Spencer T. Olin Golf Course

4.4298294118 4.4 stars from 5 (140)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6941 yards
  • Slope: 135
  • Rating: 73.5
  • Layout

  • 4701 College Ave, Alton, Illinois 62002, Madison County
  • (618) 465-3111
  • (618) 465-3119
  • www.spencertolingolf.com
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Year built: 1989
Architect(s): Arnold Palmer (1989), Ed Seay (1989)
Type: Public
Greens: Bent Grass
Fairways: Zoysia Grass
Golf Season: Open: 4/01 Closed: 10/01

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Back 72 6941 yards 73.5 135
Middle 72 6414 yards 71.3 128
Forward 72 5847 yards 68.8 117
Ladies 72 5049 yards 65.6 110

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.1 stars from 5
Value: 4.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 140 Reviews
5 stars:
67
4 stars:
57
3 stars:
11
2 stars:
3
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

131 out of 140 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive convenient to the city   Great for advanced golfers locals seniors   Challenges include water hazards bunkers forced carries   Great for drinks watching the game  

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"Great, but took awhile"


Lack019's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/19/2018
Previously played Used cart Wet weather

Reviewed on

Course was wet due to a lot of recent rain, but was still in excellent condition. Only negative thing to say was the pace of play was really bad, took about 5-5 1/2 hours to complete the round. Pretty much had to wait to hit every shot. Multiple groups waiting to tee off on pretty much every hole. Never seen it this bad here, clubhouse attendant did come by on the 8th tee box and apologized for the delay so they were aware. Other than that it was excellent and will play again in the near future.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



u752835169's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/01/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great Course"


u000006553595's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/25/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fun course, lots of dog legs. Not your typical hit driver 14 times off the tee. Was in good condition despite getting a ton of rain. Definitely will play there again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Course, Overbooked"


u4410118's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/18/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I really like this course but this time around it was just completely overbooked. It wasn't an especially great day but it was nice enough to get the golfers out. Every hole was completely jammed with 4-somes, no one was letting anyone play through. I was playing alone and typically everyone allows me to play through, not a single offer so after sitting for a very long time. I decided to skip a couple of holes until I saw any kind of clearing. That took me through the entire front 9 after playing the 1st two holes. By the time I made the turn I was able to play through a 4 some and then had green grass in front of me. None of the tee boxes were marked at all, so you essentially had no idea where to tee off. I'm hoping this isn't the norm for the warm months, because I've only played here in the winter if it is I won't be able to make the drive to Alton to enjoy it. Overall, the course layout is great, it's challenging but not discouraging. Again, I like the course but if this is normal I'll be heading elsewhere.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Winter golf"


u000007826557's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/14/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in great shape for the middle of February. Greens were a little slow but so are everyone else's around here this time of the year. Pro shop had all apparel and shoes at 1/2 off the already discounted price....where else could I get a new pair of Footjoy's for $35


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Good course, pace of play not so much"


Andy8176396's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/21/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was our first time playing this course and it was the first day of Winter so you need to take that into account (course conditions, etc). I have a feeling it is a pretty nice course in good weather, but the pace of play today was not good. We were a twosome sandwiched between a very slow foursome in front of us a very fast foursome behind us which made it very unenjoyable on the back nine. We got a great rate on GolfNow so I can’t complain too much. We’ll try it again someday in good weather when maybe they have a ranger?


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great Track"


u4410118's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/10/2017
First time playing Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Really a great course, I enjoyed the layout quite a bit. I think the consistency in a greens was really special. You don't often have them rolling the same speed throughout a round, but the greens were great. The park where the course is located is really nice, no houses, no cars, just you and the golf course. Not a ton of hazards throughout the course, but from what I've heard it's usually windy. It's typically a pretty decently expensive course so I won't play here often but I'd love to.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Hidden Gem in Alton, IL"


u972776115's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/04/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Always a pleasure to play, fantastic course conditions all of 2017, friendly staff, reasonable rates- thinking about getting membership for 2018.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great Course"


u250396750's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/04/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Consistently one of the best courses we play. Awesome layout and always in good condition.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



u825002325's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/01/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great layout"


Ghugs17's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/15/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Awesome course. Couldnt be more pleased with this place. Price was right. Challenging layout. Have to be in fairway to shoot lower scores. Theres alot of hidden shot placement you have to get used to. Green were fast but fair. Will be back in near future. Guy working alone that day was awesome and gave some pointers on certain holes which lead to a couple birdies for me. The only thing that could use more attention is my game


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Top 5 public course in the metro STL area"


Matthew3535's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/14/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Slow pace of play is the only negative issue out here. The golf course is always in good shape and the layout is creative and full of variety.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Course"


Godsword's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/01/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Great layout, nice course. Good value when priced under $30. Greens were marked due to use, but they were rolling well. Course is solid and has a lot of variety. One of the better public courses around st. louis.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



u3292505's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/30/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



Dan6724223's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/23/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"1 of the best in Southern IL"


u972776115's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/03/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This Arnold Palmer gem has been in fantastic shape all this year. Even with all the golf outings they have here, it has been in great shape all season long. I've played this course several times this year, and have been pleased every single time. Will be back again for sure.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"1 of the best in Southern IL"


u972776115's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/26/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This Arnold Palmer course has always been a favorite, and among the best in the area with Gateway, Stonewolf, Annbriar and Far Oaks. This year, the course is in phenomenal shape from teeboxes to the greens. So glad to see this gem still shine, and I plan to play Arnie's course a bunch more before 2018.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Needs New Managemen"


mwacjames's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/21/2017
Previously played Used cart Wet weather

Reviewed on

Upone arriving to Spencer T. Olin, it was raining, heavily from a "pop-up" thunderstorm. The storm passed within 20 minutes, but we were greeted at the door with "course is closed, and you'll have to contact golf now to get your money back."

Clearly, Mary, who runs the office did not want us to play. I responded by saying "we'll wait until the storm passes." She was very rude and unpolite. Her response was, 'you'll have to wait 30 minutes because of the lightnight." I don't mind course rules, etc., but the tact with which this person treats patrons at Spencer t. Olin is very unkind to say the least. I was a member there last year and chose not to renew my membership because of the customer service of the staff. Really enjoy playing this course, but dealing with the front office is a pain in the neck at this place, and I will most likely not come back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Golf 2017"


u5012114's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/28/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Enjoyed the round at Spencer T. Olin very much. Very challenging course that is in great condition.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Course, Great Price"


neilthedeal's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/13/2017
Previously played Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

One of the premier courses in the Greater Saint Louis area and I played at 3 o'clock on a Thursday afternoon for only $8! Greens are great, speedy for a public course, challenging layout and well taken care of. I will definitely be back and wouldn't mind paying their regular rates.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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