Great Course

Second time playing here and again the course was in excellent shape. Staff and starter were very friendly and the layout is very good. Would highly recommend.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played

Almost back from the dead

The last I played this course was early summer of 2016 and I heard they completely lost a few greens because of an incompetent superintendent. That being said the course is close to being back but the reason for the for the overall poor rating is because of the value. If 0 stars were an option I would have given them that. Rough was inconsistent and patchy, some of the greens had large bare spots still and the worst feature was the bare spots green side. I've played this course often enough to realize this course is no where near the caliber of some of the other beach clubs that are a little further south but to charge $54 plus $16 for a cart for the condition the course is currently is is almost laughable. In contrast I played Heritage Shores yesterday for $45 with a gps cart and unlimited use of the practice facilities(it was twilight so not exactly apples to apples).

They really do take advantage of the fact they are the only 18 hole course on the north side of the beach area by over charging and under delivering

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing
Good weather

Fun and Empty

Course obviously took a beating from the dry summer. Yellow patches of dead grass on every hole. Greens were slow and and spin did not do anything. That being said, a fun and quick round of golf.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser

Nice layout -- course hasn't recovered from Spring aeration

Nice layout but the course is in transition. From my understanding, the course was recently sold to the owners of The Rookery South, (Rehoboth, DE). It's always unfair to judge the conditions of a course with Bermuda/Zoysia fairways in the Winter/Spring in the Northeast -- the entire course is still recovering from Spring aeration -- very rough. I think it's a fun/fair layout, but the current conditions preclude recommending. Hopefully the agronomy efforts of the new owners will payoff this Summer...

Conditions Poor
Value Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser

Not what I expected

We only played 12 holes. The course was thickly covered in chucks of dusty fertilizer and since the layout and conditions were so disappointing, we did not choose to put ourselves through smelling it - and who knows what other side affects. I was expecting something special, but was really let down.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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