The Refuge Golf Club

4.2119000000 4.2 stars from 5 (118)
  • 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

Average Rating 4.2 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.3 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.6 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 118 Reviews
5 stars:
52
4 stars:
48
3 stars:
11
2 stars:
5
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

107 out of 118 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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"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



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


"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


"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!


u1478577161's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/23/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Club on 04/25/2017:

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

"Wanted to really like this course"


u560184000's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/23/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My father came in from out of state just to catch up and we decided to hit the links (when it's nice weather in April, you kind of have to). Took to google/golf advisor to find a course near by. I have recently moved to the area so my knowledge of local golf is lacking. Came across The Refuge. Read some mixed reviews but figured for the price it was worth it. Sad to say those mixed reviews are spot on.

I have read several comments on "Staff Friendliness" -- my experience was not that way. Seemed like I was almost bothering the employees by wanting to golf and was shuffled quickly to the tee box rudely.

I am no means an expert golfer reflected in playing from the green tees and did really enjoy the layout from there. I imagine peak months, if maintained correctly, this could be a very nice course. Sadly, even though the year is early, this course is not in good shape. From slow greens to grass growing in the sand traps, there is a lot left to be desired.

This is very much a get what you pay for golf course (got a discount rate through golfnow -- taxes and fee's for two with cart came to 100 total) that unfortunately has left it's heyday in the past. The bones of a great course is there, sadly there is no meat on it.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Club on 04/25/2017:

We are sorry to see this review and learn you and your father did not enjoy your round at the course this time around. We apologize for any miscommunication from our staff that may have come off as anything other than welcoming. What you described is definitely not the standard we hold among our course staff. We hope you give the course another shot.

"Pay to play, but worth it"


Iliketogolf70's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/20/2017

Reviewed on

This course is very nice, well maintained with great practice facilities. I came early season so the cat tails are still flat, this course really looks awesome in prime season.

Hard golf course but boy is it fun. Staff has never been the friendliest but they are cordial and will answer when asked.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"tough layout"


9152005's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/16/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

lots of carries, was a very windy day added to the toughness of the course. Not a course for a beginner. Got a good deal on Golfnow. Don't think I would pay full price to play this course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Club on 04/25/2017:

Thank you for your feedback. We're glad you got a good deal through GolfNow, but you will find weekly specials and dynamic prices on our booking engine if you book here https://www.refugegolfclub.com/tee-times/<br/> We hope you give us another shot soon.

"Tough but fair"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/13/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The Refuge is always fun to play. The course is always well maintained and the greens run true & quick.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Club on 04/25/2017:

Thank you for the wonderful 5-star review! We are glad you had a fun round and that you noticed how great the greens are. Come play again soon!

"What a value!"


Goalieguygolfing31's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/12/2017
Previously played Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

1st round of the year.

Got an amazing deal on golf now.com for 50% off with cart!

Course was in great condition for early - mid April.

Can't wait to come back!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

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 04/25/2017:

Thank you for the excellent 5-star review! We are glad you spent your first round of the year at The Refuge Golf Club. We look forward to your next round soon!

"Great for early spring in Minnesota"


u270941835's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/28/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

For early season golfing, you couldn't beat our round at The Refuge yesterday. The fairways were decent, the greens kind of fuzzy with some bits of leaves and twigs in places, but good for this time of year. Temp was low 60s, clubhouse was only partly open, but they had beer and brats. It was a good round at a great price


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 04/25/2017:

Thank you for the terrific 5-star review! We're glad you had a great round and that you found value in the course. Come play again soon!

"early spring"


marynorma's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/27/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in great shape for so early an opening. Carts were allowed. The greens were not cut yet, so they were very slow. A fun outing in the sun.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Club on 04/25/2017:

Thank you for the great 4-star review! We're glad you enjoyed your round when we opened. We look forward to seeing you out there again!

"Repeat Player of The Refuge"


Greg7410792's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/16/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Always enjoy playing The Refuge. A little tough to get to unless you live in area. A refuge, if you will. Play from the correct tees or course could be too hard, or too easy, for you. There is room for error but you will have a tough time if hitting it too far left or right. Some redundancy in layout but the beautiful surroundings of similar holes makes up for that. Conditions have always been good to very good over the years I've played here. Staff has been great, as well. Worth playing regardless of receiving discounted green fee.


Pace of Play: Average

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 11/18/2016:

Thank you for the great 4-Star review! We are glad you consistently enjoy playing at The Refuge. We are also happy you found value in the course! Come play again soon!

"Nice bunkers"


jeff18's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/14/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course wasn't that busy on a very windy day.Not very long but you do have to be accurate, very well bunkered,well worth it to play.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Management on 10/19/2016:

jeff18,

Thank you for the great 4-Star review! We are glad to hear your had a good pace of play, and that you found value in the course. Come play again soon!

