Golf courses Florida Sarasota Bobby Jones Golf Complex, American Course

Bobby Jones Golf Complex, American Course

1000 Circus Blvd, Sarasota, Florida, 34232
Type: Public
No. Holes: 18
(941) 955-8097
Architect: Donald Ross (304)
                       Ron Garl (95)
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Detailed description of Bobby Jones Golf Complex, American Course

Bobby Jones Golf Complex -American Course, is a Public, 18 hole golf course located in Sarasota, Florida.

The Bobby Jones Golf Club is a 45-hole golf municipal golf facility. The facility is named after legendary golfer Robert Tyre Jones, Jr. Bobby Jones dedicated the facility on the opening day, the day before Valentine's Day in 1927. The facility today consists of the 18-hole British Course, the 18-hole American Course, and the 9-hole John H. Gillespie Executive Course.

The original 18-holes, were designed by Donald Ross. An additional nine holes opened in 1952. The fourth nine opened in 1967. The back nine of both the American Course and The British Course are from the original 18-hole course designed by Donald Ross. The John H. Gillespie Executive Course was added in 1977 and was designed by Lane Marshall. Ron Garl did updates and redesign on both The American and the British Courses.

The British Course course's layout is fancied by long hitting, low handicappers, this course has more open, straight, and heavily-bunkered fairways than the American Course. The greens are often elevated and domed, making it difficult to stick approach shots.

A recent renovation to the British Course added some length and spruced up the place. The par-3 fourth hole was pushed back 30 yards and now measures 175 yards. And No. 18, a par 4, was lengthened by 20 yards to 427.

The back nine of the British remains as Ross designed it back in 1926. It features back-to-back par 5s at Nos. 13 and 14. Both are easily reachable in two shots, but true to Ross's style, the greens are shaped like inverted saucers and slope from front to back and guarded tightly by two front bunkers.

The American Course is an 18-hole, par 71 adventure, spanning 6,039 yards from the back tee box, about 500 yards shorter than the par 72 British. The landscape has rolling hills, creeks, and lakes. The American Course is a treat for men and women of all skill levels.

The Gillespie Executive Course makes up the last of the complex's 45 holes. With three par 4s and six par 3s, this 9-hole executive course plays to 1,716 yards. It's a great starter course but also available for anyone in need of improving their short game.

This course has been reviewed 2 times
Golf Course ranker Photo, David Theoret
Crossville, TN

$21 (cart included), played on Friday, December 2015 at 10:42 AM

The American Course plays 6,032 yards to a par of 71 and carries a course rating of 69.6 with a slope of 119. It's very popular among women and seniors and combines gently rolling fairways and terrain with sparkling lakes and a stream that meanders throughout the layout. Although only four tee boxes show up on the scorecard, a set of "hybrid" tees have been added and is very popular among the men's leagues at Bobby Jones. To use the hybrid tees, just play from the yardage circled in red on the scorecard on each hole. There are also square green tee markers on each tee box to help out. According to my calculations, the hybrid tees play 5,543 yards. With all of these yardages to choose from, the American Course has a yardage that can accommodate golfers of all skill levels and abilities.

Just because of its short length, don't let the American Course lull you into thinking it's a pushover. Remember that meandering stream I mentioned? It comes into play on a minimum of 5 holes; more if you spray it. Take number 9 for example, a par 5 that plays a mere 460 from the back tees. The stream comes into play here and to drive it, you would need to carry it at least 290 yards, so for most, that's not an option. Should you hit a good drive and decide to go for the green in two, it will require a pinpoint approach shot; anything right is likely to find the water and left will find trees. In the words of Head Professional Christian Martin, "you can make 3 here, but you can just as easily make 7."

Number 11 is the only hole on the American course that requires a substantial amount of carry over water from the back tees. The fairway narrows in the landing area of your layup shot. Long ball hitters that are tempted to go for the green it two face some very penal pot bunkers short of the green in the middle of the fairway as do others who hit approach shots short. The green is small with more sand right.

Number 14 is one of the longer par 4's on the American Course at 379 yards. It's a slight dogleg left, so a draw off the tee will go a long way in doing well. Anything too far left and you're either OB or in the woods; right and there's a good chance you're wet. The approach shot is to a small, postage stamp green with water right and sand left. It's another hole that you may want to leave the driver in the bag.

In the near future, I think you'll see big changes at The Bobby Jones Golf Club. I can foresee them building a new clubhouse and working out of a trailer for a year or so while a new one is built. The golf courses themselves are in good condition and a great value for the price.

According to a recent article in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, a city-appointed study committee recommended $14.5 million in capital improvements, including a do-over of both courses, a new clubhouse and a player development/teaching center. The task force also suggested that greens fees be increased by an average of $7.50 a round, a small price for golfers to pay for such big improvements.

Both regulation courses at the Bobby Jones Golf club offer golfers of all levels and abilities a fair test of golf. Granted, they may not be the toughest courses around, but no one here is looking to win the US Open either. What Bobby Jones offers is a well-kept municipal course, with a very friendly staff and reasonable rates. The food at the snack bar is good and the beer is cold. If you're showing up to play for the first time, there are a number of hospitable groups for both men and women and someone's bound to invite you to play. For more information, visit them online at or give them a call at (941) 365-GOLF (4653).

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing, Ranks with the best in this price level
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Rank ID # : 027843
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Bradenton, FL

$10 (cart included), played on Monday, June 2010 at 10am

I enjoyed Boby Jones. I'm a senior senior 80+ so enjoy playing a course with some chalenges yet short enough to have a chance at birdy once in a while.

Would travel: 20-30 Miles
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
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Rank ID # : 010459
Based on 2 reviews
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