Five Ponds

6,673 yards, 121 slope from the Blues

Course: This is the ultimate “but for the crowd” course I know of. Up in Warminster, 5P is a great course that has forced carries in many varieties. The holes call upon a range of skills to score well. 5P is called 5P because it has five bodies of water on the property, four of which come into play numerous times throughout the round. The course opens with a fabulous opening tee shot down into a valley fairway that gently goes on up to a generous green. Things get a little more challenging with a dog leg right on 2 to an elevated tee, followed by a 150 yard par 3 to a downhill green. Now that you’re warmed up, the course gets a little longer with more elevated tee shots, greens surrounded by water and elevated greens. Of note is the par 4 4th, where the green is on a type of peninsula, with creeks in front and a lake to the front left. Bunkers are any where else you might try to bail out on. The back 9 gets tighter with tree lined fairways and a lot more bunkers. Angled tee shots and coming in to the green off center are pretty standard here as well. 15 is a par 5 monster with a narrow tree lined fairway, then dog legs left uphill to a green with bunkers on the left. 17 is a nice par 3 requiring perfect distance to stay on the green downhill with water in front and fescue in back. Service here is very accommodating and the course stays in great shape. I complimented the conditions to the counter guy and received a free yardage book. Green fees are a bargain even if you don’t get a better deal online. The track gets mentioned any time you’re talking about the better local public courses and all the talk is well deserved. The course is a good challenge yet fair and fun. It’s a parkland course experience that’s very well done. In a vacuum, this is one of the area’s better courses.

Gripes: In a vacuum is the key term here. To my great dismay, this course gets a lot of play and is always backed up. 6 hour rounds are the norm here. It’s just a popular course where players of all skill levels show up. Breaches in etiquette, people shouting and waiting minutes between shots are also the norm. I try to tell myself I’ll find a day and time when it isn’t crowded, but I haven’t found it yet. If crowds or long rounds with a lot of waiting doesn’t bother you, then this is your golf course. It’s such a great play that even the crowds can’t keep me away for long; I just have to find a day when I have nothing going on.

Bar/grill: Large indoor area.

Clubhouse: Big with nice guys behind the counter.

Nearby: A bunch of stuff off 611.

Getting there: Street Road to Warminster.