Recently, The Golfing Dads went up to Gainesville, FL and had a great opportunity to play golf at Gainesville Country Club. The course opened in 1921 and was designed by George Cobb, who also designed East Lake in Atlanta.
The course is a private course on the south side of Gainesville that you can go online right now while they are doing their summer preview of the course and play. Steve had won a free foursome by playing in mini golf charity fund raiser so The Golfing Dads made a day and went and played.
After checking in we went to the driving range. The range is a little quirky with a large oak tree in the left center of it. We had no problem hitting balls over it but it does make for a strange visual when practicing.
The putting green had plenty of space on it for many players and it was very undulated in spots and had flat parts on it too so you could get plenty of practice hitting putts you would see on the golf course. There was also a separate chipping green with 2 bunkers to practice hitting shots out of to work on your sand and chipping game.
The course opens with a dogleg right par 4 that has water at the bottom of the hill. If you don't know it is there, the longer players can easily drive the ball into the pond and be hitting three after a drop, not able to make birdie. The number one handicap hole is the third, a 549 yard par 5 from the back tees that is a dogleg left with a tree lined fairway and water short right of the green.
The back nine starts with a shorter par 4 that plays up hill and has bunkers surrounding a very undulating green. The rest of the back 9 is tree lined and has a lot of elevation changes that make the course much more different than most courses you see in Florida. The finishing hole is a 447 yard par 4 that had a down hill tee shot and your approach shot plays up hill to a well guarded undulating green. It is a very memorable finishing hole.
The layout is one of the best The Golfing Dads have played in Florida. We will say we were a little disappointed in the conditions of the course. It has been very wet here in Florida. It has had an impact on the conditions. The fairways had not been mowed in at least 4 days and were very shaggy. The greens were coming out of an aerification and while they were not bumpy they were on the slow side. Mother Nature does have the ability to control conditions based on temperature and precipitation so it can make it difficult to keep the course in perfect conditions.
It was a slow day on the course and we didn't see the beverage cart at all. We did grab some lunch after our round and the food was very good and even the manager checked on our table. The restaurant had just been refurbished and looked very well done.
Dads Say So it was very sad to see one of the best layout's in the state of Florida in such a disappointing condition. The layout is good enough that you do need to go and play it. In the days of flat courses with not a lot of character in them this course has tree lined fairways that require you to play smart shots and not just bomb it out there because you need to position your ball to make the best score. If you are in Gainesville or traveling through and looking for a place to play we do suggest going to Gainesville Country Club and play a great layout. Understand that you shouldn't expect Augusta National but you will have a fun round of golf and you will enjoy your day and experience on the course. To book your round, click here and have a fun round on a great layout.