The private 18-hole Pasadena Yacht & Country Club in Gulfport, FL opened for play in 1924. The course was designed by John Van Kleek and Wayne Stiles and ultimately renovated by Arnold Palmer in the 1980’s. In 2007 the course underwent a total greens renovation using the new paspalum turf.
Pasadena Yacht & Country Club plays 6766 yards from the back tees; the slope rating is 137 and carries a 73 course rating. Six sets of tees make Pasadena Yacht and Country Club enjoyable for golfers of all skill levels. The greens and fairways are Bermuda grass.
Pasadena Yacht and Country Club is a private club with traditional values and first-class amenities. Their long standing tradition includes hosting a number of PGA and LPGA events. Pasadena Yacht and Golf Club has been host to such players as Arnold Palmer, Walter Hagen, Babe Ruth, Michael Jordan, and the legendary founder of the LPGA, Babe Dedrickson Zaharias. As a matter of fact, Walter Hagen served as the first club professional in the early years of Pasadena Yacht and Country Club.
In case your golf game goes south on you (pun intended); there is also a yacht basin with 82 boat slips and three dining areas that range from semi-formal to poolside casual). Pasadena Yacht and Country Club also has a limited number of deep-water “dockominiums” available for purchase or lease. Their state of the art marina features Brazilian hardwood decking, wifi, cable TV, in slip pump out and 24-hour security, making it one of Florida’s most protected marinas.
As a member you can also enjoy their newly renovated Health Club with Jr. Olympic swimming pool. The tennis courts are just steps away as well. All of this has made Pasadena Yacht and Golf Club one of the top courses in the area once again.
Number 2: Par 3 149 yards. You need to contend with both the water that you have to carry as well as a large bunker in front of the green. With the pin up front, the bunker plays a major role in your strategy for the hole. The large, undulating green makes this a very picturesque hole.
Number 5: Par 5, 529 yards. This scenic par 5 is a double dogleg that first goes left than cuts back to the right. You will want to play your tee shot down the middle (easier said than done for most of us) as the hole cuts back. You will need to successfully navigate the water and miss the fairway bunkers on your layup shot, which will leave a shot of about 150 yards to the green. The green is flanked by bunkers and features many subtle undulations.
Number 9: Par 4, 325 yards. Water guards the green tight on left side on this short par 4. There is no need to hit driver off the tee. The green is large and has a lot of undulation.
Number 14: Par 5, 521 yards. This hole plays considerably shorter from the white and blue tees (472 and 433 yards respectively). It’s a narrow driving hole with a fairly long carry over water. Be sure to avoid the fairway bunker on right which can easily come into play. Trees line both sides of the fairway so the emphasis is on straight on this slight dogleg right. By hitting your shot down the left side of the fairway you will leave a clear shot into green.
Number 16: Par 3, 203 yards. It may be a par three but it is by far not the easiest hole on the course. It’s a long carry over water and the bunkers in front of the green eliminate any hopes of playing a bump and run shot. The large green is much wider than it is deep. There is a reason this hole is the number 10 handicapped hole.
Number 18: Par 4, 408 yards. You have two water ways to cross on the dogleg left finishing hole. Number 18 is another narrow driving hole; the key off the tee is to make it to the dogleg and then your approach shot is wide open. A couple other notes: avoid the two fairway bunkers on the right; hook it left and you’re on the range or behind trees. The long, skinny green is flanked by bunkers and has lots of undulation. Par is a great way to finish here.
Last Word: Pasadena Yacht and Golf Club offers tremendous practice facilities to rectify all parts of your golf game. For the most part, the par 3 holes are not outrageously long however you will find that they all have strategically placed bunkers that render the bump and run game obsolete.
The greens at Pasadena are in great shape and are very nice to putt on. You will also find them larger than usual with a lot of subtle breaks and undulations. The course is well maintained and always in great shape. Although Pasadena is a private club, you can sometimes find it available on the online tee sheets during the summer. If you get a chance to play it, you won’t be disappointed.
For more information or to find out more about securing a tee time, you can give them a call at (727) 381-7922 or visit them online at www.pyccgolf.com.