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Northwoods Golf Course

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3.4
239
5 Stars
22
4 Stars
97
3 Stars
62
2 Stars
33
1 Stars
25
Conditions
3.2
Value
4.0
Layout
4.2
Friendliness
3.9
Pace
3.6
Amenities
3.3
71.9%
Recommend this course
173 out of 239 reviews
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Average Rating
3.7
15
5 Stars
2
4 Stars
9
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.3
Value
4.2
Layout
4.1
Pace
3.3
Amenities
3.3
StaffFriendliness
4.1
73.3%
Recommend this course
11 out of 15 reviews
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Average Rating
3.5
35
5 Stars
5
4 Stars
19
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
3
Conditions
3.3
Value
4.1
Layout
4.1
Pace
3.7
Amenities
3.4
StaffFriendliness
3.9
71.4%
Recommend this course
25 out of 35 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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Northwoods Golf Club - The Spur Course
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Championship 72 6800 yards 71.9 122
Back 72 6485 yards 70.4 118
Middle 72 5936 yards 67.6 113
Forward 72 4954 yards 67.8 116
Scorecard for Northwoods
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Champions M: 71.9/122 386 145 520 244 352 494 472 414 373 3400 412 186 394 501 313 469 170 435 520 3400 6800
Back M: 70.4/118 372 138 497 234 337 465 465 397 362 3267 398 176 389 492 304 440 160 394 465 3218 6485
Middle M: 67.6/113 348 122 472 204 301 454 428 362 335 3026 373 158 341 468 243 410 128 350 439 2910 5936
Forward W: 68.1/119 294 103 398 134 262 413 331 293 273 2501 317 124 298 399 200 307 107 306 395 2453 4954
Handicap 11 17 9 3 15 5 1 7 13 10 16 4 12 8 2 18 6 14
Par 4 3 5 3 4 5 4 4 4 36 4 3 4 5 4 4 3 4 5 36 72

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

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

Reviews

3.4
239

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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4.0
First Time Playing

Slow play if you get stuck behind two Fivesomes

The course apparently allows fivesomes. We were down from the north and had a lot of patience as we were happy to be playing golf and out of the snow back home. Very slow play with two fivesomes ahead of us on a Saturday at 11:00 a.m. group behind us called the pro shop and ranger came out and stated fivesomes were allowed and those guys in the fivesomes play here all the time? I was also playing with my wife and daughter and they don’t like playing through (not that either fivesome offered at anytime).
Course had a nice layout, for the time of the year the greens were rolling nice. They had a lot of rain in the last month and the course was wet but getting better. Loved the par 3’s on this course, great distances and cool holes.
If you can avoid getting stuck behind the fivesomes it a fun coarse with a nice driving range and practice area.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
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Northwoods Golf Course
Commented On 2019-03-15T18:43:50.000+00:00

Hello, and thank you for reviewing our course, The Spur at Northwoods. We appreciate you taking the time to leave us your feedback. We are sorry to hear that the course did not meet your expectations on the day of your round. We will make sure to pass this along to our staff. We hope to see you again in the future.

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Is coming together in a great way

Have been playing at this course for the last 2-3 months. It’s in the works since then and has been improving every time I visit. The Tees and Greens are in great condition . Some of the fairways have a water retention challenge and I am sure they will be good by next year. From what I hear this was Dustin Johnson’s home course while growing up. Now we know why he is great. Do visit the course and enjoy nature at its best.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fivesomes allowed..

I've been Playing golf since 11yrs old, 53 yrs old now. I have lived in Columbia since '97 and played this course 100 times, I have always liked this course. Saturday for the first time in my golf life I heard a pro say they allow Fivesomes. We had 2 fivesomes in front of us holding up the entire course. I called in from the eighth tee to get help and the response was they allow it, "we allow fivesomes everyday," without any apology.
If you like a slow day behind 10 players, go play here. It's a new breakthrough in golf and golf etiquette at Northwoods!

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
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Commented On 2019-03-15T17:15:16.000+00:00

Hello, and thank you for taking the time to review us, The Spur at Northwoods. We're very sorry to hear you may not have had the best recent customer experience with us due to the pace of play, and we greatly appreciate your feedback regarding this issue so we may work towards any necessary improvements. We also appreciate your dedication to playing our course over the years and hope we can continue to provide you with a valuable golf experience. Thank you for golfing with us, and we hope to see you again soon.

