The Windermere Club

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3.6
122
5 Stars
36
4 Stars
39
3 Stars
22
2 Stars
11
1 Stars
14
Conditions
3.1
Value
3.6
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.4
Amenities
3.9
67.4%
Recommend this course
88 out of 122 reviews
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3.3
4
5 Stars
0
4 Stars
2
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
2.3
Value
3.3
Layout
4.3
Pace
4.8
Amenities
2.5
StaffFriendliness
4.5
50.0%
Recommend this course
2 out of 4 reviews
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3.9
22
5 Stars
8
4 Stars
8
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.4
Value
3.9
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.7
72.7%
Recommend this course
16 out of 22 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Private
Par 72
Length 6959 yards
Slope 141
Rating 73.8
Located just outside of Columbia, The Windermere Club sits along the banks of the lake that it takes its name from. Pete Dye designed the golf course, crafting a number of memorable holes. It's his only design in the Midlands. No two holes are alike on this challenging layout, so expect to use every club in your bag. The golf course offers a variety of risk-reward opportunities that will appeal to both low and high handicappers. There are also five, and sometimes six, tee boxes on every hole, making the golf course even more appealing for any skill level. The fairways are generous but lined with mature hardwoods and there are strategically placed bunkers to contend with. Golfers at The Windemere Club will also encounter subtle but tricky elevation changes and several lakes and ponds.
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 6959 yards 73.8 141
Blue 72 6532 yards 71.8 133
White 72 6028 yards 69.6 128
Silver (W) 72 5510 yards 67.1 128
Red (W) 72 4910 yards 69.7 115
Scorecard for Windermere
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Gold M: 73.8/138 387 412 542 192 388 507 446 483 201 3558 509 410 394 203 310 461 423 160 531 3401 6959
Blue M: 71.7/134 369 390 512 170 365 486 424 445 186 3347 483 382 370 173 288 434 402 150 503 3185 6532
White M: 69.4/127 348 355 483 155 337 472 383 413 165 3111 456 341 339 145 267 406 356 132 475 2917 6028
Silver M: 67.1/115 W: 71.5/126 328 305 454 128 302 446 351 382 123 2819 431 293 322 136 245 368 336 118 442 2691 5510
Red W: 69.4/116 261 263 426 109 263 406 332 346 91 2497 412 256 293 104 216 318 305 108 401 2413 4910
Handicap 13 3 7 15 17 11 5 1 9 6 10 8 14 16 2 4 18 12
Par 4 4 5 3 4 5 4 4 3 36 5 4 4 3 4 4 4 3 5 36 72
Handicap (W) 7 5 1 13 17 11 9 3 15 4 16 10 14 12 2 6 18 8

Course Details

Year Built 1989
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect P. B. Dye (1989) Pete Dye (1989)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Appropriate golf attire.

Reviews

3.6
122

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 12
Bunkers 7
Forced Carries 6
This course/club is great for:
Locals 6
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 6

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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Spotty greens

Took advantage of Golf Now Hot Deal, thank goodness. Just 15 minutes from home and a beautiful, secure area, the course condition was quite disappointing. We have had above average rainfall lately, so the fairways were rutted up by cart traffic. The tee boxes were in good shape, but most of the greens are suffering. I play a municipal course about 10 miles away and their tee boxes are not well maintained, but the greens are always in excellent condition. May give it another chance in the summer. Thanks.

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

Challenging from the tips, no doubt. Be long and don’t miss left or right if you want to feel any good about your game. Course was a little beat up and definitely challenging. Tons of big trouble waste on both sides, most of which stood impossible for a play based on conditions. Lucky to avoid them ... Paths could use some work. Overall good round, but don’t think I’d write home about it. Good luck.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Not worth my time

The greens are awful, Unless you like seeing your ball bounce to the hole. Fairways underwater. This course has some huge potential and has a great layout with the ponds or lakes around it, but clearly money is not being invested in this course. It’s too bad because we really enjoyed the views on a lot of holes.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

Enjoyable round of Golf

A very pleasant experience for mid-January. Course layout was great, and the holes with water were very picturesque.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Loved the course and layout!

This was my first time playing at Windermere, and I was a bit concerned that it might not be in the best condition after reading some of the reviews here. However, I was sweetly surprised by the overall conditions of the course. The P Dye design was challenging, yet fun, and scenery around the course is beautiful. After a terrific round, we stopped in the Club for lunch. I had the Shrimp Burger and it was amazing. Staff is very professional and friendly. I will definitely return!l

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

Continues to improve

I played this course last week. They continue to improve the condition of the course. The greens are better than last week. Gary Bennett has done a masterful job of bringing this course back to a very good condition. If you have not played it recently you should see for yourself.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Gary Bennett has done a remarkable job since he took over as Supt. in September 2017. I had not played here in many years due to the course condition. The Bentgrass greens are in good shape for this hot time of the year. Fairways had plenty of grass and it was a very enjoyable round. The course will only get better. I am looking forward to playing there more often as it is a great layout.

