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3.7
605 Reviews (605)
5 Stars
103
4 Stars
257
3 Stars
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2 Stars
62
1 Stars
45
Conditions
3.3
Value
3.9
Layout
4.3
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.2
78.9%
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458 out of 605 reviews
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3.7
55 Reviews (55)
5 Stars
20
4 Stars
12
3 Stars
12
2 Stars
7
1 Stars
4
Conditions
3.4
Value
3.9
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.5
72.7%
Recommend this course
40 out of 55 reviews
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3.9
194 Reviews (194)
5 Stars
50
4 Stars
89
3 Stars
38
2 Stars
10
1 Stars
7
Conditions
3.6
Value
4.1
Layout
4.3
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.5
StaffFriendliness
4.4
85.6%
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166 out of 194 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 71
Length 7258 yards
Slope N/A
Rating N/A

Devlin and VonHagge designed this course, which challenges even experienced golfers. It has been rated by Golf Digest to be among the 50 top courses in the United States. The signature hole on the Championship Course is #12, a 452-yard, par 4, requiring a tee shot through a cypress forest to an island green.

This 7,258 yards, par 71 course has narrow fairways, a deep rough as well as plenty of water and bunkers. Enjoy the fast greens and the excitement of knowing you're on one of the best.

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Course Details

Year Built 1971
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Bruce Devlin (1971) Robert von Hagge (1971)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range No
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

Food & Beverage

Catering, Restaurant

Lodging

Lodging Available

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Lounge

Available Activities

Swimming, Billiards

Reviews

3.7
605 Reviews (605)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 48
Brunch 24
Watching the Game 21
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 63
Bunkers 53
Plays Long 37
This course/club is great for:
Locals 63
Advanced Golfers 30
Seniors 20
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 53
In the 'Burbs 28
Worth the Drive 26

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Reviews 4
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 37
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Course needs a little work

It's always been a challenge and there are some legit tough holes here. The conditions were very muddy (not the courses fault) and the greens appeared to have been punched recently so they were unpredictable and a bit lumpy. Given all the money that was sunk into the new restaurant and clubhouse, it's time to spend on the course.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
1.0
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Previously Played

Big disappointment

I never anticipated the terrible conditions that this course would be in today. I’ve played this in the past I’ve never seen golf greens and tea boxes in the conditions that it was in definitely not worth the money stay away

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 20
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Overall it was a mess

I was hoping that now being owned by the city and managed by another well established golf company, that the conditions would gradually improve. They haven’t and it’s getting worse. A lot of the tee boxes are muddy without any grass including the new one on #8 just done last year. Management is worrying about their new building and restaurant but are forgetting we came there to golf. What a way to ruin a really nice layout.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 208
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

A Must Play in Fort Lauderdale

For many, the mere mention of Greater Fort Lauderdale conjures up images of the beach, sandy shores, and spring break. And rightfully so; after all, there are 24 miles of beach with sparkling turquoise water, sun-kissed white sand, and tall palm trees waving gently in the ocean breeze.

Golf enthusiasts will be happy to know that the Greater Fort Lauderdale area is also packed with a plethora of golf courses that are accessible to the public. Ever since its opening in 1971, Colony West in Tamarac has been one of the most popular public access golf facilities in South Florida. Originally designed by Devlin and Von Hagge, the Championship Course opened for the Jackie Gleason Classic – since renamed the Honda Classic - as a monstrous 7,553-yard, par-72 track. Colony West has been rated by Golf Digest to be among the 50 top courses in the United States. Shortly after the tournament’s completion, Jack Nicklaus and the Tournament Committee said the course was too tough, so the maintenance crew set about removing 52 of the 137 bunkers. The course was shortened, the nines were flipped, and the Championship Course became a 6,648-yard, par 70. In 2018, Colony West underwent some big changes including renovation of all 18 greens on the Championship Course and the practice green, as well as the renovation of all greenside bunkers.

Strategically placed bunkers protect small, well-manicured greens, requiring players to think their way around the course to take advantage of scoring opportunities. The difference between the Blue Tees and Gold Tees is almost 1,000 yards but even from the shorter distance (5,462 yards) you just can’t bomb away. Water and sand hazards force you to think about your shot or pay the penalty.

Off course renovations continue. The Clubhouse has been torn down and replaced with a 107 room Fairfield Inn and Suites that is scheduled to open in the fall of 2021. The old cart barn has been replaced with an 11,000-square-foot state-of-the-art clubhouse with banquet and meeting facilities for 250 people. The new restaurant – The View at Colony West - is open to the public, golfers, and hotel guests alike. The new pro shop recently opened and has all of your favorite logoed apparel and everything else you need for a great round of golf.

