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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6642 yards
Slope 129
Rating 71.9

Clifton Highlands Golf Club, just north of Prescott, enjoys a scenic location overlooking the St. Croix River Valley. The club offers a championship 18-hole course as well as a par-3 course. Dr. Gordon Emerson, Wisconsin's most prolific course designer, designed the Championship Course. He considered it some of his best work. The golf course has enough diversity to appeal to both low and high handicappers. The layout is fairly tight with mature trees framing many of the holes. The undulating greens and fairways are meticulously maintained. A combination of water and sand comes into play, providing a fair amount of challenges without being too punishing. In addition to the 27 holes, Clifton Highlands G.C. also has a driving range and practice greens that are adjacent to the first tees of both golf courses.

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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6642 yards 71.9 129
White 72 6193 yards 69.9 125
Gold 72 5462 yards 66.9 111
Gold (W) 72 5462 yards 71.6 121
Red (W) 72 5188 yards 70.6 120
Scorecard for Clifton Highlands
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Blue M: 72.2/125 433 179 427 373 444 515 219 342 470 3402 322 338 433 153 323 576 173 382 542 3242 6644
White M: 69.8/124 386 169 353 356 407 512 192 328 457 3160 307 319 407 137 302 537 132 371 539 3051 6211
Gold M: 66.9/116 W: 71.6/123 370 150 334 308 364 434 172 282 423 2837 264 306 387 131 288 441 123 284 501 2725 5562
Red W: 69.5/119 361 145 285 304 361 431 167 277 385 2716 256 291 346 121 223 426 120 276 422 2481 5197
Handicap 5 17 3 9 1 7 13 15 11 14 12 4 18 10 2 16 8 6
Par 4 3 4 4 4 5 3 4 5 36 4 4 4 3 4 5 3 4 5 36 72
Handicap (W) 9 17 11 7 1 3 15 13 5 12 8 6 18 10 2 16 14 4

Course Details

Year Built 1978
Golf Season Open: 4/01 Closed: 11/01
Architect Gordon Emerson (1978)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Reviews

4.4
122 Reviews (122)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 10
Patio Dining 6
Course Challenges Include:
Undulating Greens 17
Bunkers 7
Narrow Fairways 6
This course/club is great for:
Locals 12
Advanced Golfers 9
Walkers 8
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 17

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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good course, good value, pace of play issues

Overall, one of the better courses and values. However, once again I found myself behind a group that was playing slow that wouldn't let people play through. It was actually a fivesome, and we spent 14 holes behind them. Their pace was okay for a five some, but that's not the point. And this isn't the first time, this has happened everytime I have played at Clifton. I don't know what the deal is. Most golfers in the area are very accommodating and let you play through almost immediately.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

One of my favorites

It was near freezing when we arrived and there was a short frost delay, Ken in the clubhouse was very friendly and explained where we were in the queue. The course was in great shape, we did have some issues with leaves, but this time of year it can be expected, the greens were fast and holding. I love this place and can hardly wait until the next visit.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

Fantastic New Management

Fantastic new management. Ken in the proshop goes out of his way to make you feel welcomed. Enjoy playing and got 5 star service with a golf outing. Course conditions were among the best of the 30+ courses I've played this year (including private clubs). Highly recommend

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

Awesome course- great time

The course is great, staff super friendly and we had an awesome time. I will be back again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Great Course!

We played here once last year and were not impressed. Played this weekend, and boy has it changed! Course was in great shape, and the pace of play was fine, even though the parking lot was starting to get fiilled at 7:00am. The staff is very knowledgable, and the starter had us off at the exact time. Greens are rolling true as any I've seen, and fairways are in good shape. We will being going back for sure. Also, we are going to have to try the restaurant. It must be god food, becuase there was a steady steam of people coming in to eat on a Sunday morning...

