Dunes at Sandridge Golf Club

4.9148117647 4.9 stars from 5 (35)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6968 yards
  • Slope: 129
  • Rating: 72.6
  • Layout

  • 5300 73rd St, Vero Beach, Florida 32967, Indian River County
  • (772) 770-5000, (772) 770-5003
  • (772) 770-5109
  • www.sandridgegc.com

Year built: 1987
Architect(s): Ron Garl (1987)
Type: Public
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Singles allowed: No
Dress code: Proper attire required. No tank tops or halter tops, no bathing suits or jogging shorts. Shirts must be worn at all times while on premises
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 6968 yards 72.6 129
Blue 72 6114 yards 69.4 123
White 72 5571 yards 66.9 115
White (W) 72 5571 yards 73.0 130
Green 72 5136 yards 64.8 113
Green (W) 72 5136 yards 70.4 125
Red (W) 72 4967 yards 69.7 122

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.9 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.3 stars from 5
Value: 4.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.9 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.7 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 35 Reviews
5 stars:
18
4 stars:
13
3 stars:
4
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

34 out of 34 reviews


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"Fun golf . . . isn't golf meant to be fun?"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/05/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

Tee sheet was full up, yet our group of four played 18 in 4:15. I've played here in March for the past several years and find it a well designed and maintained golf course;


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"An exemplary muni"


TimGavrichGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/05/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Sandridge has been my home golf facility since I moved to Vero Beach about three years ago, and with a few dozen rounds at the Dunes under my belt, I'm happy to say that it has all the main virtues of municipal golf.

The course layout is solid and typical of the late-80s - lots of mounding that no one would mistake for "minimalism," pretty comprehensive bunkering, but a good overall challenge.

Sandridge really stands out, especially among courses in its green fee range, with its conditioning. The greens roll as well as just about any public course you'll play for less than $80 or so, with the added bonus of the fact that at Sandridge, you'll pay a fraction of that (I'm talking $20 in the summer after 1 pm, with cart). The county is constantly working on the course, be it improving drainage, streamlining bunkers or, most recently, adding some back tees.

Finally, it's worth noting how great the Sandridge staff is. Bela Nagy and Jon Clark run the show with the help of a friendly support staff. Every Saturday morning is the "Blitz," a regular Stableford competition which the pro shop staff actually administrates (i.e. keeps scores and doles out winnings). There's a group of regular Blitz players who drive more than an hour to play in the game - that's how well-run it is. And as if all that isn't enough, Sandridge hosts the Indian River Golf Foundation, which is itself a wonderful junior golf program. If more facilities were like Sandridge, golf would be even stronger than it is.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great mini course"


edrheaume00's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/14/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Played with my daughter on our vacation. We were paired up with a member. Greens are in awesome shape, especially for a muni course. Rolled smooth and quick. Work being done to upgrade the irrigation system willl only make the two 18's here rven better..

3:45 for 18 holes. Very interesting and fun layout with many elevation changes not usually seen on Florida coastal courses. Will play here again when back in this area.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"great course"


tjbarney's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/13/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Love this beautiful and challenging course. Lots of water. You can even catch a glimpse of a gator every now and then, Wonderful and friendly staff.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Parcours demandant de la technique"


zer0defect's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/12/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Nous avons joué ce parcours boudé par les golfeurs du coin. Il est pourtant magnifique, et très demandant.

La moyenne d'age des joueurs est haut-dessus de 65 ans. Le parcours sollicite votre ingéniosité, il faudra mettre de côté le bois 1, et être bon avec ses fers longs. J'ai beaucoup aimé ce parcours, ma conjointe aussi. Nous y retournerons d'ici la fin de nos vacances. Le prix est plus qu'abordable pour la qualité du parcours.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"This is a Muni?"


TheGolfinGuy's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/30/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

When it comes to municipal golf courses, you’ll be hard pressed to find one in better condition and with a friendlier staff than Sandridge Golf Club in Vero Beach, FL. I mentioned to Director of Golf Bela Nagy that I had played private facilities that were in worse condition and his response to me was, “Yeah, we hear that all the time.” Sandridge has been recognized as one of Florida’s finest public golf facilities, and with good reason. Golf course designer Ron Garl, design both courses.

Aesthetically, these Ron Garl layouts are pleasing, and require a multitude of shots if you are going to play them well. Garl has made great use of sand and water, which are both abundant in Florida. Each of the courses – The Dunes and The Lakes – has its own island hole; on the Dunes, it’s the Par 3, 6th hole and on the Lakes Course, it’s the par 4, 14th. Be sure to have a couple extra balls with you.

The Dunes course opened in April, 1987 and plays 6,968 yards from the back tee, with a course rating of 72.6 and a slope of 129. At 6,114 yards and a slope of 123, the Blue Tees will give most golfers all the can handle. Most of the ladies will find the Red Tees at 4,967 a good test of their skills and abilities.

