King and Bear Golf Course - World Golf Village

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King and Bear Golf Course - World Golf Village

King and Bear

1 King and Bear Dr
St Augustine, FL 32092-2798

(904) 940-6088

Regulation

Daily Fee Facility

Resort & Real Estate Development

18

2000

Gina Hull, LPGA

Arnold Palmer/Jack Nicklaus, ASGCA

$189 weekend
$189 weekday
$59 twilight

75.2

7279

72

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Overall Rating 4 out of 5 based on 162 user reviews
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11/14/20
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11/14/20
Slow pace
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10/31/20
Course was very wet
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10/29/20
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10/17/20
Great
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09/04/20
aerated the week before we played but greens were still decent. rough is thick, thick, thick. great layout with some beautiful landscaping. friendly, helpful staff. easily worth twilight rates but a reach at 189.
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08/22/20
One of the best
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08/12/20
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04/05/20
Great track with really nice employees so.
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04/05/20
N/a
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01/29/20
Awesome
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12/30/19
Very wet fairways
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11/15/19
Outstanding track. I loved every bit of it.
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11/04/19
Greens are pristine.
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08/11/19
Great
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07/15/19
A little wet but still amazing
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07/10/19
Great and fair layout
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07/06/19
Good if u have a coupon
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07/05/19
Great course
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05/28/19
The morning is busy because the members have their tee times
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05/17/19
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05/06/19
Good
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03/30/19
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03/17/19
I suck!
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03/12/19
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12/28/18
Florida resident discount ftw
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12/23/18
Great course
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09/25/18
Great twilight value
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09/18/18
Awesome
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08/24/18
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08/19/18
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08/18/18
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07/28/18
Hard
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07/27/18
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07/20/18
Amazing hole layouts. Well worth the few extra $. I definitely plan to come back. Great conditions, beautiful course.
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06/28/18
Love this place!
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06/22/18
Great course.
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06/22/18
Nice.
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06/22/18
Thanks
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06/14/18
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06/10/18
Greens aerated. Otherwise in nice condition
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06/03/18
Great course to play. Maybe best in St Augustine!!
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05/17/18
The King & Bear golf course at The World Golf Village in St. Augustine, FL is, in the words of co-designer Jack Nicklaus, “a collaboration of two friends, and an opportunity to bring a friendship together.” The “King” - Arnold Palmer - and “Bear” Jack Nicklaus, joined together to create a course where each hole exhibits characteristics of both players. For Nicklaus, it’s the wide fairways and generous landing areas off the tees whereas Palmer prefers the fast greens. At the time it was built, King & Bear was the only course in the world that the two had built together.

The King & Bear course offers five sets of tees, creating an enjoyable time for any level of golfer. From the back (Stone) tees, the course measures 7,279 yards with a course rating of 74.1 and a slope of 138. Most men will get all they can handle from the Blue Tees (6,506/70.8/131), while the Ladies play from the Green Tees to a yardage of 5,119 (69.1/124). It would be fitting to mention at this point that King & Bear has been ranked in the top 100 Women-Friendly Courses by Golf for Women Magazine.

The course meanders around pristine lakes and ponds with beautiful loblolly pines and stately oak trees throughout. These trees are spectacular to look at; that is until they impede your shot! The emphasis here is on a part of the game that both men were famous for – driving the golf ball. Water hazards are plentiful too. During the winter month, King and Bear over seeds their tee boxes, fairways and greens, producing a brilliant green color which provides a stunning contrast to the dormant Bermuda grass. It also makes for some fabulous playing conditions during the winter months. Another nice touch are the free chilled apples on the 1st tee and as you make the turn at the 10th. If you are inclines to walk the course, World Golf Village recently introduced a new caddy service. Check with the pro shop before your round to get more information.

Not far from the clubhouse is a full length driving range with multiple targets, an impressive short game area and a large practice putting green. Many players come to the King & Bear just to use the practice facilities. Range balls are included with your paid greens fee.

Inside the King & Bear clubhouse, you’ll find a full-service pro shop with all the latest logoed gear from top designers. There are men’s and women’s locker rooms with showers and changing facilities, so you can freshen up before heading home. You’ll also find The Champion’s Grille, with food fit for a King – and a Bear! The restaurant is open for breakfast and doesn’t close until 7 pm, so you can grab a bite no matter when you finish. For breakfast, you can’t go wrong with the Eggs Benedict and for lunch their chicken wings are big and meaty, and their burgers hit the spot. Rest assured, you won’t leave hungry. There are also several large screen TVs where you can catch the latest sporting events as well as a daily happy hour.