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fun layout

Great course for the value. Challenging and interesting layout.

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

Great Day at The Spur @ Northwoods!

We had a wonderful 18 holes of golf today. The 83 degree temperature and great condition of the greens helped. Still some muddy areas here and there, but overall very playable. Will definitely return ASAP!

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

Nice greens & tee box

Played course after lots of rain and cloudy weather past week. Greens are very nice and quick. Tee boxes were in good shape too. The course was very wet from too much rain the last week. I anticipate the fairways are solid in the regular season. I plan to play here more.

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

Good coirse

It was a good coiurse. Pace of play was slow. Had 3 people in front of us hitting multiple shots after errant shots.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Work well done

Within the last year they have redone the greens and it really shows. Extremely smooth putting. They work they have done lately certainly shows. Will definitely play here again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Disappointed

I was expecting a lot more with them shutting down and fixing the course up. The place needs a lot of work. It’s a $15 dollar course, charging $42 is a joke.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Response from Northwoods Golf Club on 10/16/2018:
Hello, thank you for taking the time to review us, Northwoods Golf Club, in the Richland County area. We're very sorry to hear you may not have had the best recent customer experience with us due to the pace of play, and we greatly appreciate your feedback regarding the rangers so we may work towards any necessary improvements. We also appreciate your dedication to playing our course over the years and hope we can continue to provide you with a valuable golf experience. Thank you for golfing with us, and we hope to see you again soon.
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing

Day After

We played the day after the hurricane came through the Columbia area. The course was fine . Fairways and greens were good. Rough was deep and wet. If you don’t hit fairways balls in the rough often sit down in the Bermuda rough and are hard to find. Their new greens are were hard to hold for my group. This is a longer senior course than most we play. We got a great price on Golf Now and it’s well worth the price. Challenging layout .

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

NIce new greeens

I was amazed and pleased how the new grass (Sunday Bermuda) on the greens have come in after the greens renovation. Awesome job! Will be back. Kudos to the owner (Mr. Rice) who has a sincere interest in making this course better and better. Keep it going, please! Kurt

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

Fun course

Tees greens and bunkers all playable good mix of challenges happy to play it again

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Used cart

Course is improving

You can tell the course has been improved in a lot of areas. The greens are now covered with grass and roll very well compared to this time last year. The staff has planted grass in many areas to make the course looked fuller and nicer around all the greens. The only things left now are to fix all the tee boxes. They are horrible and not even level. Several boxes you were hitting out of a depression. It was if they haven't moved the markers in a month or two??? I'm sure the boxes are next on the list.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Go Play The Spur @ Northwoods

The Spur @ Northwoods is the best that I have ever seen it look. The ownership took the time to close the course to get it healthy again and it is amazing.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Slow greens crew and uncut greens still @11am!

The greens crew was very slow and the greens were not all cut even at 11am. The bunkers weren’t all raked, nor the approaches cut. I went to the fourth hole and they were still cutting the green of the 4th about to go to hole 5 at 8:45 in the morning. So a few of the greens rolled fast then the rest were slow and wet. Very detrimental to the score. Otherwise the course was in great shape just speed up the greens crew so the greens are cut for players go out in the morning.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Response from Northwoods Golf Course on 09/27/2018:
Hello, on behalf of Northwoods Golf Course staff we appreciate you taking the time to address your concerns as we are always looking to improve. We are disappointed to hear that you were not happy with the conditions of the course but still hope you enjoyed your round. Again, we appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon.
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

Improving

Improving course . Fairways and greens have greatly improved. Senior tees play longer that most courses making it a challenge. Several par fours are long and tough. Our foursome enjoys our hot deal golf tee times there.

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

Coming Back into Prime

I went to school here at USC way back when, 86 - 91, and lived at The Fairways, apartments on the back 9, for a time and played this course a bunch. Just moved back to Soda City and played it since they put in new greens. Amazing that the greens are as receptive as they are being so new. Lots of trees being removed to help keep green health in a good state. We have received a lot of rain lately so there are some soft spots out there, but not on the greens. Maintenance crew out today doing some good work. Just need to continue to invest in the course esthetics. Great layout with some risk/reward chances. Guy at counter this morning was more interested in ESPN than face time with a customer. The course has a great area for practice and warm up. Range a little scraggily but does the job. Putting chipping greens, 3 of them, are true and in good shape. For the money go play!

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