Pompano Beach Golf Course Review: Average at best.
Pompano Beach Golf Course – Pines Course is located in sunny Pompano Beach FL just north of Ft Lauderdale where they offer 36 holes of golf. The pines course is designed by Greg Norman and offers a Par 72, 7,000 yard, 18 hole golf course. Pompano Beach Golf Course is not a course that is is kept in good shape, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t maintain the course at all.
Throughout each hole you will find, divots on the green, uneven tee boxes, tee boxes with sand everywhere, and no course ranger to keep the pace.
Recently I played on a Saturday in the afternoon, and it took us almost 5 hours due to a 5-some in front of us that was moving at glacier-pace.
No joke this 5-some was on a hole for 25 minutes (we timed them).
What are the typical fees to play at Pompano Beach Golf Course?
Typical fees are $35+ for a Saturday round during the off-season in South Florida.
Are the Greens in shape?
No the greens aren’t in good shape. There are many divots and sand on the green that make for a terrible putting experience.
Are the tee boxes in shape?
No the tee boxes have very little maintenance. Most of the time you will be standing on an uneven surface and hitting off a sandy ground.
Are the fairways in shape?
The fairways are in average shape. It really depends on which hole you are hitting from.
Is there GPS in the golf carts?
Yes there is a touch screen in each golf cart, which allows you to accurately measure pin distance, and distance to other objects on the golf course.
How is the food and beverage at Pompano Golf Course?
They do feature a food and beverage cart with offers of alcohol and other snacks/drinks to keep you hydrated throughout the round.
Do they have a restaurant onsite?
Yes. Typical american bar and grill options.
Do they offer any special rates or discounts?
No specials that I am aware of. If you have the South Florida Premiere Card, you will receive a discount.
How are the practice facilities?
They have a driving range that connects with the first hole. They also have a putting green, but the green doesn’t have any holes, just poles to hit.
Pompano Beach – Pines Golf Course: Hole-by-hole review.
Hole #1 – Par 5 – 550 yards
First thing you will notice for the first hole at Pompano Beach Golf Course is the terrible conditions the tee boxes are in. You can see the white tee box seems a little better maintained but I would advise them to keep all tee boxes in good shape.
This hole starts with a dog leg left, and finishes with a dog leg right. If you get a good first drive off this hole, you can easily hit a nice 3 wood, cut off the dog leg, and be on the green putting for eagle. Be careful to avoid the driving range that runs along the left side, as you can easily get mixed up with the range balls.
Hole #2 – Par 4 – 317 yards
Didn’t get a picture of this hole but this is a very easy hole to birdie or potentially eagle. If you want to play on the safe side you can easily use an iron and be 120 yards or less from the green.
Hole #3 – Par 3 – 183 yards
For the first par 3 of Pompano Beach Golf Course, you can see the hole turns to the left and hugs a pond running up the left side of the hole.
It is important to recognize pin placement for this hole because there is a huge ridge in the middle of the green. If the hole is in the back you want to make sure you are on the back part of the green. If not you will see how difficult it is too putt on an uphill green with many divots.
Hole #4 – Par 4 – 375 yards
This hole features a wide fairway that is also attached to the Palms Course. To the left of the hole is an executive airport with a fence. To the right are some trees and the palms course. You don’t want to be too right or you will end up behind the trees. Also too far to the left and you will be yelling “fore” to some pilots in the sky.
Hole #4 should be easy to manage given there aren’t too many obstacles to the green.
Hole #5 – Par 4 – 369 yards
No picture for this hole but it takes a slight dog leg to the right with a raised green to finish off.
There is a big tree that you want to be left of, in order to have a manageable second shot. From here a pitching wedge or 9 iron should do the trick to get you to the middle of the green.
Hole #6 – Par 5 – 512 yards
Try to avoid the out of bounds on the left side by the airport, which also features some very tall trees. To the right is also a line of trees and bushes that will hide your ball if you hit into them. Using a driver off the tee box is highly recommended but for the second shot feel free to use an iron to get you close to the green.
Further down you will need to avoid the right tree lining as well as the fairway bunkers.
The green on this hole is very bad, so placing a shot close to the hole for a gimme, is highly recommended.
Hole #7 – Par 3 – 145 yards
This hole can be deceiving with the pin location. A lot of times I have hit a shot here and thought it would be dead on, only to realize a few seconds later that I was short. I advise playing this hole longer than it is.
Also, pin placement comes into play tremendously given the green slopes high to start, then slopes down in the middle, then back up very high at the end.
