Recent DE Golf Course Reviews


pittfaninmd
Essex, MD
84 Reviews
Bear Trap Dunes of Ocean View, DE
  
Greens were aerated and topdressed about a week ago,still very bumpy and sandy. Waste bunkers had unplayable areas due to standing water. Fairways,tees and roughs in pretty good shape.Played 27 holes in 3hrs 45 mins.

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Date Played: September 16, 2015 | Cost: $55


4Aces
Severn, MD
321 Reviews
The Rookery Golf Club of Milton, DE
  
Played The Rookery North in Milford on a Saturday early morning to try to beat the rain forecasted. We were successful! Got the round in--playing in 4 hrs. With the Tee Time Book, it's $45 anytime on the weekend, which is a great deal. I have never played the course, so let's start with the pro's: decent layout; even errant shots can be found because all brush and low-hanging branches cut and there is little trouble; greens were a very nice speed and mostly in good shape (a couple had minor spots); and the staff was really nice and accommodating and got us out early...before a shotgun started. The con's: fairways were just okay with a mixture of grasses so a tad inconsistent feel; only 3 tee boxes to choose from (tips were 6393 and the next down were 5946); and it was an average Eastern Shore type course...flat, not very challenging, and doglegs. It's about 1 hr 50 mins. from Baltimore, but we shot up to Dover Downs Casino afterwards for lunch and gambling, so made a day of it. A decent course reasonably priced.

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Date Played: September 13, 2014 | Cost: $45


4Aces
Severn, MD
321 Reviews
  
Rack rate on this holiday weekend was $59. This course is very challenging. There isn't a flat lie anywhere on the course...not on the tee boxes, fairways, or greens. It's very hilly and tremendous slope in the fairways. The tips are only 6323 (par 70), but it will test your shot making--you can hit the fairway, but it will not stop there! For the ladies, the slope is high at 133 and plays longer than the 5348 stated on the card. It's in good shape, and the rough is long enough to hold the balls as they roll through the fairways, so chances are it will be held up and you won't lose it. Some of the fairways are pretty narrow on top of the slope. And, the greens are undulating, with subtle breaks, and fast. The only thing I didn't particularly care for were the bunkers (and I was in a lot of them due to bad bounces), as the sand was heavy and thick. Felt like hitting out of dirt vs sand. If you want to test your course management, try this course. The staff is very welcoming and actually put us out about 40 mins early on a Saturday!! Only 1 hr 20 mins from Baltimore.

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Date Played: August 30, 2014 | Cost: $59


4Aces
Severn, MD
321 Reviews
White Clay Creek Country Club of Wilmington, DE
  
Well, I have mixed feelings about this course. Pros: course in excellent shape (other than extra grass clippings in the fairways), greens were fast and undulating, staff very nice and welcoming, and pace was good at 4.5 hrs. Cons: lots of environmental areas--creeks, streams, ravines--to carry in the oddest of places, #18 really dumb layout for a finishing hole, and (athough well-meaning) at the end of the round the staff rushed you in an attempt to be helpful. My major issue with this course is that it looks like the holes were plopped into the land, with not a lot of thought given to design, flow and grading. On some of the holes, you have to tee off with an iron and hit the hell out of a 3 Wood to carry the ravine. Just could never get into a rhythm. There are 5 sets of tees, so take your pick; however, don't underestimate the white or black tees. The whites may be short at 5884 and sloped at 68.9/124, but there are a lot of strange distance carries. And, the blacks are 6467 and sloped at 71.7/134 and will take all the strategic thinking you have...and clubs in your bag. From the green tees (primarily women's), it is a bit choppy. In a nutshell, I liked the greens, no houses on the course, and it's only an hour from Baltimore. But, it's just not my kind of course. As a side note, the train runs regularly beside some of the holes (main rail corridor between Wash-NYC), and there are 9 miles of cart path, with no return to the clubhouse. Better hope the beverage cart is moving around, which it was today. Finally, Delaware Park Casino is on property, so you can make a stop before leaving.

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Date Played: June 24, 2014 | Cost: $58


delawarenative
Newark, DE
20 Reviews
Back Creek Golf Course of Middletown, DE
  
Course is in great shape. Pace of place was nice. They just put GPS in the carts - very small screen but does the basic job.

