Lake Forest Golf Club

4.1871470588 4.2 stars from 5 (51)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6620 yards
  • Slope: 135
  • Rating: 72.8
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - $13
Pull-carts: No
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Practice hole: No
Simulator: No
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Championship 72 6620 yards 72.8 135
Back 72 6219 yards 70.8 129
Middle (M) 72 5830 yards 69.2 127
Middle (W) 72 5830 yards 74.7 139
Forward 72 5354 yards 71.9 124

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.2 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.0 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 51 Reviews
5 stars:
19
4 stars:
21
3 stars:
9
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

47 out of 51 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city worth the drive   Great for locals advanced golfers 9-hole rounds   Challenges include bunkers forced carries narrow fairways   Great for drinks  

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"Good conditions, poor drainage, fun course, good value"


Criley4way's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/08/2017
First time playing Used cart Wet weather

Reviewed on

It was the first time I have played this course so there was something of a learning experience. The course has a good design with lots of tee options for all levels of golfer. The carts are nice but simple without GPS or club washers. The cart paths are good but some end abruptly into the native areas and all could use a repave. The layout is varied with lots of elevation changes from tee to fairway and fairway to green. The greens are interesting but not extreme. There are a lot of blind tee and approach shots so some local knowledge is helpful. A fair value for super-twilight. I will be back to play the back 9.

The course has a great grass range with plenty of hitting stations and decent balls, mix of good and fair, a dedicated pitching green with up to 40 yards of fairway, a huge chipping green with many holes and lies, there are grass and sand bunkers and a putting green. There is a full restaurant and bar. The pro-shop is small with only a few things but has all the balls and tees you could need but not a shopping destination.

There are 5 sets of tees with good spacing for different levels of golfer. There were several times when the blue and black tees were the same. The tee boxes had good coverage but were a bit uneven. I never had a problem finding a place to tee it up.

The fairways had good coverage with minimal divot damage in my landing area. The fairways like the rest of the curse was damp so tee shots didn't run out. also they were a bit fuzzy and the ball would sit down just a little bit. There are a lot of elevation changes with uphill and downhill shots to the greens. I can't think of many shots that didn't have an elevation change.

Greens were good but not great. They were soft and had a lot of moisture in them. It was hard to hold a low trajectory shot (the ball would just skip). Like the fairways the greens were a bit fuzzy late in the day. There were good contours in the green but no big breaks or shelves.There were minimal pitch marks in part due to the size of the greens.

The bunkers were damp and grainy. There was sufficient sand in all of the bunkers. However, several of the bunkers were flooded. Also the bunkers were not very well edged but not a big issue. People left many of the bunker rakes were left half in and half out of the bunkers. I ended up against a rake outside the edge of a bunker.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course



"Lake forest"


golf4boone's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/09/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course, greens fairways and tees are in excellent condition. We booked the tee time and did not know there was an outing, the first 7 holes were played in record time then we caught up with the outing and we crawl the next 8 holes then it was over and we finished fast. Great course and worth whatever the price but it is very reasonable.


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


"Good Day"


golfcolo's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/04/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in good shape with just a couple of condition issues on a couple of greens. Lots of hard pan areas off the fairways can cause awkward bounces. Plays short which is good for seniors looking to find more fairways. Not the best course in the area but worth picking up on a "Hot Deal".


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Dry Conditions"



4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/24/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful course. Fast greens. Super challenging layout. Dry though. Not the courses fault, been super dry everywhere all year.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



L1283061's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/23/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/27/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/26/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Good course"


yanagik317's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/24/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Many holes are fairly straight-forward so first timers can shoot good scores. But #11-15 are in & out the woods and really tight. Greens were relatively fast. Course kept in decent shape. Worth a visit.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course!"


hetu1d's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/07/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Lake Forest is well worth playing again and again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Very enjoyable golf."


u000006790569's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

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

Reviewed on

First time playing this course and really enjoyed it. Front is open heathers style while the back nine are into the woods. However even the back is fair when it comes to risk / reward and very scenic.

Really like that they have plenty of yardage markers in the fairway. Typically we do not use a range finder. Having those markers really helps pace of play. We finished in just under 4 hrs and did not rush. Course was in great shape from tee to green. Front feels like you're out in the country and the back has a little more of the up north feeling. Some of the cart paths need maintenance and could be better marked however. Especially coming off number 8. (Turn right).

Only a few miles from downtown Ann Arbor so we went into A2 for lunch after the round. Great fun day. Will definitely return.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Course demands course management when choosing clubs"


u000007826599's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/13/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Love the course,course is mostly wide open but enough heather to pose problems.Greens and faiways in great shape.Will definitely be going back


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


"Playing the course"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/31/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 9 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

The course is in excellent condition with fairways and greens in tip top shape. Traps were in good condition, I know since I was in a few and had no problem getting out..


Pace of Play: Excellent

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


"Course is in great condition"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/17/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Love the fact that you get two different nines with the back being a little more challenging. Greens were in good condition.


Pace of Play: Excellent

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


"Poor Pace of Play"


rkgotitans's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Gender:  Male

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/14/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Played 18 holes here and took 5 hours to play riding. No rangers on course to move play along. Waited on every shot. Course was in sub par condition. Wouldn't play here again.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


"Good but..."


obsni1sa's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/01/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Staff was awesome. Pace of play was on par with time on card (4hrs and 15 minutes) but we waited almost 10 minutes on every hole so it seemed like a long round. Property is impressive when you pull in and I love the open, farmlike holes (which is most of them). There are a few tight and or gimmicky holes on the back. Personally, I don't understand why courses are designed to have a different feel about them on the front nine vs the back. I just don't get why this is desirable. This course would be better if it maintained the feel of holes 1-10, and 16-18 throughout. Holes 11-15 seem like they either ran out of room (they didn't, there's tons of space here), or are just there so they can tout a bit of a different "feel" on the back than the front. If I want a "different feel" I'll go to a different course.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"2 unique nines"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/21/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The staff is very friendly and accessible, with great practice facility and clubhouse... The best way to approach playing here is with the mindset you are playing 2 nine hole courses. The front nine is very wide open, semi links style, and you can make a lot of pars or birdies... The back nine is very scenic, but also tight and cut through the woods... All and all this is a great course for different levels of ability and is also walkable.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Lake Forrest"


golf4boone's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/10/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens are excellent, Fairway are excellent, tee boxes are excellent. Enjoyable course, they changed the front nine around a little and I liked it the way it played before but it was not drastic.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Surprising Find!"


Jason7450789's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/02/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course! Tee'd off at 8:30am and greens were medium speed but very true. As the sun dried up the dew and we made the turn WOW were they rolling fast on the back 9! The starter was very friendly as was the inside staff. Course in great shape. If you haven't played this course before and are considering it give I suggest giving it a shot. You will not be disappointed!!!


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


"Great course to play"


JJB7311's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/19/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was excellent I was paired with 3 people and it worked out well they kept me on task to golf well


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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