North Course at Lake of Isles

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4.6
Value
4.2
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4.4
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.6
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7252 yards
Slope 143
Rating 75.8
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7252 yards 75.8 143
Gold 72 6717 yards 72.8 135
Silver 72 6304 yards 70.9 130
Copper 72 5569 yards 67.4 121
Copper (W) 72 5569 yards 72.7 136
Jade (W) 72 4937 yards 69.0 127
Scorecard for North
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: 76.6/146 593 216 356 457 530 469 204 369 459 3653 429 196 525 370 462 574 200 384 459 3599 7252
Gold M: 73.2/137 575 184 334 428 481 399 196 349 435 3381 416 178 507 357 415 523 181 375 384 3336 6717
Silver M: 71.5/135 W: 77.6/143 550 164 308 398 457 395 182 325 389 3168 399 154 469 345 399 496 166 342 366 3136 6304
Copper M: 67.9/125 W: 72.7/136 462 144 290 372 423 289 129 294 330 2733 369 138 427 331 368 474 136 286 307 2836 5569
Jade W: 68.9/127 415 127 202 347 396 280 113 257 320 2457 270 130 370 303 345 453 106 221 282 2480 4937
Handicap 1 11 5 3 17 13 7 15 9 8 10 18 16 6 14 12 4 2
Par 5 3 4 4 5 4 3 4 4 36 4 3 5 4 4 5 3 4 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 3 7 9 1 13 15 17 5 11 18 8 14 10 4 6 12 16 2

Course Details

Year Built 2005
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season High Season: June - October
Architect Rees Jones (2005) Bryce Swanson (2005)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "The Lake of Isles Golf Academy"
Golf Simulator Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No

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  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Connecticut (2018 #12)
  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in New England (2016 #7)

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4.2
14

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Course Challenges Include:
Forced Carries 7
Elevation Changes 6
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 7
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 7
A Weekend Splurge 6
This Course's Location is:
Near Local Attractions 6

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5.0
Previously Played

As good as Connecticut/New England golf gets!

Many articles put Yale as the best golf course in CT... WRONG! IT IS LAKE OF ISLES 100%! Layout is spectacular, and you better bring your A game. Greens are lightning, fairways are immaculate and the rough is punishing. Course is in spectacular shape overall! Play it if you get a chance! You will be glad you did!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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LakeofIslesCT
Commented On 2018-08-14T11:32:13.000+00:00

Thank you for your review of Lake of Isles. We are thrilled you enjoyed your round. Come back in the fall and enjoy the beautiful fall foliage.

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Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

The house almost always wins, but you won't mind

Playing at a golf facility with one public and one private course might invite a feeling of FOMO. But at Lake Of Isles, the course you can play is the superior layout. Blessed with the better piece of property - including better dalliances with the lake - this course is still very very difficult, but overall more charming and fun than its more mysterious sibling.

Lots of elevation changes - including a bunch of big downhill shots - drive the narrative here. You'll want to pay close attention to the yardage card and err on the side of caution with the tee box you choose, because this course has some of the longest forced carries off tees you're likely to confront. If you can get by those, you may have some opportunities to score.

Conditions Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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LakeofIslesCT
Commented On 2018-06-26T02:39:14.000+00:00

Thank you for the detailed review Tim. We are happy you enjoyed your day at Lake of Isles. And you are correct with the "err on the side of caution" when selecting the right tee box. It makes the course more enjoyable. Please come back and see us again.

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Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Wet weather
Used cart

Ok Layout, Bad Greens

Golf course is pretty to look at but the greens were slow, bumpy, not rolled and in lousy shape. For the money you pay to play here and time it takes to find it, its not worth it at all!!

Layout is nice but kind of repetitive and boring. some holes look identical.

Should not charge this kind of money for greens in that bad of shape.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Lake of Isles North - Worst Condition Ever

Played this course not realizing the current conditions. Tees and greens are horrendous - divots, ball marks, spike drags - you name it they have it. 3 years ago this course was in immaculate shape...it has fallen into disrepair. The superintendent and his staff should be replaced. Furthermore, trash cans are overflowing with empty beer cans and bottles, typical weekend hackers display very little golf etiquette. This used to be one of the "go-to" courses....beautiful setting, amazing design, challenging golf...now its a real mess.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Bachelor party golf trip

Had a great time playing the North course Friday/Saturday this past weekend. Played the silver tees on Friday as we had some higher handicaps in our group. Huge difference in difficulty from Silver to Gold. Silver plays under 6100 yards which makes for a lot of shorter par 4's (no driver needed). Didn't love this layout. Opinion was totally changed when we played the Gold tees on Saturday (6700 yards). Gave the holes a lot more character and made for a better test of golf. Course was challenging but fair. Rewarded good tee shot placement and provided for interesting looks at the greens (elevation changes etc). Greens were in good shape (some resort guests don't fix divots). They weren't as fast as I'd like but they had undulation and character which was nice. Pace was great both days (little rain Saturday scared everyone away). Only knock would be on the price which is a little inflated given it's the casinos premium course and they know they can command expensive greens fee. I'm used to paying $100+ for a nice round so it didn't bother me but I wouldn't recommend for casual players who would probably have more fun paying $50/$60 to play a course that was better aligned with their level of play. All in all a great experience and will certainly play again on my next trip down.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Always a sure bet!

This is my third or fourth time playing Lake of Isles and it's been great every time. I typically play in the late fall when rates drop. This was my first "peak season" round and it didn't disappoint.

