The present 18-hole course opened for play on October 1, 1975. The course was initially designed by Bill Lewis and Ward Northrup handled the redesign of the greens in 1994. In 2015 the nines were reversed and four holes on what is now the back nine were designed by Keith Pope.
The club has an idyllic setting. Every effort has been made to retain the natural beauty of wooded areas, sparkling lakes and streams found on the property where birds and wildlife abound. This relatively unspoiled terrain serves as the back drop for golf in a northern setting.
Designed to challenge golfers at all levels, the course caters to the most exacting golfer as well as forgives those with higher handicaps.
Bent Tree has something to offer everyone. Tree lined fairways, expansive greens and miles of lakes and stream combine to create a unique environment with an appealing blend of natural beauty and championship golf opportunities at Bent Tree country club. Bent Tree is a very walkable course and provides six sets of tees ranging from 4,278 to the tips at 6,606 yards.
The par 72 layout has two signature holes: the par three 3rd hole which requires players to hit a tee shot to carry 185 yards over water to a steep front slope in the front of the putting surface. Then there is the ever dangerous 511 yard par five 9th which features a double dogleg with water left, right and in the middle to a three tiered green. The back nine with four redesigned holes in 2015 has many players saying it is their favorite nine holes.
US Open Qualifiers have been hosted at Bent Tree in the past and the Florida State High School Championship was played at Bent Tree in 1998 and 1999.