The Castle Course at Northern Bay Resort

2.1816176471 2.2 stars from 5 (65)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7207 yards
  • Slope: 131
  • Rating: 74.4
  • Layout

  • 1844A 20th Ave, Arkdale, Wisconsin 54613
  • (608) 339-2090
  • (608) 339-9892
  • www.northernbayresort.com

Year built: 2005
Architect(s): Wadsworth Golf Construction (2005)
Type: Resort
Greens: Bluegrass
Fairways: Bluegrass
Golf Season: April - December

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Collared shirts & no denim
Credit cards accepted: Yes

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7207 yards 74.4 131
Blue 72 6754 yards 72.9 129
White 72 6407 yards 72.7 125
Green (W) 72 5981 yards 70.2 124
Red (W) 72 5183 yards 69.7 123

The Castle Course at Northern Bay gives you the unique opportunity to play some of golf's greatest holes all in one place. This championship course features seven holes that are replicas of the most famous holes of seven different PGA Tour courses, including Augusta National and Bay Hill. It is the only golf course of its kind in the Midwest. Besides the replicas, the other 12 holes on the course all have unique and challenging designs that are just as interesting. Bunkers are strategically placed throughout and water hazards also come into play frequently. The signature hole is the par-3 10th, which is the replica of no. 17 on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, a hole known primarily for its island green. The Castle Course's replica was voted one of the best par-3 holes in Wisconsin.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 2.2 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 2.1 stars from 5
Value: 1.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 2.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 2.1 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 65 Reviews
5 stars:
35
4 stars:
20
3 stars:
3
2 stars:
3
1 stars:
4

recommend this course

60 out of 65 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive at a resort   Great for a weekend splurge wildlife/ scenic views entertaining clients   Challenges include bunkers water hazards undulating greens   Great for 19th hole scenic views patio dining  

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"Great course, poor customer service."


u000001975904's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/24/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Golfed NB yesterday. Temps were 90 degrees so we were surprised to hear they wouldn't have a beverage cart on the course. When we made the turn, we stopped for a drink. When we politely asked why they didn't have a bev cart, we got an attitude from the TWO bartenders. We were told they didn't have anyone that wanted to work the cart. Then I asked for a glass of ice water after getting my drink and was told they weren't doing ice water because they were running low on plastic cups. Seriously. Love the course but for $89, I expect at least the customer service that I would find at a course that doesn't market itself as one of the best in WI.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Major disappointment"


Schancy13's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/12/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

If I was smart, I would have taken pictures of the golf course to help reinforce this review. In short, we were excited to play this course as it's known as a replica course on some holes, but its own design on the remaining holes.

For the price, $84, the course conditions were just terrible. Tee boxes were sparse with grass, ant hills everywhere, uncut. Fairways were dry and brown. Greens, while in good shape, were also slow and longer. For the replica holes, they certainly tried, but if you've ever seen or played any of them (other than Augusta), save yourself the trip and wait for the real thing.

This course 'might' be worth the price at $50 / round (max), but it would still need some work. I can play golf at Washington County in Hartford, WI, for less than $50 and it's in MUCH better shape at all times as a public course.

As a side note, what adds to the disappointment is that I was told earlier on in the week the course was in excellent condition. I don't mind if the course isn't perfect, but don't mislead the public about course conditions. On top of that, the golf course deleted our reservation, sent out a cancellation email, to which I had to call them and re-confirm the time we intended to play. They did fix it ahead of our tee time, but it just goes to show the type of experience you can expect. We played in 4:20, but had to wait on EVERY shot on the back nine and never saw a ranger once. The golf shop has GPS, so they should know where the back-ups are and should take care of it.

Stay away - play Sand Valley, spend the money. It's worth EVERY penny. Others would be Wild Rock, Trappers Turn, or Sentry World. Hope this helps others.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Not Up To Par"


u000006419064's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/22/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Very disappointed in the current condition of the course. Extremely dry fairways that yield patchy grass. Areas around the greens are also dry and several area had ant hills. The greens weren't bad but for $84, I'd expect above average course conditions. The novelty of Replica holes can only last so long. Also golfed Wild Rock and that course is in great shape. Seems like whomever owns this place the conditions of the course have never been up to par.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Dissappointing"


cokeclassic76's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/20/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

