A fall day view of a hole at Northwoods Golf Course
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3.8
318 Reviews (318)
5 Stars
46
4 Stars
132
3 Stars
75
2 Stars
36
1 Stars
29
Conditions
3.6
Value
4.2
Layout
4.3
Friendliness
4.1
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.4
82.6%
Recommend this course
240 out of 318 reviews
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3.4
22 Reviews (22)
5 Stars
4
4 Stars
7
3 Stars
7
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
3
Conditions
3.2
Value
3.5
Layout
4.0
Pace
3.6
Amenities
3.1
StaffFriendliness
3.5
63.6%
Recommend this course
14 out of 22 reviews
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4.0
60 Reviews (60)
5 Stars
20
4 Stars
27
3 Stars
9
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
3
Conditions
3.8
Value
4.2
Layout
4.3
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.5
StaffFriendliness
4.1
85.0%
Recommend this course
51 out of 60 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6800 yards
Slope 122
Rating 71.9

Northwoods Golf Club is one of the Columbia area's premier public courses. P.B. Dye, son of renowned course architect Pete Dye, designed the layout, incorporating some of his father's signature features. The golf course is player friendly enough to appeal to any skill level but there are some challenges in store as well. Mature trees line most of the fairways and there are a few strategically placed bunkers that come into play. You won't come across much water on this golf course and it's not terribly long either. It's gentle enough for beginners to approach with confidence. The golf course's signature hole is the par-4 14th, which features the famous Dye railroad ties bordering a lake that hugs the bunkered green. Northwoods G.C. also offers a practice facility with a lighted driving range and putting green.

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Course Details

Year Built 1990
Golf Season Year round
Architect Pete Dye P. B. Dye (1990)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Food & Beverage

Bar, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Most Improved U.S. Golf Courses (2015 #10)

Reviews

3.8
318 Reviews (318)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 12
Watching the Game 7
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 29
Water Hazards 24
Undulating Greens 18
This course/club is great for:
Locals 33
Beginners 16
Advanced Golfers 14
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 37
Worth the Drive 9
In the 'Burbs 7

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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
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Previously Played

Sad

The course was in terrible shape. I’ve played many times before and it was a good experience. The greens were unkept. The course needs to serious facelift. Just a very bad experience over all.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Love the layout but greens are ROUGH

You cant get a better staff, I hope that with the warmer weather they are able to get the greens back. Although they recently replaced every green, it seems as though they still have the same problem as before... covered in fungus and mud spots.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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Commented on 05/19/2020

Hello, we are beyond happy to hear you enjoyed a great day at our course. Positive experiences make lifelong golfers. We look forward to many good times ahead with you and will pass on your kind words to those responsible so they can continue to help others enjoy great experiences at Northwoods Golf Course.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played

Good course, bad staff.

Overall the Round was good. Pretty good crowd on the course, just couldn’t play fast enough. Had a foursome finish 18 in 3.5hrs and were rushed by the staff constantly, course rangers watching you Like hawks. Not a very fun time to say the least. Wouldn’t recommend this course unless you Like being rushed , told by course staff to hurry up, or just Like wasting your money. Nothing against the course, always loved the course, just disappointed with the constant stacked tee times. They want to make the money but don’t want to handle the crowd. Everyone we talked to on the course was exhausted of playing as fast as they could and still being asked to hurry up. Good luck out there, put on your track shoes.

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 05/19/2020

Hello, Justin. Thank you for reviewing the course. We would like to apologize for the delay of play during your round. This is by no means the standard we strive to achieve. With an uncharacteristically full day, we work hard to accommodate everyone who visits our course and allow our guest the chance to complete their rounds. With that in mind, we are working to best control pace and allow everyone to finish in a reasonable amount of time and will continue to look for ways to improve. Thank you for playing Northwoods Golf Course. We hope to see you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 05/14/2020

Thank you for reviewing us. We see you rated the course 3-stars and are interested in learning what we can do to improve before your next round? Please feel free to comment on this review or reach out to the team in the golf shop. We always appreciate the feedback. Thank you for playing Northwoods Golf Course, and we hope to see you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

One of the worst kept courses we have played in the last year! Cart path needs upgrading and the course is in need of a better drainage system. The course is not worth $40.00/player!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 04/01/2020

We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We see you rated the course 1-star and are interested in learning what we can do to improve for your next visit. We take single star feedback very serious at our course. You are welcome to comment further or reach out to our team in the golf shop. We always appreciate the feedback. Thank you for playing Northwoods Golf Course.

Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Fair Golf, Decent Course

It is straightforward, good combination of challenging and opportunity to put a good round together. The staff has worked hard over the years to improve the course conditions and it is likely to continue on that path.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course

Very good condition for February. Other courses should take notice that it is possible to have nice greens in February. Really enjoyed the round.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 24
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Solid public course

Fun course with a good layout. Always have a good time here.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 12
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Previously Played

Greens need work

Were not sure what happened. We normally add this to our rotation but this time the greens looked like they had fungus and were difficult to putt on. Had we known this we would have not played there and kept the beautiful course down the street Cobblestone. We will check feedback next time before we add this to the rotation.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 04/28/2020

Hi, thank you for reviewing the course. Let us first start by apologizing for the poor experience you had during your visit. Your feedback about the greens are very important to us. Please know that we are working to get everything up to par as the current condition is by no means the standard we strive to achieve. We are going to escalate your feedback to our team so we can make improvements before your next game, and we will continue to work towards an excellent experience by using your comment for guidance. Thank you for playing Northwoods Golf Course. We hope you'll give us another chance to show you how we've improved.

Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
First Time Playing

Greens in bad shape overall and the actual flags were removed from the pins which made it next to impossible to laser a correct yardage. Not a terrible layout just needs a lot of love.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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Commented on 04/28/2020

Hi, thank you for reviewing the course. Let us first start by apologizing for the poor experience you had during your visit. Your feedback about the conditions of the greens are extremely important to us. Please know that we are working to get everything up to par as the current condition is by no means the standard we strive to achieve. We are going to escalate your feedback to our team so we can make improvements before your next game, and we will continue to work towards an excellent experience by using your comment for guidance. Thank you for playing Northwoods Golf Course. We hope to see you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Hidden gem

Terrific local course that is challenging yet fair from tee to green and well maintained — it has really come a long way over the past few years. I recently returned to playing golf after a 4-5 year layoff, and was pleasantly surprised at the improved conditions. The staff/course superintendent/groundskeepers at The Spur at Northwoods have done a phenomenal job transforming this course into a very playable and enjoyable loop. Some of the greens need a little work but overall in very nice shape, although the undulations can make putting a rough go on some holes. However, it is obvious that they have put in the time and resources to make dramatic improvements to the putting surfaces as opposed to years past. Overall this is a fun and challenging course — easy enough for a high handicapper to get around but still challenging for advanced players. Thank you to the crew at The Spur for working hard during these crazy times when a round of golf gives me and my sons a chance to spend time together doing something we love in a safe environment. The staff is great and all around a fantastic experience .

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 13
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Greens a Little Dry

Overall course was in decent condition. Greens were pretty dry and crusty but not unplayable by any means. Definitely need some water soon. Fairways were nice. Overall pretty good day for golf.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 15
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
3.0
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 03/23/2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars, but we hope you'll give Northwoods Golf Course another try in the near future.

Played On
Reviews 15
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
3.0
Previously Played

Water

The course is well designed, but it is always wet! Waited three days after a rain and it still looked like it had just rained. I think drainage is poor on this course. One particular member of the staff complains constantly about Golf now booked tee times and that he doesn't make any money, but yet continues to use Golf now, I don't understand??? Just be aware if you booked through Golf now, he will bring it up.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 03/23/2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars, but we hope you'll give Northwoods Golf Course another try in the near future.

Played On
Reviews 25
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played

The Spur

Good value for the money. The overall course was muddy, there are are lot of broken cart pathes.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented on 02/07/2020

Hello, Henry. Thank you for reviewing the course. Your feedback about the price of our course is important to us. We always want to make sure we are offering golfers a competitive price for their round. It is our goal to give visitors the best chance to get out and play more. Thank you for playing Northwoods Golf Course. We hope to see you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Sidney

Second time I’ve played this course in the past two weeks. This course is really starting to come back into playing shape. The only thing I can say about this course right now is that it does not hold water very well. I think if they just spend some money on the drainage system, it could be an excellent track to play every week. The staff is always friendly and the pace of play is around 4 hours during busy play. Can’t wait to see when the course really dries out and see how the fairways really roll out.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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