Only complaint at this course is the driving range. I play here a lot and they always make you hit off mats which are in HORRIBLE shape. The mats sit in some type of wooden box which are all warped - no level lies. The mats do not have the rubber tees so you can hit your drive. Most people put a tee between the mats and hit from there. A shame that one of your first impressions of the course is the substandard driving range

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Date Played: July 31, 2013 | Cost: $35


aka13013
Gambrills, MD
62 Reviews
Bayside Resort Golf Club of Selbyville, DE
  
Nearly perfect conditions right now at Bayside. Immaculate greens running pretty quick, lush fairways and tee boxes (except 17 which was reseeded last year, seems to be coming back). Always love this course but it is very tough around the greens.

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Date Played: July 26, 2013


JSSquad
Stevensville, MD
40 Reviews
Bayside Resort Golf Club of Selbyville, DE
  
Tough course! If you suck at bunker play, don't play here; you'll never want to play golf again!


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Date Played: June 29, 2013


JSSquad
Stevensville, MD
40 Reviews
Baywood Greens Golf Course of Long Neck, DE
  
They spent over $1 million on special landscaping and it shows! Beautiful course, score-able and absolute perfect conditions all around. Must play in the area!

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Date Played: June 28, 2013


nevrup nevrin
Long Neck, DE
14 Reviews
  
Looking for a quick golf fix but don't have the time when on vacation at the DE beaches for 18 holes? Want to just play another 9 and can't get out at an the 18-holes course you played today?? The answer: The American Classic Golf Club in Lewes, DE.

It is a 9-hole par 31 executive course consisting of 4 par-4 holes and 5 par-3 holes covering 2120 yards from the blue tees. It is on the same tract of land as the defunct Heritage Golf Course on Postal Lane. About the only thing it shares with the former is the most of the former basic layout, with some needed changes..

New owners have done some nice upgrades. Every tee box was rebuilt and raised above the former level. Greens and tee boxes have received new bentgrass. Greens were reconditioned: either elevated, re-built or re-sculpted. The greens' turf is so new that the turf seams are visible on the greens. As new greens, they were a bit bumpy and a bit shaggy; a bit of an extra effort was needed on the slow greens. The big upside: not a blade of Poa Annua could be found on the tees or greens.

Do not expect large greens or broad fairways. Hint: accuracy is more important that distance off the tees. You may not need every club in your bag, but you will need a 56* and/or a 60* shot around the greens. You could leave the driver and fairway woods in the car and work on your hybrid/iron play.

Other improvements include some attractive landscaping touches, a waste area that replaces a swampy lake on a longer #9, new orientation on some holes, removal of the ugly mound that ran much the length of hole #4, filling in the swampy retention basin that ran along #4 and breed nothing but flies and gnats and bulkheads installed around the lake between #6 and #7. Sand traps are few with a decent amount of sand. The established fairways were decently filled in. You will find some bare and thin spots as well as recently seeded spots in areas where serious earth-moving was done. The #5 fairway is one such area, but, hey, it is a 160yd par 3, so it should not matter.

I walked 9 at the weekday twilight rate of $15 in under 1.5 hours. Perfect for the need to play another 9 at a different venue.

The pro shop and snack area are bright and open. They offer basic needs for the player. Food selection is limited to hot dogs and burgers, pastries, snacks and beverages. A liquor license is forthcoming. Staff is young and enthusiastic. Snack prices are avarage for the area.

There is no driving range but a practice green is available. $29 gets you 9 holes and a cart ($39 for 18 holes) on summer weekends; pay $4 less Monday through Thursday. Walk 9 for $23. Pull carts available for $3 if you do not have a carry bag.

Bottom line: New owners are trying hard to offer an alternative to courses costing twice as much (or more) in the area. Putting surface will improve as the greens mature. No slope/rating available yet. Try it: it is not the run-down Heritage.

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Date Played: May 28, 2013 | Cost: $15


nevrup nevrin
Long Neck, DE
14 Reviews
Rookery North of Milford, DE
  
Course was in very nice shape. The greens are a bit faster than those at the Rookery South; it took a couple holes to adjust to the speed. Since it receives less play that the Rookery South, the greens are not marred by as many un-repaired ball marks as one might find at Rookery South. Fairways were 100% green and trimmed. As a walk-on without a scheduled tee time, we were on the course immediately - no waiting. We (2) cruised around in 3:30. A nice alternative to more congested Delaware resort courses. It is worth the extra 15 minute drive to play at a relaxed pace.

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Date Played: May 28, 2013