Whaling City Golf Course At New Bedford

3.2222333333 3.2 stars from 5 (4)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6780 yards
  • Slope: 131
  • Rating: 73.0
  • Layout

  • 581 Hathaway Rd, New Bedford, Massachusetts 02740, Bristol County
  • (508) 996-9393
  • (508) 990-8277
  • whalingcitygolfcourse.com

Year built: 1920
Architect(s): Donald Ross (1920)
Type: Public/Municipal
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6780 yards 73.0 131
White 72 6487 yards 70.2 126
Green 72 5634 yards 67.2 119
Red (W) 72 5233 yards 70.2 118

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.2 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 2.3 stars from 5
Value: 3.0 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 2.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.7 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 4 Reviews
5 stars:
0
4 stars:
1
3 stars:
0
2 stars:
2
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

1 out of 4 reviews


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"Great Value - Excellent course for beginner"


MikeT66's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/21/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

This course is a gem albeit slightly rough around the edges. Wide open fairways and large greens make it a perfect place for beginners. In very good condition overall. Typical Donald Ross design has players using every club in the bag. Easy on the wallet and usually wide open. Easy access of the highway. Grass driving range, oversized putting green and dedicated chipping green. Proshop/clubhouse is antiquated and in need of upgrade. Would definitely recommend.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Golf Elsewhere"


CapeCodGolfPro's avatar
Age:  35-44

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/16/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

Little to no attention to the golfing experience.

Grounds, Greens ok.

Staff attitude, poor/unprofessional

I would not recommend this course to any of my associates. Ever.

I was subsequently informed that the Management Company has taken the course to new depths.

They should be ashamed of themselves and the people of New Bedford should be angry.

Pete


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Don't play here !!!! Management company ruined this course!"


u520004254's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/10/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

Here's the deal . City of New Bedford turned over operations to Johnson Management . Management company pays the city for the rights to the course. City cashes their big check, no risk involved. Therefore management company puts NO money into maintaining course !!!! Course conditions are an embarrassment!!!!!!! Traps , unranked , full of rocks !! They don't have enough staff..so only SOME of the greens get cut daily. Diseased greens, fairways were totally burnt out...Nothing but awful, tight lies on the fairway. Place SUCKS !!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Course is neglected by management company"


u520004254's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/05/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

Municipal course that is totally neglected by the overseeing management company that puts bare minimum effort into maintaining the course. Greens are often uncut,or poorly cut,slow and diseased/burned out. Fairways are in equally poor shape. Sand traps are never raked and full of rocks. You will find ZERO water coolers on the entire course during the summer. It is very sad considering it is a challenging layout ,with some holes designed by Donald Ross. On top of the poor conditions..they offer no twilight rates at all, almost $60 to ride this course ..I can't say enough BAD things about how Johnson Management takes care of this course.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 09/30/2016

I have played many courses in the Southcoast area and I have never been so disappointed as I was after "playing" Whaling City.

I was truly embarrassed with everything from the circa 1965 clubhouse and amenities to the lack of attention to golfer needs.

I inquired about food and was given the response: "well it is the end of the year and there is not any food most of the time".

The bar was an experience.

The female bartender was surly and acted as if she was doing ME a favor!

Her language was filthy as was her demeanor.

AWFUL. The management should be reevaluated.



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