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout 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
Top 100 Contributor
Minnesota Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Excellent Course, Great Value

Clifton Highlands Golf Club provides an outstanding golf experience throughout 18 holes with generously wide lush smooth fairways and well-conditioned fast, undulating greens. The course has four sets of tees ranging from 6,644 to 5,197 yards, accommodating golfers of varying abilities. Tree coverage is moderate on the parkland-style front nine and the first few holes on the back nine. Beginning with hole 14, the course starts to look more like a northern woodlands course, with heavy tree growth lining the fairways and some significant elevation changes. The rough is not very high, so balls that miss the fairway are easily found. Variety in the hole layouts makes the course especially interesting. There are right and left doglegs, uphill and downhill tee shots and approach shots, and short and long holes. From the middle men’s tees (white) the par 5 holes range from 457 to 539 yards and the par 4 holes vary from 302 to 407 yards. You’ll probably use every club in the bag during your round. As stated earlier, the greens are fairly quick, and most of them slope quite a bit from back to front, so you’ll definitely want to stay below the hole. Two members of our group managed to putt completely off the green on separate holes. One notable exception to the back to front sloping tendency is the turtle-back green on the par 4 5th hole. Approach shots hitting the right or left sides of this green are likely to bounce completely off. Best to disregard the pin position and just go for the center and hope your shot holds the green. The front nine ends with a short (457 yards from the white tees) par 5 that provides an opportunity for a birdie, or par at least, to finish the front in a positive frame of mind. Opening the back nine is another fairly short hole, a 307 yard par 4. However, the green is fronted by both a water hazard and a bunker that must be carried in order to have a chance at birdie. The finishing hole seems long on the scorecard at 539 yards from the white tees. But because the tee box is somewhat elevated, the distance is manageable for the average golfer. Your second shot will be somewhat blind, but aiming at the flagpole in the distance will get you to the dogleg, setting up your approach shot. Remember to try to stay below the pin, and you’ll have a chance to finish your round with a birdie. After the round, the Highlands Grill provides a very comfortable place to enjoy a cold beverage. Clifton Highlands is about a 45 minute drive from central locations in the Twin Cities, but it is well worth the drive.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing

Slowwww

We are a retired foursome. Some good some bad. We got behind a local FIVESOME that were very inconsiderate. We waited on the last 9 holes for every shot. We brought it up to the manager at the end and got the old oh was it slow? This is poor service. Even the beer cart stopped thes morons coming off the green while we were waiting to hit in the fairway. Poor choice

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Response from Clifton Highlands Golf Course on 07/13/2018:
Hello, thank you for taking the time to review us, Clifton Highlands Golf Course, in the Prescott, Wisconsin area. We're very sorry to hear you may not have had the best recent customer experience with us due to the pace of play, and we greatly appreciate your feedback regarding the rangers so we may work towards any necessary improvements. We also appreciate your dedication to playing our course over the years and hope we can continue to provide you with a valuable golf experience. Thank you for golfing with us, and we hope to see you again soon.
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

W had an outing last sunday at Clifton Highlands golf course. Mr. Ken and his staff were awesome to us. We had a great time and can't wait to do another tournament in the fall season

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautiful course

The Clifton Highlands course was in beautiful shape from tee to green.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

A public course with a private feel

Nice layout in beautiful shape
A pleasure to play this magnificently manicured golf course .

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice but little course etiquette would be nice.

Course was in great shape. Pretty straight forward last 5 holes are by far the best. BUT was disappointed in the fact at 9am they are mowing and weed trimming while you play. I mean putting and 2 weed eaters going at it 20 feet away. Next tee box I’m on the blue tee box next box up 10feet away guy on the lawn more just kept going. Wanted to top it and try to knock him off of it.

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

Wow

Great course, better staff. Rained out our back 9 and we got more than we bargained for as far as vouchers. Great course, great staff. I’ll definitely frequent this course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course

The course was in great shape. The greens were in perfect condition and double rolled. They are the most challenging part of this course. The fairways are super easy to hit and not very challenging until 14-18. The only downfall are the amenities. They just don't match the course and need some work. They could also use a new fleet of carts. Otherwise a fun course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Better than I remembered

Good course layout and mix of holes. Challenging greens. Seems tougher than its course rating and slope. Conditions were great. Better than most other courses in the area. Nice clubhouse and staff.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Great Value

Great value, $22 with cart. The greens are always in great condition.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Very Nice course for all skill levels

Course in nice shape for such late spring. Bunkers were dry and raked, greens had no winter kill and fairways greening up evenly.
Pace of play was perfect with no waiting at tee box.
Back nine had more picturesque holes with #17 and #18 perfect for finishing holes.
Overall very nice golf experience.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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