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Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.7
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 7105 yards
Slope 140
Rating 74.8
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7105 yards 74.8 140
Blue 72 6585 yards 72.5 134
White 72 6144 yards 70.5 128
Gold 72 5601 yards 67.7 125
Red (W) 72 5272 yards 67.7 124
Scorecard for The Lakes
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 74.8/140 421 399 174 524 387 439 197 442 572 3555 422 441 537 234 430 326 161 551 448 3550 7105
Blue M: 72.5/134 393 369 142 496 360 418 175 411 541 3305 379 413 497 199 405 303 139 521 424 3280 6585
White M: 70.5/128 363 339 125 474 339 400 157 385 515 3097 347 383 469 170 380 283 118 499 398 3047 6144
Gold M: 67.7/125 310 339 125 412 339 341 117 328 441 2752 347 335 469 152 380 283 118 420 345 2849 5601
Red W: 71.0/124 310 299 108 412 296 341 117 328 441 2652 302 335 411 152 325 247 83 420 345 2620 5272
Handicap 9 11 17 7 13 1 15 3 5 12 10 8 16 6 14 18 2 4
Par 4 4 3 5 4 4 3 4 5 36 4 4 5 3 4 4 3 5 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 9 13 15 1 11 5 17 7 3 14 10 4 16 8 12 18 2 6

Course Details

Year Built 1998
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Open: 4/01 Closed: 11/06
Architect Ken Killian (1998)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire

Reviews

4.0
9 Reviews (9)
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Lake Arrowhead Golf Club (Lakes)

The Good: Lake Arrowhead (and particularly the Lakes course) is an unheralded, relatively unknown 36-hole complex about 5 minutes from the new Sand Valley. Tight, tree-lined parkland layout by designer Ken Killian has his staple visually impressive sand traps, tons of water, and subtle greens that are fair for all levels of player. Course is in top-notch shape and has a nice driving range and putting green. Nice staff and excellent pace of play. Good value given quality of course and conditioning. Very strong Par 5's.

The Bad: Overall amenities are average at best with a small clubhouse and pro shop. No GPS on carts is a bummer, especially with so many forced carries and water. On-course service, albeit in the morning, was non-existent until the final hole.

The Verdict: The Lakes course at Lake Arrowhead is a fun, nice surprise of a golf course that will hopefully get more play with nearby visitors at Sand Valley. Great place to stop off if you want have a quick, nice stroll through the woods!

Best Hole: The short Par 5 #12 is quintessential risk-reward. A drive must avoid two water hazards and then a decision must be made to go for a green guarded by water and tons of sand.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Central State Gems

First time playing the Lakes course. Nice design. Very peacefully routed through the housing area. Fairways and Greens in very good condition. Quite a few workers all about all afternoon doing the little extra maintenance things to make it all look good. Fits in nice with its sister course the Pines. Traditional Parkland courses, nicely kept, good values to play.

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

Great Way to Spend a Great Saturday

Not much to say about the Lakes other than that it is a very good track that is very different than its defacto big brother the pines. While both are great courses, the lakes provides a nice change of pace in that it provides a pseudo links style where as the pines is a very traditional parkland course. Pace of play was amazing for a gorgeous summer Saturday (finished as a twosome in 3 hours) and the course was in fantastic condition other than a few unfixed ball marks and spike marks on the greens (typical of a public course.) Still, great track in great condition. Would recommend to anyone visiting the Central Wisconsin area.

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

Returning to Form

I have played at Lake Arrowhead a couple times a year for a long time. It seemed like the conditions declined a few years back. Last year was vastly improved and after playing today, I can say this was the best I have seen this course for years. There is a definite return to form-fairways were great, greens received the ball well were pretty quick and very true.

If you haven't played here: Lakes Course is a very challenging layout with pine tress lining the holes and a lot of sand. Killian the architect seems to put hazards like sand traps in the perfect areas to really make you think about your approach. Grip and Rip is not the approach on this one. Most of the greens have different tiers and some big breakers. Downhill putts can get very slick. Also, there seems to be clever hidden spots where a slight miss with you approach will put you in a collection area off the green.

Pace of play is always good here unless you run into an outing. For the most part players here tend to play ready golf and normally will let quicker players play through. I played as a single early and made great time.

Lakes is more like a sattelite to the Pines since the clubhouse and ammenities are better at Pines if you want to lounge around at a restaurant after, Pines is the place. They do have a bar area to meet for 19th hole to settle up.

I occasionally run into wild life like deer, turkey, and cranes. Be careful for ticks they are everywhere in this ares, especially deer ticks that carry limes disease. Load your body with a very high percentage DEET bug spray to help . Also, be careful for stinging nettles in the woods. If you touch it, you will not enjoy holding a club or golfing the rest of the day. I had it happen while playing at Lake Arrowhead but on the Pines.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
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
Fair weather
Used cart

Awesome course

Awesome course well maintained beautiful and player friendly at times

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

Very Nice

I love playing golf at Lake Arrowhead. Just wish it were less expensive. I'm glad I found "GolfNow" The greens here were great. FAST FAST FAST

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Previously Played

This course is not maintained like it use to be.

Most of the greens still have winter kill on them. It is August 2, that problem should have been fixed with seed by now. My local course which charges much less takes better care of there greens.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Always a favorite!

The greens still show some of the effects of the long winter and late spring. Most imperfections, however, are due careless or poorly-trained players and not improper maintenance.
That said, green speeds are true and consistent for all 18 holes. The course is both attractive and challenging. Having a precise target in mind - and hitting it - are the key to good scores. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed with a visit to Lake Arrowhead.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser

A Real Beauty

This is one of my favorite courses in the State. Always in great shape, and a really nice layout. The Pines and The Lakes courses are maintained the same, I like the Pines course just a little better than the Lakes. It just plays a little longer than the posted time.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
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