The Ponds Golf Club - Red Golf Course

3.6993411765 3.7 stars from 5 (60)
  • Holes: 9
  • Par: 36
  • Length: 3380 yards
  • Slope: 131
  • Rating: 36.6
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

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

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 36 3380 yards 36.6 131
Blue 36 3235 yards 0.0 0
White 36 2960 yards 0.0 0
Red 36 2537 yards 0.0 0

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.5 stars from 5
Value: 4.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 60 Reviews
5 stars:
7
4 stars:
29
3 stars:
14
2 stars:
8
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

48 out of 59 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Great for locals   Challenges include forced carries water hazards  

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jonhunter494's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/23/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather 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

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Good value, friendly staff"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/03/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course features 27 holes, I played the red and blue sides most recently. The course provides an excellent value and is moderately difficult. It is not a course that has striking features and the primary difficulties lie around some of the wetland characteristics of some of the holes. All in all a fair value and enjoyable time.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from The Ponds Golf Club on 09/06/2017:

Hello Steffen, thank you for giving our course, The Ponds Golf Club, in the Minnesota area, a three-star review. We are happy to hear that you had an enjoyable, yet challenging round of golf with us! We are glad that you found our staff friendly and that you felt it was good value for your money. Thank you for playing with us, and we'll see you on the course soon.

"Nice course"


u000007781942's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/01/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I like the three 9 hole layout. The greens and fairways are in really good shape.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Nice course"


u000007781942's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/01/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I like playing this course. The tee boxes need work. Otherwise, it's in really good shape.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Can't decide on how I feel"


Ienjoygolfing75's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Minnesota Advisor
Age:  Under 25
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/14/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

This course is average in my opinion, the conditions are fine and the staff is alright but I just can't fall in love with this course. I got my first eagle on the 2nd hole and I will always remember that hole but I can't say any of the rest of them stuck out in my mind as something I have to play again. Value is fine, the carts are old and need updating. Especially when a lot of tracks near the Ponds have recently purchased new Yamaha carts. I was quite surprised at how old these carts seemed. Clubhouse is okay, more of a restaurant with a piece of it devoted to the golf shop. Nothing impressive but it gets the job done. I have always liked their food and people seem to enjoy the bar. Driving range is across the street but its a range you can swing your driver so thats nice. Decent track, but for the money, I am going to play a different course.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from The Ponds Golf Club on 09/19/2017:

Hello, thank you for taking the time to review our course, The Ponds Golf Course. We are sorry to hear that the off-course amenities and carts are an issue, but hope that how much you enjoyed the course layout and conditions were able to make your round a little bit better. We appreciate your feedback and will use it to make better improvements. Thank you for playing our course in the St. Francis, MN area and hope to earn your business back soon.

"marshy"


u824597146's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/03/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

the course is way too marshy. there are not water traps but marsh traps. one of the holes had no fairway, complete marsh. Bring lots of extra balls with you if you play this course, you will lose them!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

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 Ponds Golf Club on 06/06/2017:

Hi Mo, thank you for taking the time to review your experience and rating our course. We regret to hear the course conditions were not ideal during your round. We strive to provide quality golf to our community and we look to improve those conditions everyday. We will pass along the issues mentioned to the appropriate teams. We are happy to hear you did enjoy the staff friendliness! Thank you for stopping by The Ponds Golf Club and we hope to have you back soon to exceed expectations!

"Patrick"


patrick89's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/21/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Despite all the water on the course, I liked it. When the course Fry's out it should be in great shape


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"O-Well"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/08/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

No matter how much you pay to play, we should have all the tee markers and such. Did not have any on 2 holes and one on 4 holes. All ball washers had no water. But they want their $$$$$$$


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from The Ponds Golf Club on 05/10/2017:

Hello Lyle, thank you for taking the time to write a review about our course, we appreciate your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed our course layout and pace of play. Thank you for your business and we hope to see you again soon.

"great course!"


u000007590687's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/27/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Loved the course layout-creative and well designed. Not very long/ great for 200-250 drives.

Couple problems- Howie signs were in horrible shape and ramps on and off wooden bridges in bad need of repair.

Greens rolled very nicely!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Had a good time"


u000007493335's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/02/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in good shape, it's a fun and challenging course ! My only complaint would be that there appears to be two different sets of carts there and we got the ones that looked like it was from the 70's and sucked to drive cause there was no middle throttle, it was either off or wide open, so driving slow was not a option.

But besides that I feel like it was a great course for the price!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 10/05/2016

u000007493335,

Thank you for the 4-Star review! We are glad you had a fun round, while still enjoying the challenge the course has to offer. We're happy you found value in the course! Come play again soon!

Best regards,

The Ponds Golf Management


"first time, great time."


