Chisago Lakes Golf Course

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4.5
39
5 Stars
21
4 Stars
14
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.7
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.9
93.6%
Recommend this course
37 out of 39 reviews
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4.1
8
5 Stars
4
4 Stars
2
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.8
Layout
4.7
Pace
3.9
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.4
87.5%
Recommend this course
7 out of 8 reviews
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4.3
10
5 Stars
6
4 Stars
2
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.8
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.5
90.0%
Recommend this course
9 out of 10 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 6545
Slope 127
Rating 72.0
Type Semi-Private
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Chisago Lakes Golf Course
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 6545 yards 72.0 127
Blue 72 6225 yards 70.5 124
Blue (W) 72 6225 yards 76.0 135
White 72 5701 yards 68.2 119
White (W) 72 5701 yards 73.1 129
Red (W) 72 5333 yards 71.1 125
Scorecard for Chisago Lakes
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Gold M: 71.8/130 W: 77.4/139 524 365 355 364 470 182 412 203 390 3265 397 410 495 410 142 360 175 406 540 3335 6600
Blue M: 70.2/128 W: 75.6/135 501 350 340 358 470 175 400 187 380 3161 371 396 480 375 130 338 155 365 505 3115 6276
Combo M: 69.1/127 W: 71.0/125 440 350 340 334 470 175 383 187 365 3044 345 365 480 375 130 320 155 365 470 3005 6049
White M: 68.0/120 W: 72.9/129 440 336 285 334 450 160 383 150 365 2903 345 365 415 370 112 320 135 343 470 2875 5778
Green M: 64.5/113 W: 68.8/120 426 310 271 294 385 131 346 98 303 2564 275 306 409 277 106 286 125 287 410 2481 5045
Orange M: 61.0/102 W: 63.4/109 340 235 188 236 305 131 266 98 243 2042 245 270 326 235 106 210 125 215 325 2057 4099
Handicap 11 9 17 5 3 13 1 15 7 4 2 14 6 18 8 16 12 10
Par 5 4 4 4 5 3 4 3 4 36 4 4 5 4 3 4 3 4 5 36 72
Handicap (W) 7 9 13 3 5 15 1 17 11 2 8 4 14 16 6 18 12 10

Course Details

Year Built 1972
Golf Season Open: 4/01 Closed: 11/01

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Golf Simulator Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

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Reviews

4.5
39
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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course

In excellent condition. Greens were very good condition and not too much pitching side to side, etc. Slow crowd around us but maybe Sunday there is like that.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Response from Chisago Lakes Golf Course on 09/10/2018:
Hello, thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to review your experience with us, we truly appreciate your feedback and will certainly pass it along to our team. We hope to have another opportunity to welcome you back to the 5-star experience that you deserve.
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great time! Great pace of play!!!

Course is in great shape. Played in 3 hours and 10 minutes. The people playing this course understand “ready golf “.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fun course

Everything went great. We will definitely be back!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

The course was in very nice shape, and the pace of play was OK!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Good course, bad experience

The course is a nice, tree lined course in very playable condition. Our problems started with our tee time. As we drove to the first tee, a group of 4 locals jumped our tee time and took off ahead of the two of us. Even though we waited on every hole, and there appeared to be no one in front of them, we couldn't play through. When we got to the turn, wee could see that #10 was clogged with a sixsome of teens. SIX! sent out from the pro shop in the space vacated in front of the slow foursome ahead of us. We decided to just quit after nine. I brought my cart key back and told the pro shop attendant of our problem. He just looked at me and said "Oh". Like that's the way it is. It is good to be a local, but don't expect much if you are just a visitor.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Response from Chisago Lakes Golf Course on 06/06/2018:
Thank you for taking the time to leave us with your feedback. We are happy to hear that you were pleased with the course conditions, however we are sorry to hear that your overall customer experience was anything below 5 stars. Your feedback is important to us, and we will pass this along to our staff. We hope to have you back in the future.
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Beautiful day. Pace was great. The staff was friendly and helpful. The course was in good shape.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 100 Contributor
Minnesota Advisor
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Very Nice Small Town Course

Chisago Lakes Golf Course is a great example of what a small town golf course can be- well laid out, well maintained, friendly staff and clientele, a small but well-stocked pro shop, and a spacious pub-like grill for your after round dining and drinking. The course has five sets of tees ranging from 6,600 yards to 4,099 yards and two additional rated and sloped combo tees on the card so low and high handicappers, women, seniors and juniors can all enjoy the course at an appropriate level of difficulty. Although there are a few straight holes, most have some degree of bend and there are several right and left dogleg holes. Although the front nine is mostly flat, the back nine has some rolling terrain but no significant elevation changes. We played the course the last week of October, and were pleased to see that the fairways were in great condition. (Note: it snowed two days after we played the course.) Unfortunately, the greens had been aerated a few weeks earlier and hadn’t fully healed, so they were quite bumpy. Our general impression was that they had interesting but not severe contours and would probably be very playable under normal conditions. Depending on the tees, water can come into play on about half of the holes. Tree coverage is moderate, with large mature oaks and evergreens lining many holes, and drives must be carefully placed to avoid interference from trees on approach shots to several holes. One example of this is the 360 yard (from the back tees) par 4 15th, a slight dogleg right with water lining the right side of the fairway. You can cut off as much of the dogleg as you dare, but if your drive ends up on the right side of the fairway, you’re likely to be blocked from a direct shot to the green by a large oak that sits at the inside corner of the dogleg. Better to hit less than driver and make sure you’re on the left side of the fairway. Similarly, your drive on the 12th, a 495 yard dogleg left par 5, should favor the right side of the fairway in order to avoid having your second shot being blocked by trees on the inside of the dogleg. I enjoyed playing this course despite the less than optimal conditions and look forward to returning next golf season.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Course was in great condition. However, the greens were very fast, making for some very challenging putts.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather

