Bacon Park Golf Course
Previously known as Cypress/Live Oak at Bacon Park Golf Course.
|Red (W)||71||4760 yards||67.1||112|
|Gold M: 71.0/121||405||379||443||153||403||348||432||470||203||3236||452||315||382||414||131||418||376||233||461||3182||6418|
|Blue M: 69.1/116||386||358||358||147||368||337||425||457||187||3023||435||305||372||345||121||393||366||224||441||3002||6025|
|White M: 66.3/111 W: 70.9/120||351||301||349||134||345||301||420||413||179||2793||398||295||349||305||111||324||305||198||393||2678||5471|
|Red M: 62.7/104 W: 67.1/112||327||288||241||121||308||237||399||361||131||2413||359||265||305||262||101||309||252||159||335||2347||4760|
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Golf Advisor: Top 25 Most Improved U.S. Golf Courses
I decided to play Bacon Park, because it was designed by Donald Ross. The middle of the course, 4 through 14, excepting 11, have a completely Ross feel. The course was in decent conditions, a little shaggy and rough along the edges. Heavy rain made a mess of the bunkers the day before, but you could tell they had good sand and would be normally well maintained. The greens had been aerated, which we warned when booking the time. Most greens were fine. But several had some dead patches. Only real annoyance was the cart control system, which would cut your cart of without warning in places which were OK to go, while sending warnings and announcements with a startling alarm two or three times a hole. Despite all this the layout and pace of play, despite being full, made for an enjoyable day.
The golf cart boundary settings almost are always a problem. Sometimes the carts shut off in the middle of the fairway. Sometimes they will lock up completely and you’re just stuck there waiting for someone to come along. Very frustrating! Either trust golfers to stay in designated areas only or fix the technology!
Something to be said for Municipal golf
Ok, I generally play private golf courses or more upscale public’s, but I have a soft spot for these classic old layouts… especially anything with Donald Ross’ name attached to it! The layout is classic Ross and, YES, its rough around the edges and has a muni feel that is a bit depressing.. but we had a great time… played in 3 hours… and really didn’t care that we weren’t playing a four star resort course. It took us back to a different time. Don’t let this course go away!
Course is old which is cool but it’s just average. Layout was good but average. Greens were a little rough in places. There were very few greens on the course that didn’t have a couple little sand spots or fungus. Not a deal breaker, I’ve played much worse. But for $60, because I’m from out of town, it was definitely over priced. (I believe local resident rate was about $40 which is much closer to value) If you’re just wanting to play some golf while in Savannah and don’t care if it’s a really nice course or not, this is a pretty decent course. If you’re looking for a nicer course, this is not the course for you. Last complaint, the GPS in the carts are extremely annoying. They beep at you a lot. I mean, you’re just driving down the fairway to your ball and it’s beeping at you loudly; telling you to fix your divot or rake the bunker or fix your ball mark. Literally every hole. I get that those PSA’s are important but most golfers don’t forget those duties from one hole to the next. Probably good for learners though. I feel like I’m ripping them kinda hard though so I’m gonna stop here.
Rude ground keeper
First time playing there. Second hole, no signs to car path only. Cart didnt made any noise till it shot off. Try to put it on reverse and nothing, so me and the group push the cart out to the car path. Mind that I have a bad knee and i am wearing my knee brace. So i do not want to push a cart. So the grounds keeper comes and start hallaring , i said i was sorry didnt matter he keept yelling. This place was open greens were not to good. But over all is a decent place. But with that rude ground keeper yall lost a customer.
Have played course in earlier days and the original layout. Tees and fairways were in good playability. Greens still need slot of work. Over all, still a good course to play.
I’ve been to Savannah four times the past 5 years and played at Bacon at least one round because of the location. Over the years I see little improvement. Not a bad course layout but many of the greens are in terrible shape, so much so you can see the underlayment in places. Cart paths in many areas are snappy and rough going, despite the use of a tracking system telling you to keep to the right or left to protect the fairways and other areas badly in need of water. If you don’t see the instruction on the screen attached to the cart or move in a area that says no carts your cart will immediately lock on you until you figure out how to restart the cart. More telling, if you are new to the course and not familiar with the system, no one at the front desk will tell you when you first sign in. At least when I was there.
There is no course manager regulating the pace of play. I started as a single at 11:30 am and ended the round at 4:30. Don’t play here on the weekend unless you have a lot of time on your hands. Things may be better during the week when people are working..
A little more investment in the course , better course management especially related to the pace of play And with some TLC this could potentially be a fairly attractive course.
WILL NEVER PLAY HERE AGAIN BECAUSE OF THE MARSHAL
We called ahead and booked a 7:50 tee time for five which they said wasn’t a problem. We should up to play and they let’s us tee off. As we are playing we were constantly harassed by the Marshal. Even though the group ahead of us wasn’t cleared from the green. He said it doesn’t matter you can’t drive it anyway if the next hole is open you need to move on and play it. He threatened to call the “Pro” to have him come out and hurry us up. Tee off was 07:50 finished the round with five people at 11:45. Will not come back nor will I recommend this course because of this experience.
Getting a little roughs
This course gets a lot of play, but it’s getting a little work worn. Some of the greens are in not so good shape making putts difficult. On this particular day there was a large group of probably 10 or 12 players that went out in front of us, split up into two four/fivesomes. This made play extremely slow, as most of the time it appeared that these young guys wanted to talk and drink beer rather than play golf.
It was quite maddening to be stuck behind them and when they had to stop at the turn to talk with the drink wagon girl, it became ridiculous. Fortunately one of them signaled us to go ahead, But there was still another foursome in their group ahead of us.
This course is too crowded and getting beat up pretty good. Going to go elsewhere for awhile until things get less crowded and they fix some of the bad greens and other spots on the course.
Great Layout needing maintenance
This is a great Layout of a Donald Ross design with the tricky greens you would expect. Being a metro course it was of course needing some more upkeep and maintenance.
Great local golf course
This course is improving and the greens are in good shape. Easy place to play for a fair price.