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3.7
76 Reviews (76)
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Conditions
3.5
Value
4.0
Layout
3.5
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.8
81.1%
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65 out of 76 reviews
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3.6
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3.3
Value
3.8
Layout
3.3
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.6
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4.3
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3.5
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4.4
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 70
Length 6174 yards
Slope 126
Rating 70.4
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Marion Lake Golf Club
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Course Details

Year Built 1923
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Russell Breeden (1923)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Food & Beverage

Snacks

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Locker Rooms

Available Activities

Swimming, Billiards

Available Sports

Tennis

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Value Courses in the U.S. (2014 #25)

Reviews

3.7
76 Reviews (76)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 8
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 24
Undulating Greens 13
Narrow Fairways 12
This course/club is great for:
Locals 19
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 19
Seniors 11
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 15

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Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Worth it for the scenery!

Some of the most beautiful scenery you will ever see on a golf course! Stunning views of Lake James and The Linville Gorge. However, lots of work to do on the greens and tee boxes. Also, don’t expect many flat lies as they didn’t push much dirt around to make flat fairways especially on the back nine!

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
1.0
First Time Playing

Worst course layout ever!

The course had soggy greens where my ball constantly plugged out of sight. They were impossible to putt on. There was a par 3 that was temporarily set up to replace a par 4 that we had to play twice because we were not informed it was there at all. It was the only green my ball didn’t plug on...because it was in the middle of the fairway. I didn’t bother putting on that atrocity.One hole had a shared fairway where drives where hit directly into other golfers. I hit a great shot in middle of the fairway and never found it since one of the golfers coming in other direction played it. Black tee boxes are placed where you hit between two close greens and errant balls were flying in from all directions. My cart was hit twice and one time I could find out where it came from. The only thing missing is a couple clown heads in the middle of the greens and maybe a paintball zombie course. This place is a sick joke. Don’t waste your time here....About 5 hours round if you do!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Nice Course

Nice course with some very pretty holes on the back nine. Greens are small and course knowledge is a very big plus.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Quirky But Nice

Course was quirky but nice, other players were friendly and patient, Nice day !

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Good course great views

Good course, friendly staff. Greg the golf pro very friendly great golfer gives reasonably prices lessons. Good food at the bistro. Well worth the trip.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing

Not for you

This course has very few holes that didn’t either put you in danger from another golfer (crisscross fairways, tee boxes in fairways, tee boxes behind greens, etc) or have a big tree right in line of site. Also had a temporary green on 5 that wasn’t mentioned at any point until we were on the hole. Had two nice views. I will not return.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Doesnt get much better for money greens are always great fun place to play

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Marion Lake

This was the first time I played this course and I enjoyed it very much. Reviews on The Lakeside were very nice from the course overall was in good condition. I would definitely Play It Again

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 42
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Leave the driver in the bag

This course is short. It contains only two par 5's and both are reachable in two. My son and I were playing for his birthday on Memorial Day and drove an hour to the course. I had read other reviews and it lived up to those reviews. The tee boxes were about 3/5, fairways 3/5 and greens 4/5 stars respectively. A couple of greens had dead spots, at the fringe, but overall they rolled very true. The green sizes were mixed so precision is a must. Some greens were large and some were small. Several had multiple tiers so it was a lot of fun. There are a couple of holes on the back 9 with views of Lake James and that was nice to see. Train tracks run through the front 9, between holes 2 and 3. A train came through 2x while playing so that was interesting. If you've got a put hanging on the edge of the hole, wait for a train!

The back 9 is tight with several holes sharing or nearly sharing fairways. You must be careful on a busy day as balls can come from several directions. This was one thing that affected play on the back, but not so much that it was a great detriment. Plenty of water coolers around the course which was nice as well.

My biggest complaint was being placed behind 2 threesomes that were playing together. They were split into two groups, but tried to keep close together throughout the front 9. It was Memorial Day so it was wall to wall golfers, as you'd expect. However, it baffled me that the starter would put a two behind two groups of 3. Pace of play for the front 9 was 2 hours and 15 minutes. On the turn the slower group of 3 took a long time. We jumped the group (which I have never done!) and ended up playing the back nine in 1:45! Regardless there was going to be waiting, but placing 6 golfers in front of 2 made no sense to me.

