Colony West Country Club, is a Public, 36 hole golf course facility located in Tamarac, Florida. The facility has two -18 hole golf courses. They are the 7,132 yard par 71 Championship Course and the 4,207 yard par 65 Glades Course.
Colony West was built and designed in 1971 by Robert Von Hagge and Bruce Devlin.
The Championship Course was designed for a PGA Tournament Event. The event was the Jackie Gleason Classic, which is now the Honda Classic. Jack Nicklaus and the Tournament Committee said the course was too tough for the event. Mr. Nicklaus shot a 78 and took a 7 on #3 (#12 today) when he played the course.
The original design was a monstrous par 72, 7,553 yards long with 52 additional bunkers, which were taken out before the course opened in 1971. The original layout has the front nine and back nine reversed. The signature hole was #3 (which is #12 today). The original hole had two fairway bunkers on the right side of the fairway. The hole is 452 yards long from the championship tees. It is guarded by trees and water on the left, trees and out of bounds on the right, and it requires an accurate tee shot about 270 yards to get into position. The second shot requires a precise shot, about 180 yards to the green. The green is guarded by a bunker on the left side, with water tucked close to the green on the right. At the time, Colony West was ranked 4th toughest public in the country.
The course stayed that way until 1981 when the clubhouse was built. The course was turned into a par 70 (6,648 yards) with both #1 and #10 ( par 5's) shortened and the nines reversed to what it is now. It was rated by Golf Digest as one of the top 75 public courses in the United States.
In December 1985, when the Rack Family took over, hole #1 was lengthened back to a par 5. This made the course a par 71 (7,312 yards) and restored Colony West back to one of the best Championship Course in the country. Colony West Country Club was rated by Golf Digest back to one of the top 50 public courses in the United States.
$36 (cart included), played on Saturday, October 2011 at 6am
One of the best layouts in South Florida. Staff is extremely helpful and add to the experience. Restaurant and bar as good as any golf course in South Florida.
$21 (cart included), played on Sunday, August 2011 at noon
Great layout, always worth the effort to play. Will challenge all your shots, great starting hole and finishing hole with 16 great holes in between. Try keeping your approach to 18 off the Sand Trap Lounge's glass sunroom on one side and out of the water on the other. A shot you wont forget. Food was outstanding and well priced.
$31 (cart included), played on Tuesday, October 2010 at 6am
Fairways and greens in excellent condition although the greens were slow but putted true. Cart paths were in terrible condition; potholes, tree roots, etc.. Not in keeping with the rest of the course.
$26 (cart included), played on Wednesday, October 2008 at 2pm
Reserve tee time online for less wait and price. Long hole par 5's are challenging. Make time to eat and drink 19th hole! The Pittsburgh sports pictures in the hallway off the bar are like "a hall of fame" and brings back memories of good ole days and yesteryear for this Pittsburgh native. You will be welcomed here and all entertainment and play is a great value!
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