Course was looking though through the summer months, apparently the course went through some management changes that were over due. The course is looking up. Based on this time of year, the fairway s are ok, greens are looking like they have gotten the attention they needed and are coming back to what I’m used to seeing. The traps need some attention but have always seamd to be par for the course . The rough needs some attention but looking much better. This is a beautiful course and I will continue to play as much as possible.
November 25, 2014
It Isn't Belle Oaks Anymore
It's sad that this course has hit rock bottom. It's been a while since I've played Belle Oaks because the last time I played, I got tired of loosing balls right off the fairways because the roughs were overgrown. I guess the lawnmowers still aren't working... I know that Hurricane's Rita and Ike took their toll on the course and Clubhouse, but the course was still a good place to play - not anymore. The fairways are playable, but not groomed. St Augustine grass everywhere. The roughs are thick enough to completely hide a ball. Most of the greens have bare spots. The sand traps are not sand traps. And don't get me started on what the wild hogs have done to the place. The Palms Resort bought the course, brought in some new golf carts, and apparently hasn't done a single thing more (literally#. There was very little variety of drinks and snacks in the Clubhouse. I guess I'm one of the last ones to find out that this course has hit rock bottom, because the parking lot was just about empty when I got there and just about empty when I left. I should have just stayed home, kept the money, and played in my own pasture #I keep my pasture mowed). Is the Palms Resort planning on closing the course? Please let me know if and when Belle returns; otherwise,I will not be going back to Sad Sad Oaks!!!
October 19, 2014
Positive : The greens were in good shape except where the hogs dug it up.
Negative: Fairway wasn't cut and was knee deep.
September 28, 2014
course needs tlc
greens are in bad shape. course needs to maintained better from t-box to the greens
July 5, 2014
Finishing holes are great
Course has great layout. Pretty open since Ike took out good number of oak trees but still a good challenge. Drink cart on course great new addition.
June 8, 2014
Not bad as a hot deal
The bunkers here are terrible. Most of them played like very hard dirt. Everything else was about what I expected, having played the course a few times before. There are rock-hard fairways in many spots and small, elevated greens that require the ability to put spin on your wedges if you're chipping from near the green. It's not a terrible course for the money, but as others have said the clubhouse is in bad shape, and they don't really have food beyond chips and candy bars. Just be aware of these things if you decide to play here.
May 19, 2014
Get what you pay for
Played for $10 so can't complain but coarse was pretty dried out and hard. Fairways and green were patchy. But people on the course were great about letting me play through as I was a single. Wasn't crowded. Not difficult. Fun round.
May 17, 2014
Best greens in the area!
I have played this course many times and find it always to be challenging and enjoyable.
Yes, the clubhouse looks awful and there are limited amenities but the course and the greens are great. Combine that with the low green fees it is an unbeatable value.
Most of the folks who don't like this course claim it is 'too hard' and the 'turtle back' greens require precise approach shots.
Someone who establishes their handicap here will have a 2-3 stroke advantage over someone with the same handicap who established it on an easier course :-)
February 17, 2014