Even with that we had a 4 hour round on Memorial Day on a good course for a reasonable price. Used a hot time ($13!) for one and they gave my son a junior rate on a holiday for the second. We will play the course again and recommend it. Regular price is $25, and that's a good deal, but if you can score a hot time, do so, it's worth it!

One final thing, and this is definitely for the clubhouse, if you're going to put the American Flag on flagsticks (which is a great touch on Memorial Day) you should provide something around the greens to hold the sticks up so the flags don't touch the ground. Very absent minded through the first several holes and just laid the flag down as normal. After it dawned on me it bothered me a bit. Just something to think about Marion Lake. Nice touch, but think it through.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Back 9 - Terrible Layout

The course was in good shape, but the layout on the back 9 was simply too crowded. They forced multiple holes into too small of a space. Two different holes actually share a fairway and slowed pace of play significantly. And seeing that the fairway falls off and you can't see golfers in front of you, I'm surprised someone has not been seriously hurt yet.

I don't think I will play this course again.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Marion Lake Golf Club

Very good course with a lot of beautiful views.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Love the Old Courses

We have been playing here a few times a year for several years. We would make the trip more often but it is 65 miles for us to drive. However, this is a fun course to play and the staff is as good as you will find anywhere. They have a small but adequate range area. Currently, the Bbermuda has not come back completely but it is greening up and there fairways are excellent in season. The greens are recovering well from the chemical burn last year and the redesign of a few of the greens has made the greens more playable. Speaking of the greens, if you play there you know they are normally smooth and fast. With the new grass they are a little slower than normal as they have to protect the new grass. They are probably 10-11 now. Frankly, I am amazed at the job they have done in this short time. Look forward to the Barbeque and Birdies Tournament at the end of the month. Great job Greg.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice course

The day we played it was in the 40's and the wind started up by the 8th hole. The back 9 it was tough with the 17 mile an hour winds, and cold weather. Going this Thursday again, suppose to be calmer and in the low 50's.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Favorite course

The course is newly reopened after the greens had a meltdown earlier this year. They had two temporary greens on 4&5 but I imagine they won't remain that way as soon as next week possibly. One of my favorite courses to play in WNC. You can usually get it on GolfNow for a cheap price which makes it even better.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Best Bang for the Buck

GN red hot special $10 plus small fee. Lowest price and best golf I have ever had!!!

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 13
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Great Course, Great Views, Just Beautiful

The course was in great shape and we had little to no pressure. The back 9 had great views of Lake James and the Mountains, just a beautiful course with nice folks running it. I can't wait to play there again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Marion Lake Club

Very friendly staff, great views. They are replacing all 18 greens gonna be closed for about 3 months, but when they are complete this will be a fun little golf course.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 16
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Will review again

Marion Lake Club is a nice track, a bit off the beaten path. My son and I drove the hour and ten minutes because I kept seeing the tee times under the "Hot Deals" with golfnow.com. and a golfer I know said the course was a decent destination. In all fairness to the staff...they are super friendly, by the way, the fairways and tee boxes were all in pretty good shape. They had a catastrophic chemical event earlier this year with their greens and they were decimated...auto-two-putt became the rule of the day. Greg said they were closing the course for the next three months to re-seed and get the greens back into shape. (Wish I'd known that before making the drive.) Other than a closed snack bar and the horrible condition of the greens, we had a pleasant day of it. This course struck me as a "locals favorite" and two groups of ladies playing made it feel like they were "members"...and "special"...snotty old wenches playing (thankfully) only nine holes. We will definitely make a return trip in the fall when the greens are back. I think the course would be worth the drive when it's in top notch condition. Nice views of the mountains and Lake Nebo made for some good scenery. Good looking little club house will have decent menu and good beers when they open back up.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
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