Wellington National Golf Club

3.1617000000 3.2 stars from 5 (235)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7253 yards
  • Slope: 136
  • Rating: 74.7
  • Layout

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Year built: 1989
Architect(s): Johnny Miller (1989), Gene Bates (1989)
Type: Private
Greens: Tifeagle Grass
Fairways: Tifeagle Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7253 yards 74.7 136
Blue 72 6704 yards 72.1 132
White 72 6141 yards 69.3 124
White (W) 72 6141 yards 75.2 137
Green 72 5268 yards 65.4 114
Green (W) 72 5268 yards 70.3 126

Located in the small community of Wellington, Wellington National Golf Club (previously known as Binks Forest Golf Club) offers a tranquil forest setting that is more reminiscent of a North Carolina course than a Florida course. After opening in 1990 to much acclaim, the course unfortunately suffered from poor management and closed for a period of time but successfully reopened in 2007 with a newly renovated 18-hole golf course.

The layout is tight and thanks to the abundant trees, very narrow at some spots. Mature pines line the narrow fairways and the greens roll fast and true. The course thoughtfully incorporates the terrain, utilizing the natural elevation changes and water features. The bunkers were strategically placed to make you really strategize your club selection and target. One of the most appealing aspects of the course is that it can truly accommodate all different skill levels with yardages ranging from 5,268 to 7,253.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.2 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.4 stars from 5
Value: 3.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.9 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 235 Reviews
5 stars:
26
4 stars:
79
3 stars:
65
2 stars:
37
1 stars:
28

recommend this course

159 out of 232 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is in the 'burbs worth the drive convenient to the city   Great for locals advanced golfers playing multiple courses   Challenges include bunkers narrow fairways water hazards   Great for drinks 19th hole specials  

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"Tranquil, Serene, and Challenging!"


Doloresrusso's avatar
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/13/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We love this golf course and it's expansive location. Set among beautiful trees with wide fairways and manicured greens, it is a gem. The layout of the course provides lots of challenge and diversification. Let's not forget the staff who are the best. Friendly, accommodating, and all around nice guys. What a wonderful mix: great course and great staff.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/25/2016

Doloresrusso,

Thank you for the 5 star rating! We are thrilled to hear that your experience exceeded your expectations. Hope to see you back on the course again soon!

Best,

Binks Forest Golf Club Management


"Greens were terrible"


tomlozen's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/08/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We played here before and remembered it as having lightning fast greens....not anymore! The greens were the worst we played on all year.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Okay for the money, not worth a drive"


Craig3025334's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/01/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course layout isn't bad, conditions were not great. Fairways were shaggy with weeds in many spots. Greens rolled okay, but were uneven and had quite a bit of damage. Bunkers also were not in great shape and apparently not too many of the previous players knew how to use a rake. They have a driving range, but again it is quite chewed up. Even though this is definitely not going to be mistaken for a resort course, all in all, playing offseason for $25 including cart made up for the very average or below average course conditions.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


"Needs improvements"


sueaustin's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/01/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Nice course layout but has been allowed to go downhill, new owners are making improvements but it's early days. Give it 6 months and will try again.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"You get what you pay for"


Carl3911341's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/28/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Played Binks while I was down in SoFL on vacation. I got a great price on GolfNow Hot Deals.

The course is not in good shape but the layout is actually pretty decent.

The tee boxes and fairways were scratchy and had significant weeds. The greens were not that bad and putted pretty decent - better than some other courses in the area. The driving range is horrendous and overgrown with weeds.

I know that SoFL has had a tough, wet winter that has hurt golf course conditions across the region. I think it has had an impact to this course but I think there is also a lack of resources at this course as well.

Marginal conditioning aside - I actually enjoyed the layout and had a fun time playing. There are a few pretty good holes. The course has "good bones". Unfortunately it needs some money put into it and it's a tough time for that....

If you can get a cheap price and understand what you are getting - give it a try. Otherwise, you might feel disappointed.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Great layout - very poor condition"


tinarae4's avatar
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/08/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

I love the layout but the fairways and tee boxes are in terrible condition.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great value"


EMita's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/29/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Once the club fixes some maintenance issues this will be an extremely challenging fun course to play. Its still fun despite being a little rough around the edges but the value is in the fees which cant be beat. Binks is always my first stop when visiting the Wellington area


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice course to play."


martentroy's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/23/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time playing there. Staff was friendly. We ended up playing as a twosome. Only took about 3 hours to play. Threesome in front of us moved along pretty quickly. Not5 a real difficult course but the fairways took a while to get used to. They were a little sandier then must courses. Had to move the ball back in your stance to ensure hitting the ball first. Otherwise, they were not forgiving. Nice vacation course to play. Had a good time there.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Clewiston"


Jim2348361's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/16/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice corse,terrible pairing


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"poorly maintained"


rifey's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/10/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

this could be a very good course...but it isn't.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"DON'T BOTHER"


jayrichardson's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/09/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather

Reviewed on

Played here for the first time and was extremely disappointed. The course was in such bad shape I only played 9 holes. And when asked if I wanted a rain check for the other 9 I said no reason because the course is in that bad of shape. This course has decent lay out but needs a whole lot of work


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Great Layout, driving range conditions."


