Chisago Lakes Golf Course

4.5372352941 4.5 stars from 5 (29)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6545 yards
  • Slope: 127
  • Rating: 72.0
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

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

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 6545 yards 72.0 127
Blue 72 6225 yards 70.5 124
Blue (W) 72 6225 yards 76.0 135
White 72 5701 yards 68.2 119
White (W) 72 5701 yards 73.1 129
Red (W) 72 5333 yards 71.1 125

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.7 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 29 Reviews
5 stars:
15
4 stars:
12
3 stars:
2
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

28 out of 29 reviews


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"Very Nice Small Town Course"


5Mike113's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Minnesota Advisor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/25/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

Chisago Lakes Golf Course is a great example of what a small town golf course can be- well laid out, well maintained, friendly staff and clientele, a small but well-stocked pro shop, and a spacious pub-like grill for your after round dining and drinking. The course has five sets of tees ranging from 6,600 yards to 4,099 yards and two additional rated and sloped combo tees on the card so low and high handicappers, women, seniors and juniors can all enjoy the course at an appropriate level of difficulty. Although there are a few straight holes, most have some degree of bend and there are several right and left dogleg holes. Although the front nine is mostly flat, the back nine has some rolling terrain but no significant elevation changes. We played the course the last week of October, and were pleased to see that the fairways were in great condition. (Note: it snowed two days after we played the course.) Unfortunately, the greens had been aerated a few weeks earlier and hadn’t fully healed, so they were quite bumpy. Our general impression was that they had interesting but not severe contours and would probably be very playable under normal conditions. Depending on the tees, water can come into play on about half of the holes. Tree coverage is moderate, with large mature oaks and evergreens lining many holes, and drives must be carefully placed to avoid interference from trees on approach shots to several holes. One example of this is the 360 yard (from the back tees) par 4 15th, a slight dogleg right with water lining the right side of the fairway. You can cut off as much of the dogleg as you dare, but if your drive ends up on the right side of the fairway, you’re likely to be blocked from a direct shot to the green by a large oak that sits at the inside corner of the dogleg. Better to hit less than driver and make sure you’re on the left side of the fairway. Similarly, your drive on the 12th, a 495 yard dogleg left par 5, should favor the right side of the fairway in order to avoid having your second shot being blocked by trees on the inside of the dogleg. I enjoyed playing this course despite the less than optimal conditions and look forward to returning next golf season.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/21/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in great condition. However, the greens were very fast, making for some very challenging putts.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fantastic Course For The Money!!!"


PeterMichael77's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/18/2017
Previously played Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

If you're looking for a challenging but fair course that is in fantastic shape from start to finish, Chisago Lakes is the Twin Cities best kept secret.

VERY AFFORDABLE RATES!!!

With beautifully maintained fairways and greens, you'll have a hard time finding a course in better shape throughout the area.

I've played over 20 rounds at Chisago this year and the staff are always VERY accommodating and friendly.

I HIGHLY recommend Chisago Lakes for recreational golf, events, and tournaments.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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

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

Reviewed on

I have played there for over 30 years. Fun course with eye pleasing shape. In really good condition. You can play it easy or hard depending on the tee box. Worth making the effort to try.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



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

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

Reviewed on


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



uUPKJ7916UP's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/20/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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


"Friendly"


Melinda2777649's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/26/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course was in great condition.

I loved the more open fairways due to being a beginner. It was also challenging for the person that I was with, since he has played golf for over 20 years.

I would definitely recommend this course whether you are a beginner or a pro.

The staff was friendly at the pro shop and at the restaurant.

We had a great time even with the wind and rain. I will be playing again next year when I come up.

Thanks

For a great day in Minnesota


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Fathers Day"


pauleschwartz's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/19/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time at the course with my daughter, son-in -law and grandson. The man behind the counter asked if my son-in-law and I were fathers, we said yes and he handed each of us a dozen golf balls. A very nice surprise. Very impressed with the greens, in excellent condition. Fairways were good. Tees could have been mowed shorter. Enjoyed the layout, will be back.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Poor tee boxes"



3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/22/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Tee boxes are uneven, weeds in fairway, sticks and other debris on multiple greens, pace of play was slow backed up every hole waiting for two groups in front of us caused back up behind us to the point the group behind us was hitting into us. I don't think I will return to this course got a "hot deal" price at $25 plus fees per player and feel that is overpriced. Cost is as much as a city course and in worse condition


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Good course, would play again and recommend"


tlm17's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Female

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/02/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I believe they were clearing out the water from their sprinkling system when we played so that their pipes wouldn't freeze over the winter. Obviously, this was a very rare and unlikely event to be taking place for us (so it shouldn't be a problem for you), but it did make the entire course noticeably damp, which definitely affected our play: our drives off the tee would get little-to-no bounce and pretty much ended up wherever they landed without much roll, making divots on the fairway was like cutting through butter, and it was easier to get the ball to regularly stick and hold on the greens. It would have been nice to play the course under more normal conditions because aside from the dampness the conditions of the course looked good.

