The Refuge Golf Club

4.2524764706 4.3 stars from 5 (133)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6534 yards
  • Slope: 149
  • Rating: 73.0
  • Layout

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  • 21250 Yellowpine St NW, Oak Grove, MN 55011, Anoka County
  • (763) 753-8383
  • (763) 753-3512
  • www.refugegolfclub.com
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Year built: 2001
Architect(s): Kevin Norby (2001), Don Herfort
Type: Public
Greens: Bent grass
Fairways: Blue grass
Golf Season: March - October

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Practice hole: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: A collared shirt and golf pants/shorts are preferred, but not required.
Credit cards accepted: Visa, Mastercard, American Express

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6534 yards 73.0 149
Green 72 6188 yards 71.4 146
White 72 5819 yards 69.7 143
White (W) 72 5819 yards 73.9 133
Gold (W) 72 5372 yards 72.4 139
Purple (W) 72 4819 yards 69.4 131

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.3 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.2 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 133 Reviews
5 stars:
60
4 stars:
54
3 stars:
12
2 stars:
5
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

121 out of 133 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive in the 'burbs   Great for advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views locals   Challenges include forced carries bunkers water hazards   Great for drinks patio dining dinner  

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Reviews


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"All track and.no infield."


Daniel7295442's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/16/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played this course many, many times. Story is the same since the days of the double-wide trailer clubhouse: play some golf and go somewhere else for post-round enjoyment.

The clubhouse with its faux bar/restaurant simply cannot keep up with the awesome golf course around it.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Club on 09/20/2017:

We are glad you describe the golf course as "awesome!" We hope you give the restaurant another try!

"Great layout and conditions"


u000004180517's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/09/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Top ten for MN!

Needs better pace of play on Saturdays - 5 hour round.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Club on 09/20/2017:

We're happy to have placed in your Top Ten! Come play again soon!

"A great mid-season course"


Ienjoygolfing75's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Minnesota Advisor
Age:  Under 25
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/08/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I personally enjoy this course, I love the cat tails on some of the holes and the nature reserve aspect of the course. It is well maintained, the range is nice, clubhouse is awesome and it is a challenging course. The staff is average, I can't say they are welcoming but its not at a hotel. There is a bar but no restaurant, so its good for drinks but if you are hungry you may have to venture down HWY 65. I love the layout of this course and I think you will too. The greens are great and are challenging, and if you play from the correct tee you will find that this course is not a cake walk. I have played it 4 times so far this season and the 2 rounds mid to late season have been the best. Everything grows in nicely and gives the course a very nice setting.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Club on 09/20/2017:

We are glad you enjoyed your round and you keep coming back for more!

"Challenging"


bbrowning84's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/08/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Great coarse and great value. Pin placement always challenging


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Club on 09/20/2017:

We are glad you found value in the course. Come play again soon!

"To many single players"


u521885696's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/06/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We had 10 singles played past us. My question is why ?


Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Excellent value, good layout"


Steffeni's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/01/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I play the Refuge several times a summer. It has a consistency of maintenance and is a very enjoyable layout. Played on a very busy day so had to cut short after 14 holes. That was my problem not the pace of play. The pace considering the number of players in the course was quite reasonable. Was included with a very nice group of golfers, which makes this a even better. Very enjoyable.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Club on 09/20/2017:

We are glad you enjoy playing at The Refuge Golf Club in the summer! Come play again soon!

"Course is ALWAYS in great shape!"


DaBowler's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/21/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

A couple of our guys came from Wisconsin as it is well worth the drive up Hwy 65. Course is very scenic, plays as easy or tough as you want to make it from the tee-box, and its always in great shape. Appreciate the friendly staff and Groupon offering as well! Highly recommend!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Club on 08/28/2017:

Thank you for the wonderful review! We are glad you enjoyed your round and found the course well worth the drive. Come play again soon!

"Diamond in the rough!"


u00000646528's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/01/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Awesome course to play during the week due to less traffic.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Club on 08/16/2017:

Thank you for the great review! We are happy to see you describe the course as a "diamond in the rough!"


woody13p's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/23/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

this course is usually in great shape and you can usually move at a good pace. Greens had ball marks all over them. Had to wait on most all shots. 8 min tee times is crowded. For the price I would expect more.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Club on 08/28/2017:

We appreciate your feedback. We are sorry to learn you did not have as great of an experience as expected this time around. We encourage and will continue to encourage all of our golfers to repair their ball marks. We hope you give us another shot soon.

