Lake of the Woods Golf Course - Championship

3.9105294118 3.9 stars from 5 (20)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6578 yards
  • Slope: 120
  • Rating: 70.6
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire must be worn at all times. Shirts must be worn at all times. Metal-spiked golf shoes and athletic type cleat shoes are not allowed. Tank tops are not allowed.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6578 yards 70.6 120
White 72 6214 yards 68.4 116
Green 72 5646 yards N/A N/A
Red 72 5070 yards 68.9 115

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.9 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.1 stars from 5
Value: 4.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 20 Reviews
5 stars:
5
4 stars:
11
3 stars:
2
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

16 out of 20 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Great for locals   Challenges include water hazards bunkers  

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"Nice course in the country !"


robertd19's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/27/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course wasn't in the best of shape due to it being late in the year. The greens hadn't been cut in a while & there were a lot of leaves but the crew were blowing & mowing them off as the day went on.All in all it is a nice course with a good layout !


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"A classic design that's both beautiful and challenging"


Proglf08's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/15/2017
Previously played Walked Hot weather

Reviewed on

I grew up playing this course, so I understand that I have a bit of bias right off the bat! In central Illinois, there are few public golf courses that have the beauty and course conditions that Lake of the Woods brings year-in-year-out. There are trees everywhere, but you have to miss quite badly to bring them in to play on most holes. There are bunkers and water on a number of holes, but the greens are large with lots of landing areas. It's truly a course that I, as a 7 handicapper, can shoot in the mid-seventies on, and turn around and be 10 strokes higher the next time out. It's a real joy to walk, though it is incredibly hilly for our area, so a cart is a real treat if you can get one. The putting green is large, and though it's rather flat, there's also a chipping green behind the clubhouse that gives you plenty of slope if you want it! This is a course I hope to play my entire life, as it's level of challenging playability and beauty are hard to match.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course overall"


u858465138's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/15/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Tees, greens and fairways were all in great shape, the whole course was lush and green and well manicured. The only bad area was sand bunkers on front 9, lack of sand ! But back 9 were in good shape.


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



Dan8172916's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/22/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course



Rfagrella's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Course in good shape"


tstoffel10's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/23/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Despite the rough and bunkers being hard hit by recent heavy rains, the course is in good shape. Tees and greens were well kept. Greens were a touch slow but very good roll. I hadn't been to Lake in a couple seasons. Staff was much friendlier than in past years. I would go back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



Richard5507579's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/16/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Worst conditioned course around!"


Kclefty8's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/09/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is absolutely the worst maintained course you can play. Dirt instead of grass for fairways, greens that never roll true and that are missing patches on almost every one, and bunkers as hard as concrete. If it was ever maintained, it has the potential to be a fun track. Unfortunately, I've played it a couple times a year for the last 8 years or so and every time I do, I wish I had never come.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Good"


Rex1028's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/14/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Always enjoy playing this course. A good variety of holes. Sand traps needed some work, but I don't like sand anyway.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Worst manicured course I've ever played"


u000007515049's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/12/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Apparently Lake of the Woods does not believe in manicuring their course what so ever. Tee box grass length was the length of my grass in my back yard. The "sand" in the bunkers was dirt on 85% of the holes and it was rock solid on a few of them. The greens felt like they hadn't been rolled since 2005, super slow and very choppy. Impossible to one putt most holes. On top of all that, my twosome was stuck behind 4 elder gentleman for about the first 8 holes. They could see us plain as day behind them, didn't want to let us play through. All in all, probably will not be back to play this course. It's 45 minutes from me one way, much rather continue to play the Bloomington courses.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Nice day of golf"


u000005366154's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/25/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful course set in mature woods. Helpful, friendly staff. Nice pace and enjoyable day of golfing.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Back 9 Review"


dgrose's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/06/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 9 holes Fair weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played the back 9 twice since front greens were just aerated. Fun course. If you can hit a decent drive you have a lot of short irons (8 - SW) to the greens. Some of the greens had a lot of slope which added good challenge. Pace of play was excellent and slower groups were great about suggesting for people to play thru. I will go back to play again next time that I am in the area.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Enjoyable golf"


dsrstr8's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/18/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We enjoyed the course very much


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Worth the money - Scenic"


David7563469's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/06/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Scenic layout in the heart of the Lake of the Woods. I have always enjoyed playing this course. Friendly staff. Very large greens. Played in a threesome behind several foursomes, and we still finished in less than 4 hours. Fairways in good shape. Bunkers could use some sand and although the greens were in good condition, they were slow.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Nice course"


u097854066's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/03/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was very nice. I talked to a few golfers there, a couple were nice but the majority was a bunch of old guys who acted liked they owned and built the course. The kid in the club house was not very friendly. I'd never golfed there before and told him it was my first time. I was by myself and was flying threw the course till the 15th hole. I got stuck behind 3 older guys 2 in a cart and one walking. They new I was behind them, I was in a cart. The rules state you must let faster groups play threw. I gave them there space and let them play, I didn't hit into them. They could have EASILY waited a few minutes to let me finish the hole and play threw. Instead they finally upped there pace teeing off so they could stay ahead of me. Golf is a gentleman's game. I ran into my fair share over there that weren't. About an hour drive one way, for a nice course with a bunch of slow, impolite, old guys. I've been treated rudely at country clubs before when your not a member. Private and semi-private, I'm pretty sure Mahomet is neither. I don't know if I'll go back


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"nice layout"


u000002319051's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/23/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

looking forward to a replay on my next visit to the neighborhood.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"This is a DON'T MISS course"


mrping09's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/22/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

From the staff friendliness to the speed of the greens,this was a great day on a great course.


Pace of Play: Good

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


"Central IL budget gem"


KielChristianson's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/22/2015
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I play here several times a week. This is a Robert Bruce Harris design with lots of "classic" defenses, mostly around the greens. Some of the toughest greens to read that you will ever find. Miss the green on the wrong side, and getting up and down can be nearly impossible. Some bunkers are set back from greens and mess with your eyes. Tree-lined, some water, and hilly, esp. for Central IL. Not overly long, but play the correct tees, or offline tee shots will leave you in jail more than you think. Only public course in Champaign area with hills/trees. A beautiful walk in the park -- complete with plenty of wildlife. Great, friendly staff, and full pro shop with excellent deals on new and used equipment. A true family course, including the Par 3 course, which is great for kids, beginners, and experienced players working on their short games (REALLY tough greens on the par 3!). You can also play foot golf (w/ soccer balls). Very reasonable rates. Only concern is the conditioning, which sometimes can be rough. This year it's in the best condition ever, except the bunkers, which are sort of a disaster. A couple fairways are rough where knuckleheads drove carts through mud earlier in season. Overall, a wonderful facility!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

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


"Nice track."


kconner's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/20/2014
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Everything is good except the sand traps but they are working on replacing the sand.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Amazing golf course"


marcdavis30's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/01/2014
Previously played Used cart

Reviewed on

Always love to play here. Beautiful coure with greatly crafted holes (although everyone hates No. 3 lol) Love the facilites and course. Hope everyone can play here.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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