Oceanic at Pompano Beach Pier is dedicated to capturing the energy of the Pompano Beach revitalization. Oceanic is owned by LM Restaurants who also own the Beach House next door. Oceanic offers indoor and outdoor seating and the ocean liner-inspired design provides an open interior with expansive and uninterrupted ocean views. Oceanic offers superior steak and seafood dishes. Their Brussels Sprouts appetizer with a horseradish and maple sauce is a must-try. After your main course, be sure to try one of Oceanic’s fabulous desserts including Key Lime Crème Brulee or Fat Elvis Pie, an interesting selection that combines all of the King’s favorites: peanut butter (ganache), banana (cream filling), and chocolate, all on a graham cracker crust.

Celebrity Chef Fabio Viviani now has his own restaurant in Fort Lauderdale. Riviera by Fabio Viviani is located in Hotel Maren on A1A and is part of Hilton’s Curio Hotel Collection. The food is considered coastal Italian cuisine; to me, it was simply delicious, probably the best meal I have ever had in almost 20 years of writing about golf travel. The signature meatball appetizer (Polpetti Di Fabio) was incredible, the Salt Spring Mussels were plump and delectable and my wife’s Mishima Reserve Wagyu Steak was the best I’ve ever tasted. I’m surprised she let me have a bite! If you’re there for Sunday brunch be sure to try their new Tootsie Roll drink. It’s the perfect breakfast drink.

While in the area, you’ll need a place to lay your head at night. I strongly suggest Cottages By The Ocean on SE 3rd St. in Pompano Beach. Not only are they centrally located to several public-accessible golf courses, but they’re also a block and a half from the beach and all kinds of restaurants and nightlife. These 1940s-era cottages and one-bedroom bungalows offer full kitchens with range, refrigerator, and microwave, a complete living room, and a king-size bed. They’ve also got you covered if you're headed to the beach with beach chairs, wakeboards, and beach toys. Owner Elaine Fitzgerald likes to greet each guest personally and when you see her ask her for some restaurant recommendations. She’s been in the area a long time and is well-connected. She has several similar properties in the area so if the Cottages By The Ocean are booked, check out her other locations.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 58
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

Colony West Golf Club,Championship course

2018 to 2021 course still needs some work on tees and fairways.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Commented on 09/15/2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We take customer feedback into consideration and appreciate you for sharing your thoughts. Hope to see you back soon!

Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Total Dog Track

The course is in horrible condition! This is totally a dog track!!
The Good!! Nice new clubhouse

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 09/15/2021

Thank you for your review. We take your opinions seriously, and are constantly looking to improve the customer experience. Please feel free to reach out to us directly to discuss your concerns further.

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Reviews 1
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

$10 million for the pro shop, $0 for the course

great layout and challenging, but the overall conditions were atrocious.

Could be a great course, instead is terrible

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 09/15/2021

Hi, we’re sorry to hear you did not have an enjoyable experience at our course. We are currently making improvements to the course and expect conditions to be closer to what you would usually experience soon. We appreciate your feedback, please reach out directly if you’d like to chat further!

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Thank you for your review. We take your opinions seriously, and are constantly looking to improve the customer experience. Please feel free to reach out to us directly to discuss your concerns further.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

HOLE IN ONE

Gotta give my love to this course, got my first ever Hole in one on hole 8. My buddy was there to witness it, called my brother while I ran up to the green. 24 years old, greatest moment of my life.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 09/15/2021

Congrats Nick on your amazing accomplishment! We appreciate you for taking the time to leave a review and hope to see you back soon!

Played On
Reviews 1
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good value, fun course

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 23
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great conditions, greens top notch

Enjoyed the round. Some issues with booking, my fault, staff fantastic in resolution.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 62
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Very challenging course.

The layout of the course is very challenging, however the tee boxes and fairways require better upkeep. Tee boxes are over used and bare. Fairway also has bare patches and clumps of crabgrass.
The clubhouse/proshop facilities are new and very expansive.
But I question why there was no beverycarts on the course on Sunday Father’s Day on a bery hot humid day?

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Great course, tee boxes only flaw

Amazing course! Immaculate all around except tee boxes. Some of them are rough.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Friday Special!

Went to play colony golf club to relax and enjoy the day. Was throughly impressed with bag drop / pro shop and course pace of play / condition. Really enjoyed the day!

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