Deerfield Golf & Tennis Club in Newark, Delaware, USA | GolfPass
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4.4
396 Reviews (396)
5 Stars
203
4 Stars
156
3 Stars
25
2 Stars
6
1 Stars
6
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.4
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.2
92.5%
Recommend this course
371 out of 396 reviews
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4.4
26 Reviews (26)
5 Stars
15
4 Stars
9
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.4
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.7
96.2%
Recommend this course
25 out of 26 reviews
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4.3
50 Reviews (50)
5 Stars
27
4 Stars
18
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
3
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.3
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.3
92.0%
Recommend this course
46 out of 50 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 70
Length 6323 yards
Slope 136
Rating 71.6

Deerfield Golf Club in Newark, Del., is a 145-acre public course, billed as a “natural treasure.” The 18-hole championship course gets the moniker thanks to its surroundings -- the ancient forest of White Clay Creek State Park. The 145-acre play, acquired by the state of Delaware in 2005, is a par-70, 6,323-yard golf course that features rolling terrain, smooth bent grass putting surfaces and scenic vistas. The mix of memorable, distinctive holes adds to the difficulty, as does the memorable, heavily wooded setting and dramatic elevation changes. Before or after your round at Deerfield Golf Club, enjoy the large putting green, full-service practice range, or lighted tennis and paddleball courts.

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Course Details

Year Built 1955
Fairways Rye
Greens Bent
Architect William F. Gordon (1955)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS No
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code No cargo pants, tank tops or denim.

Food & Beverage

Bar, Grill

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Meeting Facilities, Banquet Facilities

Available Sports

Tennis

Accolades

Reviews

4.4
396 Reviews (396)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 22
Watching the Game 16
Patio Dining 14
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 36
Bunkers 23
Undulating Greens 23
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 24
Locals 16
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 14
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 21
In the 'Burbs 14
Convenient to the City 9

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

Good round, tough pin position

Some very tough pin positions and very fast green.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 8
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 12
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Tough course!

Tough but fair course! Many uphill, side hill and down hill.lies to challenge all players. Greens in nice shape.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Reviews 41
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
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Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Only for strong golfers

First the positives: They keep the course in first-rate condition tee to green and it's a very attractive course. The greens in particular was very smooth and predictable for speed.

But the layout is simply ridiculous, particularly in windy conditions like I played in. I didn't have a lot of memory of the course since it had been years since I played it, and didn't remember jsut how hilly it was, with blind all of the course and hard-to-judge distances because of the greens nearly always perched on a significant rise from the fairways. Factor in a 20mph wind and picking a club to use was practically impossible.

Add to all of that the uneven lies you'll get even in the middle of the fairway on many, many holes. Throughout much of the course, the fairway tilt to one side or the other and I don't mean just a couple of degrees. At times it's nearly impossible to stay in the fairway without the ball rolling completely down the slope into the rough. And even if you do keep it in the fairway, the ball can be well above or below your feet, or with a signficant downhill or uphill stance as well. Yuck!

And yet I played well.

The moral is that if you like a challenging course and can control your ball, go ahead and play here. If you're a beginner or just want a pleasant round, this may not be the course for you.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 166
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Even better for a deal

Deerfield is probably one of the few places I’d THINK about paying full price. For the Hot deals available, I recommend everyone playing here.
Lots of elevation changes and bunkers guarding greens may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but consistently above average conditions and service make any chance to play Deerfield worth it.
Everything was as expected. 90% all around. Greens were fast , FAST! My gripe is bunkers. Looked like no maintenance in weeks. After going in my first one and trying to play out,( and not doing it on my first try ) I decided I had to rake up a spot to play my next 3 shots. Players shouldn’t have to do that.
Even tho it’s generally a longer round to play ( almost 5 hours for us ) I’ll always return a few times a year.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 39
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Still like a private CC

Second round here and nothing changed including the staffs clear desire to make this place like it was
A private high end club
Kudos to all involved in the golf course
You are successful at what you do to keep this course to a high level
I haven’t yet been inside the vast amenities but this was probably the club to be a member at
Want to be treated as member
Play here
Kudos

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 23
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

It may be short on the scorecard but it sure plays long the course is very challenging and in great condition my only complaint is the bunkers they need real sand but we’ll definitely will be back

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 39
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Like an old Pete Dye set up

Moved to De recently so I venture out to find the area’s golf.
This place is a find. Definitely a prior private course. The building is aging and so is the course. The course is the better for it.
Goly this place is fun if you like to move the ball. The changes in elevation were a real treat since my last stop was in Savannah Ga, it’s flat and HOT. The greens are a blast and where you drop the ball on the green makes a difference between each hole.The members clearly have an advantage over the non members.
I look forward to playing this course several more times.
Kudos the staff for keeping this place up to Private club levels

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 18
Skill Advanced
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 1
I Recommend This Course
1.0
Verified Purchaser

Horn blew and was not offered a rain check.Paid for 18 holes played 9 doesn’t seem worth it to me.

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 41
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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