3rd year playing here and wont be back. For $95 a round there should not be ant hills on the greens. Mowing and rolling has not been done. Gps systems not working on carts either day.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course


"Very enjoyable course."


pgh2851's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/29/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Late March golf. Course was in very good shape. Always enjoy golfing here.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Off the Beaten Path, but worth it!"


moily's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/04/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Good weather

Reviewed on

Golfing here can be a great deal of fun as they have several replica holes from some famous courses - two from Augusta National, Oakmont, Bay Hill and others, but the funnest is hole #10, a recreation of TPC Sawgrass' #17. We were behind a slow foursome whom had won a round at a benefit and after catching up to them on the last few holes on the front 9, were unable to get past them at the turn. We ended up playing hole #10 a second time, which was fun and finally got past them by skipping a hole, then coming back. Some marshals should have pushed them, or at least inform them to let others go by. We were able to finish the last hole just prior to twilight, which is Arnie's BayHill hole, a wonderful finish. I hope the foursome behind us were able to finish!


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Fun to pretend you are golfing with the greats!"


u000007305750's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/03/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Staff were most friendly and helpful. Food and beverages were good -we did happy hour and had appetizers.

Course was fun to play. We tried to do the yardage that the pros use. Since it was late in season the greens had been aerated.

I would love to come back again to play a round with pristine green conditions.

Thanks to all the staff for making our experience a very fun and memorable outing!.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Beautiful Time of Year"


u000001489701's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/01/2015
Previously played Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

When people have put their clubs away I enjoy playing because the course is all yours with not many people.<br/> Fast play, very nice conditions ( except the air-rated greens that you expect this time of year). The changing tree colors make the Castle Course at Northern Bay a must play with it's signature holes.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Always a joy to play"


ervzz2012's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/25/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Excellent weather and course conditions. Staff is super friendly and make for a very enjoyable experience.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Must play!"


u240682264's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/09/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Exceptional course! It is an absolute blast to play especially if you follow professional golf. The replica holes are well crafted and provide you with a unique experience. The staff is excellent and the extra mile they go for you is something I've never experienced golfing throughout central Wisconsin.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Nice resort course!"


bigdogphoto60's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/24/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Love the replica holes. Island green #10 was great. Well conditioned. Great pace of play!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Don't Pass This One Bye"


u455142552's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/21/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course! Beautifully landscaped. Holes are challenging. Might be pricey but worth the money.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Beautiful Course"


tag52's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/15/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Beautiful course, well maintained in excellent condition. Replica holes were very fun to play. Will definitely play again when in the Wisconsin Dells area.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great, moderately challenging course"


u793147684's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/14/2015
Previously played

Reviewed on

This course is a great place to golf. Staff is very friendly and professional. The course is well maintained and the play is fun yet challenging. The food was good at the restaurant. The ONLY complaint I had is that they did not have a beverage cart out on the course for some reason. Simple problem to fix, just had to stock up at the clubhouse.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Course is in very good shape"


u988554713's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/11/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is very enjoyable to play. A little too busy, but still worth it.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"What a gem!"


u000002655980's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/30/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Outstanding!<br/> Get in your car and play this track.<br/> This is a special place. The replica holes are very cool.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Gem"


u000001750038's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/17/2015
Previously played

Reviewed on

Was intrigued by replica holes, actually think the other holes are better. Back nine very strong holes. Replica hole of 17 at Sawgrass (#9), was very realistic as I have played the original. Really neat layout, with variety, and accommodating fairways. My only critique would be fairways are a bit longer than one might be accustomed to at this price point. Course may play longer due to not as much roll in fairways. Would play again with enthusiasm if I am back in the area. Very nice bar for 19th hole recap.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Excellent Golf Experience"


GolferMan94's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/09/2015
Previously played

Reviewed on

The replica holes may be what draw people in, but I think the real strength of this course is the original holes that surround the replicas. It is a resort course so fridays and saturdays in the summer can make for a long day, but playing during the week or on Sunday the pace of play is usually very quick. I've played here probably close to ten times now and the course has always been in excellent condition, even in April or October.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Vacation golf"


Calhop18's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/03/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful course with many (I think 7) replica holes. Island green #10 is awesome! Excellent course for all skill levels with wide fairways and tight greens for challenging approach shots.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Always Fun"


billhcp9's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/22/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Second time playing here this year. Have been coming up here the last 7 years with a group of 30+. Always a good time.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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