Memorable Holes: (All Yardage is from the Blue Tees)

Number 1: Par 4, 381 yards. At first glance, #1 gives you the idea that the landing area is very small, but trust me, there’s a lot of room there. Ideally, a tee shot over the water and bunker towards the left center of the fairway leaves a low to mid-iron approach into a well-guarded green. Par is a great way to start.

Number 6: Par 3, 157 yards. This par three that has it all: trees galore, water and beach bunkers. A pin placement on the right side is best attacked with a fade. Anything long and left may find the back bunker. The green is long and narrow with substantial undulation. There’s a bailout area short left of the green if you’re feeling overwhelmed.

Number 10: Par 4, 375 yards. It’s time to make a choice. A drive down the left side brings water and a coquina shelled waste area into play. The right side is the easier drive but brings a deep, menacing greenside bunker into play on your approach shot; too far right and you’ve got trees to deal with. The fairway slopes dramatically from right to left, so you may not have a choice. Another hole where par is a good score.

Number 15: Par 4, 311 yards. This is Mr. Palmer’s favorite hole on the course and is easily the most photographed. It’s s a short par 4 that requires accuracy off the tee. With large Loblolly pines on the left side and a lake to the right, a long iron, hybrid or fairway wood is all you’ll need off the tee. From there, you’ll most likely have a short or iron or pitch shot over a stunning rock wall that surrounds the peninsular green; odds are that you’ll have to carry all or part of the water. Beware of the deep bunker long and left. Make your par and thank Arnie.

Number 16: Par 4, 416 yards. Jack Nicklaus has a favorite hole here as well. It’s Number 16, a brutally long par 4, dogleg right. The oak trees down the right side keep you honest while the Loblolly pines on the left catch any shot missed that way. One particular Loblolly sits on the left side of the fairway. Regardless of how well you strike your drive, you’ll most likely be facing a long iron, hybrid or fairway wood into the green. An extremely large bunker guards the front right side of the green and catches many shots short of the green.

Last Word: The best way to derive the most pleasure from this course is to play from the tees that best suit your handicap and playing ability. When in doubt, take Jack’s advice and tee it forward. The King & Bear will surely challenge the skilled golfer while providing player-friendly conditions for the novice.

The traits of both designers are readily visible in this layout: coquina shelled waste areas and rock-fronted greens are found throughout the course. There are no outrageously long carry shots from any tee, but there is a certain amount of strategy required if you want to score well. Having an idea of where to hit you tee shot on some of the par 4 holes is something you will remember when you play the course a second time. And, as mentioned earlier, the emphasis here is on driving the ball. A good game from the tee boxes goes a long way in shooting a good score here. Compared to other Nicklaus courses, the greens are friendly, although the subtle breaks you find throughout this layout can spell trouble on the scorecard. To Arnie’s credit, the greens do tend to run fast. The course is well maintained and the staff is warm, friendly and anxious to help you make the most of your golf experience at The King and Bear.

World Golf Village, The Slammer & Squire and The King & Bear makes for a great weekend of golf, whether it’s a family outing or a mancation. Throw in the World Golf Hall of Fame, where both designers are members, and the IMAX theater and what else can a golfer ask?
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05/13/18
Great course.
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05/09/18
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05/02/18
Hey excellent
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04/28/18
Yes
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04/22/18
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04/07/18
Everything but the clubhouse service is great
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04/06/18
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02/19/18
Beautiful course, it’s flat but plenty of challenge s with the water
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02/13/18
Great play in feb, but not worth 100 for twilight
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12/31/17
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12/03/17
Very nice
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10/18/17
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09/04/17
Beautiful course!
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08/28/17
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08/26/17
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07/29/17
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07/28/17
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07/27/17
Awesome course
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07/26/17
Fantastic Course. long and demanding but the greens are fast and pure. Save up and go play.
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07/14/17
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07/14/17
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07/12/17
So fun!
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07/10/17
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06/17/17
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05/20/17
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04/11/17
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04/02/17
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03/20/17
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01/08/17
Awesome layout
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12/29/16
Fantastic course
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11/24/16
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11/17/16
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11/01/16
Great!
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10/11/16
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09/10/16
First class facility! Both the inside and outside staff are very friendly and react to your every need. Carts are very clean. The rangers on the course have cold Mango towels as well as water, ice and cups. I especially liked the red delicious apples on hole #1
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09/03/16
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07/28/16
Gnats were terrible!!!
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06/14/16
Clubhouse and staff are great - course is in good shape - course excitement is low and therefore not worth money they are charging
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06/14/16
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05/18/16
Very enjoyable round!!
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04/04/16
Excellent golf course in great shape.
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04/02/16
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03/29/16
Nice
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03/22/16
Excellent condition staff and clubhouse
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02/29/16
Nice course. Greens were true


