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3.9
81 Reviews (81)
5 Stars
31
4 Stars
35
3 Stars
9
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.5
Value
4.0
Layout
3.8
Friendliness
4.1
Pace
4.1
Amenities
2.8
77.9%
Recommend this course
70 out of 81 reviews
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Average Rating
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4.3
10 Reviews (10)
5 Stars
4
4 Stars
5
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.0
Layout
4.0
Pace
3.7
Amenities
2.9
StaffFriendliness
4.6
90.0%
Recommend this course
9 out of 10 reviews
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4.3
10 Reviews (10)
5 Stars
4
4 Stars
5
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.0
Layout
4.0
Pace
3.7
Amenities
2.9
StaffFriendliness
4.6
90.0%
Recommend this course
9 out of 10 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6966 yards
Slope 125
Rating 73.3

Formerly known as Bay City Country Club.

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Saginaw Valley Public Golf Course
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Course Details

Year Built 1965
Fairways Blue Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Open: 3/01 Closed: 11/15
Architect Art Johnson Larry Packard (1965)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No

Food & Beverage

Bar, Snacks, Grill

Available Activities

Swimming

Reviews

3.9
81 Reviews (81)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 6
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 18
Plays Long 11
Narrow Fairways 10
This course/club is great for:
Locals 14
Advanced Golfers 13
Walkers 7
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 11
Worth the Drive 6

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Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Pace of play

Beautiful course but the pace of play was awful. The players weren’t being courteous and letting faster players play ahead.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Great for the Price

Course was great for the price. Lots of potential here, would definitely play again. Pace of play was tough, 2 groups of senior members went out before us and did not let us play through (we were only a 2-some).

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap Don't know
Skill Beginner
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

loved the course

the only thing that i can say its
the sings to the court after the one you are on .
there are not to clear on the signs where to go after another , specially if you are new to the course .,
other than that we love it ,

will visit again

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

It has been extremely hot and dry the last 2 weeks here. The greens and fairways were soft and well watered. Started at 8am and finished in 3.5 hours. Most fairways have bunkers that force a precise drive or a really big drive to clear. The greens are well bunkered as well. Challenging but fair course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

My home course

Course conditions: good. People (staff and fellow golfers): great. Value/price ratio: awesome. The first time I played this course I thought it was a bit too hard. After playing it over 50 times over the last two seasons (because price is good) it's now my favorite course. Fun and affordable!

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Great course for the price we paid

We had a great time and were happy with the course and the staff. The price was great and the course was in pretty good condition. Just wish I had played better

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played

One trick pony

If you play from the appropriate tee boxes, it becomes clear that the course architect only knew one way to make the course tough - put bunkers in the landing zone of nearly every tee shot. If you lay up short of them, you're stuck with long iron after long iron for approach shots. It gets old, FAST. It's the same 400 yard par 4s over, and over.

Since going public, the condition of the course has also suffered. Get more than a few yards off the fairway (as most amateurs often do), and it's weed city. Good luck finding your ball!

I hadn't played here in a few years, and now I remember why.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Poor
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 18
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Agree with other reviews!

Course was very wet today, no fault of the course or course management!

Saginaw Valley Golf Teams we working on qualifying - good luck to all of them for a great season.

First time player on this course, long for Women but doable and not overly challenging. In its day as a Country Club it was probably beautiful. Today greens were in great shape and I’m sure the course will again be awesome. We will play again to watch the progress!

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Congrats on getting this back in shape.

Even when this was a country club, the bunkers weren't very good and the layout is just okay. The last time i played this last year, you couldn't give me a round of golf here-- terrible. However, grass is capable of comebacks, just as SV as a whole evidently is. I kept getting word that is was much better. I've played it three times this year and every time it keeps getting better as a whole. The greens aren't as fast as they used to be, but they roll at a decent speed and aren't bumpy. I hope they continue to make a go of it. The current conditions and layout merit a $30 green fee. Fair price for a good product.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Good day!

Tee time was 8:10 am and good thing we did. Very hot but, the course has been taking a lot of water to keep it green. It seems that they are starting to take much better care of this course again, and I for 1 am very happy. I guess my only complaint is, Come on guys, bend over and fix your ball marks on the green.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Day

Weather was great and what a great time to golf in Michigan

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Perfect and challenging!

The course is in better shape than it has been in years! Kudos to the ground crew, all the workers and management!! The staff is very friendly and do their job well! The course has not looked this good for many years!! Thank you for keeping the course going... please don't ever sell! This is my favorite course in the area!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Worth the trip

Course is in really good shape compared to past years. Only drawback are the sand traps. They are like rock. Otherwise a good time was had by all.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Much Better

The course was in much better condition compared to last year at this time. This course used to be the best course in Bay County at one time. I worked there when it was a private club but, it fell on hard times and now it has a new owner who really didn't care as I heard it is back up for sale again. The golf course is a very good course and does challenge you. The greens are fast and true. The sand traps need to be kept up better but over all I really do enjoy playing this course. I really hope someday a true golf course person will buy this course and get back in to shape again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 08/24/2017

This reply is from the owner. We do care deeply about the golf course and are doing our best to get it back into great shape.....as your review testifies. There are always rumors and I want to assure you that we have no plans to sell the golf course. Our plans are to build it back up with league and regular public play.
We hope that you come back to play again and by all means, ask for me, (Wendy), as I would be happy to speak with you to find out where you are hearing these false rumors. Thank you!

Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice course but SLOW play

Course was not busy but there was a twosome holding up t foursomes and another twosome ahead of us for 16 holes...EXCRUTIATINGLY slow play and the ranger did nothing about it. Disappointing as the day could have been a 3 1/2 hour round instead of a 5 hour round if they would just manage the golfers a bit and get them to speed up or let others play through. Course was in pretty good shape .

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
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Commented on 08/24/2017

I would love to speak with you personally to hear your concerns and see what we can do to make up your slow round up to you. Please email me directly at wldore@yahoo.com.

Thank you for letting us know that we need to address some issues.

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Walked

Excellent Value

Saginaw Valley is a classic course layout. The fairway bunkers are strategically located to present a challenge off the tee. The greens are large but are contoured to encourage hitting them in the right spots. The course is easily walkable. The clubhouse isn't fancy and there aren't a lot of bells and whistles, but at the price I think it's an excellent value. If you want a good round of golf at a good price, Saginaw Valley should be high on your list of courses in the Tri-City area.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
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