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Hammock Beach - Conservatory Course

About

Holes 18
Type Resort/Private
Style Links
Par 72
Length 7776 yards
Slope 150
Rating 78.2

Course Details

Year Built 2006
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens TifEagle Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Tom Watson (2006)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Appropriate golf attire.

Food & Beverage

Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Florida (2019 #12)

Reviews

3.3
54 Reviews (54)

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 15
Undulating Greens 12
Plays Long 9
This course/club is great for:
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 10
Advanced Golfers 10
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 10
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 9
At a Resort 7

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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
First Time Playing

Don’t go

The course is not being maintained adequately. Looks like they are out of money. The rough is dirt with some weeds. The Ocean Course was excellent. The Conservatory could be great but needs a cash infusion.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 290
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

The archetypal pre-Recession golf course

These days, most of the best golf courses are minimalistic and naturalistic, meant to look like they were discovered, rather than built. The Conservatory is the polar opposite, with enormous greens, dozens of bunkers and expansive mounding all over the place to hide the fact that its land was once flat and relatively featureless.

Still, if you can embrace the excess of it all, you will enjoy it. The scale of the course is impressive, and if you play the right tees (don't even think about going back to 7,800 yards), you'll find it playable. April 2022 green conditions were good, with some patchy areas in the fairways starting to come back. Hopefully the summer is kind and things will be back to their spiffy norm by fall.

Conditions Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 15
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Layout

Beautiful course. Plenty of traps if you feel like the beach. Layout is set to make you think and is manageable to make your way thru the course. Had an absolutely great day!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 95
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing

Challenging course

While it doesn’t have the ocean views of its sister course, the Conservatory is an overall stronger course. Don’t recall any holes that you could “take off” and still make par. Great variety of holes. Course conditions were excellent.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Previously Played

What a blast!

21 hcp- so many bunkers but miss them all with my 180 yd drives. Love the look and design, especially par 3’s. A pleasure to play, practice and enjoy the lush fairways.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 109
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Channel
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Don't overlook this one for the Ocean Course

The Ocean Course at Hammock Beach is terrific and there's a reason why it's a draw, but do not pass up a chance to play the Conservatory. It's terrific and frankly it's more playable than the Ocean, meaning you don't have to be quite as precise with all parts of your game.

It's challenging for sure, but playing it the day after the Ocean I realized what I was missing, having passed it up all these years.

The par 3s were great, the course was in terrific shape and overall it's a solid golf experience. Highly recommend it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 33
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Wonderful Golf

This is a wonderful layout to enjoy. A caddie would be a big help because there are LOTS of bunkers. Conditions are excellent bunkers are all well maintained as they need to be. The layout by Tom Watson is interesting and playable. The only negatives are it is expensive and it suffers some from being the ugly sister of the Ocean Course. Range was on mats. They ran out of range balls. Not up to the first rate operation it is. Play it if you have the opportunity

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 38
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Awesome Course!!

I played this course during an amateur tournament and it was awesome! I love the layout, the condition of the course was fantastic for this time of year. The course did have a bunch of bunkers washed out by all the rain, but I didn't end up in any of them. Greens were on the slow side, but rolled true. I would love to play here again...sooner rather than later!

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 378
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Hammock Beach's other course shouldn't be overlooked

While the newly renovated Ocean Course at Hammock Beach Resort is getting much of the attention, The Conservatory, which is also offered by Hammock Beach, shouldn’t be overlooked. In fact, it’s probably a better test. And while it isn't on the Ocean, it's certainly picturesque in its own right. More importantly, the quality and variety of holes is outstanding. With water on half the holes and some challenging bunkers, it's a terrific test. Word of warning here, don’t play too far back because long approach shots can make for a long day. This is a really good test of golf and plenty enjoyable.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Intimidating Layout

Course is a minefield of deep bunkers but once you get over the visual shock you realize that most of them don't come into play if you are hitting the ball decently. Greens are large, roll great but not fast. Course was in great condition. Highly recommended if you can get on this private course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Watson Design, He is a GENIUS!

First Tom Watson course that I have played, outstanding Golf Course! Great use of the terrain, water, 146 sand traps, championship greens with paspalum grass, EVERYTHING WAS AMAZING! Played twice on the same day, enjoyed every moment, every shot and every putt! A wonderful club house and restaurant! The only downside, is we saw the cart girl twice in two rounds and the half-way house closed before we made the turn on the 2nd round! No drinks available on the patio (19th hole), everyone went home at 4 pm and we finished at 6:30 pm.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
First Time Playing
Fair weather
Used cart

Lots of bunkers, but where is the sand?

I was told I was lucky that there was an opening for a single and was paired up with another single and a couple. Other than a twosome behind us, we saw no other golfers all day. So much for the 'lucky' part of the tee time.

The course is tough, and made tougher by the windy conditions. It was said there are over 170 bunkers on the course, and I did find my fair share of them. In most of the ones I found, there was little or no sand. It is extremely hard to hit over the raised lips Tom Watson is known for when you are hitting off glorified hardpan. for the $125 I paid in green fees, I felt the course should have been in MUCH better condition.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 15
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

What. A. Place!

From beginning to end, great golfing experience.

Course is absolutely fantastic! Design, condition, challenge...the best I have played in Florida!

Clubhouse is spectacular. Place is quiet, secluded and feels like a private club.

If i could play here for 2 weeks on vacation i could. Top marks from me.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 170
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Wow, what a great track

This is by far one of the best second tier courses I have played right behind the big boys like Kiawah, Pinehurst #2, Kapalua and PGA National. I would rank this as a top five course that I have played in the state of Florida. The layout is amazing, condition is top notch and the staff and pro shop are fantastic. I played it from the blues, 6700 yards and it was actually pretty manageable from there, they do have plenty of tees to fit your game. Bring your sand wedge, you'll need it. I also stayed at the resort which is about 15 minutes from this course, the ocean course in on the resort grounds. I would recommend this course to anyone heading to the area. For what you get the price is not bad, believe I payed $129 with cart and range balls.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

sand trap heaven

very playable with extremely large greens wide fairways with numerous traps with high lips if you avoid the traps you will most likely score well

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

This course is a must play

The staff was extremely friendly. The course was in excellent condition. Especially the consistency of the sand traps. The greens were difficult, but fair. It was a great value. Wish there had been a 19th hole.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Challenging, but fair.

No question about it, this is a great layout with plenty of challenges on every hole. The course is beautiful and well maintained. You may even see an alligator or two along the way. Even a high handicapper can still enjoy the round with the various tee placements.

Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Average weather
Used cart

great course

Very good course, very challenging but has lots of tee blocks for any kind of golfer. So far the hardest out of 10 courses we played. I would put it on a for sure place to play

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 19
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Don't miss this gem!

I'm a low handicap player and would NOT even think of playing the back tees! 7700 yards is just insane!
Played the blue tees on a cold, windy day and that was plenty of golf for me. Starter checked our handicaps verbally to make sure we played the correct tees. Good idea.
Club house is stunning! Better than TPC. Staff inside and out very friendly and helpful.
Course was in good shape given the time of year. Very large greens that putted very smooth.
Play this course!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Poor weather
Used cart

Great design

One of the best courses I've ever played. Even though the first week of February the huge greens were in spectacular condition. Lots of traps with soft white sand and lots of waste areas. 5 or 6 sets of tees so you can make the course easier or harder. Carts included GPS that showed pin placements which helped since the front to back of some greens could be almost 2 clubs different. Management and staff were great. The course has a 4 hour and 20 minute play time

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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