Island View Golf Club

4.0000000000 4.0 stars from 5 (2)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6578 yards
  • Slope: 133
  • Rating: 71.4
  • Layout


Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes


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


Metal spikes allowed: No

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6578 yards 71.4 133
White (W) 72 6252 yards 75.9 135
White 72 6252 yards 70.0 130
Gold 72 5691 yards 67.6 125
Gold (W) 72 5691 yards 72.9 129
Red (W) 72 5335 yards 71.2 125

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.7 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 5.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 2 Reviews
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recommend this course

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Overall Rating
Type of Golfer

"Fast Greens, Challenging Course"

5Mike113's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Minnesota Advisor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/11/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Island View Golf Club is set on rolling terrain so there are moderate elevation changes, sloping fairways, and lots of uphill and downhill shots. With five sets of tees ranging from 6,570 yards to 5,019 yards, the course is playable for most skill levels. The fairways are lined with relatively short rough and moderate tree cover. You'll be able to find your ball but you'll probably have to punch back into the fairway. Water comes into play on about five holes and there are well-placed fairway bunkers on many of the longer holes. The greens provide a great deal of variety, some are slightly elevated with a false front and others allow run-up shots, some have berms or mounds as backstops to catch long approach shots, some are somewhat flat and others have significant slope. The one constant is that they are all FAST. Every member of our group agreed that these were the fastest greens they'd played this season. This sentiment was usually uttered when a putt went screaming past the hole after just being nudged downhill. One of the prettiest holes on the course is the par 5 third. From an elevated tee you have a view of water on the right that you'll have to avoid on your second and third shots. Trees framing the fairway will provide a spectacular view in the Fall. The 351 yard par 4 13th is an unusual hole because it requires two carries over the same body of water. Your tee shot will have to find the landing area between the pond on the right and fairway bunkers on the left. Except for an extreme left pin placement, you'll have to go over the water on your approach shot also. Take enough club, because a berm behind the green will stop any shots that go long. The 14th, a 567 yard par 5, has water on the right that may be distracting on the tee shot, but really shouldn't be in play. In front and left of the green is another pond that may be trouble if you don't keep your second shot toward the right side of the fairway. Only about a half hour from downtown Minneapolis, the views of the lake and the mature tree cover give the course a feeling of being quite a bit farther into the hinterlands. It's definitely worth the drive.

Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging

I recommend this course

"Sneaky Good Track"

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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/03/2016
Previously played Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Island View is a semi-private club in Waconia that offers a parkland experience with elevation changes and near-country club conditions. Original nine has a nice variety of holes; with the par 5 3rd and the downhill Par 4 5th as standouts. The back nine plays shorter and tighter with a strong finish with 17 and 18 playing back into the prevailing wind off Lake Waconia. Greens are either elevated or tilt from back to front, so staying below the hole is paramount.

Course renovations in recent years have resulted in bunker replacement, tree removal and updated routings of 13 and 15.

Island View represents a better golf course than Deer Run or Timber Creek in the west metro and would recommend to anyone looking for a good value and pace of play of at just about 4 hours.

Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging

I recommend this course

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