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02/28/16
Green
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02/28/16
Great course. A little expensive.
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01/11/16
Great
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01/10/16
Excellent
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12/28/15
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11/13/15
Absolutely exceptional!!
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11/12/15
really really tough track perfectly manicured
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11/06/15
great course
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09/28/15
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09/04/15
God
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08/18/15
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08/17/15
Course was in excellent condition considering the area has received a lot rain this month.
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08/16/15
Fairways and greens just punched and sanded
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07/25/15
Great
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07/23/15
Great track
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07/19/15
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07/09/15
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06/21/15
hot
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06/21/15
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06/16/15
Great course
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05/30/15
amazing day
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05/04/15
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04/27/15
great course
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04/07/15
great course for the 60 I paid.
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02/06/15
Great shape and a reasonable 4 hour round. We'll be back.
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01/01/15
Worth playing.
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12/27/14
Fantastic.
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10/07/14
Great shape.
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09/14/14
Great course!
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06/22/14
good
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06/16/14
Amazing layout and a truly fun course to play. Had just aerated when we played so the greens weren't ideal but this is always in good shape otherwise. Not a value play but a top notch course.
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05/04/14
Great condition, great course!!!
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04/08/14
Very nice, has a lot of "bear" type holes..
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04/02/14
Great
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03/23/14
Great course. Manicured all over. Still a little pricey.
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03/08/14
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03/08/14
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03/06/14
Excellent
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03/04/14
Good condition
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10/15/13
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08/11/13
Great course and very fun. Will play again soon.
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08/01/13
Wet
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07/20/13
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07/02/13
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06/22/13
No
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06/22/13
Beat Ben
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06/08/13
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05/27/13
Awesome!
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05/25/13
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05/25/13
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05/21/13
Nice course!
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04/23/13
Great course, loved the weather
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04/11/13
Great
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04/10/13
Very nice
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03/19/13
Tough course
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01/21/13
Very nice course
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01/15/13
Ok
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09/09/12
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08/01/12
Fantastic course
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07/27/12
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06/27/12
Great course!!! Best in town
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06/21/12
Great layout - greens were a little rough having been recently aerated
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06/20/12
Greens were aerated 2 weeks ago and still in poor condition.
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06/07/12
Great course
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06/03/12
Wonderful course friendly staff. Great golfing experience.
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05/14/12
Awesome course every time.
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04/15/12
Great layout, extremely well-maintained… Perfect greens.
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04/04/12
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03/12/12
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02/20/12
Awesome course
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02/11/12
Awesome!!!!!
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01/14/12
Great
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01/06/12
Great course, great condition
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12/18/11
Wow
Recent Scores
MEMBER SCORE RT/SL PLAYED
tpdoyle12 100 71.6/135 11/14/20
wallofshane 94 71.6/135 11/14/20
Ace5 84 66.1/117 10/29/20
Gerryrahn 92 70.1/123 10/29/20
Dale24 96 68.8/128 10/29/20
Ace5 76 66.1/117 10/27/20
cclark765 87 71.6/135 10/24/20
camshaft 87 75.2/141 10/16/20
spearsreid 83 71.6/135 10/03/20
3311963 83 71.6/135 09/18/20
TheBruce 102 71.6/135 09/02/20
3311963 81 71.6/135 09/01/20
k10008 99 71.6/135 08/22/20
scoot22 101 71.6/135 08/19/20
3311963 82 71.6/135 08/11/20
BD69 87 71.6/135 07/26/20
3311963 85 71.6/135 06/14/20
3311963 82 71.6/135 06/13/20
WHY23 82 75.2/141 06/08/20
ShaneRushlo 92 71.6/135 06/03/20
KJP 82 71.6/135 05/24/20
MyGolfHandicap 84 75.2/141 05/13/20
Kreusvt 76 71.6/135 04/04/20
Kreusvt 86 71.6/135 03/28/20
3311963 84 71.6/135 03/26/20
Scorecard
Tee Gender Rating Slope
Stone M 75.2 141
Black M 73.7 139
Blue M 71.6 135
White M 68.8 128
Green M 70.1 123
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