Columbia Golf Course
|Blue (W)||71||6371 yards||75.8||131|
|White (W)||71||6121 yards||74.5||128|
|Red (W)||71||5152 yards||69.3||117|
|Blue M: 70.4/123||379||390||148||513||202||518||450||120||396||3116||340||547||187||410||334||422||504||165||346||3255||6371|
|White M: 69.1/122 W: 72.3/123||365||380||129||500||191||508||436||102||380||2991||330||532||170||400||321||407||480||154||336||3130||6121|
|Gold M: 64.4/112 W: 69.1/118||355||370||105||487||156||467||383||102||315||2740||323||518||140||358||318||377||455||132||324||2945||5685|
|Red M: 62.3/107 W: 68.8/116||285||248||100||442||154||463||375||100||311||2478||249||476||135||355||305||375||370||137||272||2674||5152|
My "After work" track
Columbia is a nice golf course. It is a Minneapolis Parks course, so you know it is maintained pretty well. Heavy divots in some of the greens but that is not really the courses fault. Pace of play can vary, i have played here 9 times this season ranging from prime-time weekend slots to 6pm twilights. Just like other Minneapolis courses, it can get a little crowded. A little patience is needed at this course now and then but I can deal with that. Brand new Yamaha carts this year, very nice addition to Columbia. The staff is nice, I enjoy interacting with them and they help boost my opinion of the course. Frequent weddings about 25 yards off the right-side of the #18 green can turn your final approach shot turn into a mental game. Just have to trust your swing and let it fly. Valid concern about putting one in the crowd though. Course is a little loud for my liking. It is in a busy part of Minneapolis so you get heavy traffic noise and a train basically cuts the course in half.Clubhouse was nice but the training facility is by far their best amenity. Give it a try, I enjoy it even though its not overly tough.
Traditional American Course
Columbia Golf Course is almost one hundred years old, and is a fine example of the traditional American golf course, featuring rolling fairways lined with mature trees. The course is in the middle of an urban area, but with all the trees and hills you don't notice much traffic or industrial noise. The course is relatively short and has four sets of tees ranging from 6,371 yards to 5,152 yards. However, there are three holes of 400 or more yards from the middle tees, so short hitters may have to rely on their short game to score well. Although there were quite a few walkers on the course, riding may be a better option for many golfers. The elevation changes and long distances between a few greens and tees may be a challenge for walkers. I played the course the first week of May, and was glad to see that the fairways were in very good condition. Unfortunately, the greens were very slow. Everyone in my foursome, having played other courses this spring with faster greens, had difficulty getting the ball to the hole. This may be due to the early season, and hopefully the greens will be faster in the summer. This would make Columbia a much more enjoyable experience.
When I played the greens were nice, some of the fairways were nice and others were pretty bad. The course was fairly easy and i had my current best score of the year on it so that was nice. I was stuck behind a 5 some of amateurs and that held us up for the entire front nine. Overall the course wasn't in the best shape that i've seen it in.