Palm Aire Country Club Oaks Course Review: Easy to manage but needs improvement.
Palm Aire Country Club is a popular golf course in the Ft lauderdale, FL area that has been open longer than I can remember (or have even been born). The Oaks course is a par 71 course with 18 holes and yardage up to 6,400 yards.
I would say there isn’t too much to manage on this course when it comes to difficulty. A lot of the tee shots you can use an iron to better manage your round here.
Yardage: up to 6,900 yards
Course Ranger: No course ranger. Only a starter.
What sticks out about Palm Aire Oaks?
This course is filled with a good amount of trees, water, and bunkers to give you the South Florida golf vibe that is related to beaches and sunny days. There are many wildlife on the course including big iguanas, flocks of ducks, and many birds. Be sure to pack some sun screen because it can be hot and humid during the summer time in Ft Lauderdale.
There are challenging holes that you must make good club decisions so you don’t overshoot a spot, or have random trees come into play.
If you have never played the Oaks course, you will find it easy to lose track of where the flag is and may need further map help to get a good read of the hole situation.
The staff is very friendly and can be accommodating depending on your situation.
They will allow 5-somes and 6-somes to go on the course, which can slow down play sometimes.
How is the overall course condition?
I would say it is okay. This isn’t a course where you are going to spend $75+ to play but for the right price this is a quality course that can offer a fun time.
The greens are in decent shape but can have some divots every now and then.
The tee boxes are usually even and divots are usually filled. There are a few scattered where you may have to move outside the pins to hit a driver.
The fairways are in good shape but aren’t cut closely near the rough area. Some of the rough can actually be patches of sand where grass is absent.
Is the bunker sand soft?
There are quite a bit of bunkers at Palm Aire Oaks and unfortunately the sand in them is a little too hard. Don’t expect to be able to hit sand shots like you normally would. My group usually has a rule that you can rake the sand and place your ball back where it originally lied.
This is an area I would really like to see improved by management.
How is the food and beverage cart?
I am not a big fan of the food they offer from the cart girls. The sandwiches don’t taste fresh but they do offer other snacks. You can also pay for alcoholic beverages but only cash is accepted at this time.
Is there GPS in the golf carts?
No gps in the golf carts at this time. However, there are markers on the fairway to indicate 250 yards, 200 yards, 150 yards, and 100 yards from the pin. If you know the pin location, then usually you can manage.
Is there a restaurant?
Yes they offer a restaurant with hot menu options as well as a full service bar. They also have flat screen tvs with golf usually playing or other sports that are in season.
Do they enforce cart path only?
No cart path only rules at the Oaks course. Which could be the reason this course isn’t always in the best of shape. Even if it rains you won’t have to drive on the path only.
Would under 10 handicaps have a good time?
I would not recommend this course if you are under 10 handicap, as there are other courses that are in great condition.
Should high handicap golfers play here?
This is actually a good course for high shooters because they don’t have a starter and the pace of play isn’t tracked.
Overall Opinion of the Oaks Course
If you are a south Florida native you are required to at least give this course a try. You can’t live down here and not have played a Palm Aire course. However, if you are someone traveling from out of town, I would recommend another course that is in better shape.
If you visit the South Florida area often, you have to at least get a round in at the Oaks course.