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4.3
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 6703 yards
Slope 143
Rating 73.3

Course Details

Year Built 1926
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Apr 20 to Nov 15

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs No
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted MarsterCard, Visa
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire.

Reviews

4.3
47 Reviews (47)

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 10
Undulating Greens 8
Elevation Changes 7
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 10
Entertaining Clients 7
Locals 6
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 10

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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 100 Contributor
Minnesota Advisor
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Traditional Look, Worth the Drive

Established in 1926, Northfield Golf Club is one of the oldest golf courses in Minnesota and the generous fairways lined with mature trees give it a truly traditional look. You'll use every club in the bag on the variety of long and short holes, straight holes and doglegs, flat holes and holes with elevation changes. The course also offers several risk-reward challenges and opportunities. The first such opportunity is on the starting hole, a dogleg left par 5 where your tee shot must carry a creek that crosses the first part of the fairway and then runs along the left side for the remainder of the fairway. This means that you can aim left to cut across the dogleg and get additional distance, but any miscalculation will leave you in the water. On the other hand, if you're too long you'll go through the fairway and end up with a sidehill lie on the slope that forms the right side of the dogleg. Get used to playing across that creek, because you'll see it on six more holes. The course plays 6,728 yards from the back (black) tees, or 6,270 and 5,760 yards from the other “men's” (blue and white) tees. The forward tees are set at 5,204 yards. Difficulty of the course is indicated by a 73.5 rating and 143 slope for the back tees, and a little easier 68.9 rating and 138 slope for the white tees. Although the course is set on the edge of residential area, you won't see many houses on the older part of the course. The stands of trees, undulating topography, and the creek running through several holes give it a feeling of seclusion. The newer holes, which were added in the 70's and 90's, have a different look and feel. This is especially true of numbers 4 and 5, built in 1997 on what must have been a cornfield previously and look like many newer suburban courses. These holes are relatively flat, with only a few small evergreens along the fairways, and many McMansions all around. The par 5 number four hole provides another risk-reward opportunity on the tee shot. You can maximize your distance by going directly over the pond that faces the two back tees, or you can play safe by aiming left, avoiding the water, and leave yourself with a longer second shot. The Northfield greens are generally large and undulating, and you must land your approach on the correct level in order to have a birdie putt. I would like this course much more if it didn't have the jarring difference between the old course and the two newer holes. Nevertheless, it is an enjoyable course, challenging but not excessively so, and fun to play. The Northfield Golf Club, even though it is a private club, does allow non-members to play the course eight times during the season. If you try it once, you may want to go back seven more times.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Classic Course

Northfield CC is a great course with mostly interesting holes. There are a few early on that are benign but overall decent layout w mature trees but generous enough fairways to not be intimidated while on the tee. Greens are fast and true.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

good

Good course n environment
Want play keep going there.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Average weather
Used cart

Nice course

The course was in great shape. Shorter course with some narrow fairways but very fair. Fast greens and good condition.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice place to play

We had never played the course before so we didn't know which way to go to the next hole each time. Many times it was not very obvious and the signage is not very good. Need more arrows to guide you. Will have a better idea next time.
Course is nice. We played in Fall and it was fine but I imagine it's beautiful in the summer.
Got a great rate from Golfnow so we tried it out and were not disappointed. Will be back.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

pine line fairways

worth the drive. course is in great shape. holes are all unique to each other.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Decent

Snagged a very affordable deal on GolfNow for $18 w/cart. Lots of walkers and pull carts given a lot of locals so pace of play can be an issue if groups do not allow you through. Pretty decent haul from downtown to be considered if traveling in from out of town. Not a bad course and staff is very good but others closer to the Twin Cities offer a higher quality of course conditions and better values.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Hidden Gem

Northfield Golf club is a classic layout with a mixture of old school holes and a new nine mixed in. I was lucky to play on an extremely low Golfnow bargain rate, but would make the 45 mile drive to play it at full price any time. I will be back

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Must see

Not sure if I can say anything about this course that hasn't already been said. #1 and #16 don't make much sense to me being par 5's, but the rest of the course was gorgeous. Really enjoyed myself out here. Would like to play this course again.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Gem

Beautiful course. Fast greens, very difficult. Target golf.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

target golf

The fairways were narrow on many holes but if you were in the fairway getting to the greens wasn't an issue. Once on the greens, the undulation and slope required attention to detail to make a good putt. The 1st and 16th holes were a bit odd especially playing the course for the first time. Score would improve dramatically once course knowledge grew.

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

Nice time playing course.

The round took 3.5 hours to play but it felt longer because of the wait on some of the holes on the front side.
The course was in good shape but the greens were slower than I would have liked.
Some of the greens have strong slopes to them so maybe they get unplayable if they are cut shorter.
I enjoyed the day and would play the course again.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

this course has a great lay out.

this course is very mature with lots of pine trees and flowers. some elevation changes and elevated tee boxes. overall a great course.

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

nice course

Can be challenging but course is in great shape. Fairways are excellent and greens are fast and smooth. Golf now is the way to go for a reasonable price also.

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

Great course

Plenty challenging from the back tees. Very enjoyable course.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Worth it

Our threesome was quite impressed with the course layout and condition. There were quite a few scenic holes, the greens were fast and fun, and it was a terrific deal for golf/cart on a Sunday afternoon. Pace of play was slow (we contributed at times because we didn't know the course), but the course was still worth it ... classic, tree-lined, creeks and lakes, up/down, left and right ... nothing repeated. We will go back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Average weather
Used cart

Great Diverse, Course In Great Condition

This course has a little of everything and is a first class operation.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

wonderful greens

Very nice course to play if you like length and fast greens like i do. This course tops most courses in the cities. Very well kept practice greens and chip area. i loved it and so did all my buddies

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Hidden Gem

Greens are undulating and challenging. You get a lot of variety of shots around. I could play here regularly and enjoy it each time...it has a classic appeal to it. Certainly worth a visit.

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

Challenging course

A well-maintained, fair, but challenging course. I had played this course 20 years ago and remembered it was in nice condition and my memories were exceeded this time.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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