The Refuge Golf Club

4.4298294118 4.4 stars from 5 (148)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6534 yards
  • Slope: 149
  • Rating: 73.0
  • Layout

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  • 21250 Yellowpine St NW, Oak Grove, MN 55011, Anoka County
  • (763) 753-8383
  • (763) 753-3512
  • www.refugegolfclub.com
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Year built: 2001
Architect(s): Kevin Norby (2001), Don Herfort
Type: Public
Greens: Bent grass
Fairways: Blue grass
Golf Season: March - October

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Practice hole: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: A collared shirt and golf pants/shorts are preferred, but not required.
Credit cards accepted: Visa, Mastercard, American Express

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6534 yards 73.0 149
Green 72 6188 yards 71.4 146
White 72 5819 yards 69.7 143
White (W) 72 5819 yards 73.9 133
Gold (W) 72 5372 yards 72.4 139
Purple (W) 72 4819 yards 69.4 131

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.1 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 148 Reviews
5 stars:
71
4 stars:
57
3 stars:
13
2 stars:
5
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

136 out of 148 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive in the 'burbs   Great for advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views locals   Challenges include forced carries bunkers water hazards   Great for drinks patio dining dinner  

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"Good course, Great greens"


Phillindelphia's avatar
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/14/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I’ve played the course a handful of times. Always in good condition and the greens are fabulous. Fun layout and even with the shorter yardage it boasts a challenge for all skill levels.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Club on 07/16/2018:

Thank you for the 4-star review! We are glad you always have a great time out on our golf course.

"Great experience"


jturn999's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/13/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is the second time I have played this course. Both times I was a single and looking to play a quick 18. The staff was very accommodating and found a spot in the line-up that could get me around the fastest. Most courses don’t even try to accommodate a single, but these guys are very customer focused.

Plus the course itself is a great layout and in fantastic shape.

Bring some extra golf balls the carries on a few holes can be tough, but fair if you hit your driver cleanly.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Club on 06/18/2018:

We are glad you came back for a second round! We are happy our course staff was able to accommodate you. Come play again soon!

"Fun course. Beautiful setting. Excellent conditions. Challenging and fair."


Greg7410792's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/12/2018
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Reviewed on

Fun course. Beautiful setting. Excellent conditions. Challenging and fair. Repeat patron over many years.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Club on 06/15/2018:

We appreciate your continued loyalty to the golf course over the years! We look forward to your next round with us.

"5 Stars All the Way"


mk55407's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/03/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Hi My name is Muhammad, this is course is one the most beautiful and scenic courses in the the Twin Cities and is always in excellent condition. The staff is very friendly and helpful. I wish I could play here every day. Thanks for a wonderful experience.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Club on 06/06/2018:

Thank you for the wonderful review, Muhammad! We hope you can join us again very soon.

"review"


u00000601684's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/01/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

great course but would like to the greens a little quicker.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Club on 06/04/2018:

Thank you for the 5 stars! Come play again soon.


uIMON3928IM's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Club on 05/29/2018:

Thank you for the 5-star rating! We are glad you enjoyed your round of golf with us.

"Love this place"


mk55407's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful, scenic and in excellent shape. I wish this course was in Maple Grove.

You owe to your self to go and play this hidden gem.

Thanks for a great experience.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Club on 05/29/2018:

Thank you for the excellent review! We are honored you consider The Refuge a "hidden gem." Come play again soon!

"Nice Track Well Kept"


Kiaman's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/22/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Always a pleasure to play. Has multiple Tee Boxes to suit your game. Course in great condition and electric carts are great with gps.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Club on 05/25/2018:

Thank you for your review! We are glad you always have a great time at The Refuge.

"Always a Pleasure!"


u000007931944's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/19/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Terrific value w/ GolfNow! Had a great time! My brother and I played in 3.5 hours!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Club on 05/22/2018:

Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed the value of the course as well as the pace of play.


Bigdaddy4616's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/27/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Club on 04/30/2018:

Thank you for the 4-star rating! Come play again soon.

"Return to The Refuge. 10/19/2017"


Greg7410792's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/19/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Challenging, enjoyable, shotmakers course. Not for beginners. Some forced carries. (#9 comes to mind!) Plenty of holes you can score on, though. Not a long course. Picturesque and peaceful. Well maintained. Love playing Refuge when we can make it north suburban location. October, 2017.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Club on 10/23/2017:

Thank you for the wonderful 5-star review! We are glad you found the course challenging yet enjoyable. Come play again soon!

"poor pace of play and GPS issues"


Ron4594842's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/30/2017
Previously played Used cart

Reviewed on

slow , slow .slow found out a group ahead had 3 holes open in front of them, Gps unit didn't work for 4 holes and last time out it didn't work at all.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Club on 10/04/2017:

We are sorry to learn your had GPS issues during your round. We hope for next time you do not hesitate to bring these types of issues straight to management and/or the Pro Shop attendant. We hope you give us another shot soon.

"Above average course"


u000007435907's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/30/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in excellent shape. Only complaints were: ball washer was bone dry and there were a lot of leaves on the course....finding your golf ball was sometimes difficult.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Club on 10/04/2017:

We are glad you found the course in excellent shape. However, we will look into your concerns and hope you give us another shot soon.


u000007981665's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/29/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Club on 10/04/2017:

Thank you for the 5 stars! Come play again soon!

"Excellent course for all skill levels"


sixerdragon's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/23/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Course was in excellent condition. Multiple sets of tees for different levels of golfers, so choose wisely. A great shotmakers course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Club on 10/26/2017:

Thank you for your review! We're sure golfers of all levels reading this will appreciate your feedback. Come play again soon!

"All track and.no infield."


Daniel7295442's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/16/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played this course many, many times. Story is the same since the days of the double-wide trailer clubhouse: play some golf and go somewhere else for post-round enjoyment.

The clubhouse with its faux bar/restaurant simply cannot keep up with the awesome golf course around it.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Club on 09/20/2017:

We are glad you describe the golf course as "awesome!" We hope you give the restaurant another try!

"Great layout and conditions"


u000004180517's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/09/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Top ten for MN!

Needs better pace of play on Saturdays - 5 hour round.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Club on 09/20/2017:

We're happy to have placed in your Top Ten! Come play again soon!

"A great mid-season course"


Ienjoygolfing75's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Minnesota Advisor
Age:  Under 25
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/08/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I personally enjoy this course, I love the cat tails on some of the holes and the nature reserve aspect of the course. It is well maintained, the range is nice, clubhouse is awesome and it is a challenging course. The staff is average, I can't say they are welcoming but its not at a hotel. There is a bar but no restaurant, so its good for drinks but if you are hungry you may have to venture down HWY 65. I love the layout of this course and I think you will too. The greens are great and are challenging, and if you play from the correct tee you will find that this course is not a cake walk. I have played it 4 times so far this season and the 2 rounds mid to late season have been the best. Everything grows in nicely and gives the course a very nice setting.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Club on 09/20/2017:

We are glad you enjoyed your round and you keep coming back for more!

"Challenging"


bbrowning84's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/08/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Great coarse and great value. Pin placement always challenging


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Club on 09/20/2017:

We are glad you found value in the course. Come play again soon!

"To many single players"


u521885696's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/06/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We had 10 singles played past us. My question is why ?


Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from The Refuge Golf Club on 10/02/2017:

Thank you for your review. Please, do not hesitate to call us directly at the course and we would be happy to discuss your experience. We hope you give us another shot soon.


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