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1954 Pattison Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19145-5901
United States
P: (215) 462-8997
F: (215) 462-2122
www.golfphilly.org
Franklin D. Roosevelt Course

18 hole regulation length course

Municipal golf course

69 par | 6,002 yards | 113 slope

68.7 rating | Rye grass

Recommend this course: +0 -0

Franklin D. Roosevelt Golf Course Description


The 18-hole "Franklin D. Roosevelt" course at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Golf Club facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania features 6,002 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 69. The course rating is 68.7 and it has a slope rating of 113 on Rye grass. Franklin D. Roosevelt golf course opened in 1936. Billy Casper Golf manages this facility, with Ben Clemons as the General Manager.

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From the moment you set foot on this course, you know that you are truly somewhere special. Upon parking your vehicle in the expansive parking facilities, you may find yourself greeted by one or more of the local homless denizens of South Philadelphia, or maybe even an Asian gang member who will gladly assist you with your clubs.

From there, you enter a world class clubhouse with no less than 3 shirts and 6 pairs of shoes for sale. After plunking down your $50 greens fee, you can pick up a six pack of Pabst Blue Ribbon or Milwaukee's Best from the gourmet restaurant. Buy 5 cans, get one free!

After that, its on to the first tee, where you'll have plenty of time to breath in the fresh city air while waiting for 6some in front of you to move their balls down the hole, crouqet style. And talk about fresh city air, this place is located smack dab in between the Sunoco oil refinery and the city's very own waste water treatment facility. The fragrant aromas they generate are sure to please even the most discerning player. Just imagine, all of hese amenities before you even set foot on the course!

And when you do eventually tee off, get ready for a world class golfing experience unrivaled in the South Philadelphia area. You will find yourself instantly transported to lush tropical paradise eerily reminiscent of St. Andrew's, with a touch of Pebble Beach and TPC Sawgrass thrown in for good measure.

One tip for non-locals: Watch those holes in the tee boxes. They contain giant bees that will surely attack you if disturbed by your tee. Look around the dirt for a while and you're sure to find a soft, muddy patch where you can insert your tee. If you can't get it in with your hand, try your foot. If that fails, bring a small hammer which should work adequately.

Can't find you ball after you hit it? Someone from the adjoining hole probably just picked it up for you. This is a local rule, where you are entitled to a free drop. You are also entitled to a free drop if your ball gets lost in standing water on the fairway, or one of the many swamps... also on the fairway.

Keep playing and you'll soon encounter FDR Creek. A long narrow cesspool just teeming with giant carp and snakehead fish. Don't try retrieving your ball from this water hazard. Its not worth losing an extremity.

You also will want to make sure to carry a fully charged cellular phone, or possibly a signal flare if things go from bad to worse here. Your cart could begin unexpectedly sinking into the ground on number 10, or you could be attacked by wild pitbulls on number 16. Being prepared for these events will make all the difference in the enjoyability of your round.

Lets be honest. This is the worst course ever designed in the history of mankind. However, relaxed drinking policies and the potential to pick up a bag of weed from a fellow player on any given hole do offer some replay value for this hidden gem.

I always read all the reviews before I write my own just to get a flavor of what others thought. This course, while by far not being the best, isn't quite as terrible as some make it out to be. The course itself is pretty beaten up, but the greens were in good shape. There aren't too many challenging holes, but the scenery is nice on a few holes where you can see the 95 bridge giving you a true feel of a city course. They have logo balls, a plus, for the logo ball lover, but $29 to walk on a weekday is way overpriced. One neat characteristic unrelated to the course itself was the smell of funnel cake fumigating along 3 or 4 holes on the back nine from the nearby Tasty Cake factory. Overall, it's just O.K for a one time play, but not much more than that. Overall rating C-

A friendly welcome was supplemented by good direction by the course marshall. A reasonably straightforward course, with sufficient water to make it both attractive and challenging. The greens were in surprisingly good condition for a municipal course - only spoilt by the lack of care by some municpal golfers not repairing their pitch marks. There is only so much that maintenance staff can be expected to do (the onus is on the players to make good any damage). Overall, the course represented good value for money.

This course is kind of like the girl you give the hate f--k to, simply no respect shown to the game of golf by the way this POS course is designed so you should show no respect back. Riding this course for 18 holes was worse than some roads in the Bronx. Anyway, this course is a dump. After about 2 holes I said f--k it and went on to ride my cart onto the greens because it seemed nobody gave a crap anyway. I can't see the US Open coming here anytime soon unless they decide to blow it up.

When I played they were aerating the course, so several of the fairways were chopped up and barely playable. Otherwise, the greens were well-kept, the course was kept clean of trash, and the course marshall was keeping tabs on the slower players. There are a lot of water hazards here (actually, more like swampland) , hole # 12 is parallel to some new housing, so you may have some spectators. All in all, I enjoyed it and will return.

Played 18 holes today as a solo, paired up with 1 other golfer and 1 joined on the 10th hole as well. Course conditions were pretty good overall, One green was a bit roughed up, but the rest were in good shape. The fairways were well groomed and the bunkers and water hazards were kept up as well. Overall a nice course for $30 (twilight) with the cart. I noticed many people walked this one so I will try that next time.

Nice layout. Easy walking course. Played after a day of heavy rain; quite a few standing puddles. Some were 3 to 4 inches deep. Not sure how well the drainage is. On a dry day later in the season, I'm sure this is an enjoyable course to play. Loved the bridges over the water hazzards to the holes.

This is a fine course if you are a beginner or just looking to hit the ball. It has few hazards, and most of the holes are short and straightforward. If you are expecting an aethetic experience, this is not for you, alhtough you can see the skyline, the I-95 bridge, and there are trees.

The greens were in suprisingly good shape given the poor condition of the fairways. Great place to play if you are headed to an Eagles/Phillies/Sixers game as it is 6 blocks for the stadiums.

This course is in terrible shape. You definitely need a gas powered cart to get through the water logged fairways and mud traps. But it is a quick fix for 9 holes in the city afternoon.

Course is in much better shape after new operators have had a year to work on it. Two greens are still a little beaten up, but overall a vast improvement. Great value.

this course is horrible..in horrible shape..ill never go to this dump again..staff tried to rush us when it was the people ahead of us taking their time

This course is excellent for your money. It has very nice scenery, as well as many playable shots. great for beginner to intermediate golfers.

Great for beginners. Improved greens since under new management.

A really good value for a public course in Philly.

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About Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin D. Roosevelt Golf Club

Golf Only facility

Managed by Billy Casper Golf

40 tees driving range

18 regulation holes

Awards at Franklin D. Roosevelt

No recent major awards have been noted.

Tournaments of Franklin D. Roosevelt

No local tournaments listed for this course.

Course Staff

Ben Clemons, General Manager
Jim McCormick, Golf Professional

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