The round starts with a trip to the range. The balls are clean, you hit off grass, and the flags are exact on their yardages. As it should be at this price point, range use is included in the green fee.

The course conditions are great. Smooth, quick greens and flat tee boxes. In my opinion, Lake of Isles greatest strength is it's layout. The holes fit the landscape perfectly. There are some nice elevation changes and several shots over the lake, none of which are unfair. There are chances to score here if you are willing to roll the dice a bit.

I wish they had a hybrid tee on the score card. There is a big jump from playing 6,000 to 6,700 yards. A 6,300 set would be ideal. White tees on some holes, blue tees on others.

You do get what you pay for here which is a top tier New England course. It's a must play if you are in eastern CT.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Used cart

A great experience

Have played this course several times over the past few years. I consider it the best, high-end, daily fee course in the state. Amazing design, beautiful topography and always in great condition. Everyone on the staff -- from cart support, to pro shop, to maintenance crew -- were extremely friendly and courteous. I will be back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Excellent early season conditions

The Lake of Isles North course at foxwoods casino is always voted one of the top 5 best courses in Connecticut. I can see why. For April 22 the conditions were amazing, the course survived the winter very well. Well maintained tee boxes, fairways, rough, with a nice color to them. Bunkers had plenty of sand and were raked with manicured edges. Greens have been aerated, i believe it was some time last week the pro shop said. Greens are sand filled and were playing very receptive and on the slow side but we did just get a fair amount of rain last week. That being said the course drains very well, there were hardly any wet spots anywhere. We played the Gold tees, they were the furthest back set of tees they have out and with the 15-20mph gusts it was a great test of golf. The layout appeals to all types of game with a terrific mix of holes. Water in play on plenty of them but the placement of fairway and greenside bunkers are excellent. Use the yardage book they provide for you, it comes in handy! A great mix of tee shots that require forced carries, favor a cut, favor a draw, risk/reward par 5s. Had the course to ourselves and the pace of play was whatever we desired. Stopped for food at the turn, the clubhouse restaurant is delicious. Pleasant girls in the beverage cart who came around frequently.

The staff was tremendous from the valet bag drop to the pro shop to the nice gentleman wiping our clubs down after the round. Thats what makes this destination that much more special then the rest.
If you havent played here yet, you dont know what youre missing.

Early season, great conditions and for only $95, i dont see a better value.

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

Great Course -- Stuffy Staff

Played an end-of-season round at my favorite "high-end" course in the state and, as usual, was not disappointed. Course was in immaculate shape -- no leaves on tees, fairways, greens and even cart paths between holes. Very challenging due to the cold/wind. Still an amazing design. Played here multiple times and only drawback is attitude of pro shop staff who collectively act as if you should be honored just to play their course. Not very friendly or cheerful. I think for the prices they charge, the customer service should be a little more "customer" oriented. Can't complain about the cart/bag personnel, though. Those guys are great.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Fair weather
Used cart

Excellent Staff

My Wife and I enjoyed this course. The condition was good with some bumps on the greens due to recent aeration yet they still rolled true. The fairways were soft from recent rains yet very smooth. The layout is fun and will challenge your shot choices. It is only hard if you choose the wrong tees for your game or try to take on to much on your approach shots.

The staff are the best I have ever encountered. They seem like you own family is caring for you like it is your birthday. That includes all aspects; check in, Marshall's, bartenders, wait staff, management and both on course and final service attendants.

Thank You for a great day!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
1.0
Previously Played

Horrible.

I did not golf. Went here for a wedding the food was horrible. Was excited to see another venue. Rather go to the usual we go to. The food was horrendous the bartenders were so rude the people that golfer were hammered making comments to the girls that walked in. I would never come here again. Horrible.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
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ThomasGram
Commented On 2017-02-22T18:21:30.000+00:00

You realize that the venue and golf operations are speperate right?

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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Superb course...

Played here numerous times (25+..?) and love the layout, conditions, clubhouse, proshop, and restaurant. Plain and simple the best course in the state. Price is a little steep so we play when they offer buy a round get one free offers. Or when we have Foxwoods points to help cover the cost.

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Hartford Advisor
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Great layout and challenge

The only disappointing aspect was that for $150 the carts were not equipped with GPS. The practice areas, course conditions, course layout, clubhouse & staff were tremendous. Certainly a very challenging layout, but the course offers some great risk/reward opportunities. The course is also marked very well, which helps alleviate the lack of carts with GPS.

Overall a great course, lived up to the hype and provides a great experience. I will look to get back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Poor weather
Used cart

Great Course!

Played this course in late October when it was freezing and rainy. Got through 9 Holes but played through some pretty bad rain. Even though it was raining and wet the course was in great shape. Most leaves were cleared from all fairways and course was still green.
Holes have some pretty long carries from the back two tee boxes. Par 5's are long but straight. At this course it is important to drive the ball well off the Tee, not much room for misses. The layout of the course is really nice with different types of holes. If your playing from the back tees, the par 3's are no joke.
The good thing about this course is that you have to think about the hole your playing, cant just get up there with driver and grip and rip. Pace of play was pretty good after the first few holes, had a couple foursomes behind us that were pretty slow, but could have been due to the conditions of the weather.Carts have GPS which makes things easy to pick up distances
Club house is really nice and a nice place to grab a drink and some food after your round. Doesn't hurt that its right across the street from Foxwoods.
Staff was really friendly and was more than happy to give us a 9 hole rain check since we only could get through nine due to the weather.
Cant wait to go back in the Spring and play the 9 already played and the 9 we didn't get to!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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