Bent Tree Golf Club
Good course; gotta earn every shot!
This was my first time playing Bent Tree and overall I really liked the course. It was really well taken care of and very challenging. The staff is very friendly, although there wasn't a starter and three groups were waiting to get going with no direction. The carts were in good shape. Pace of play was slow however once we passed a foursome that was slow we played a lot quicker. It is a tad expensive with fees being around $45 for 18 and a cart. There are cheaper courses of the same caliber out there. However, if you want a challenge and want to play somewhere nice check it out!
July 17, 2014
Considering the amount of rain that has fallen the course was a little wet but playable. Nice staff would highly recommend. Jrc
July 11, 2014
Beating the thunder
Hadn't played this course since 1991. It was better than I remembered,, and I remembered it as nice. Puts a premium on drive placement, but rewards smart shots, especially on the stairstep No.5. Greens weren't superfast but they rolled quite true. As one person in my party pointed out, rough was mown at just the right height where you could still see top of your ball, which hastens play (take heed other courses seeking faster play). Overall great time, though we were hustling to beat oncoming storm.
July 8, 2014
boom boxes on the course
This is a great course. One of the premier courses in Columbus. However, I called the club house because of two groups were playing boom boxes. One group parked by the greens, layer in the sand trap drinking beer watching each other hit out of the trap. The club response was music is O.K. if it does not bother anyone. They would sent someone out. This may ruin this course. However, I have never experienced this before. Maybe an isolated situation. But they should check it.
July 1, 2014
An enjoyable experience
Course conditions were great with the exception of many of the bunkers were near unplayable due to the excessive rains in the area. Much of the sand is washed out of the bunkers so taking a free drop in the bunker after raking up an area in the bunker is how we played it. This did not distract from the excellent conditions of the greens and fairways. "Go Play"!
June 25, 2014
I played this course last summer and was not impressed. this time was a much different story. The course and greens were in great shape with the recent rain. From the Championship tees it is just over 6500 yards so I played those. It's a good course at that distance. I booked online and the course gave me an additional discount since my son is only 12. Beer selection at the turn is excellent (didn't partake since my son was with me :-) Would go back again. Only drawback is the road noise since 7-8 holes finish or begin near Route 36. Course was very open when we played. Could go at our own pace, no one pushing. A good day!
June 24, 2014
Reasons to NOT play Bent Tree
Ive played this course hundreds of times, I like the layout, and its a short drive from the my home and work. I have recently put my foot down, heres why:
1. Ranger/Starter: This older guy doing starter/ranger duties on weekdays (I told him its impossible to be both) has no idea what hes doing. When a starter is clueless, pace suffers.
2. If it rained in the last 48 hours you dont want to play here, 72 hours is ok but there will likely be dead fish on numerous fairways and you'll need 3-5 pairs of socks.
3. If you are paying anywhere near full price, youre getting ripped off. $25-$30 is a fair price to ride @Bent Tree. Northstar golf club is 2 minutes away, always more open then Bent Tree, and is normally around $40 to ride, do that if Bent Tree is charging their reficulous normal rates.
4. Traveling leagues: If you managed to snag a good deal, theres a good chance you'll show up to tour busses in the parking lots, tee off 10, and play in 5.5-6 hours, enjoy!
5. Practice: they have a range. But it runs parallel to 1 fairway, so have fun picking which ball on 1 fairway is yours since they evidently pick range balls once a day. Also they have a putting green next to 1 tee, usually more golfers than holes, and it rolls differently than all 18 greens, soooo yeah.
6. Fluffy, wet. Hard as rock. Ant/bee infested. 50/50 sand to weed ratio. These descriptors are all true of Bent Tree's sand traps and bunkers.
7. My favorite: yardage markers are wrong. After hitting the same club into the hazard on 5 tee for weeks, I did my own measuring, every single marker on the course is off by 5-20 yards, hilarious. Why even have them?
Having said all of this. I still like Bent Tree, I don 't know why. I guess I 'm just comfortable with the shennanigans at this point. But I will never book before getting there, golf now is there way of overbooking, if you show up and the lot is half full, run away!!
June 24, 2014
Course has good variety of trees, water, sand,etc
Pro shop staff was not very friendly, rest were fine. Liked the challenges of the course.
June 19, 2014