This week we played Providence Golf Club located in Davenport, FL.  It is a great layout with a lot of trouble lurking on every hole.

There are a lot of perks that come with being a golf blogger.  While we do a lot of work reviewing golf courses, equipment, training aids, locations, events and tournaments people generally are nice enough to give us the experience at a discounted rate, and sometimes free.  

When we called Providence and explained that we wanted to come out to do a review they told us we  could come out but we would have to pay full price of $40.  Normally we would understand but when I looked on GolfNow.com to compare the rate we found the rate for $23.99. 

Needless to say I booked the cheaper rate and this started my experience at Providence.  We don’t mind paying for golf but when someone is telling you that you have to pay the higher rate than is online, they should just honor you the cheaper rate to play. 

Central Florida has gotten a lot of rain recently so the golf course was cart path only and the driving range was closed.  We understand that in protecting the course, but during the round I had joined up with another group and as the rangers came by they accused them of driving through an area that only a cart with 4 wheel drive could get through and saying that they damaged the course.  

The course conditions were suspect to say the least.  The greens were slow, the tee boxes, fairways and rough had crab grass growing on them and there were some patches of dirt throughout the course that looked as if they had an infestation of nematodes on the golf course.  Not something we want to see in the heart of Central Florida from a course that survives on its location being located off the same exit as ChampionsGate and Reunion Resort.  

We really like the layout of the golf course.  From the back tees it plays at nearly 7000 yards.  The golf course has everything that The Golfing Dads like about a golf course.  There are short and long par 3’s, drive-able and lengthy par 4’s and reachable and 3 shot par 5’s.  

The course opens with a gentle dogleg left par 4.  The longer hitters can be aggressive and take on the bunkers down the left side and put a wedge in their hand but if you miss and end up in the bunkers you are staring bogey in the face.  The 4th hole is a great par 3 that plays 170 yards from the men’s tees and almost 200 yards all the way back and usually plays into the wind.  Our good friend Mel made his first every Hole in One here (and he had to pay for his plaque as they don’t give you one for making one).  Five is one of our favorite holes out there as it is a great risk reward drive-able par 4.  

The back nine opens with a blind tee shot around the corner to a very shallow green.  11 is another hole that the bigger hitters can give a go at.  14 is a very quirky designed par 4.  It is nearly 470 yards from the back tees and is a dogleg left but the dogleg is 100 yards from the tee.  You have to either hit your tee shot over some trees or you need to hit a hook through the chute in front of you to put the ball in play for your second shot.  The bail out area is down the right but that gives your the hardest approach, carrying 2 bunkers and a chipping area short of the green.  If you are down the left it leaves you a straight on approach into the undulating green.  

Currently they are doing construction on 16 as they are putting a road in that is not affiliated with the development.  There are construction vehicles all over the place while this is going on.  

Eighteen is a stern finish with water down the right and a bunker left off the tee and your approach shot has the front of the club house in the background.  

A really cool feature of the golf course is the abundance of wildlife.  We saw multiple alligators, wild turkey and a water moccasin on the course. Just remember, if you are visiting not to mess with the wildlife as it may be the last thing you do.

Dads Say So, while we really like the layout at Providence, the service and course conditions were not what we would consider up to standard for Central Florida.  There is a lot of competition for golf here and there are a lot of courses that will treat you better and be in better condition than what we experienced there.  We are not even taking the cart path only into the consideration.  If you were considering playing here, we would suggest you reconsider right now until the conditions improve.  If you are looking to play golf at Providence, you may want to check out GolfNow.com to get the best rates out there as the pro shop doesn’t match the online rates that are posted there.  

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