Fantastic Course For The Money!!!

If you're looking for a challenging but fair course that is in fantastic shape from start to finish, Chisago Lakes is the Twin Cities best kept secret.

VERY AFFORDABLE RATES!!!

With beautifully maintained fairways and greens, you'll have a hard time finding a course in better shape throughout the area.

I've played over 20 rounds at Chisago this year and the staff are always VERY accommodating and friendly.

I HIGHLY recommend Chisago Lakes for recreational golf, events, and tournaments.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

I have played there for over 30 years. Fun course with eye pleasing shape. In really good condition. You can play it easy or hard depending on the tee box. Worth making the effort to try.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Friendly

This course was in great condition.

I loved the more open fairways due to being a beginner. It was also challenging for the person that I was with, since he has played golf for over 20 years.

I would definitely recommend this course whether you are a beginner or a pro.

The staff was friendly at the pro shop and at the restaurant.

We had a great time even with the wind and rain. I will be playing again next year when I come up.

Thanks

For a great day in Minnesota

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Fathers Day

First time at the course with my daughter, son-in -law and grandson. The man behind the counter asked if my son-in-law and I were fathers, we said yes and he handed each of us a dozen golf balls. A very nice surprise. Very impressed with the greens, in excellent condition. Fairways were good. Tees could have been mowed shorter. Enjoyed the layout, will be back.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Poor tee boxes

Tee boxes are uneven, weeds in fairway, sticks and other debris on multiple greens, pace of play was slow backed up every hole waiting for two groups in front of us caused back up behind us to the point the group behind us was hitting into us. I don't think I will return to this course got a "hot deal" price at $25 plus fees per player and feel that is overpriced. Cost is as much as a city course and in worse condition

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Good course, would play again and recommend

I believe they were clearing out the water from their sprinkling system when we played so that their pipes wouldn't freeze over the winter. Obviously, this was a very rare and unlikely event to be taking place for us (so it shouldn't be a problem for you), but it did make the entire course noticeably damp, which definitely affected our play: our drives off the tee would get little-to-no bounce and pretty much ended up wherever they landed without much roll, making divots on the fairway was like cutting through butter, and it was easier to get the ball to regularly stick and hold on the greens. It would have been nice to play the course under more normal conditions because aside from the dampness the conditions of the course looked good. Pace of play was good: we, a twosome, finished 18 holes w/ a shared cart in 3 - 3.5 hours and almost never had to wait for the group ahead (we had a tee time around 1:15 pm on the first Monday of November). The course wasn't particularly challenging, although there were some tough holes. Aside from the particularly challenging holes, which mostly required distance control and/or accuracy, most holes were pretty moderate and forgiving. Every hole had some combination of trees, sand traps, and/or water. For those who like to be able to hit their driver off the tee, most par 4s and par 5s allow it without much to worry about, although maybe a 3 iron or something might be the smarter play on a couple holes. A couple tight fairways, but most were pretty moderate and forgiving if you missed them; there were times where I thought I might have hit it out of bounds but still found my ball as the rough provided a little more relief than some tighter target courses I've played. For the longer hitters, I would definitely recommend moving back to their gold tees. Most holes are more open than they are tight and the course is only 6276 from the blues. The gold tees (their tips) are 6600, which would present a bit more of a challenge. Each tee box typically had one or two distance markers on the hole map showing how far away the hazards are, where the fairway ends on a dogleg, etc. This was particularly helpful for us since this was our first time playing this course. Be careful about some of the pictures of the holes, though, on the tee boxes and the scorecard. A few times it showed basically a hole that was straight as an arrow but the actual hole itself was a very slight dogleg left or right. A little misleading. Roughs were fairly forgiving and not cut real long. No complaints about the greens. They were in good shape, they were not dome-shaped, they were big enough to be able to regularly hit and sometimes require long lag putts but not too big, and each green had some break but nothing too ridiculous. Also, we didn't see any water on the course so make sure you bring plenty of your own. We played 18 holes w/ a cart for $13 a person, which was a great deal. However, I don't think this rate is always available. I would definitely play this course again when I'm willing to make the trip. Only thing is it's a bit of a drive. I would maybe even play here more regularly if it wasn't an hour away from the Twin Cities.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Course Layout
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