Bartow Golf Course is an old school traditional golf course which originally opened as a 9 hole course in 1919. In December of 1926 the course was opened as a Links Style 18 hole course designed by Donald Ross. The Par 72 course features four sets of tees ranging from 5200 yards to 6600 yards with no homes, just you and Mother Nature.
The Bartow Golf Course is better known to most as “The Tow”. “The Tow” has hosted the Youth Villa Classic for over 50 years, raising money for the Sherriff Youth Ranch in Bartow along with many other Tournament events. The beauty of the Oaks and peaceful wildlife mixed with the challenging greens and winding dog legs scattered with water hazards throughout makes “The Tow” a diamond in the rough!!
Hole #1 is a Par 4. It is a straight hole with trouble on the right, in the way of a lake. The green is small and guarded by 2 bunkers.
Hole #2 is a Par 4. It is a tight tee shot with a dogleg left to the green. There is a bunker in the front left of the green that can give you trouble.
Hole #3 is a Par 3. This is a short shot to a small green. There is a bunker to the right and a hard slope to the left of the green.
Hole #4 is a Par 4. This shot is a slight dogleg to the left. There is woods to the left and a tree line to the right. The green is small 2 bunkers on eight side of the green.
Hole #5 is a Par 4. This shot here is a slight dogleg to the right. If you hit the ball long enough you can cut the dogleg out and take it over the trees to the fairway. The green has 2 bunkers on either side.
Hole #6 is a Par 5. This is a straight away hole, when you might be able to get to the green in 2. The green is on the small side and has 2 bunkers to help guard it.
Hole #7 is a Par 3. This is a short to mid length shot. The green is small and elevated with a bunker to the right.
Hole #8 is a Par 4. This is a short hole by the train tracks. Fairway bunkers help protect for getting to close to the green. The green is skinny with a bunker on the front left side.
Hole #9 is a Par 5. This is a long hole that goes from the train tracks to Idelwood Rd. It is a straight shot with a couple of fairway bunkers to watch out for. The green has 2 bunkers one front left and the other on the right side which makes it a tough green to hit.
Hole #10 is a Par 4. This is a short hole that doglegs to the left. You have trouble to the left and long. The green in small with 2 bunkers on either side of it.
Hole #11 is a Par 4. This is a straight hole with trouble to the right. There is also a fairway bunker on the right side. The green has 2 bunkers on either side of it as well.
Hole #12 is a Par 5. This is a straight hole with a couple of fairway bunkers that you have to navigate. The green is well guarded with 3 bunkers 2 on either side and 1 right in front of the green.
Hole #13 is a Par 3. This one is a short hole. It is guarded by 2 bunkers and an Oak tree. The Oak tree guards the left side of the green as the bunkers guard the front and right side.
Hole #14 is a Par 5. This hole reads short but plays longer. There is a lake straight in front of you that you could hit it in. The green is also well guarded with 3 bunkers and its small size.
Hole #15 is a Par 3. This hole can play short or long depending on the tee setup. There is a lake in front of the green to hit over and a bunker to the right side of it.
Hole #16 is a Par 4. This is a straight hole with O.B. to the right and a lake in front of you. The trees on the other side of the lake make you need to hit a good shot to the green. There is a bunker to the left side of this slightly elevated green.
Hole #17 is a Par 4. This is a short hole with O.B. to the right. The green is slightly elevated with a bunker to the right side of it.
Hole #18 is a Par 4. Your home hole is a straight away shot with O.B. to the right and a lake to the left of the approach. This is a tight green with bunkers on either side of it.