Lake of the Woods Golf Course - Championship

3.4616764706 3.5 stars from 5 (29)
  • 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 3.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.9 stars from 5
Value: 3.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.7 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 29 Reviews
5 stars:
6
4 stars:
14
3 stars:
5
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
3

recommend this course

22 out of 29 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Great for locals   Challenges include water hazards bunkers  

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Reviews


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chemko's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/14/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Green condition is very bad. There were multiple greens where dirts were exposed.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Bad greens"


bhenrikson1948's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/10/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is my local course and is usually in good shape. It is in terrible shape right now. The greens are awful. Some are slow and some are fast as it appears they are trying to recover from some earlier issues this summer when they had an irrigation issue. However, some of the fairways are also in bad shape and it appears they are too dry. I am not planning to play this course again this year, even though we can get a good rate through GolfNow.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course



markarowe's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/06/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I enjoyed the course. It is an older public course. The tees, fairway and rough were in good shape. A few of the green on the front side had dead spot through out the greens and even within 10 to 15 feet of the cup. Some of the sand traps were full of sand and some had barely any sand in them. I liked the layout of the course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"My home course"


Kevin9752162's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/07/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

I don’t belong to a club because this is just such a good value. Nice people, good condition overall (had a problem with some vandalism that they are working to overcome), and I LOVE the layout. Greens are in good shape. The best part of the course is that it’s part of the forest preserve and there is wildlife everywhere. LOTS of trees so keep it straight or bring lots of balls.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u000005322897's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/06/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



bhenrikson1948's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/01/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



u069532026's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/30/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Course condition bad"


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

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/20/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fairway was uncut, uneven and untalented care. Balls got easily hidden under the tall grass on the fairway. Green was uncut and so slow. Difficult to judge the ball speed.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Good value at a dollar a hole."


sjp1968's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/19/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The winter months and a dry spring made the course a little rough around the edges.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"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



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