OscarMGySgt's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/09/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

If I could improve on this course it's would be to have watering points throughout the course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


Commented on 08/11/2016

OscarMGySgt,

Thank you for playing with us! We hope that you would come back again for another round soon!

Best wishes,

The Ponds GC Mgmt


"course was pretty nice"


bassman2's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/27/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Poor weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

first time playing the course, not familiar with the course,playing by myself, pretty easy to follow the course layout. it rained got awful wet, will probably play the course again.


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


Commented on 08/09/2016

bassman2,

Thank you for playing and taking the time to send us feedback of your time on the course! We are sorry that the weather wasn't the best while you were here but hope that this didn't negatively effect your overall opinion of us! We hope that you will come back again soon for another great day of golf with us!

Best regards,

the Ponds GC Mgmt


"No yardage markers"


Scott2415481's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/24/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in great shape! Need to have more clear yardage markers and 100 yard markers. Could have better signs for next hole. Saw 2 groups searching for next hole.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/01/2016

Hi Scott2415481,

We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the course here at The Ponds Golf Club. We hope to see you back again soon for your next round!

Best,

The Ponds Golf Club Management


"Good challenge"


u000004610007's avatar
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/16/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time playing The Ponds and will definitely go back. Got around in good time for a weekend round. Little tight as you wind through the houses but not bad. Not a "cookie cutter" design which is nice. Not overly tough but a challenge for sure.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/20/2016

Hi u000004610007,

We are happy to hear that you were satisfied with a good challenge while playing our course! Thank you for your feedback and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Best,

The Ponds Golf Course Management


"What's not to like!"


uOUHL5745OU's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/29/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have played this course numerous times. Pretty well kept up. Many challenges, whether it's the water, sand, doglegs, some great carry overs on some holes. Gives you a great opportunity to sharpen your game. Give it a try - you will be back. Staff pretty friendly and food is good!!! Also has 27 holes...


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 04/04/2016

Hi uOUHL5745OU,

Thank you for playing at the Ponds Golf Course. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your round including the challenge of our course layout, our staff, and your overall experience. We hope you will be back to see us for another round soon!

Best Wishes,

the Ponds Golf Club Management


"Decent course"


gcraine's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/07/2015
First time playing

Reviewed on

Great deal through GolfNow for two people, 18 holes and a cart on Labor Day Monday. Pace of play was great. Fairly challenging w/ some narrow fairways. Course was in decent shape even though they had alot of rain the previous night which made the greens incredibly soft and slow. Tee boxes a bit beat up but still ok. I would go back again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 11/16/2015

Hi gcraine,

Thank you for playing at the Ponds Golf Club. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your round with us, and that you were able to get a great deal. We appreciate your feedback regarding course conditions as this helps us make improvements for future golfers.

We look forward to seeing you next season.

Best Wishes,

the Ponds Golf Club Management


"Has 3 9 hole tracks"


umpref51's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/29/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Love the 3 different Nines. Tee box on most holes were not in good shape, very uneven. We played from the blues. Greens were ok, partly due to golfers not fixing or doing a poor job of fixing ball marks on the greens. We played Blue and Red nines. No. 2, #7 blue and #3 red, all par 3's, and also #6 red, a par 4, they had the pins on very severe slopes. Way too hard for weekend hackers to play on. Over all good day of golf.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 11/16/2015

Hi umpref51,

Thank you for playing at the Ponds Golf Club. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your round with us, and that you loved the different nines. We appreciate your feedback as this helps us make improvements for future golfers.

We look forward to seeing you next season.

Best Wishes,

the Ponds Golf Club Management


"Former member"


jcarter51's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/20/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is in the best condition than it's been in the last four years, bunkers have new sand fairways and greens are in great shape the only negative would be the white tee boxes.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 08/24/2015

Hi jcarter51,

Thank you for the great review! We are so glad we have impressed you. Thank you for the feedback about the tee boxes.

We hope to see you back soon!

Thank you,<br/> The Ponds Golf Club Management


"Great features"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/17/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is a challenge but fun. Was disappointed no beverage cart out that day.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 08/18/2015

Hi rlopezjr24,

We are so glad to hear you found the course challenging but fun! We are sorry about the beverage cart. Thank you for bring it to our attention.

Hope to see you back soon.

Thank you,<br/> The Ponds Golf Club Management


"Needs some work.."


Tmadegolf7's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/30/2015
Previously played

Reviewed on

The Ponds golf course is a great course to go play 18. It is very affordable to play and the service is excellent. The few problems with the course is the up-keep. There is no sand to fill in your divots and the brides leading to other holes are in bad condition and there are pot holes on the fairways. Other than those few problems the course is great.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 08/07/2015

Hi Tmadegolf7,

Thank you for the great review and feedback. We will take everything you said into consideration. We love that you think the course is great and affordable.

We hope to see you back soon.

Thank you,<br/> The Ponds Golf Club Management



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