Palmer Park Golf Course

1.8621764706 1.9 stars from 5 (59)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6007 yards
  • Slope: 104
  • Rating: 67.4
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: No
Putting green: Yes
Indoor practice facilities: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Back 71 6007 yards 67.4 104
Middle 71 5809 yards 67.0 103
Forward (W) 71 5259 yards 70.2 108

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 1.9 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 1.6 stars from 5
Value: 2.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.6 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 2.1 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 1.7 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 59 Reviews
5 stars:
2
4 stars:
6
3 stars:
9
2 stars:
10
1 stars:
32

recommend this course

19 out of 59 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city   Great for beginners   Challenges include thick rough  

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"excellent value"


Michael4908085's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/08/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I appreciate this course for it's availability and it's value.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Palmer Park"


u600922903's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Twice a year
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/06/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Wonderful and cheap in the heart of Detroit. Great for a quick 9 holes. Had to ding a star for course conditions because the third hole was literally underwater.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Great Starter Course"


u000005158892's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/29/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great little starter course for a new golfer to learn the ropes. Flat greens with few obstacles to deal with.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Easy


I recommend this course


"STAY AWAY FROM THIS COURSE"


djistheman's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/20/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

This is not even a golf course. There are no cut fairways, The greens are not cut right, Some greens do not exist and are just a hole cut in the middle of the fairway. Would never waste a dollar here again!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Hmmm where to start"


Donavon3185's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/17/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Not even worth $8 to play. Perfect course for a tough mudder, the fairway which was no different from grass in a forest wasn't cut. I kid you not, the fairways had grass 11" all the way through. The first hole I lost 3 balls hitting straight and watching them land. I stand 6'6 tall and even with a birds eye view couldn't find balls. The greens were no different from being at the beach, No grass all sand. I played 3 holes, lost 7 balls and left.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Save your money"


u000005198036's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/15/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Even for just $10 for nine holes you should save your money.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Horrible"


u469242839's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/12/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

DO NOT EVER PLAY HERE. The grass in the fairway was so long youd lose balls in it. The greens were made out of dirt. Better yet the back nine was completely overgrown and unplayable and we didn't even know until we drove over there. This place is a disgrace to the game of golf. VERY SAD!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Vargo must go!!!!!"


garyt1957's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/15/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 9 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Played the first time here this year after a bad experience last year. All the prior reviews are correct,this is no longer a playable golf course.

Balls will get lost in the middle of the fairway, the greens have more dirt than grass and are unputtable.

It's such a shame as this was a nice course for seniors and kids when run by American Golf but Vargo has let it go. I truly believe they are trying to keep people away so they can show the city it doesn't produce enough revenue to remain open. I could keep this course in better condition with just the equipment in my garage.

Vargo has also let Chandler Park run down compared to when American Golf ran it. Vargo Golf has got to go!!!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


"It's all rough"


michael3298668's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/05/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Pulling up to the clubhouse the afternoon looked promising. After our first tee shots we discovered there was no fairways, all the grass looked like the grass at a poorly kept residence. Most of the greens were bare, very bumpy, and in extremely poor conditions. If you want to go to a course to practice shots on a course instead of a range don't spend more than the price for a bucket of balls. The back nine has been neglected for an entire season which is unfortunate because it was a great hidden gem. Not any more.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Sorry excuse for a golf course"



1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/04/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The greens had more brown than green, yet were muddy from the night before. The front 9 had not been cut.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Worst place"


Mberg1111's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/30/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens were poor, very poor. Not playable...At All


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Totally disappointed"


Mberg1111's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/30/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My name is Jo Berg and I am on with my husbands login. Horrible Horrible Horrible conditions. Don't waste your time at Palmer. $5 for 18 and a cart is tooo much.


I don't recommend this course


"Worst Course I ever played"


Mberg1111's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/30/2015
Previously played Used cart Good weather

Reviewed on

This is by far the worst course I ever played. I was in a group of 3 and we stopped putting after number 4 because there wasn't any grass on the greens. The carts were all broken and the one I had kept up a steady run on with noxious fumes overwhelming us. The fareways were horrible along with the tee box areas. In the 40 years I have been playing I have never seen anything so bad and unplayable. I did play this course years ago but it was not in this pathetic condition. Never again and I will tell everyone I know thinking of coming to stay away and if you want something similar go to a farm.


I don't recommend this course


"Poor Conditions"


Drench's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/29/2015
Previously played Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Vargo needs to invest some money into this course. Every green was bare and you are putting on dirt. The fairways were mowed so poorly that you could not find your ball in the fairway. I used to play this course years ago and it is a shell of its former self. Just a horrible experience. Hope they upgrade it soon - unless their intention is to do nothing and then close it up,


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 09/02/2015

Palmer Park is owned by the City of Detroit and is a wonderful recreational asset! Currently this city asset is not sustainable with current infrastructure (drainage, irrigation, and topography) The Vargo Golf Company is committed to bringing Palmer back to high quality golf through partnerships with the City of Detroit, the Recreation Department, and hopefully some private funding! Please excuse the transition process as it has not been easy for all parties involved, especially our Palmer golfers. Please let us know if we can assist you in playing another City golf asset.

In Kindness-<br/> Vargo Golf Management


"Cow pasture"


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

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/29/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was not well maintained and the greens were some of the worst I have ever seen in my life


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"This place is a joke and waste of money"


Anthony5821475's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/11/2015
First time playing

Reviewed on

This is by far the worst golf course ever, it's a rundown area, there is no fairway it's like you are play on in rough the whole time, you can lose your balls on the "fairway" that's how bad it is. The greens are basically dirt because they aren't taken care of, you can't even putt straight. The holes are all straight on way then another, there is nothing special about it. No water at all this is just like putting a cup in an empty field and calling in a course. This place is a joke I wouldn't even play here for free it's a waste of time and money. You will actually get worse at golf from playing at this course


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Bad greens"


Taj7916510's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/09/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice course back 9 greens are very dry.<br/> Overall good for the price.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Sad, sad, sad"


bobj31768's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/02/2015
Previously played Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Palmer Park has been around for roughly 70 - 80 years and it is sad to see the way it has been left to die. The current owner (Vargo Golf) refuses to put any money what so ever into it...not sure why. The greens were so dried out they are splitting open.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 08/29/2015

I agree. I used to play there a lot. I went for the first time this year and couldn't believe it! It was virtually unplayable. No such thing as a fairway, bunkers overgrown, greens unputtable. It was really sad. Vargo needs to go!!!!!!


"Avoid course"



1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/20/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

No cut fairways, wouldn't pay more than $10 for 18


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Tee Boxes and Greens"


tmarkz87's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/17/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 9 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

The only characteristics that make this a golf course are the fairly maintained greens with flags along with spots designated to tee up the ball. There is no fairway or first- and second-cuts of rough; anything not considered green is a second-cut of rough. There is no short grass and I would have had better lies hitting from the rock solid bunkers than the 2 inch long fairway grass.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course



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