Forewarning, this course was closed a few years ago and just recently was reopened. With that said, here is my review, understanding that things are still a work in progress.
They put their money into the greens, and it shows. Smooth, roll well, green, and only a few dry spots. The fairways have dead and weed areas, but are coming around. The rough is in good shape in most places. The tees are good in the areas you hit from. The design of the course is fantastic! It is a short and fun course that takes a decent amount of precision. All in all, I will be back.
about 1 month ago
I definitely like the re-model of the clubhouse. The food is good, more selections. I'm waiting to play the golf course.
about 2 months ago
I wanted to leave an updated review since the golf course has reopened. I have been playing golf for 20+ years on literally hundreds of golf courses. I am currently a 13 handicap.
I played the course on a Tuesday night after work. The club house is nice but simple and you can smell the attached restaurant which I am sure drums up business especially since the word is the pizza is really good. I did not eat. There were 3 gentlemen at the desk, one was obviously a trainee being trained by another and the third was on the phone (he lacked god customer service on the phone, but I didn't deal with him). They were very helpful and I thought the prices were more than reasonable.
The practice area seemed more than adequate for an evening range session or a preround warm up. The net on the driving range is in bad shape and I would suggest taking it down just to improve the overall appearance of the area. The golf carts are brand new and the nicest that I have used in the city. Gas powered but very quiet and FAST.
The golf course has been closed for 2 years so I expected things to be a little rough. To my surprise, with exception of a few localized spots, the greens were GREAT. That is obviously where they focused their initial money as they should have. They were slow but I assume they are leaving them a bit on the long side to let the root system develop.
The fairways and tee boxes are pretty rough (weeds and bare areas), they don't look like they have been worked on other than keeping them cut. It didn't affect my game in general but there were a couple of shots that landed in hard-pan that likely would have been in the fairway. We can chock this up to growing pains so I won't hold them to too high of a standard. The back nine is a little rougher than the front but it obviously doesn't get as much sun so that can be expected. The rough was in pretty good shape and a good length. Bunkers are just dirt right now and I suggest a local rule to pull out of them until they can be updated as well. Please don't remove them, too many courses have done this and it diminishes the quality of the golf course. Some of the cart paths are being taken over by the neighboring wooded areas, this seems like a simple fix in the long run.
For course design I give this place a 10/10. I have never played a short course that required so much thought and ball placement for scoring. NO SINGLE HOLE is wide open off the tee. If you are playing the appropriate tee you will always have something to think about as you hit your tee shot and I love that about this course. The greens also have great undulation and some of the potential pin positions are just down right evil, which I also love. The back nine is tight and demands smart decisions and the front nine has plenty of water and OB to keep things interesting as well. One other suggestion is to get the hazards and OB marked. The local rules on the card were not clear enough for me to account for a couple of situations. Specifically #5 & #7 left.
Overall if they keep making improvements this will be one of the great affordable courses in the city. I now see why it was so important for the neighborhood to step in and save this golf course. I will definitely be back.
4/5 stars only because of the fairways and tees.