Bobby Jones Golf Course Review
by John Kim
One of the city's oldest courses, Bobby Jones has been open since 1934. It is one of the city's municipal courses and features Bermuda greens with a par of 71.
Pre-round: Tee times are needed for weekend play, and don't expect to zip through once you get here. During the week, the tee box is usually busy, but moves at a steady pace.
When you arrive: There is no driving range, so stretch out wherever you can. There is a putting green, but it's sloped kind of funny and not a real good indicator of how the course will play.
Hole you will love: #15, a short par 5. Most golfers really enjoy holes where their score can really be rewarded for hitting a couple of good shots. Well, hit a good drive here, and make a decision. If you're willing to negotiate a tree that partially blocks the left side of the green, you can really score on this hole. Even if you miss a little right, it's okay with plenty of bailout space there. Don't go long on the approach, whether it's your 2nd or 3rd shot.
Hole you will not: #7. It's not often I will refer to a par 5 as my least favorite hole on a course, but this one is filled with blind shots from tee to green. A drive that seemingly has to travel up a 300 yard hill, where you will have to go way past your ball to even find the correct direction to hit your next shot, walk back, hit it, and repeat for your approach. Just not a fun hole.
Overview: Well, you can't argue with success. I think of not so great course conditions (extremely wet even days after rain), crowded tee times, seemingly unfair layouts at times....but there are players who are regulars here who know ten times more about golf than I do. They must know something. If you're looking for good times and some recreational golf, Bobby Jones is fine. Probably not for the golfer looking for a serious course, but then again, it's not the price of a serious course either.