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280C Club House Rd
Pleasant Valley, NY  12569-5166
United States
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www.nysparks.state.ny.us
James Baird Course

18 hole regulation length course

Municipal golf course

71 par | 6,616 yards | 124 slope

71.3 rating | Blue grass


James Baird Golf Course


The 18-hole "James Baird" course at the James Baird Golf Course facility in Pleasant Valley, New York features 6,616 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71.The course rating is 71.3 and it has a slope rating of 124 on Blue grass. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., ASGCA, the James Baird golf course opened in 1948. Kevin O'Brien manages the course as the Golf Course Manager.

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Reviewed October 15, 2012

This Robert Trent Jones design is great fun to play. A couple of easy and straight forward par 3s and 4s mixed with one of the most challenging holes I have played, the 13th par 5.
The greens, though a little slow, were consistent and in good shape and the bunkers are the softest in the area.

Reviewed July 16, 2011

Wide open terrain with some tough par 3's. Fairways were hard to distinguish from the short rough, although there were some. Plays in part like a link's course. Great place to bring your beginning golfer...no crowds and terrific prices.

Reviewed August 17, 2010

When I went golfing a couple of months ago, the course was fine. When i went today, it was ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE! Bare spots everywhere, everything was poorly kept, and the greens were the only parts of the course that was green. That would be good if there weren't spots everywhere, if they didn't fill indentations with sand (on the 17th green there was a strip of sand that made it impossible to make a put over 10 feet with the hole in the upper left location), and if they didn't keep hard objects on the green (pin high shot on the 11th green hit something and bounced 25 feet in the air and 20 yards past the green). So in April it was GREAT and now, it just plain TERRIBLE.

Reviewed June 11, 2010

Course is in terrible shape. Poorly maintained rough, lots of bare spots, extremely slow play. Such a shame to let a Robert Trent Jones course fall apart. They said it's improved, but I can't imagine how bad it must have been other than the clubhouse.

Reviewed June 08, 2009

The course was in decent shape. The rough is not as thick as others have claimed. The first cut is not particularly thick, an errant shot on many holes will put you in some very tall grass, but if kept in the fariway, or even the short rough the course is very manageable. The greens were inconsistent, Most were soft, well manicured and rolled very true, but there were a few that were hard, dusty and bumpy. The course presents a decent challenge from the back tees. Play was a little slower than I care for (about 4.5 hours for 18) but not slow enough to drive me nuts. I had a positive experience and will return here, for $29 its a pretty good deal.

Reviewed June 04, 2009

Haven't played here in about a year, but some of the reviews indicate the course has improved. Don't believe it!!! Miss the fairway by 10" and you're in 2 feet of unmowed rough. Course superintendent must think he's running a US Open here. All it does is frustrate normal golfers and result in lost balls and 5 1/2 hour rounds. What a dump!

Reviewed May 11, 2009

this course has dramatically improved in the last 2 years and it is getting better. a watering system will soon be in place,the greens are not perfect but roll true without the velcro feel to them and the fairways have less bare spots.most of the state money goes to saratoga and bethpage and with limited funds this course is moving forward rapidly.people whine about the rough being too tall.....hit the ball in the fairway! unlike her detractors, i liked corrine and miss her. golf at jb is a positve experience

Reviewed September 15, 2008

We were stalked from the 7th to 15th hole by two men on mowers. Not only did they not shut down when we were teeing off, they followed us to the greeens. Greens had just been aerated, and weren't mowed so were terribly slow. An almost 5 hour round on a Monday? Unforgivable. It will be a long time before I waste my time and money here again.

Reviewed August 12, 2008

The course is coming around.Its greener than its ever been.I played there 2 days ago and actually used my divot tool.(That used to be a rare occasion).You can see they are putting some work in to try and improve the place.The pace of play is still pretty slow on weekends.The cost on weekends is 27 to walk..What they should do is raise it to 30 and use the extra money for the course maintenance.NY is kind of stingy with their funds.The new restaurant is good.They have a nice bar with a couple of big screen TVs.The staff in there is wonderful.The whole staff has Irish accents and they are a super friendly bunch.Food was good too..I hope the course keeps coming around because it is a good setup and they're trying.They even got rid of Broom Hilda in the pro shop..

