A fall day view of a hole at Northwoods Golf Course
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3.7
349 Reviews (349)
5 Stars
52
4 Stars
146
3 Stars
83
2 Stars
39
1 Stars
29
Conditions
3.6
Value
4.0
Layout
4.2
Friendliness
3.9
Pace
3.7
Amenities
3.4
79.8%
Recommend this course
265 out of 349 reviews
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3.6
39 Reviews (39)
5 Stars
8
4 Stars
14
3 Stars
11
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.6
Value
3.6
Layout
4.1
Pace
3.6
Amenities
3.3
StaffFriendliness
3.5
71.8%
Recommend this course
28 out of 39 reviews
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3.7
62 Reviews (62)
5 Stars
13
4 Stars
27
3 Stars
15
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
3
Conditions
3.6
Value
3.8
Layout
4.2
Pace
3.7
Amenities
3.3
StaffFriendliness
3.7
75.8%
Recommend this course
47 out of 62 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

3.7
349 Reviews (349)

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 32
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Too slow, too long.

Over all the course is in good shape, but I found it to be too long for a 70 y.o. A super senior tee might help some. The pace was terrible. We waited literally every shot from tee and fairway. I play golf to have fun, this was not fun.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 10/23/2020

Hello, thank you for reviewing the course. 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. We will continue to look for ways to improve. We are glad to see you rated the course conditions to be great during your round. Thank you for playing Northwoods Golf Course. We hope to see you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice Round

Friendly folks, good greens & beautiful day... we'll be back.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 17
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
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Commented on 10/16/2020

Hello, we appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review. We would love to know how we can earn those last two stars next time! Thanks for playing Northwoods Golf Course.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Wet Mess

It was a very wet course due to recent rain, but it played very favorably at times. I’m a 20 handicap and shot 25 over with tough conditions. It was fun despite the cart path only rule. Definitely one of the better courses in the area.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 09/17/2020

Hi Rob, 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. 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 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

New Greens / New Course

The rumors are true! I played this course today for the first time in a few years and it was hands down the best it has E.V.E.R. been. The new greens completely changed the course. They are just awesome! So much better than the two nearest popular public courses. Can’t wait to get back and play this again. The layout has always been great but with the improved fairways and new greens, it’s like a brand new course. This isn’t the Northwoods of old.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
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Commented on 09/11/2020

We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass on your feedback to the team. Thanks for visiting us and we hope to see you again in the future.

Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played

Decent

Northwoods is a decent golf course to play. Has some fun holes but some not so much. Some of the fairways are rough and the pace of play is just God awful. It gets annoying playing golf having to wait 10 minutes between every shot sometimes. They clearly tend to lean towards overbooking and making money and doesn't do well tending to their golfers and ensuring they have a good experience.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
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Commented on 09/08/2020

Hello and thank you for reviewing the course. We 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. We 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 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

The course was in much better shape than the customer service. I was walking in the front door with my wife and my hands were full. The manager looked at me, did not greet me, acknowledge me, nor smile. He had nothing in his hand and open the door just enough for him to slip in and have the door close in my face. I asked the guy at the counter if the guy was an employee there. He said he was a manager. I told him what happened and he quickly moved on without addressing my concern. I guess he expected it and I should have also. On the way out of the pro shop the manager had his hands full and told me I could go first. He wanted me to open the door for him. I insisted that he go. Fortunately for him, a customer was coming in. The customer held the door for both of us. Really guys...Its the little things. What is in your heart eventually comes out in words and deeds. Please do a little soul searching and learn how to treat ALL customers.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented on 09/04/2020

Hello and thank you for reviewing the course. Let us first start by apologizing for your experience during your round. This 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 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 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 12
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

WOW

What a beautiful gem. Great shape. From tee to green. Still the best staff also.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 12
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Northwoods Review

I’m a 70 yo female and my husband is 81. We are weekly golfers and play a variety of courses in the Midlands. Our chief complaint is that you do not offer super senior tees in front of the red tees

Also we noticed several younger golfers removing the flag stick on the greens which is not following the Covid19 CDC guidelines.

Also sprinkling system was turned on during course of play on one of our holes while in play.

Otherwise, beautiful course and friendly staff!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 22
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Solid track!

First time playing here and my wife and I were impressed. A great variety of types of holes along with beautiful, rolling hills scenery. Tee boxes, fairways and greens were in good shape despite recents downpours. Play it!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good value

Greens are being worked on, course is a good value

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Previously Played

Great layout and fun, but those cart paths

The course was in pretty good condition except a few greens were burnt, however, the main fall back here is going to be the cart paths. I’ve never given feedback that said to fix your cart paths on a course because most of the time you can either avoid it or put up with it, but The Spur needs this ASAP. Probably not a surprise by the pro or super, but just know that it makes the course unbearable to an extent.
Very friendly staff, A+ ranger on the course. Friendly and welcoming.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 07/20/2020

Hello, 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. We have projects underway to recover the tee boxes, fairways, greens, and sandtraps.. We hope you'll bear with us through this transition and give us another try in the near future. Thanks for choosing Northwoods Golf Course.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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