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3.6
287 Reviews (287)
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Stars
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Conditions
3.5
Value
4.2
Layout
4.3
Friendliness
4.1
Pace
3.7
Amenities
3.4
80.2%
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218 out of 287 reviews
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4.3
42 Reviews (42)
5 Stars
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Conditions
4.2
Value
4.7
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.7
StaffFriendliness
4.5
97.6%
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4.0
59 Reviews (59)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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Conditions
3.9
Value
4.5
Layout
4.3
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.6
StaffFriendliness
4.3
91.5%
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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

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

Reviews

3.6
287 Reviews (287)

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
Previously Played

Slow play today

Course is going into fall conditions so dont expect lush green fairways and roughs. Pace was terrible today 5.5 hours. They are making good improvements to the course but they have a lot to do. I love the layout.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good inexpensive course

Course was fun but not on par with other courses I’ve played. The tee boxes were like concrete and we couldn’t t put our tees into the ground. But overall bang for your buck a good course.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 10/08/2019

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 improve tee box conditions and see you again soon.

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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course conditions all around

This course has come full circle from a few years ago. Since being under new ownership and putting a lot of money into improvements in the course which includes new greens, improved fairways and tee boxes, new sod in areas that needed it, and cart path repairs. These things have brought this course back to a course that should be played by golfers of all level. The course is a tough course that requires all types of shots and putting that requires you to hit the greens in the right spots to score. The greens roll true at pretty quick speed. The pro shop staff is GREAT! Very welcoming. Go enjoy yourself and have fun.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

Improved

I have played this course several times and they are doing a good job of getting it back into better shape. It is a challenging course from their senior tees almost 6000 yards. Only complaint is that their new greens are hard and we had many shots that hit the green and went off the back of the green. Greens were fast and are challenging.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
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
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Pretty Good

Course was in great shape! Their greens are really good. I really enjoyed it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great Columbia course

This was the third time playing this course in the last couple of months and I have been happy with the layout and condition every time. They have several unique holes that makes this course difficult and fun for a new player. I will be going back for many more rounds.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Great Value

Second time in two weeks playing this course, Staff is great, course is in good shape and the greens are in great shape with all the warm weather. Pace of play was 31/2 to 4 hrs.

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

Awesome Course Conditions

Wow, this course has come a long way from a year ago. Big thanks to the golf course maintenance staff and the owner for putting a lot of money and hard work into all these wonderful and much needed improvements. This golf course has turned into one of the best public courses in the Columbia area. The greens and fairways are so good and the rough has grown nicely and is a true penalty if you miss the fairway. This is how golf was designed to be played. Well done! The bunkers are pretty good but some need some additional sand added as the bunkers liners are showing in areas. Hopefully the maintenance staff will address these areas soon. My only complaint is the golf course let a foursome tee off the back nine and when my group made the turn we caught them at hole 14 and they totally slowed our tempo and pace of play. That shouldn’t happen. I also hear they allow 5somes out at times. That’s not good either as it backs up the course and makes for a frustrating day. Hopefully they will stop allowing this practice. Overall I’m extremely pleased with the transformation of this course and will be back often as well as recommending this course to my fellow golfing friends!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Good value

First time playing the course did not know what to expect. Let's just say pleasantly surprised. I found the course in really good shape, greens were also in great shape. Look forward to playing again.

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

Northwoods is BACK!

I have lived in Columbia since 2002, but have avoided Northwoods for about the last 8 or 9 years for reasons such as bad greens, course conditions, no water on the course, and unfriendly staff. The course has made a 180 degree turnaround and I will be back there as often as possible. There are still some brown spots in fairways, but the recent heat has been punishing to all of the local courses. The staff at Northwoods is doing a great job keeping this course in good conditions and the greens are some of the nicest in the Columbia area - they are fast and they roll true. Do yourself a favor and get out to the Spur at Northwoods soon!

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

Gettin Better

The track has certainly improved and looks like they are doing the right things to make the course better. The greens look the best I've seen them in some time. The bunkers still need more work to finish them but overall was a good experience. We'll certainly play here more in the future.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

In the best shape in years

Greens could actually hold shots and were not bouncy. The fairways and rough were in good shape. For some reason the tee boxes not as good as I’ve seen them. I will go back. Groups were stacked up a little bit, but that’s normal for a public course.

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

Very good

Great layout, greens were nice and the price was fantastic!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
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
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

Improving

The course is improving and the greens were very good. Some of the greens are hard to hold but most were better today. Great views of Lake Murray on several holes.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/04/2019

Lake Murray isn't around The Spur at Northwoods. There is no lake there, just some larger areas of water here and there. If you were playing a course on Lake Murray then you were playing Timberlake.

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