"Super course"


u000004949432's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/14/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

In great shape, the greens can be very challenging but if you can putt well on these greens you can anywhere


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Management on 10/19/2016:

u000004949432,

Thank you for the wonderful 5-Star review! We are glad you enjoyed the challenge the course has to offer. Come play again soon--practice makes perfect!

"Quick Getaway"


GolfingPhotographer's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/04/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather

Reviewed on

Decided to sneak away to a course I hadn't played before and had heard/seen a lot about. The staff was great and the course was in good condition. Pace of play was extremely good for the first 9...then ran into some regulars who liked to look for lost golfballs (not their own) and held me up. Then when I skipped 1/2 a hole and went to next tee I was approached and got a stern talking to about 'pushing' play into them. Oh well, some people think the course is there just for them.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Club on 11/18/2016:

Thank you for the great 4-Star review! We hope you had a great 1st experience at the course. As for the encounter you had with the other group, we'd appreciate it if you bring these sorts of instances to our attention at the pro shop. Come play again soon!

"Over 5 hour rounds"


u000001507728's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/20/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

The course has a nice design but is not in as good a shape as it used to be, the greens are very bumpy.

The staff is friendly but the worst part is the pace NB of play. Plan on over five hours, even on weekdays. No water to drink on the course is also frustrating. Overall, not a good value.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 10/05/2016

u000001507728,

We appreciate your feedback, though we are sorry to learn you did not have a good round this time around. We hope you give us another shot soon.

Best regards,

The Refuge Golf Management


"Good Course- Could be Better"


5Mike113's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/19/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

There are many positive aspects about The Refuge golf course, along with a few negative ones. The course has an excellent practice area, including a large driving range, an enormous putting green, and practice bunkers and chipping green. A good warmup will prepare you for the first hole, a short (314 yards from the middle tees) par 4 with water all along the left side of the fairway and woods on the right. The fast green slopes severely from back to front, so if you haven't tested the speed on the practice green you might find yourself putting a long way past the hole. Remember the speed, because most of the greens will be similarly fast. The second hole is an S-shaped par 5, not too long at 531 yards from the back tee and 468 from the middle tee. As you move on to the following holes, you will never be bored, as you will find right and left doglegs, forced carries over marshland, water on many of the holes, and strategically placed bunkers. The 9th hole, a short dogleg right par 5 (510 yards from the back tee and 403 yards from the middle tee) is a real gem. The first four tee boxes are actually set on islands that have been built in the middle of the marsh. (You'll find similar island tees on several other holes.) The tee shot must carry the marsh and not run through the fairway. Reaching the 200 yard marker in the middle of the fairway is really not terribly difficult if a golfer has chosen the correct tee box, requiring only a 203 yard shot from the middle tee. Nevertheless, the psychology of the shot, looking at that expanse of marsh grass, makes it more difficult. Most foursomes will find at least one member losing a ball. Assuming a golfer is successful in carrying the marsh, what's left should be an easy 4 shots for a par. But the long, undulating green is protected by a complex of bunkers on the left and lots of trouble right and long. Maybe that's why it's the number one handicap hole. The few negatives that I mentioned earlier start with a very slow pace of play. Five hours on a Monday afternoon is really not acceptable. Foursomes ahead of us spent way too much time looking for balls lost in the woods and we never saw a ranger on the course to keep groups moving on. There is also no drinking water on the course, and there were no ball washers on any of the tee boxes. Courses in Minnesota remove the ball washers in the winter, but September seems a bit early to have done this. No ball washers on the carts, either. Finally, even though the carts are equipped with GPS, I was never able to get the one on my cart to work, and the GPS on my playing partners' cart went in and out throughout the round. Very annoying. The bottom line is that I really like this course and plan to continue coming out occasionally, but I really can't give it a five star rating.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 10/05/2016

5Mike113,

Thank you for the 4-Star review! This is great hole-by-hole feedback our golfers can use. We appreciate your feedback as we strive to continue to improve. Come play again soon!

Best regards,

The Refuge Golf Management


"Great Track!"


blp57's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/15/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was my favorite course in the Twin City areas! The fairways and the greens were fantastic. Have absolutely nothing bad to say about this course. The holes were very challenging but fair. Excellent track and I would highly recommend it. I look forward to the next opportunity to tee it up at The Refuge!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 09/19/2016

blp57,

Thank you for the great 5-Star review! We appreciate you consider The Refuge your "favorite course in the Twin City areas!" We are glad you had a good round, while still enjoying the challenge the course has to offer. We look forward to your next visit soon!

Best regards,

The Refuge Golf Management



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