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3325 SE Ballantrae Blvd
Port Saint Lucie, FL  34952-6060
United States
P: (772) 398-0888
F: (772) 337-0010
www.santaluciariverclub.net
Santa Lucia Course

18 hole regulation length course

Private golf course

72 par | 7,022 yards | 140 slope

74.2 rating | Bermuda grass

Recommend this course: +0 -0

Santa Lucia Golf Course Description


The 18-hole "Santa Lucia" course at the Santa Lucia River Club facility in Port Saint Lucie, Florida features 7,022 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 74.2 and it has a slope rating of 140 on Bermuda grass. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, ASGCA, the Santa Lucia golf course opened in 1993. Jim Applegate manages the course as the General Manager.

Course Reviews


I played Santa Lucia River Club with a friend of mine who is a member and loves it there. It is a challenging but fair golf course. Everything is right out in front of you. The greens are typical Jack Nicklaus greens and roll extremely true. The clubhouse is nice and the staff is great and will go out of their way to give you a great experience. Definitely a "hidden gem" of the treasure coast. I am highly considering joining the club this season.

I played this course in a Golf Channel event weekend of April 3rd, 2010. The staff and facilities were much as I remembered from playing there in 2003 when it was open to the public. I can't really remember the course too well, but I recall it being challenging and fun.

I was very keen to play it again to see what Jack Nicholas had done to improve the course. For starters, there are more baby elephants buried on these greens than any other course I have played. This may not be a problem for members who play here regularly, but for us poor peons who only get to play there when everyone else has gone home it is a problem. A word to the wise, if you do anything else here always aim for the middle of the green and pray you didn't hit the slope on the wrong side. Having said all that, I took just 13 putts on the front nine, if you hit it on line you will get a true roll to the hole.

We played off of the green tees at about 6500 yds and the course was a good test with plenty of water and ball shaping left and right to keep things interesting. The bunkers were well positioned, with a consisitent feel through all of them. All in all, I would love to play here again now that I am more familier with the greens, if you know someone at the club and need to make up a fourball just let me know and I will come running.

Was one of the nicer courses for local residents and never busy! Don't know why they went private, my guess is someone there is on an ego trip.

Positives:
- prime location
- never crowded
- typically well-maintained
- forgiving
- manageable; I can shoot under my handicap here

Negatives:
- mind-boggling price
- wide range of difficulty from hole-to-hole (i.e. on the back nine it's basically a see-saw; one hole I'll scramble for a bogey, next hole I lip-out my eagle putt)

Bottom Line:
If you have the money, go ahead and play Ballantrae once in a while. You'll have a relaxing time since it'll basically just be you on the course. However, if you don't have the money just don't bother. It's that simple.

Ballentrae

Very difficult from tips. Advice from course is if you are more than a 5 don't play from the tips. Very enjoyable no matter which tees you play.

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About Santa Lucia River Club

Santa Lucia River Club

Community facility

30 tees driving range

18 regulation holes

Awards at Santa Lucia River Club

No recent major awards have been noted.

Tournaments of Santa Lucia River Club

No local tournaments listed for this course.

Course Staff

Jim Applegate, General Manager
Mike Mann, PGA, Director of Golf
Chris Powell, Superintendent

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