If you hit the ball short when the pin is at the back, you are going to find yourself with a potential 3-putt situation.
Hole #8 – Par 4 – 400 yards
Lined with thick trees on both sides of hole #8 at Pompano Beach Golf Course, it is important to stay in the middle to avoid a potential shot where you have to pitch out. As you can see in the picture above, those are some thick trees and patchy rough to hit from.
This hole has a slight dog leg right and runs parallel to hole #9. If you slice hard enough you can avoid the trees on the right side and be on the fairway on hole #9, for a decent shot.
Hole #9 – Par 4 – 380 yards
No picture taken for this hole.
This is a very straight forward hole with thick trees and rough lining the left and right sides of the fairway. If you can get off the tee box here, you will not have a problem with striking the green in regulation. The greens are pretty big on this hole so if you go a little long or short, you still have an opportunity to putt well.
Hole #10 – Par 5 – 552 yards
Starting off the back 9 at Pompano Beach Golf Course, we have a par 5 with a few trees and fairway bunkers to avoid.
This is the longest hole on the golf course and again features very thick trees on both sides of the fairway. There is some relief if you hit the ball too hard to the left, you can actually end up on the next hole fairway and be able to hit a normal shot.
Definitely make sure you hit the long ball on this hole!
Hole #11 – Par 4 – 434 yards
On this hole you have to make sure you are staying on the left side of the fairway. If you come close to those trees on the right side, you are going to be in danger of shooting above par.
This hole has a very long green, which can make the hole very long in itself. Many times I have overemphasized avoiding the right side, and I end up pulling left to hole #10’s fairway. This can workout for you, but it still makes for a tough second shot over some thick and tall bushes.
Hole #12 – Par 5 – 507 yards
Hole #12 takes a dog leg right and leaves a lot of room for error on the left side for your first shot. If you are going to miss on this hole, make sure you miss to the left, where the fairway opens up and you can have some relief from the adjacent hole #13.
The green is protected by sand bunkers and also a little longer than the green is very thick bushes and trees where it is easy to lose balls.
Hole #13 – Par 4 – 402 yards
This hole starts with a large tree located on the left side of the hole just 50 yards away from where you tee off. Golfers may have trouble with this starting point depending on their swing. I’ve seen people avoid the left side of the tee box, only to end on the right side of the fairway in the thick trees.
If you can draw the ball as a right-handed golfer, you will have a great time on this hole.
Hole #14 – Par 4 – 392 yards
Hole #14 is a Par 4 that dog legs to the right. If you look in the picture taken of this hole, you will see if you go too far straight off the tee box, you will end in some rough area where it is almost impossible to find your ball. The grass stretches to your knees and is very thick in that area.
To avoid the long ball I recommend using a fairway wood, so you can keep the ball in play. If you are very accurate, sending the ball on the dog leg right, will result in a very favorable second shot.
There aren’t too many hills on the green, making it a pretty easy read.
Hole #15 – Par 3 – 172 yards
The tee box on this hole is obviously in bad shape but the rest of the hole is average. Once you get to the green things appear to be in better shape. This is a skinny par 3 and if you hit too far right or left, your ball will be out of bounds or not find-able.
Hole #16 – Par 4 – 357 yards
This is a tough hole with a very narrow fairway. Water can be seen on the right and a street on the left.
I don’t recommend using a driver here unless you have great control of the ball placement. You can easily be on the green in regulation with two iron shots.
Another hole that isn’t well-kept.
Hole #17 – Par 3 – 193 yards.
Getting to the last two holes on Pompano Beach Pines Golf Course, this is actually a very long and tough par 3. Water runs along the entire right side of the hole, and thick, tall trees on the left side of the hole.
This hole has a long but NOT wide green, which makes accuracy very important here.
Hole #18 – Par 4 – 372 yards
The last hole of Pompano Beach Golf Course features more water along the left side of the hole. This green is probably in the best shape out of the entire golf course, and makes it feel like you are experiencing a nice South Florida Golf Course.
Finish strong and enjoy a beer at their restaurant after a nice round of golf.
Review of Pompano Beach Golf Course
Overall I’m not a fan of playing at the Pompano Beach Golf – Pines Course. This South Florida Golf course is not in good condition at all. You can tell they don’t take care of any aspect of the course.
Given it is owned by the City of Pompano Beach, I wouldn’t expect much maintenance from them.
But at the price they are charging, I do not recommend playing a round here.