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

Greatly Improved Greens

I have played this course several times in the last year. The condition of the greens has vastly improved. They are completely covered and offer an excellent surface on which to putt. The layout of the course is challenging and offers a variety of tees for all skill levels. I recommend giving it a try if you have not played it recently.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Response from The Windermere Club on 06/11/2018:
Thank you for noticing how much our greens have improved over the last few months! We appreciate you recommending other golfers to come out and play The Windermere Club as well.
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

greens are very good

greens have come back very well from a harsh winter that hurt almost all greens in this area---this is a Pete Dye design and build, and is an excellent layout!

every hole a good design!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from The Windermere Club on 06/11/2018:
Thank you for playing The Windermere Club, Max. We appreciate your kind words regarding the condition of our greens. This past winter was rough but our amazing staff worked very hard to get the course conditions back to 100% and we couldn't be happier. Hope to see you out here again soon!
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Hot weather
Used cart

Over the years the course had declined. Prior to today it had been a year since I played it. I and my friends were pleasantly surprised. The fairways had more grass than a year ago and the greens were in good shape.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Response from The Windermere Club on 06/11/2018:
Thanks for giving us another try! We're thrilled to hear that we exceeded your expectations. We hope you and your friends come back to play many more rounds in the future.
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Getting better

There is a big improvement over the last few months, fairways are in pretty good shape and the greens are much better, a little slow and bare in in a few places. I love the layout.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Response from The Windermere Club on 06/11/2018:
Thank you for playing The Windermere Club, Michael! We appreciate you taking notice of the great improvements we have made recently. Be sure to Like us on Facebook for the latest course news and specials. See you again soon!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great shape.....great staff

Enjoyed the course. Greens are best around. Staff was a pleasure to meet. Made my group feel welcome and went out of their way to make for an enjoyable day. Will play again soon.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from The Windermere Club on 06/11/2018:
Thank you for playing The Windermere Club! We appreciate your kind words regarding the greens and our friendly staff. We look forward to seeing you out here again soon!
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Beautiful Views

I came back to Windermere Club after a 3 month hiatus because I love a Pete Dye design and Bent Grass Greens.They surely did not disappoint. OMG, the difference between March and late May was phenomenal. I am so glad that Windermere Club has focused on it's premier amenity, the greens! They are in terrific shape. I look forward to playing regularly as it is by far the best course in the midlands.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from The Windermere Club on 06/11/2018:
Awesome! Thanks so much for coming back to give us another try. We're glad to hear we exceeded your expectations and we look forward to seeing you out here for many more rounds to come.
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

The Windermere Club has made a complete turn around!

I played The Windermere Club this week because of positive things I heard from other golfers. The course has made a complete turn around. The Bent Grass greens were almost perfect and the tees and fairways are in good condition except for a few spots. The bunkers are being maintained and roughs were mowed.

You should make plans to play at Windermere. The rates are great and you want be disappointed.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from The Windermere Club on 06/11/2018:
Thank you very much for coming out to play The Windermere Club! We're glad to hear we lived up to the expectations of what you heard from other golfers who have played here recently. Thanks for recommending us as well. See you again soon!
Played On
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fairways need alot of work

Greens will be good in a few weeks. Fairways have a long way to go

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Response from The Windermere Club on 05/17/2018:
Thank you for playing The Windermere Club. We appreciate your feedback regarding the course conditions. We have made many improvements this season so far and as the conditions continue to get better we hope you'll give us another try.
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

My Favorite Course In The Midlands

I am a huge fan of Pete Dye designed courses and this is one of his best. As an intermediate player myself, I like the fact Windermere challenges me every time I play there but also provides enough "forgiveness" holes to give me a chance at a good score. Love the bent grass greens and Lake Windermere is beautiful. I highly recommend. You will really enjoy it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from The Windermere Club on 06/11/2018:
Thank you for teeing it up out here at The Windermere Club again. We're glad to hear how much you enjoy the challenging yet forgiving layout of the course. We appreciate you recommending our golf course to others as well and we look forward to your next round with us.
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Life Memory

I would like to personally recommend The Windermere Club. The Pete Dye design and bent grass greens gives the true golfer the experience of a lifetime. I felt like I was on a US Open tract.

I have played many courses around Columbia and all are having difficulty coming out of the rough winter. The Windermere Club had it's share of weather related damage but it is coming out of it faster than any other course I have played. Keep up the good work..I will be back!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from The Windermere Club on 05/17/2018:
Thank you very much for your kind words, Fred. We appreciate you taking notice of all the improvements we've made recovering from the harsh winter. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Condition of the course has improved drastically!

What an enjoyable course to play now that the condition of the course has been restored.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from The Windermere Club on 05/17/2018:
Thank you for playing The Windermere Club! We appreciate your kind words regarding our improved course conditions. Book another round with us soon!
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Bad Shape

We played here 5 years ago and were unpleasantly surprised. Fairways were horrible. One was unplayable and should have been labeled that way. Greens were some of the worst we've played anywhere. The one temporary green was nicer than the other 17. Candy in pro shop was nice and the day went down hill from there. We played LinRick next day and it was 100 times better. * This is the first negative review that I felt i needed to write.

Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Response from The Windermere Club on 04/17/2018:
Thank you for your feedback, Mark. We're sorry to hear you feel this way about our golf course but please know that we are working to make improvements every day. We hope you'll give us the chance to exceed your expectations in the near future.
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Windermere

This course has an amazing setup and layout. The fairways were in decent shape, nothing wrong with those. The greens are another story. This course needs to invest into getting better greens. It’s understandable that winter just ended and growing takes some time. Hopefully they fix the greens sooner than later. The staff is very friendly and nice. The chef makes great food and had a woman named Candy who was awesome. All in all I think it is cheaper and better to just get a membership there then to pay 30 There or on GolfNow. Memberships are cheap!

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from The Windermere Club on 04/17/2018:
Thank you for playing The Windermere Club! We appreciate your kind words about the layout. Your feedback regarding the greens is important to us as well. This past winter was definitely a rough one but we're working hard on a daily basis to make the necessary improvements. We hope you come back again soon!
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