Sanctuary Lake Golf Course

3.6364764706 3.6 stars from 5 (114)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6554 yards
  • Slope: 133
  • Rating: 71.9
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper attire is required.

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 71 6554 yards 71.9 133
Blue 71 6123 yards 69.6 127
White 71 5341 yards 65.7 111
Gold 71 4746 yards 66.9 115

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.8 stars from 5
Value: 3.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.7 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 114 Reviews
5 stars:
21
4 stars:
55
3 stars:
21
2 stars:
10
1 stars:
7

recommend this course

89 out of 114 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city in the 'burbs worth the drive   Great for locals advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views   Challenges include elevation changes bunkers thick rough   Great for drinks  

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"GOLFING"


Doug818's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/16/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice practice range and the course was pretty good. I like the elevation tees.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



u000003297114's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/13/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Strong challenge and great conditions"


gmcarter2012's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/07/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is a very good challenge

Greens are a good speed and roll

Excellent fairways and stay on them or you won't find ball in the heather

Looking forward to playing again soon


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great Course"


hockeymurph04's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/31/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Sanctuary always prepares their course perfectly. The staff is great, could use more visits from the beer cart, but if that's the only complaint I'm fine with it.


Pace of Play: Good

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


"Beautifullllll course"


u2650548's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/29/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course reminds me of a much nicer course you'd find on the west side or up north. Very well maintained. $35/18 holes on a Saturday.

My only complaint is the beer cart girl left at 5pm? We teed off at 345pm, and never even saw her. Didn't get a drink of any sort until the turn before 10.

What kind of golf course sends the beer cart girl home at 5pm on a Saturday?!?


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



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/04/2017
Previously played Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Sanctuary Lake is welcoming golf course that is well-manicured. It is a really nice place to spend an afternoon.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Slow Play"


tinamacdonell's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/04/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Beautiful day for a round of golf, however, had to wait on every hole. Hole #14 had four groups and the wait was at least 15 minutes for us!

We don't plan on playing the course again...much too slow.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Great Shape"


blassen's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/26/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I played here very early in the morning on a Monday, teed off before 6AM, quick 9 before work, the course was in immaculate shape, greens ran smooth and true. I started off the back 9, my only complaint is that I was following the grounds crew changing the hole placement, so nearly every approach shot I had to wait for the guy to finish. If the course knew that there were people playing that early off the back 9, and I wasn't the only one out there, they should have had the crew start on the front 9. or start on 18 and work backwards so you only run into him once. Other than that great job keeping the course up.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Best bang for your buck"


muthy05's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/16/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My go-to course. Slower pace on the weekends but I know what to expect.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Good value"


Nharris1223's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/07/2017
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

They're running specials for tee times before 8am, teed off at 7:16am and was finished by 9:30am playing by myself. Course was in good shape a little wet in the low areas. This course is tough when the winds coming out of the north/northeast. Would be in even better shape if other golfers were considerate and replaced their divets.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Course"


joe0267's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My son and I love playing this course. Close to home


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Very disappointed"


rando1jc's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/12/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This has been my "home" course for several years due to it's convenient location near my house. This was my first time playing it this year, and needless to say I won't be back anytime soon. My recommendation is to close the course for a couple days and repair the fairways and greens. It does not look like any repairation has been done to the course since it closed last year. I've put up with slow and crowded play here, but I'm not going to chip and put on what looks like an Elementary Playground.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 05/17/2017

Rando - We are sorry your experience did not live up to your expectations. We are confident our product is on par if not better than previous years. Lower temperatures through April and May have not been conducive for growing grass and therefore course repairs have taken longer to complete, but we are confident in our course and hope you give us another shot.


"Good course"



4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/03/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

For being the first week of April. Course was in great shape. Especially the greens. Look forward to going back once the weather gets better..


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"March 6th Golf in Michigan, Yahoooo!"


itsmepc's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/06/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

With temps on High 50's and open golf courses far and few between. Awesome that this course is open. Of course green could be better, not all holes playable, so what!! Who keeps score in March? Great opportunity to get clubs out, smash some drive, test irons accuracy, practice some chips, and enjoy the early play with other golfers, itching to get out of the house!! Can't wait to play this course again.


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


"Good vslie"


adam7787's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once every three months

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/20/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Playing in February so conditions with a grain of salt but seemed fairly nice. Two holes closed and three temp greens leave a little to the imagination still but I would return without a doubt.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"short changed"


sli314's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/19/2017
Previously played Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We didn't know there were only 16 holes open, 2 were flooded. There were also 3 temporary greens. These conditions were not posted, so it was quite a surprise to learn about the condition, when checking in at the club house.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"mediocre to bad"


MKue1989's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/19/2017
First time playing Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

As all the other reviews say it's completly over booked. Paid for 18 to start at 3pm. Behind so started around 3:45 and it was so clogged we only got thru 9 holes, in 3 1/2 hours!!!! the course is a decent layout and could be fun to play if pace was better.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Poorly Managed Course"


Chris4051688's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/18/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

We played this course on 2/18/17 for $20 through GolfNow. Upon arrival, we see a sign on the clubhouse door stating that 2 holes were closed and 3 had temporary greens. We felt a little short-changed since this info was not given to us at booking but whatever...

As we approached the first tee-box, we immediately knew it was going to be a LONG day. At the top of the hill, there was a long line of carts (about 7-8) waiting to tee off with no ranger present. We were only able to play 9 holes and it took almost 3.5 hours! This is always the norm at Sanctuary Lake, even during the summer. They simply do an atrocious job at managing the course and pace of play.

Due to its layout, this course could be a lot more fun if it was managed better. No matter the time of year, pace of play is ALWAYS horrendous. I try to avoid this course like the plague.

The staff is extremely helpful and friendly; however, it is clear that there are simple issues management needs to address or else they will continue to lose customers. It should not take 6+ hours to play 18 holes.

All in all, the layout of the course is great and it would be an extremely fun course to play if it were managed better.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 05/02/2017

What did you expect in February!?


"winter golf!!"


u9677892's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/25/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Im pretty much a beginner golfer and the hills and changes in elevation made it challenging but very fun. I was amazed that they were opened in January. Some holes were shut down and some spots were very wet but for January it was actually decent. I cant wait to come back in the spring.


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


"Fun to play"


u000005907541's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/18/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Links style course. Heather everywhere. No trees. Plays 6500 yards from the back tees. Has some challenging holes. Fun to play.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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