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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6470 yards
Slope 127
Rating 70.6

The Clifton Hollow golf course first opened in 1974 with just nine holes. The second nine was added in 1987 and since then it has become a cornerstone for western Wisconsin and Twin Cities golfers. The tough golf course has a mix of subtle and overt challenges. The seemingly gentle fifth hole is the course's signature. This par 3 plays from a slightly elevated tee to a sloped, undulating green that is surrounded by mature oak trees on either side. The final hole is also a par 3 but it has earned the title of being the "Monster of Clifton." It's a lengthy one at 637 yards, featuring the longest fairway and largest green on the golf course. With plenty of room for different pin placements, your putting skills will be put to the test.

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6470 yards 70.6 127
White 72 6014 yards 69.1 122
Red (W) 72 5074 yards 69.2 118
Scorecard for Eighteen
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: 70.6/127 380 446 307 522 171 420 345 201 472 3264 382 410 151 260 184 410 513 309 637 3256 6520
White M: 69.1/122 W: 74.0/122 362 391 290 490 152 364 315 191 472 3027 368 355 131 251 166 390 495 260 571 2987 6014
Gold M: 67.5/118 362 278 290 415 152 364 315 153 430 2759 328 355 131 251 166 348 405 260 421 2665 5424
Red M: 65.2/113 W: 68.0/111 329 278 277 415 144 246 253 153 430 2525 328 330 121 231 156 348 405 209 421 2549 5074
Handicap 8 6 14 4 18 10 12 16 2 7 9 17 13 15 5 3 11 1
Par 4 4 4 5 3 4 4 3 5 36 4 4 3 4 3 4 5 4 5 36 72
Handicap (W) 6 8 10 4 18 14 12 16 2 7 9 17 13 15 5 3 11 1

Course Details

Year Built 1974
Fairways Bluegrass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Open: 4/01 Closed: 11/01
Architect Gordon Emerson (1974)

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
Dress code Shirt and shoes required

Reviews

4.0
51 Reviews (51)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 6
This course/club is great for:
Locals 7
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 8

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

there is one bunker that has been under construction since last may...nobody must have any sand for sale..ground under repair time limit?

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
f7568dac-32a0-5141-88d2-da4c43aa8b4f
CliftonHollowGC
Commented On 07/11/2017

Thanks for your input. That bunker posed a logistical problem for us and has since been fixed. I hope you'll consider coming back and checking out the finished product....from the fairway anyways ;-)

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Friendly place, some challenging holes

Everyone was nice course is in fabulous shape with more improvements coming I am told

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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CliftonHollowGC
Commented On 07/11/2017

Thank you for the great review!

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Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Course

We are always happy to play this course. As a matter of fact we play here more than any of the other courses we play during the golf season.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather

odd groupings

got behind a sixsome in 3 carts, had to jump them....then got behind 3 guys in 2 carts, one bag of clubs between them...

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
f7568dac-32a0-5141-88d2-da4c43aa8b4f
CliftonHollowGC
Commented On 07/11/2017

Thank you for your review. We're working on controlling groups like these in order to make the experience more enjoyable.

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Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Wet weather
Used cart

Friendly Atmosphere

Have not played yet this year but have so for a good number of years. All I can say is that it is one of the best courses from the friendly atmosphere to the ground maintenance - could go on and on. Love it there.

Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Very enjoyable

This was my first time playing this course and enjoyed it from the time I walked into the clubhouse until the time I left. Staff was very friendly (and very nice to look at), the course was fun to play and well maintained. I will definitely be playing this course again.

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

Great Golf Course

My wife and I played this course on a visit to Minneapolis/St Paul. This is a great layout. After about the 4th hole it reminded me of a Donald Ross design even though it was built in the 70's. The bent grass fairways were in relatively good shape even though they had some burnt spots due to the difficult summer. The greens were perfect, very true & fast. We really enjoyed this course. This is a hidden gem in the MSP area.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
6b6d1b78-078f-598b-a86e-9206c538ba6e
CliftonHolllowGC
Commented On 09/19/2016

We really appreciate you taking the time to leave a review! Please come and see us again on your next visit!

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

A great time and a great value!

We went out even though it was threatening rain. It sprinkled a little bit but we had a great time because the course was in super condition. The staff was very friendly, the carts were extremely clean and the driving range was convenient and also in good condition. The clubhouse offered everything we needed and then some. We are looking forward to our next visit.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
6b6d1b78-078f-598b-a86e-9206c538ba6e
CliftonHolllowGC
Commented On 09/19/2016

Thank you so much for the great review, Cindy! We love hearing that our golfers enjoy their time with us and we hope to see you again soon!

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Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Standard Course with Wood-Fired Pizzas

The layout was just fine; nothing crazy or gimmicky, unless you include the 3 or 4 short par 4's (from the blues: 307, 345, 260, and 309). The 260 yard par 4 played more like a very long par 3; definite birdie hole. However, there was also a 472 yard par 4 (par 5 from the whites) and a 637 yard par 5.