The land that the Dunes Course is built on an old ridge that runs up the East Coast of Florida and was once used for mining operations. Water comes into play on about 9 of the holes and can really figure into your scoring on about 4 or 5. Waste bunkers are prevalent on a number of holes as well, so your best bet is to keep it in the fairway.

According to Nagy, the facility did over 115,000 rounds last year. During the peak season (March and April) it’s not uncommon for them to process over 500 rounds a day. With all that traffic, you would expect deplorable conditions, however the maintenance staff at Sandridge keeps the course in excellent shape. There are a lot of pock marks on the greens, especially on the Dunes which I suspect gets a little more play because of its length, marks that would be negated if players just took their time and repaired their ball marks. Nonetheless, these marks don’t really hinder your putting efforts, they just look out of place. They allow walking which, given the layout, is not as taxing as one might think in the Florida heat.

Another thing I noticed about Sandridge is their pro shop; they carry everything golf from hats, shoes, socks, balls and gloves to headcovers, clubs, bags and putters. And what’s best is that they are competitively priced with the big box retailers.

If you’re in the Vero Beach area, you need to get out and play Sandridge and see for yourself the fine conditioning of the course and how down home friendly the staff is. For more information, visit them online at www.sandridgegc.com.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Weekend Couples outing a great success"


travel1's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/03/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I arranged with Bela Nagy, the Director of Golf, for 12 couples to play both courses at Sandridge over the weekend. We schedules the Lakes course on Saturday and the Dunes course for Sunday. We arrived on Saturday to find our carts arranged to the side so we could coordinate our participants on arrival (both days). The check-in was smooth and easy and we played the Lakes in less than 4 hours. The Lakes course was in excellent shape and the greens putted wonderfully. On returning Sunday for our round on the Dunes course, again, our carts were set aside and waiting for us. The Dunes course was the highlight. I can't recommend this facility enough. Bela is easy to work with and every detail went smoothly and the staff was exceptionally helpful making for a great weekend.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Course is fairly challenging and tight in some areas."


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 3/1/2013
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Reviewed on

Great greens, with many traps. A must play course for around the $37-42 range.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Very nice course"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 2/27/2013
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Reviewed on

As a county course, it is way above it's peers and matches well with private courses. Mature course with well maintained landscape features.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Very pretty layout."


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/15/2013
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Reviewed on

Beautiful golf course in great shape. There are some very pretty holes, you might want to bring your camera.<br/> Plays a little short for the low handicapper I would recommend the back tees.<br/> We will be back for sure. Great value for money.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Both courses are in excellent condition!"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 2/12/2013
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Reviewed on

These two public courses are in excellent condition, extremely challenging and fun to play. Even the pace of play is marvelous....these courses are must plays.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Course- very challenging and in great condition."


u000006543713's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 2/9/2013
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Reviewed on

Everything was great. The pace of play was good and the condition of the course was awesome. This is a challenging course with bunkers, fairway undulations, water and a tight tree line. The only negative was that we started 25 minutes after our scheduled t time.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Course...Slow Play"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 1/28/2013
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The course is very busy. Parking lot was full and grass lots were near capacity. Very long wait to tee off...nearly 30 minutes behind and then nearly 5 hours to play (and we didn't stop at the clubhouse after 9). Course was in great shape for the amount of play it gets. Played from the white tees and many challenging holes from those...could get really tough going back to the blue or gold.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"A well maintained tight course fun for all skill levels."


upsrep0726's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/21/2013
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Reviewed on

The Sandridge Golf Course provides two 18 hole courses. The Dunes and the Lakes.<br/> I played the Dunes yesterday. I was pleasantly surprised at the pace of play (4 hours and 15 minutes) even though the course was quite crowded.<br/> The Dunes is a tight course that you will need to be not only straight but precise in your shots off of the tee. I suggest taking the course book provided by the pro shop.<br/> There are dog legs and hazards that cut across the fairways, you will need to judge your distance off of the tee maybe using irons to stay safe. The greens are well maintained with a fast too medium speed .<br/> A well stocked pro shop and also a luncheonette will provide needed equipment and food for the day.<br/> Enjoy!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"This course has no homes on it."


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 1/19/2013
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A pleasure to play, pure serenity. A public course that is maintained like highend courses.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Excellent course, in great condition friendly staff."


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 1/17/2013
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I have played both the Dunes and Lakes courses at Sandridge, and both are equally challenging, in great, condition and offer fantastic flora & fauna while traversing course between shots. I would highly recommend Sandridge courses.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"This is challenging, yet fair."


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/08/2013
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Multiple tee boxes for any skill levels. A little expensive, unless you use golf ow or other coupon type opportunities.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great golf course and condition."


LCWgolf's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 1/4/2013
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Reviewed on

Very challenging course especially on the back nine.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"this course is great"


uDNXV1970DN's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/04/2013
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This course was in a very good condition and it was challenging to play the Lakes


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"great course great price"


rowdy6634's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/29/2012
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Reviewed on

one of the best kept courses around and 36 holes to choose from.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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