Worst Golf Course, Sanlan RV & Golf

Possibly the worst golf course I have ever played, Sanlan RV and Golf Resort in Lakeland, FL offers a relatively nice RV park with two swimming pools, one large enough to swim real laps. The bathrooms and showers are also large and clean, and the toilets are commercial grade. The laundry room has big washers and dryers and lots of machines, like a mini-laundromat.  The Staff, especially the park rangers, are very helpful.   However, coming and going after hours can be a problem, because they don’t give short-term visitors after-hours key cards.

I thought it would be great to stay and play golf, NAUGHT.  The golf course is absolutely dreadful. Sanlan was/is part of a working cattle ranch, cattle graze along the perimeter.  The golf course has been converted from a cattle pasture to fairways, and not well.  I doubt they moved any dirt to smooth the course out.  The fairways are dry and hard, which gives you 20 extra yards on good drives.  But riding in a cart is like bouncing across ski moguls. I hope you back is in better shape than mine?

No marshals, so 6 guys playing together, and 3 guys playing from one bag of clubs, are what I experienced on 3/18/18. At least they let me play through, but it didn’t make-up for the condition of the course. Sanlan charged $32 for 18 holes and a cart. But having just played Palm Cove in Palm City for $25, made Sanlan a total rip-off.

Also, Lakeland, FL is nothing special. I tried to find a local micro-brew (non-chain restaurant) to meet my pal Rich, who was driving home to Maryland from Tampa. Rich is a beer aficionado, but we ended up at Smokey Bones, a FL chain.

Sanlan RV & Golf Resort proves my inclination, when visiting FL stay on the coast, either east or west.  Florida is about the beach, and there are so many nice golf courses to choose from with great rates.  

Palm Cove Golf & Yacht Club, Palm City, FL

A great golf course, especially from the forward tees.  Palm Cove is 4643 yards from the reds, and 5292 from the whites tees.  While this is a community course with houses, it is also a beautiful course and the houses aren’t on every hole.  Designed by Chi Chi Rodriguez, the course is beautifully landscaped and has water hazards or many holes, making the course challenging, but fair.   The greens are fast.  I missed most of my putts as they slid by the hole on the edge.  I got a great rate of $25 playing at 2:45 p.m. on  the Palm Cove website.  I look forward to returning and playing this course again.

2363 SW Carriagehill Terrace, Palm City, FL 34990

Montauk vs. Indian Island

There is nothing better than a public course with a great view.  Indian Island Country Club Golf Course, Riverhead, NY is one of my favorites.  Only 20 minutes from my sister’s house in Westhampton, NY.  Don’t let Country Club in the name fool you, this is a public course.  Suffolk County residents get a great rate with a Green Key Card, $26 resident and $44 non-resident.  The front 9 runs along Peconic River offering beautiful water views of boats and swans.  Indian Island is a great course to walk.  Forward tees are 5445, slope71.3, and rating 118.  The Outer Banks Restaurant has some of the very best bar food in the area, including a great hamburger.  On Tuesdays you get a free draft beer with purchase of a burger.  Yum!

Montauk Downs State Park Golf Course is certainly more famous as Long Island public courses go, but the price isn’t worth the drive.  $91 plus $20 for cart, I just don’t think it is worth the price.  The course is not exceptional, and certainly not worth the money.  It is a long course for woman 5797 yardage, slope 132 and rating 74.2.  The Regulation yardage is 6289, slope 130, rating 71.2.

I’ll stick with playing Indian Island.  I love the walk spoiled.


I love Paul Giamatti, he was wonderful as John Adams, and has been in some really bad movies.  Sideways is one of my favorite movies, it is a guy ‘chick flick’, (Mom, this movie is not for you).  Two buddies on a bachelor weekend for wine tasting and golf.  Two of my favorite things. 

My birdie on a par 3.

My favorite scene in Sideways is on the golf course, and I have always wanted to play the course.  The River Course at Alisal is in Solvang, CA.  Solvang is a Danish replica a real tourist trap, lots of bakeries and Danish Tchotchkes.  My family drove to Solvang every October to pick pumpkins and eat split pea soup at Anderson’s.

I am thinking I may add playing courses featured in movies to my bucket list.

Nestled in the valley surrounded by vineyards and farms.

The River Course is beautiful, in great condition and long from the forward tees (5710).  The club house and restaurant are very nice, and the course was empty on the Tuesday afternoon I played.  I hope they have a loyal following and membership, because it certainly didn’t seem to be very busy.  I got a great deal on Group Golfer $45 for 18 with a cart.   

I hope I can play it again someday.

Mission Lakes Golf Course

Golfers visiting Palm Springs, CA should plan on playing Mission Lakes Country Club (MLCC).  The course is in amazing condition and the greens are FAST!  The course features a shot-gun start weekdays at 12:30 p.m. and the pace allows you to finish 18.  Look for a coupon in the local paper.

The green is 200 ft below.

I plan to play this course one more time before I leave, because it is in such great shape, pace of play and beautiful views.  Especially from holes 10-12 which are across the road and winds up into the foothills  to really fun par 3 where the tees are 200 feet above the green, and a spectacular view of the valley. Watch out for rattle snakes in the summer.  The other 15 holes are surrounded by the community but are open and straight forward.  The fairways are lush, and did I mention the greens are “FAST”.

Cathy, Carol and Sheila.

We had perfect playing conditions a cool breeze and sunshine.  I played with my new-found Canadian friends and we had a great round.

The 18-hole course is located in Desert Hot Springs, California nestled up against the foothills.  It is long for woman 5,473 yards and a par 72; 6,358 from the whites and 6,710 from tips for a par of 71. Opened in 1971 the course is designed by Ted Robinson, ASGCA.