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3.3
446 Reviews (446)
5 Stars
52
4 Stars
194
3 Stars
121
2 Stars
53
1 Stars
26
Conditions
3.0
Value
3.7
Layout
4.0
Friendliness
4.1
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.4
72.4%
Recommend this course
351 out of 446 reviews
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Average Rating
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3.1
14 Reviews (14)
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
5
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
2
Conditions
2.7
Value
3.5
Layout
3.9
Pace
4.4
Amenities
3.4
StaffFriendliness
4.0
64.3%
Recommend this course
9 out of 14 reviews
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3.4
27 Reviews (27)
5 Stars
3
4 Stars
11
3 Stars
9
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.1
Value
3.8
Layout
4.0
Pace
4.4
Amenities
3.4
StaffFriendliness
4.2
77.8%
Recommend this course
21 out of 27 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6803 yards
Slope 140
Rating 73.3
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Island West Golf Club
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Course Details

Year Built 1992
Golf Season Year round
Architect Fuzzy Zoeller (1992) Clyde Johnston (1992) Brad Bartell

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Single Allowed No
Dress code Proper golf attire. No jeans & shirts must have a collar.

Reviews

3.3
446 Reviews (446)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 21
Brunch 10
Patio Dining 7
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 72
Water Hazards 70
Forced Carries 61
This course/club is great for:
Locals 55
Seniors 50
Advanced Golfers 40
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 45
Worth the Drive 36
In the 'Burbs 21

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Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing

Horrible conditions. Worst bunkers I’ve ever seen. What do you expect for $28? Can’t believe this is a Brown property. Should have warning signs for bumpy cart paths.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing

Decent value for the money

We played today, staff were great, course in in Ok condition. There needs to be some money spent on the cart paths & club house. We liked the layout. Challenging but fair. Great lunch deal.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played

Course is in really rough shape

Have played here many times in past years. I took a group here today and was totally embarrassed. Greens are slow and not being maintained. Some tees have almost no grass. First cut rough is long and nearly impossible to find balls. Fairways are rough with lots of dead or dormant grass. Really surprised that the Brown group has let this course go downhill to this extent.
The only good news is that my group won’t ask me to make tee times or pick a course again.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a year
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Skimping on maintenance

Sunday morning tee time.- first cut of rough 4 inch Bermuda. Had to be directly over over ball to see less than foot from the fairway. Greens were neither cut nor whipped so the greens were abysmally slow. The greens were true, though. Even the starter said to stay out of the bunkers.
The layout is still good and is much tighter than Sky Caddy would have you believe, so I’ll probably try it next trip.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played

Improving

Played this course several times this year and last being a couple months ago. The course conditions continue to improve. The fairways have been good for a while and the greens have improved quite a bit since the last time I played and in good condition. Only two recommendations are that they work on the bunkers and some of the cart paths need some work. It’s an excellent value for the money and would recommend the course.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 09/01/2019

We appreciate your review of Island West and thank you for playing with us! Brown Golf does have plans to address the bunkers and cart path issues.

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Played On
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

So I want to teach the maintenance people on this golf course to that people play through water cutting the grass is not cut the grass in the middle of their swinging the club

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

We liked it

Played today and course was damp (cart path only) but we had gotten a lot of rain the night before, staff was great no complaints at all.
Only complaint if any was greens were a little dry with a few brown patches (was worried prior because of reviews but a lot of people complain about green conditions in March and April and NO grass is perfect in those months!)

Overall loved the course, fairways were beautiful, side rough still playable and somewhat easy to hit out of. Played a course down the road last weekend and the tall bent grass along the fairways was awful, 6” high and you lost balls easily and when you did find them it was next to impossible to play, not the case at islands west. Good challenging course we will be back. Son and law I both agreed best we’ve played this year

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 07/08/2019

We are very happy you enjoyed your experience at Island West! The greens were on the dry side last week due to an irrigation leak that forced us to shut the pumps down for a couple of days. All up and running now. Thank you for playing with us and the review!

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Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
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First Time Playing

First time

I anticipated playing the course, but found the greens were in horrible condition and in poor condition. Staff was friendly but I don't think the course gets much play.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Good course

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Day of golf

Staff was super friendly and helpful. The course is tight with a lot of hazards splitting the fairways ,especially on the front 9. Course was well maintained, with the exception of the greens. They were being areated, and we knew that in advance. The greens were bumpy and tough to read....but overall we enjoyed it.....we will go back

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Greens recovering from last two years

Staff very friendly and told the truth about conditions of the course which I found refreshing. Greens coming back but some bumpy and sparse but most ran true but were slow. Cart paths need work and had to dodge large holes and bumps on about nine holes.. fairways in good shape but some weeds and grassy tufts in some areas. Some tee areas in rough shape, could use larger tee areas so they could move hitting areas to help recovery. Senior tees mostly just slight moves from white or red tees. Price point seems fair given the higher cost of golf in this area.

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

I played several more-than-double-the-cost on island courses this week and Island West was in better condition than most. My only complaint is with the sand traps; hard and many with puddles. Other than that, I was pleasantly surprised. Everyone from the the pro shop to course maintenance workers were all very friendly and welcoming.

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

The course is spread out and very enjoyable to play.

The weather was perfect and the course was fun to play.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Pleasant surprise

Having played at island west over the last 25 years, I can honestly say that I have never seen this course in such excellent shape from tee to green.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 03/27/2019

Thank you for the positive review. We have come a long way with our course conditions and appreciate it your patronage of Island West.

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Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great course for the money

Great course for the money in very good condition. Very quiet course, probably because it is much further off the island. Does not always have staff attending to your clubs, but that's Ok with us. Saw a lot of gators!!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Fairly Easy
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Commented on 03/14/2019

Thank you for the positive review. Look forward to seeing you again!

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Course needs some tender loving care

Enjoyed the course layout and pace of play but overall course condition is fair. Tee boxes are in poor condition and not much grass in the fairways. Green conditions were very uneven but not as bad as the condition of the cart paths. A 4-wheel drive may have been a better option to get around the course..

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 03/14/2019

Yes, the cart paths are in dire need of repair in some areas. Brown Golf Management does have plans to address this issue in the near future. Thank you for the feedback.

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good value for the money

This was a very enjoyable round of golf. Course was in pretty good condition for this early in the season. Pace of play was great.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 03/14/2019

Thank you for playing Island West. We are glad you enjoyed your experience and hope to see you back soon.

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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Used cart

Safety

One criticism. The backshop tries to ride the back of the cart from the exit at hole 18 to the parking lot. This is dangerous and not recommended by the cart manufacturers. When I tell them they are not to ride on the back, they insist on saying that it is OK or that they do it all the time. A friend of mine died at our course doing the same thing and now everyone abides by the rules. This must stop.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
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