The Ponds Golf Club - Red Golf Course

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3.8
70
5 Stars
10
4 Stars
33
3 Stars
17
2 Stars
8
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.7
Value
4.2
Layout
4.2
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.7
94.2%
Recommend this course
58 out of 69 reviews
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Average Rating
4.3
7
5 Stars
3
4 Stars
3
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.3
Layout
4.3
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.3
100.0%
Recommend this course
7 out of 7 reviews
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Average Rating
4.0
10
5 Stars
3
4 Stars
4
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.2
Layout
4.3
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.4
100.0%
Recommend this course
10 out of 10 reviews
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About

Holes 9
Par 36
Length 3380
Slope 131
Rating 36.6
Type Public
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The Ponds Golf Course
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 36 3380 yards 36.6 131
Blue 36 3235 yards
White 36 2960 yards
Red 36 2537 yards
Scorecard for Red/White
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out Total
Black M: 73.6/138 530 374 185 360 230 415 346 550 390 3380 6781
Blue M: 72.2/137 W: 78.4/141 510 365 180 350 206 395 330 524 375 3235 6506
White M: 69.3/132 W: 74.9/134 478 281 135 315 177 380 320 514 360 2960 5866
Red W: 70.2/124 445 245 100 251 146 328 270 451 301 2537 5010
Handicap 5 15 11 13 7 1 17 3 9
Par 5 4 3 4 3 4 4 5 4 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 2000
Fairways Kentucky bluegrass
Greens Bentgrass
Architect Garrett Gill (2000)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire required.

Reviews

3.8
70

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Forced Carries 6
Water Hazards 6
This course/club is great for:
Locals 7

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Response from The Ponds Golf Club on 07/25/2018:
Thank you for rating us and recommending our course. We always look to make improvements, and we are welcome to hearing any feedback that you might have.
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a year
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Nice round

Nice course and nice day. Not to tough a few challenges. Fairways were nice and green and maintained. Staff was quite young but eager to help. Nice tine overall and we will be back.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Outstanding Experience

I decided to play The Ponds with a buddy of mine, for the first time. I was told by others that their experience at the course several years before had not been enjoyable, so I was skeptical of following through with the tee time. I'm glad I did, because I was told the course is now under somewhat-new management, and man have they done a great job! The grasses and bunkers were very well maintained- especially the greens. Despite the large amount of wetland and hazards on the course, it was a great experience and round.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Pace was slow. Overbooked. Was waiting on every hole.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Response from The Ponds Golf Club on 05/18/2018:
Hello, thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to review your experience with us, we truly appreciate your feedback and will certainly pass it along to our team. We hope to have another opportunity to welcome you back to the 5-star experience that you deserve.
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice Track

Nice track. Conditions were ok for being early season, will be better in summer. Friendly staff, and nice bar area and patio to grab a beer after your round.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Response from The Ponds Golf Club on 05/08/2018:
Hello, thank you for sharing your review, We truly appreciate both your positive and constructive feedback regarding the course conditions and will be sure to pass it along to our team. We’re thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our staff at The Ponds Golf Club, and also appreciate your input on our maintenance. We hope to welcome you back for an enjoyable experience on the course in the near future.
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Top 100 Contributor
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Good value, friendly staff

The course features 27 holes, I played the red and blue sides most recently. The course provides an excellent value and is moderately difficult. It is not a course that has striking features and the primary difficulties lie around some of the wetland characteristics of some of the holes. All in all a fair value and enjoyable time.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Response from The Ponds Golf Club on 09/06/2017:
Hello Steffen, thank you for giving our course, The Ponds Golf Club, in the Minnesota area, a three-star review. We are happy to hear that you had an enjoyable, yet challenging round of golf with us! We are glad that you found our staff friendly and that you felt it was good value for your money. Thank you for playing with us, and we'll see you on the course soon.
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice course

I like the three 9 hole layout. The greens and fairways are in really good shape.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice course

I like playing this course. The tee boxes need work. Otherwise, it's in really good shape.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
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
2.0
Top 250 Contributor
Minnesota Advisor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Can't decide on how I feel

This course is average in my opinion, the conditions are fine and the staff is alright but I just can't fall in love with this course. I got my first eagle on the 2nd hole and I will always remember that hole but I can't say any of the rest of them stuck out in my mind as something I have to play again. Value is fine, the carts are old and need updating. Especially when a lot of tracks near the Ponds have recently purchased new Yamaha carts. I was quite surprised at how old these carts seemed. Clubhouse is okay, more of a restaurant with a piece of it devoted to the golf shop. Nothing impressive but it gets the job done. I have always liked their food and people seem to enjoy the bar. Driving range is across the street but its a range you can swing your driver so thats nice. Decent track, but for the money, I am going to play a different course.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Response from The Ponds Golf Club on 09/19/2017:
Hello, thank you for taking the time to review our course, The Ponds Golf Course. We are sorry to hear that the off-course amenities and carts are an issue, but hope that how much you enjoyed the course layout and conditions were able to make your round a little bit better. We appreciate your feedback and will use it to make better improvements. Thank you for playing our course in the St. Francis, MN area and hope to earn your business back soon.
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

marshy

the course is way too marshy. there are not water traps but marsh traps. one of the holes had no fairway, complete marsh. Bring lots of extra balls with you if you play this course, you will lose them!

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Response from The Ponds Golf Club on 06/06/2017:
Hi Mo, thank you for taking the time to review your experience and rating our course. We regret to hear the course conditions were not ideal during your round. We strive to provide quality golf to our community and we look to improve those conditions everyday. We will pass along the issues mentioned to the appropriate teams. We are happy to hear you did enjoy the staff friendliness! Thank you for stopping by The Ponds Golf Club and we hope to have you back soon to exceed expectations!
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Patrick

Despite all the water on the course, I liked it. When the course Fry's out it should be in great shape

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

O-Well

No matter how much you pay to play, we should have all the tee markers and such. Did not have any on 2 holes and one on 4 holes. All ball washers had no water. But they want their $$$$$$$

Conditions Poor
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Response from The Ponds Golf Club on 05/10/2017:
Hello Lyle, thank you for taking the time to write a review about our course, we appreciate your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed our course layout and pace of play. Thank you for your business and we hope to see you again soon.
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

great course!

Loved the course layout-creative and well designed. Not very long/ great for 200-250 drives.

Couple problems- Howie signs were in horrible shape and ramps on and off wooden bridges in bad need of repair.

Greens rolled very nicely!

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

Had a good time

The course was in good shape, it's a fun and challenging course ! My only complaint would be that there appears to be two different sets of carts there and we got the ones that looked like it was from the 70's and sucked to drive cause there was no middle throttle, it was either off or wide open, so driving slow was not a option.

But besides that I feel like it was a great course for the price!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented On 10/05/2016

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Thank you for the 4-Star review! We are glad you had a fun round, while still enjoying the challenge the course has to offer. We're happy you found value in the course! Come play again soon!

Best regards,

The Ponds Golf Management

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