Richard4408766's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/03/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 9 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

I would not play Binks again, They need to sell it to someone that can put a little money into it.

Great layout but the tee boxes are beat up, the fairways have weeds and bare spots all over and the greens are slow.

If you ever watched Tin Cup and remember the driving range. Well that is Binks.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Ugh!"


MJP07's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/28/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I played the course based on the last persons review in the hope that this place has actually been given the attention is so desperately needs; no such luck.

The course will never generate the revenue to keep up with the demands golfers expect, i.e, clean tee boxes, blush fairwairs, fluffy traps, mint greens, gps carts, nice practice areas and a 19th hole. If you're looking for that, this would nog be the place.

I paid $27.00 with was about $7 too much. If you're desparate to slap Ball around, maybe. The biggist disappointment was the mowed down weed bed for tee boxes. You would have to see it to believe it and i just cant discribe it but demanding your money back would not be unreasonable.

Pro shop basiclly empty, not cart girl.

Clearly, i will not be coming back. j live 5 minutes away.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 08/05/2015

Thank you for taking the time to review our course, MJP07. Although it is disheartening to read your feedback, we take all the comments of our reviewers into consideration. We are working towards improving our conditions every day, as as most other reviews state, we are improving. We apologize for your experience, and would appreciate a chance to meet your expectations another time.


"Surprise"


hutchswf's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/28/2015
Previously played

Reviewed on

This course is much better than 4 months ago. There is some grass in the fairways, less weeds and the greens are in good condition. The tee boxes have grass on them and the traps have sand.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/04/2015

Thank you for the great review! We are glad that you're noticing our improvements. We've been working hard! We hope to see you back this summer. Feel free to e-mail us at binksforestteetimes@outlook.com for a coupon for our grille or pro shop!


"just average"


Mark3068071's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/22/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Average course needs to be weeded badly. Very confusing to get around course through houses and roads greens needed to be worked on dying in many places long course but pace of play was good in late afternoon. Good for beginner which i am holes are pretty much straight with no dog legs. Staff was awesome which made it a average but nice experience.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 06/29/2015

Thanks for the review Mark! Your voice is being heard and we are glad to hear that you enjoyed the staff.


"A bit of a ride, but worth it."


pach99's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/27/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course needs some work on the fairways to regain what appears to have been past glory. The greens rolled quick and true. It is a hike from W. Palm Beach but for the price worth playing. Bring your range finder. If there are yardage markers they are not apparent. The scorecard is a bit off as the second, third and fourth holes did not match.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/02/2015

Thanks so much for taking the time to review our golf course! We appreciate all of the comments left by our golfers, and take all criticism into consideration. We are so glad that you found us to be valuable, and worth the drive from W. Palm. We think we are too. :) As for the scorecard, we will be discussing as a staff to see if we can make any improvements. Please e-mail binksforestteetimes@outlook.com to receive $10 off any purchase of $20 or more in our pro-shop, or our grill, the 19th hole! Thanks again and we hope to see you soon.


"Getting Better"


moteldarnell's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/21/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course Condition is getting better. Fairways and bunkers still need some TLC and Greeens are mostly in very good shape. Price is excellent and speed of play very good.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/11/2015

Thank you so much for the positive review!! We're so glad you see value in playing here, and are noticing our course improvements. We can't wait to see you back.


"only for a low price"


coachjoelax's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2015
Previously played

Reviewed on

Tee boxes non-existent. Driving range virtually non-existent. Putting green weak.
Fairways were.... well, fair. Greens were good. If you can get on for $18 or less, it has value. At $25, you'ld be much better off other places.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/26/2015

We are sorry to hear about your sub-par experience at our facility. We always provide value and specials, especially during this time of the year. We strive to improve course conditions, and so your feedback will be considered. Thank you again. Please email us at binksforestteetimes@outlook.com to further discuss your experience and for a promo code towards your next online round.


"Great Time Good Honest Course"


zuccarello36's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/04/2015
Previously played Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Had a great round of golf.Staff (Frank & Sean) were amazing. Treated me like ROYALTY!
Course was in good condition. Tee boxes need some work, fairways were more than playable, and the greens were in decent shape.
For $14.00 in May in Florida how can you BEAT IT!
Will definatley play there again & again.
Shot a round of 81 and I am a fairly new player.
I would reccomend this course to anyone who wants to go out and have a nice easy round of golf, with no pressure from other golfers and staff.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/26/2015

We are thrilled with your review! Thank you so much for the kind words. We are glad that you had a great time at our facility, and look forward to seeing you back soon. Bring your friends!



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