The speed of the greens was moderate; neither fast nor slow.

The sparse tree lines on most holes was probably the most challenging part of the course, although it was fairly thin. Other than the trees, it was pretty open with a number of generous fairways.

Only disappointment was some of the course conditions:

Many of the fairways had tons of brown dead spots covering a fairly large portion of the fairway.

The greens all seemed to have quite a lot of fixed ball marks on them, which could throw off your putt if one was in your line.

And about half of the bunkers were completely flooded.

Also, we did not try their wood-fired pizzas but they looked and smelled far superior to your average golf course food standards. We would definitely try one next time.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
6b6d1b78-078f-598b-a86e-9206c538ba6e
CliftonHolllowGC
Commented On 08/29/2016

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, tlm17! We really appreciate the feedback. We're continuously working to improve and perfect our conditions. But we can certify that our pizzas can't be beat and we hope you'll come back to try them soon.

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Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Not very good

Most fairways wherein poor shape

Conditions Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
6b6d1b78-078f-598b-a86e-9206c538ba6e
CliftonHolllowGC
Commented On 08/29/2016

We're sorry that you didn't enjoy your round with us, Bob. We're continuously working to perfect our conditions and we hope you'll play us again in the future.

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Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Slow round!

Course didn't inform me of scramble they put me behind. Good value for price I booked on Golfnow. Playing 18 from the blues is a challenging 632 yard hole. Course has a few short par 4s that are drivable.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
6b6d1b78-078f-598b-a86e-9206c538ba6e
CliftonHolllowGC
Commented On 08/01/2016

Thanks for the review and we apologize for not giving you a warning about the scramble ahead of you. We hope this will not deter you from coming and playing with us again in the future.

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Fair weather

parched

90 degrees out....no bev cart, all on course water jugs empty...not good.....fairways showing great stress...winter rules required

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
6b6d1b78-078f-598b-a86e-9206c538ba6e
CliftonHolllowGC
Commented On 08/01/2016

We apologize for the water jugs being empty and will work on a solution for this problem. Thank you for letting us know where our course could see improvement. We will address your feedback internally. In the meantime, we hope your experience with us will not deter you from coming back and playing another round with us!

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

No gimmicks

Great course for an enjoyable round of golf

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
6b6d1b78-078f-598b-a86e-9206c538ba6e
CliftonHolllowGC
Commented On 07/25/2016

We're thrilled to hear it! Thanks for playing. Hope to see you again soon!

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Clifton Hollow

Gal inside the clubhouse was very nice. She let me off early and I played with a very nice guy. Was a little slow on the back nine.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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CliftonHolllowGC
Commented On 07/25/2016

Thank you for your 5 Star review! We are happy to hear you had a good experience with us and hope you decide to come back and play again soon.

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Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice country course!

This course has a nice layout that makes you think twice about pulling out the driver.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
6b6d1b78-078f-598b-a86e-9206c538ba6e
CliftonHolllowGC
Commented On 07/20/2016

Thanks for the review! We're glad you enjoyed our course and its layout. Please come back and play with us again soon.

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Clifton Hollow

Course was in good shape girl at the front desk was very nice but went back in and the guy was kinda short.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
6b6d1b78-078f-598b-a86e-9206c538ba6e
CliftonHolllowGC
Commented On 07/06/2016

Thank you for your review and feedback. We appreciate your time. Hope to see you on the course again soon!

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

Fun to plaY & not difficult

Fun course to play. Generous fairways and misses still playable on most holes. Good course for intermediate to higher handicap or beginning player. Course well maintained & greens decent rolling at moderate speed. Course can be buggy from mid summer on, so bring bug spray.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
6b6d1b78-078f-598b-a86e-9206c538ba6e
CliftonHolllowGC
Commented On 06/21/2016

Thank you for the great review and tips, Scrapiron! We hope to see you again soon!

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Used cart

always great

always a great time. from the smile and laughter when i check in to the great hot dogs they serve, to the smile and thank you at the end. i pass 3 courses to go there 15 times a year. give it a try

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
6b6d1b78-078f-598b-a86e-9206c538ba6e
CliftonHolllowGC
Commented On 06/21/2016

We really appreciate the kind words, Derek! We love to hear from our golfers!

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Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Beautiful course

My only regret was not bringing my bug spray. On holes that were bordering the wooded areas these annoying biting gnats were eating me alive. Woman in the clubhouse was friendly and the course itself was in great shape for early May. Quite a few shorter par 4s and limited hazards are good for a 25 handicap like myself. I'll be back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
6b6d1b78-078f-598b-a86e-9206c538ba6e
CliftonHolllowGC
Commented On 06/21/2016

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review, sauernj! We're sorry to hear about those dang gnats but we're glad that your round was enjoyable otherwise. We hope to see you again soon! Bring your Off :)

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fun course

I would highly recommend Clifton Hollow. The staff is very friendly as well.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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CliftonHollowGC
Commented On 10/06/2015

Thanks for your great review! We always strive to improve the golf experience and hope to see you again soon.

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