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4.0
435 Reviews (435)
5 Stars
107
4 Stars
217
3 Stars
75
2 Stars
18
1 Stars
18
Conditions
3.8
Value
4.2
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.7
85.9%
Recommend this course
379 out of 435 reviews
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3.4
25 Reviews (25)
5 Stars
4
4 Stars
9
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.0
Value
3.4
Layout
4.3
Pace
4.4
Amenities
3.7
StaffFriendliness
4.3
64.0%
Recommend this course
16 out of 25 reviews
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4.0
110 Reviews (110)
5 Stars
34
4 Stars
55
3 Stars
14
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.2
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.7
StaffFriendliness
4.5
87.3%
Recommend this course
96 out of 110 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 5862 yards
Slope 118
Rating 68.3

Neighbor to the beautiful Ravine State Gardens, Palatka Golf Club offers a game that is as scenic as it is entertaining. Designed by Donald Ross in 1925, the golf course was created with all skill levels of golfers in mind. The layout is player friendly, but there are still many challenging elements to keep golfers on their toes, including Ross' signature "turtleback" greens. There are also numerous bunkers fiercely guarding the greens. The signature hole of the course is the par-3 third. This 188-yard hole is a test of accuracy, requiring a difficult tee shot to a well bunkered green. Palatka Golf Club also offers a unique aqua driving range for golfers to use.

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Course Details

Year Built 1925
Golf Season Year round
Architect Donald Ross (1925)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Appropriate golf attire.

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Meeting Facilities, Conference Facilities, Banquet Facilities

Reviews

4.0
435 Reviews (435)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 24
Brunch 7
Watching the Game 7
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 31
Bunkers 26
Undulating Greens 17
This course/club is great for:
Locals 35
Walkers 30
Seniors 29
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 30
Convenient to the City 19
In the 'Burbs 8

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Played On
Reviews 11
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Very nice course

Course is in good condition. Some spots are under renovation which is a good thing. You can see that they are keeping up with course improvements as needed. Layout is straight forward.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fun cou

This is a typical old course with a great layout.. There were several tee boxes that needed some grass in the teeing areas, the greens were pretty good, some were very small, which we thought was great.. putted pretty true.. Was definitely worth the drive from North Jacksonville!!

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 51
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Course Conditions Are Improving

Greens, although a little slow are just about there. Tee boxes are getting better and the fairways are solid. My only complaint is the rough. It is pretty much all weeds. Its a city owned course, so you appreciate what they do with the little funding that they get. I love the layout and the elevation changes.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 21
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice challenging corps

Course was nice too many kids . Made the day real long And the starter was a jerk.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Slow greens

Tee boxes need attention! Small greens and very slow… pace of play was terrible should pair up singles and doubles

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Course was in fair shape, They have been getting a lot of rain. They were not able to maintain the course to the normal great shape. But overall worth the money.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 32
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Always Great!

All great at Palatka. Layout, staff, pace and condition all superb.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser

The course needs some work. Greens were very slow. Weeds are taking over. Nice old course, but needs some attention.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

4 1/2 Stars

Finally got around to playing this course. Although there were some rough tee boxes I felt that overall this was a very well kept golf course especially with regards to recent summer rains and tropical storm rain bands. Staff is doing a good job in catching up with all the mowing. Other recent reviews suggested greens that were unacceptable. I didn't find this to be the case. Some sand or bald areas, but pin placement pretty much took the worst out of play. (Sanding greens, although inconvenient for golfers, are a necessary part of green management). And frankly this is summer in Florida at a public course.
Loved the layout, variety of hole designs (straight, dog legs right and left) and lengths. And was very pleasantly surprised to find actual soft and playable sand in the bunkers.
It was a pleasure and I would recommend this course.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Greens Need Work

I really love playing this course. It’s challenging and keeps you guessing. The major problem right now are the greens. Most of them have a fungus issue and putting is not good. The staff is aware and are working the issues. When the greens heal, I’ll be back!

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 114
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Top 100 Contributor
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Top 30 public course in America?

I will say first that the course layout was nice and challenging . I don't know how this course made Golf Digest top 30 public courses America! The greens had clumps of sand on them, and the ones that didn't were dry. I drove from Middleburg to play this course and was disappointed with the course conditions. I will admit this was two days after the tropical storm hit florida.Should have kept course closed until it's up to par.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 13
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Greens were in bad shape

The droubt really hurt this course. This is the last time I play it if it has been dry. They need a new greenskeeper who know how to grow grass.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Needs Help...Quickly

Played 4 courses in the past 10 days...all public. Without a doubt this was the greatest disappointment.
Tee boxes: Were not groomed....several were undistinguishable from the rough...overgrown, weedy, not level...
Rough: Ragged...Overgrown with weeds being the main ground cover for 'greenery'.
Fairways: The occasional spot of green 'grass' stood out against a background of tan.
Greens: Bare dirt, dead grass, and weeds...
Donald Ross has to be rolling over in his grave!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Plays Once a month
2.0
Previously Played

Aerated and Sanded Greens!

The greens were in awful condition, almost unplayable. It looked like they were recently aerated and sanded, making them incredibly slow. The tee boxes were in awful condition as well. This course was great a few months ago, but today the condition was not worth playing. It would have been nice to have been warned about the aerated greens.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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