Geneva Golf Club - Island/Ponds
|Red (W)||71||4924 yards||69.4||122|
|Black M: 74.2/135||415||431||575||159||395||430||466||159||556||3586||426||415||200||555||325||380||189||417||428||3335||6921|
|Blue M: 72.8/132||392||411||553||142||383||409||451||151||531||3423||411||407||192||531||315||370||180||381||406||3193||6616|
|White M: 71.0/128 W: 76.1/137||363||384||529||121||373||381||403||137||508||3199||392||375||155||496||305||360||168||360||380||2991||6190|
|Gold M: 67.9/123 W: 73.3/130||339||355||475||110||338||362||364||123||484||2950||361||358||142||420||255||299||159||335||358||2687||5637|
|Red W: 69.4/122||309||311||435||97||282||320||298||90||428||2570||320||337||80||400||220||277||105||301||314||2354||4924|
Links-Style Course, Lots of Water and Marsh
Geneva Golf Club comprises three nine-hole tracks, named Island, Ponds, and Marsh. This review covers only the Island and Ponds nines, although the Marsh nine appears to have a similar layout and course conditions to the other two. The outstanding feature about the course is water. The course is set in a marshy area and you’ll have to contend with water or marshy hazard on at least half of the holes. The fairways were in very good condition despite much recent rain, and none of them seemed to have the spongy feeling underfoot that many marshy courses have. The rough was kept at a playable level, meaning you could get a club on the ball, but not necessarily a fairway wood. The greens for the most part were quite large, with subtle undulations and ran very true. They were moderately fast, but because it had rained overnight they might have been slowed down a bit from their normal speed. The course presents numerous challenges in the form of forced carries either on the tee shot or on the approach, but none of them are really unreasonable with a moderately good tee shot, if the golfer chooses the appropriate tee for his/her skill level. The only complaint our foursome had about the course was the goofy routing. The nines are quite intertwined, running through and past each other. There is quite a bit of directional signage, but sometimes it was not sufficient and many times groups in our tournament found themselves going the wrong way from green to tee. The course architect, Joel Goldstrand, did a very good job of making each hole as distinctive as possible, given the similarity of much of the setting The second Islands hole, a 384 yard (from the White tees) par 4 is a dogleg right with an uphill tee shot and several bunkers guarding the inside of the dogleg. A good tee shot will leave a mid or short iron to a green that looks wide open because there are no greenside bunkers, but there are two deep swales just in front of the left half of the green that will catch any balls that fall short of the green. The last hole on this nine is a par 5 that plays 508 yards from the White tees. A hazard with a tree in the middle of it will make you choose whether to go left or right of it. Choose left and you’ll have an easier second shot, but don’t go long and into the bunker to the left of the fairway. Your approach will have to carry a narrow hazard that goes all the way across the fairway. The fifth hole on the Ponds is a cute short (305 yards from the White tees) par 4. The tee shot is over a pond to a fairway set at almost at a right angle. Leave your driver in the bag because it’s easy to go through the fairway to the hazard on the other side. The seventh on the Ponds nine plays to 168 yards from the White tees to a green set at a diagonal to the left. Club selection is critical here because the green is very long and there could be a three club difference from a pin set front right to one set back left. Although none of us shot as well as we would have liked, all in our foursome enjoyed playing the course, and I would like to have the opportunity to play the Marsh nine that we missed on this visit.
The course was in fantastic shape. Greens were fast and true.
Love the course! The greens were as good as I've played. The rest of the course was in great shape. Layout is very good.
nicest course I have played all year
all grasses excellent, greens hard and fast, a pleasure to play
Great tracks well maintained nice greens(good speed)
Great track excellent condition! Which is a lot more than I can say for writing on this review. If I say it's a great track I'd think that's enough, but no it's to short so I'll fill it with dribble!!!!!!