Golf courses Florida Tamarac Colony West Country Club - Championship

Colony West Country Club - Championship

6800 N Pine Island Rd, Tamarac, Florida, 33321
Type: Public
No. Holes: 18
954-726-8430
Architect: Robert von Hagge (67)
                       Bruce Devlin (52)
                      
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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.

This course has been reviewed 5 times
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Crossville, TN

Guest (cart included), played on Saturday, September 2021 at 11:00 AM

For many, the mere mention of Greater Fort Lauderdale conjures up images of the beach, sandy shores, and spring break. And rightfully so; after all, there are 24 miles of beach with sparkling turquoise water, sun-kissed white sand, and tall palm trees waving gently in the ocean breeze.

Golf enthusiasts will be happy to know that the Greater Fort Lauderdale area is also packed with a plethora of golf courses that are accessible to the public. Ever since its opening in 1971, Colony West in Tamarac has been one of the most popular public access golf facilities in South Florida. Originally designed by Devlin and Von Hagge, the Championship Course opened for the Jackie Gleason Classic – since renamed the Honda Classic - as a monstrous 7,553-yard, par-72 track. Colony West has been rated by Golf Digest to be among the 50 top courses in the United States. Shortly after the tournament’s completion, Jack Nicklaus and the Tournament Committee said the course was too tough, so the maintenance crew set about removing 52 of the 137 bunkers. The course was shortened, the nines were flipped, and the Championship Course became a 6,648-yard, par 70. In 2018, Colony West underwent some big changes including renovation of all 18 greens on the Championship Course and the practice green, as well as the renovation of all greenside bunkers.

Strategically placed bunkers protect small, well-manicured greens, requiring players to think their way around the course to take advantage of scoring opportunities. The difference between the Blue Tees and Gold Tees is almost 1,000 yards but even from the shorter distance (5,462 yards) you just can’t bomb away. Water and sand hazards force you to think about your shot or pay the penalty.

The off course renovations continue. The Clubhouse has been torn down and replaced with a 107 room Fairfield Inn and Suites that is scheduled to open in the fall of 2021. The old cart barn has been replaced with an 11,000-square-foot state-of-the-art clubhouse with banquet and meeting facilities for 250 people. The new restaurant – The View at Colony West - is open to the public, golfers, and hotel guests alike. The new pro shop recently opened and has all of your favorite logoed apparel and everything else you need for a great round of golf.

Oceanic at Pompano Beach Pier is dedicated to capturing the energy of the Pompano Beach revitalization. Oceanic is owned by LM Restaurants who also own the Beach House next door. Oceanic offers indoor and outdoor seating and the ocean liner-inspired design provides an open interior with expansive and uninterrupted ocean views. Oceanic offers superior steak and seafood dishes. Their Brussels Sprouts appetizer with a horseradish and maple sauce is a must-try. After your main course, be sure to try one of Oceanic’s fabulous desserts including Key Lime Crème Brulee or Fat Elvis Pie, an interesting selection that combines all of the King’s favorites: peanut butter (ganache), banana (cream filling), and chocolate, all on a graham cracker crust.

Celebrity Chef Fabio Viviani now has his own restaurant in Fort Lauderdale. Riviera by Fabio Viviani is located in Hotel Maren on A1A and is part of Hilton’s Curio Hotel Collection. The food is considered coastal Italian cuisine; to me, it was simply delicious, probably the best meal I have ever had in almost 20 years of writing about golf travel. The signature meatball appetizer (Polpetti Di Fabio) was incredible, the Salt Spring Mussels were plump and delectable and my wife’s Mishima Reserve Wagyu Steak was the best I’ve ever tasted. I’m surprised she let me have a bite! If you’re there for Sunday brunch be sure to try their new Tootsie Roll drink. It’s the perfect breakfast drink.

While in the area, you’ll need a place to lay your head at night. I strongly suggest Cottages By The Ocean on SE 3rd St. in Pompano Beach. Not only are they centrally located to several public-accessible golf courses, but they’re also a block and a half from the beach and all kinds of restaurants and nightlife. These 1940s-era cottages and one-bedroom bungalows offer full kitchens with range, refrigerator, and microwave, a complete living room, and a king-size bed. They’ve also got you covered if you're headed to the beach with beach chairs, wakeboards, and beach toys. Owner Elaine Fitzgerald likes to greet each guest personally and when you see her ask her for some restaurant recommendations. She’s been in the area a long time and is well-connected. She has several similar properties in the area so if the Cottages By The Ocean are booked, check out her other locations.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 029981
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Hallandale Beach, FL

$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.

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Ranks with the best in this price level, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 016274
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Naples, FL

$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.

Would travel: 60-120 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Ranks with the best in this price level
 
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Rank ID # : 015692
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Miami Lakes, FL

$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.

Would travel: 10-20 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Ranks with the best in this price level, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 011962
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Pompano Beach, FL

$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!

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Ranks with the best in this price level, Bargain priced based on quality and competitive area pricing, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 005706
4.0/5
Based on 5 reviews
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