Charlotte Harbor National Golf Club

3.6422000000 3.6 stars from 5 (465)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6748 yards
  • Slope: 140
  • Rating: 73.0
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

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

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Tway 71 6748 yards 73.0 140
Bobcat 71 6242 yards 70.8 130
Gator 71 5765 yards 68.6 125
Hawks (W) 71 5271 yards 71.3 123
Fox 71 4800 yards 68.9 112

Charlotte Harbor National Golf Club (formerly known as Bobcat Trail Golf Club), also known simply as "the Cat," has been considered one of Sarasota County's best courses since it opened in 1998. Each hole on this lengthy par-71 layout offers a risk-reward opportunity. This thought-provoking course requires careful course management, proper club selection, and sharp short game skills. The large greens are fast and undulating and bunkers are strategically placed throughout. There are also several water hazards that come into play. Not only does each hole offer a unique challenge, they all offer beautiful scenery with a different eye-catching feature on each. Golfers will be sure to encounter some of the abundant wildlife that inhabits the golf course including foxes, gators, hawks and osprey. The club's staff claims that any of the 18 holes could be considered a signature hole.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.8 stars from 5
Value: 3.8 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 465 Reviews
5 stars:
100
4 stars:
231
3 stars:
82
2 stars:
37
1 stars:
15

recommend this course

395 out of 463 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city worth the drive in the 'burbs   Great for advanced golfers locals seniors   Challenges include bunkers water hazards undulating greens   Great for drinks brunch watching the game  

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Reviews


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"Great course for the money"


mmiller2612's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/21/2018
Previously played Used cart

Reviewed on

This is a great course for the money. Greens were fast and true, condition was good and looks to be improving all the time. If your in the venice area you should check it out.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



Jose2910591's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/21/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"very fine course"


bdonehue's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/14/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Everything was very good with this course. Our 4some had a great time and the pace of play was great as our twilight time allowed us to get in 17 holes before darkness.

I would play this club again.

We saw a bobcat and gators as well.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



u950864239's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/12/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Moving On UP"


uZQFT9689ZQ's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/10/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

When you are looking for a course in this region you could do yourself a favor and play here. It's a nice challenging layout, not your basic flat Florida course. You've got to pay attention to your shots. Golf doesn't get better than this 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:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"85 Dollars, ARE YOU JOKING!!!!!!!"


Inkie1936's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/07/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Horribly overpriced, seriously 85 dollars for this course is a complete joke. I know they have changed ownership and are trying to improve this course but is it necessary to try and re-coup your investment in 1 year. It is advertised with holes under construction. Please give me a break. Also voicemail when you contact the course is the most annoying voicemailo I have ever heard. If I heard "better than most" one more time I swear I was going to throw the phone through the roof. Please reconsider your totally ridiculous green fees.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Great experience"


Titleist1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/29/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course received 3.5" rain the night before so our expectations were low. So surprised at the conditions, course played well and long with very little problems. Bunkers are fantastic, were wet but extremely playable. Played as a 2 some and finished our round in a little over 3 hours. Been coming to the Punta Gorda area for 2 years and frankly disappointed in the golf until we played here. Top notch layout and experience.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



u00000271426's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/25/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

45 minutes late getting off first tee with no explanation from the starter !!!! not a happy camper !!!!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great golf experience"


Steve2804228's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/23/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Lots of updating going on at this course, greens, sand traps, club house, and more. Every thing is very nice and it has a great friendly staff. Check this course out. A good value helps create a great golf experience !


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


"Work in progress"


handler54's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/15/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is being upgraded , new traps, reversed the 9s,and new sod grass in places that needed it . This course is fun to play and will test you. I have played here 6 straight winters. and would just like to say this year is the best it has ever been . Great job, can't wait for all the traps on the back 9 to be like the front 9 .


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



ashlynne2's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/13/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Course has potential"


Mknight33's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/05/2018
Previously played Used cart Cold weather

Reviewed on

Greens were very good. Fast with some difficult pin placements. Challenging but fun. Back nine is not completed yet, still working on the traps. New sand traps on the front nine are excellent. Fun layout with very good practice facilities. Once the back nine is completed, it has the potential of being one of the best courses in the area.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Upgrades continue. Amazing transformation."


Jim3431777's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/04/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Amazing transformation. All bunkers being rebuilt. Fairways and greens in great shape. Pro shop being remodeled. Carts have full gps, plus USB ports for cell phones. Great upgrade. Course to be affiliated with resort being developed in Punta Gorda.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Charlotte Harbor"


Mikochip's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/18/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The bunkers are being redone and are out of play right now. When they are finished the course should be very good


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Excellent will return"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/12/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Challenging layout. Enough tees for all handicaps. Par 5s are quite difficult compared to the others. They are working on the traps and remodeling the clubhouse. Booked on Golfnow as a twosome and played as such. Nice. Most courses insist we join the other twosome. As a bonus, got to see Santa in the restroom.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



Gockel2796's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/07/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



u9607354's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/06/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Excellent course, driving range, putting course, chipping range.Staff friendly.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Charlotte Harbor Golf AKA Bobcat Trail Golf"


Patrick279's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/04/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time playing this course. Hesitant at first due to reviews of construction and rocky traps. Pleasantly surprised with friendly staff, cart guys, and starter. Gave us a good briefing on conditions with many bunkers being reconstructed. Advised not to play from traps - free drop. Golf carts are new and have an easy-to-use GPS setup which is a wonderful addition to the experience. Course itself is beautiful, well laid out, excellent tee boxes, carpet fairways, fairly low rough, undulating greens perfect. Wildlife galore. Pace of play was perfect and we finished under 4 hours. Will definitely play this course regularly and it will only get better as the construction winds down. And the beverage cart gal makes regular rounds so you'll never run dry! Highly recommended!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/24/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Going to be great."


u414355990's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/15/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

They changed the front and back around which is ok but I think we should end at the club house not in the back forty’s but that’s only me. There spending a lot of money on fixing up the course, new bridges and a big item is the sand traps. There redoing all the traps with real golf course sand. Going to be a great course!!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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