"Refuge golf course"


buckriley's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/22/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

the course is in perfect condition. Not a long course at all but very challenging. Have to use every club in your bag for the variety of shots you need to hit.

staff was very helpful and friendly.

do yourself a favor and take a trip up to the refuge-it's worth the drive.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Club on 08/16/2017:

Thank you for the wonderful review! We are glad you enjoyed the challenge the course has to offer. Practice makes perfect, so we hope to see you out there again soon!



4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/15/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Club on 08/16/2017:

Thank you for the 4 stars! Come play again soon!


u5414436's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/01/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Club on 08/16/2017:

Thank you for the 4 stars! Come play again soon!

"Great Value"


u394938680's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/04/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Play here alot. Value is great for price. The track is pretty fair, only 2 kind of wonky holes. Greens are usually in great condition, roll true, course staff needs to groom and clear debris more often through out the day thought. Tee boxes also need loads of work. Carts have a reasonable accurate gps. Overall a great course, worth the 30-40min drive from the cities.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Club on 06/07/2017:

Thank you for the wonderful 5-star review! We are glad you find value in the course. We'll look into the tee box issue. We look forward to seeing you out there again soon!

"Great value"


Erik4447192's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/03/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played late on a Saturday afternoon and got through in about 3.5 hours. Was stunned at how open it was on a beautiful day. Cost was only 25 riding, which is almost free!. It was low enough to get us to come from Plymouth. I've played the refuge many times in the past, but it had been a couple years. The course was very dry compared to what I was used to there. Nothing yet burned out as we have had lots of rain but notably dry especially the fairways. They are definitely not watering enough. Outside of that it was an enjoyable round.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Club on 06/07/2017:

We are glad you enjoyed your round with pleasant weather and a good pace of play during the weekend. We are also glad you find value in the course. Come play again soon!

"Will be retruning soon"


dcrossinmg's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fun course, with a nice layout. Some easy holes, some very challenging.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Club on 06/02/2017:

Thank you for the great review! We are glad you had a fun round and that you enjoyed the challenge the course has to offer.

"Fun course with plenty of challenge"


DoubleD719's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/23/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

I played here for the first (after several recommendations from coworkers) recently on a cool, overcast day and had the course to ourselves. Course was in fair to decent shape with plenty of normal wear and tear (unfixed ball marks and plenty of unfilled divots) seen at public courses. The layout is deceivingly long for the yardage and has some fun holes carved out of the marsh. I will definitely play here again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Club on 06/02/2017:

We are glad you decided to give The Refuge Golf Club a shot, and that you enjoyed your first time here! Come out with your coworkers next time!


Rick1265411's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/19/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Club on 06/02/2017:

Thank you for the 4 stars!

"Nice course in Northern area"


newallen2000's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I played here and found the course to be in very nice shape. The greens are firm and hold a good shot and they are not really fast but are still quick. The greens are difficult to putt on because of the small ridges and hills on them...best to be below the hole so you can take a run at the hole.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Club on 06/02/2017:

We are glad you enjoyed the course conditions. We hope to see you out again this summer!

"Too Late"


u000008113643's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/07/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

4:20 is too late to get in 18. Course was full and movin at about 4:40 pace. Thought we could finish by 8:30 when we made the tee time. Not today. When it got dark and everyone left the course, we played quickly.

Course is beautiful. Multiple tee boxes let you bite of any to all you can handle. Championship greens with healthy turf throughout the complexes. Great design with lots of variety, give it a try. ✌


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Club on 05/11/2017:

We hope you get to play the course again and enjoy it at an earlier time. We are glad you enjoyed the course layout and conditions. Come play again soon!

"Refuge Review"


mnelson62's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/04/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A bit of a hike, but well worth it. This is a real nice course in great condition. Excellent value.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Club on 05/11/2017:

We are glad you find The Refuge Golf Club well worth the drive and price. Come play again soon!


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