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3.3
220
5 Stars
19
4 Stars
85
3 Stars
61
2 Stars
30
1 Stars
25
Staff Friendliness
3.8
Pace
3.5
Amenities
3.2
Conditions
3.2
Value
3.9
Layout
0
72.1%
Recommend this course
158 out of 220 reviews
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3.3
220
5 Stars
2
4 Stars
8
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
5
Staff Friendliness
3.6
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.0
Conditions
2.7
Value
3.3
Layout
4.1
50.0%
Recommend this course
12 out of 24 reviews
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3.3
220
5 Stars
3
4 Stars
20
3 Stars
7
2 Stars
6
1 Stars
7
Staff Friendliness
3.6
Pace
3.7
Amenities
3.1
Conditions
3.2
Value
3.7
Layout
4.1
67.4%
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29 out of 43 reviews
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About

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

3.3
220

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 12
Watching the Game 7
Patio Dining 4
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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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!
Staff Friendliness Fair
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser

Soggy

Good conditions but course has poor drainage. Very soggy and sloshy shots.
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Average
Off-course amenities Average
Course Conditions Average
Value for the Money Average
Course Layout Good
Response from Northwoods Golf Club on 08/08/2018:
Thank you for taking the time to share your concerns. We are sorry to hear about your disappointment with the irrigation of the course. We will keep working to make improvements to the course, and we hope that you will be able to have a better experience the next time you golf with us here at Northwoods.
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Great value and great staff

The course conditions have really improved. Greens were in excellent shape. The weather turned a little poor and I got stuck behind some groups going off the back 9. Course gave me a 9-hole raincheck. Very kind and considerate. Definitely will play again.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

The Spur is BACK!!!

I have played this course many times from 2000 until now. The course lost their greens and the conditions needed much improvement which required a huge investment in dollars and hard work. The course did that by having their greens redone along with improvements in the rough, fairways, and areas around the club house. I can tell you that what the staff has done is unbelievable! This course is top notch now. If you have a problem of paying their normal green fees of $32 on the weekdays and $42 on the weekends then go play somewhere else that has crappy conditions. This place has improved so much that the increase in green fees is well justified. The course is still completing other minor improvements which will only make this the course to play in Columbia. Hats off to the guys that work maintenance and to Greg McBride who has put his sweat and tears into this course that means so much to him! I highly recommend this golf course once again. Give it a try! You won’t be disappointed.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played

The Spur is back.

Enjoyed the Spur at Northwoods today. They just reopened after redoing their greens. It’s in best shape now that I have ever seen it. Great round for the Golf Now deal my foursome booked. Tough course for seniors .
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Average
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

A Pete Dye Gem

I loved this layout tees greens and fairways in great condition was excellent value for money only negative was some of the bunkers need some work
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good stuff!

First time playing this course. It had been closed for two months for renovations. Fairways were good greens were great. Refreshing for South Carolina.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Average
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Good Course and Good Value

Solid Public Course with a friendly staff that appreciates your business. Fun course to play with your kids.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Good
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Twice a year
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
First time playing this course in a year and I could see improvements in the conditions
Staff Friendliness Average
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Average
Course Conditions Average
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

greens

There is no grass on greens and they need to tell people this. No excuse because they have water...good 6-8 months ago
Staff Friendliness Average
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Average
Course Conditions Poor
Value for the Money Poor
Course Layout Good
Response from Northwoods Golf Course on 05/03/2018:
Hello, thank you for taking the time to review our course, Northwoods Golf Course, in the South Carolina area. We are sorry to see that you may have had a poor customer experience with us and that the course may not have been in the best shape when you played. Any additional feedback is greatly appreciated so that we can improve your experience with us in the future. Thank you for choosing to golf with us and we hope to see you again soon.

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