Safari Golf Club

3.6624705882 3.7 stars from 5 (102)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6845 yards
  • Slope: 121
  • Rating: 72.2
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: 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: No denim, collared shirt and bermuda shorts required
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6845 yards 72.2 121
White 72 6144 yards 68.8 114
Gold 72 5626 yards 66.2 108
Red (W) 72 4861 yards 67.2 109

Located adjacent to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Safari Golf Club was carefully carved from mature forests. This tight course is not particularly long, but it has a varied design that appeals to a number of different tastes and skill levels. The layout features tree-lined fairways and water hazards on several holes. There are also strategically placed bunkers lurking treacherously beside the greens. The golf course starts off with a challenging par 4 that features a dramatic drop from the tee to the green. It finishes with two demanding par 4s as well. The 17th and 18th holes both feature a slew of challenges including rolling, tree-lined fairways and tricky stream crossings. Although it presents a formidable test on some holes, Safari Golf Club's hazards are straightforward with no surprises.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.7 stars from 5
Value: 3.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.9 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.6 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.7 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 102 Reviews
5 stars:
20
4 stars:
55
3 stars:
15
2 stars:
4
1 stars:
8

recommend this course

84 out of 102 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is near local attractions convenient to the city in the 'burbs   Great for locals seniors advanced golfers   Challenges include narrow fairways thick rough water hazards   Great for drinks  

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Reviews


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BuckeyeMed2009's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/21/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Worse Greens condition ever played!"


kenrick's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/05/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens need to be Bull Dozed and everything new brought in to make new greens. They were rough and bounced any and everywhere due to the grasses being totally out of control. My playing partner agree on this and decided we will never play again until they replace the greens.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course



u8664513's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/04/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"slow start, strong finish"


reaparkfan's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/30/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

we were delayed due to the cold weather in the morning but the staff kept the players well informed and once started round went smoothly. course in very good condition considering the long, cold winter we had


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"nice track"


u000006305978's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/28/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

we went and played over the weekend. the pace of play was great, never had to wait on one tee (and the course was packed) fairways, greens, were in good shape. the course can be forgiving, which helps a average golfer like me. price to play in the afternoon was fair. would play here again


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Golf"


Benny1980's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/13/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was enjoyable. However the starter was not very friendly. He told me I was on the tee the minute I handed my receipt to him, and that everyone else would have to join up with me on the course. I checked in 15 minutes prior to my tee time. He also said if we missed our tee time we were out of luck because they were booked solid. Then at the turn they told us we had 5 minutes max to get something from the snack house or we would be skipped over.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great Course!!"


Andrew6670812's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/08/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is always well-maintained and a fun course to play!! Highly recommend it!


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


"Best Course for the Money"


Michael5940288's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/31/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Booked this course through GolfNow and it was the best deal I've ever gotten. The course was wet from rain the day before but it was dried out as much as possible. The course was in great shape for early in the season, besides one tee box. We didn't have any issues with pace of play and they had $2 craft beers. Will definitely be back many times this season.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Thezoowascalm"


Dan6813388's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/04/2017
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Reviewed on

There was a short wait for frost to leave the greens. I had the opportunity to be the first of the tee and played alone, which was my personal preference. The day was cool with little wind and scattered sun shine. The added bonus was a great golfnow $ with a bonus $ to boot. The staff was very cordial. A 2 1/2 hour round with new clubs for laying at my own pace on a very enjoyable course is a true delight....


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



u000004348072's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/05/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Course was nice but...the rough....seriously?"


Kevin91581's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/22/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Course was in good shape and I shot a personal best here, but I really have a bone to pick with whoever was in charge of the rough and the greens should be ashamed of themselves. Sadistic is a word I would use to describe how thick the rough was and how finely shaven the greens were. Trust me, Safari, a shortish course as easy as you will never host a US Open (even if you didn't have Muirfield Village as a neighbor) so you don't need to make your rough so thick people cant see a ball that they know exactly where it landed.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Course in good shape, but lacks pace management"



3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/21/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It was a beautiful day for golf, probably the last of the season, which would explain why the course was packed. I have played a plenty of packed courses, but Safari REALLY needs to be more proactive with the ranger's managing the pace.

My group had to leave after 15 holes and 5 HOURS had passed. We all figured 5 hours would be plenty of time to get a round in before our evening obligations, however we were on pace for a nearly 5:45 minute round.

It's a shame because the course is in good shape, and a great price, but it's just not worth sitting around all day wishing someone would get the golfers in front of you moving!!


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"3+ hours to play 9 holes."


Amtsberg01's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/14/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Left the course after playing 9 even though I paid for 18. Was amazed when the guy in the clubhouse kept squeezing in additional walk up golfers knowing the pace of play (which he told several golfers when taking their $). Only play here if you are a non golfer just learning the game.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Sloooooooooooow"


u147172775's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/14/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was wet but not sloppy but still cart path only. The overbooking of tee times, cart path only and absolute refusal of the ranger to do anything turned a beautiful day into tortureous 6 hour round.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course



Zach2644301's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/18/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Popular Course But..."


reaparkfan's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/31/2017
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I enjoy playing this course but I find the 18th hole less than enjoyable for an average golfer. With the creek passing through the fairway 3x the landing areas are difficult to hit. Better marking might help or putting in a culvert might help. Otherwise, the course is very enjoyable to play and the amenities (driving range, practice greens, etc) are very nice.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Pace of play not enforced"


MartinBucyrus's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/27/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Pace of play is not enforced at all. There was a group in front of us holding up everyone. We called the clubhouse to report it and ultimately nothing was done. A half an hour later, while we were still waiting on the teebox... the Marshall came up to our group telling us to pick up the pace??? We explained that it was the group in front of us in the fairway (doing donuts looking for a ball that was lost 20 minutes prior) that was the hold up. When we further pointed out that there was nobody on the next 5 holes and carts lined up behind us they figured it out. They gently asked the group in front of us to please move quicker to which they didn't. After that the Marshall was not seen again.

I understand that this is primarily the fault of the group in front of us, but this course really needs to figure something out about how to enforce pace of play. Every time I've played here when it's busy it has taken at least 5 hours to get through the track. I played earlier in the year when the course was empty and was able to get through in just under 3 hours as a twosome.

Tee sheets are loaded here on nice days. If you don't have +5 1/2 hours to play a round I would look elsewhere.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


"Safari"


Roman1537359's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/25/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played the course many times and it is usually in good shape, as it was this week. The man in the pro shop was unpleasant and rude. I was unexpectedly charged a $8 "spectator fee" for my special needs son who did not play, just rode the cart. I paid to ride but I was walking - effectively paid twice for one person to ride. Apparently, this is their policy due to liability - I found out the next day from the manager after i raised the issue. Because the crass man (and this is a euphemism) in the pro shop I will never be back


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Not worth the time or money"


WilliamF39's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/10/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Once again, Safari let me down. I continue to keep giving this course chances, and the problem is always the same. PACE OF PLAY is absolutely terrible. Starter allowed an elderly single woman (with no tee time) walk directly on the tee box in front of us. Back in May, same thing happened, with a father and his two young sons, who once again had no tee time. They cram their tee sheet 6 minutes apart while also allowing walk-ups. Inexcusable. They have to fix their pace of play issues. Stood on every tee box for 10+ minutes, on a MONDAY, at 10am. Never coming back.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Decent but could use improvement"


Emork's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/21/2017
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very decent and fun course although repetitive at times when you're simply going back and forth. Yardage is very poorly marked and several fairways hadn't been mowed in quite some time. Greens are incredibly inconsistent.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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