Pace of play was good: we, a twosome, finished 18 holes w/ a shared cart in 3 - 3.5 hours and almost never had to wait for the group ahead (we had a tee time around 1:15 pm on the first Monday of November).

The course wasn't particularly challenging, although there were some tough holes. Aside from the particularly challenging holes, which mostly required distance control and/or accuracy, most holes were pretty moderate and forgiving.

Every hole had some combination of trees, sand traps, and/or water.

For those who like to be able to hit their driver off the tee, most par 4s and par 5s allow it without much to worry about, although maybe a 3 iron or something might be the smarter play on a couple holes. A couple tight fairways, but most were pretty moderate and forgiving if you missed them; there were times where I thought I might have hit it out of bounds but still found my ball as the rough provided a little more relief than some tighter target courses I've played.

For the longer hitters, I would definitely recommend moving back to their gold tees. Most holes are more open than they are tight and the course is only 6276 from the blues. The gold tees (their tips) are 6600, which would present a bit more of a challenge.

Each tee box typically had one or two distance markers on the hole map showing how far away the hazards are, where the fairway ends on a dogleg, etc. This was particularly helpful for us since this was our first time playing this course.

Be careful about some of the pictures of the holes, though, on the tee boxes and the scorecard. A few times it showed basically a hole that was straight as an arrow but the actual hole itself was a very slight dogleg left or right. A little misleading.

Roughs were fairly forgiving and not cut real long.

No complaints about the greens. They were in good shape, they were not dome-shaped, they were big enough to be able to regularly hit and sometimes require long lag putts but not too big, and each green had some break but nothing too ridiculous.

Also, we didn't see any water on the course so make sure you bring plenty of your own.

We played 18 holes w/ a cart for $13 a person, which was a great deal. However, I don't think this rate is always available.

I would definitely play this course again when I'm willing to make the trip. Only thing is it's a bit of a drive. I would maybe even play here more regularly if it wasn't an hour away from the Twin Cities.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Water"


u000007730050's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/07/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course doesn't recover from rain particularly fast but when it's dry the greens are legit and the layout is decent.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"You have to go to this golf course"


yinxx112's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/29/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very good condition. Very good environment to place. The course has difficulty to play that was fun.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Good test of golf"


u000004949432's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/12/2015
First time playing

Reviewed on

This course has all challenges you can look for in a course length, water, trees and sand. Greens are perfect and roll true, the sands traps are consistent. The fairways are the only thing somewhat lacking. The tee boxes have distance to hazards on each hole which is so helpful to anyone who has not golf here before. Worth a return trip!


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


"Nice course"


MNChubbyGuy's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/04/2015
Previously played Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in great shape. Plays a little short. The yellows are their tips so lower handicap players make sure you play from there. No drinking water on the course so make sure you fill up at the club house.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"got a great deal from golf now and will play this course again"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/3/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course played short a lot of the par 4's were in the 350 range. had it's share of water and sand. Greens and fairways were in great shape and they did a good job of keeping the leaves off the course. we played in less than 31/2 hours.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Nice course great condition"


u000005360567's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 9/25/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The deal I got was 2 for 45.00. That was a great price for this course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Course was great to play"


9152005's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 9/14/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Enjoyed playing this course again. was in great shape. A little slow with tournament being played in the morning. 5 somes aloud to play, slowing down play.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Greens were in fantastic shape."


u000004721844's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 9/12/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in excellent shape & the greens were some of the best greens I have ever played on. It was a chilly morning, so I was one of the first out with a brand new cart that was just unloaded off the truck, which was a first for me. I would certainly recommend & play this course next year when I am back in MN.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"excellent value and well-maintained."


Steffeni's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 9/8/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Chisago Lakes golf course Is an and very well maintained and interesting golf course. The greens are the most difficult part of the course since they tend to be somewhat convex and difficult to hold. It requires a few holes to get used to. The fairways and greens are well-maintained and the facility offers an excellent getaway for an enjoyable round of golf.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Very Nice Course..."


skippers3's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/31/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I thought the course was a lot of fun, and in great shape.Also we were playing at a good pace for 10 in the morning. I will definitly go there again.....


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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