Reviewed July 06, 2008

Although many of the negative comments have been true in the past( I've been playing here in the Spring and Fall). The new superintendent has done a remarkable job of turning this course around. With the addition of watering and a new fourth hole layout, this will be 1 of the most challenging courses in the area, but please don't come here.

Reviewed July 04, 2008

I have played this course for over 5 years. I have read some of the negative comments and while at times they would all be true, so far this season there has been vast improvement.

Start with the maintenance - the overall condition of the course is MUCH better this season. Very little brown patches, the areas around the tee boxes are cleaner, and the renovations that are being done (such as making #4 a par 5) are shaping up well.

There has also been a change in the restaurant - a very successful franchise in Poughkeepsie has taken over the restaurant here and it is so much better - the atmosphere, the food, the service, everything. I am glad that I have stuck with James Baird as my "home" course - 2008 has been a vast improvement.

Reviewed May 24, 2008

Played the course yesterday for the first time and with all the rain we've, had playing conditions were very good. Also learned they are putting in a watering system next year so it should only get better. It's coming around folks. IMO, nice course.

Reviewed May 08, 2008

So you say you want a 6-hour round, and want to pay $42 for the privilege? Well, play Baird on any weekend. Very clueless, non-professional employees, not to mention invisible rangers. The course itself looks like it's been hit by a bomb. And if you value your shoulders, don't try to take a divit out of their rock-hard fairways.

Reviewed April 24, 2008

This course is a joke. The head groundskeeper has led this course into a downward spiral over the past 3-4 year. Unmowed rough, absence of chippable fringes around the greens, dirt and rocks in all the sandtraps, rock hard fairways with lots of bare patches, temporary tee boxes and greens... The bottom line is to take your business elsewhere. There are lots of alternatives in Dutchess County. It's too bad, because James Baird used to be a fun course to play. No longer.

Reviewed September 04, 2007

Tough to rip this course as has been suggested NY State probably doesn't go out of it's way to fund it. Greens fees are a bargain but the course is always in terrible condition. 9 holes close without notice for irrigation or aeration and they still bang you for full price to play the same 9 twice. Just played there yesterday and the greens were in the worst condition ever due to aeration. Putts bounced around like a basketball and as usual the fairways were full of bare spots, recently filled holes and the usual assortment of attacking sand bees. (No snakes this time though!) I have also run into the Gargoyle at the register (Corrin?) and she is an additional hazard to deal with on this course.

Reviewed August 28, 2007

been playing baird for the past 5 years or so and it has improved alot. new head groundskeeper doing the best with the funds or lack of from NY State. he pulled out alot of overgrowth but still work in progress. challenging course but needs more irrigation. 13th hole rated most difficult in Dutchess county. greens are somewhat quick and tough to hold due to lack of irrigation.Also, Tavern in the Park
is a great place to stop in after the round. Food is very good. beer is always cold. Yes old lady at the pro shop counter is very crotchety. (i thought it was just me)

Reviewed August 19, 2007

Reviewed July 17, 2007

Reviewed September 12, 2006

needs work

This course has great bones and cries out for maintenance. What $3 mil and a great super could do. until then, don't waste your time.
No one else does.

Reviewed August 31, 2006

Track That's Getting Better

Needs more water in the late summer. Greens are easy, play less break than you see. New superintendant is doing a good job. Crotchety old lady at the register...beware of her wrath. Have fun.

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  • Latest Scores
Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 Lance S. 17 41 24 07/04/08
2 Lance S. 17 42 25 10/19/08
3 Lance S. 17 42 25 07/06/08
4 Brian C. 31 57 26 10/26/08
5 Lance S. 17 44 27 08/06/08
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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
90 Bob P. 26 103 77 08/23/14
79 Matthew S. 6 82 76 06/25/13
99 Matthew S. 6 84 78 06/19/13
49 Matthew S. 6 79 73 05/27/13
37 Matthew S. 6 78 72 05/20/13

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James Baird Golf Course

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25 tees driving range

18 regulation holes

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