Woodlands of Van Buren, The

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3.7
52
5 Stars
9
4 Stars
23
3 Stars
10
2 Stars
9
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.1
Value
3.9
Layout
4.2
Friendliness
4.1
Pace
4.4
Amenities
3.6
82.9%
Recommend this course
42 out of 51 reviews
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3.0
3
5 Stars
0
4 Stars
2
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.0
Value
3.0
Layout
4.0
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.3
StaffFriendliness
3.3
66.7%
Recommend this course
2 out of 3 reviews
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Average Rating
3.5
4
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
2
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.3
Value
3.5
Layout
4.3
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.3
StaffFriendliness
3.8
75.0%
Recommend this course
3 out of 4 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 71
Length 6055
Slope 119
Rating 68.4
Type Public
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The Woodlands of Van Buren Golf Course
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Back 71 6055 yards 68.4 119
Back (W) 71 6055 yards 79.4 134
Middle 71 5541 yards 66.3 112
Middle (W) 71 5541 yards 72.3 126
Forward 71 4771 yards 62.8 105
Forward (W) 71 4771 yards 67.5 113
Scorecard for Woodlands
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: 69.7/119 W: 70.7/121 324 309 374 200 508 439 396 175 427 3152 314 325 515 319 466 198 285 173 308 2903 6055
Black M: 68.2/115 W: 69.2/117 312 262 333 184 489 425 371 134 395 2905 290 309 498 298 425 175 223 131 287 2636 5541
White M: 64.9/105 W: 65.9/107 281 253 285 129 415 325 309 108 341 2446 266 243 419 256 399 156 217 105 264 2325 4771
Handicap 15 17 13 5 7 1 9 11 3 16 12 2 18 4 6 14 10 8
Par 4 4 4 3 5 4 4 3 4 35 4 4 5 4 5 3 4 3 4 36 71
Handicap (W) 11 15 13 5 9 3 7 17 1 4 12 6 14 8 10 18 16 2

Course Details

Year Built 1995
Golf Season year round
Architect Jerry Matthews

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS No
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy No
Golf Simulator No
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole No

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed Yes
Walking Allowed Yes

Reviews

3.7
52
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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

First Time Back In A Couple Years

The course was in the best shape I’ve ever played it. The greens rolled true and at a good speed. Staff was great. A shame they’re turning this into another landfill for Canadian trash at the end of the year. Fun course. Will be missed.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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gaultws
Commented On 06/16/2018

Will miss this course if it does revert back ti Waste Management. I have enjoyed playing the course and the staff when I am in Michigan for the summers. Definitely a fun course.

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Played On
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Disappointed

The course was in decent condition despite the previous days rain. Some spots were holding water, but that was to be expected. My gripe about the course was I booked an online tee time for 18 holes and was told at the course I could only play 9 due to leagues. The course offered an 18 hole round that you pay before hand, but then pulls a bait and switch at the course. I was not offered a refund. At that time it was too late to go play somewhere else. I would not go back and don't recommend anyone to play there again based solely on the customer service and the bait and switch tactic. Really a shame considering the course has a fun layout and is in decent shape.

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

great value

right off of I 275 great location. course was well groomed.great value for the money

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course nice but...

Course is nice and is quite open so a good place to build confidence. Just be aware that Course borders a landfill and if the wind is blowing a certain direction you get some interesting smells. Again nice course but.....

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
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

Rainy days and aerated greens!

Rain made round end at hole 11, oh well! Course is well maintained and has a nice layout with rewarding holes and club selection being a necessary thing....

However nothing was noted online about greens bein aerated (already) and that ruins the putting and with many courses available at the Same price I was disappointed the site didn't mention that...

So nice course but with weather and greens it became a wasted outing.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

The Mosquito's were terrible!!

The mosquito's on the course were so bad that if it wasn't for one of the employees giving bug spray (which I normally have but ran out) I would not of continued to play, and this started on the first hole. They should of warned the players before going, since all the employees knew how bad they were.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Fair weather
Used cart

Saturday Golf

Last minute decision to play. Was crowded, guess should expect it. Decent conditions, short course, close to home.

People, please fix your ball marks!

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Putting surface

Putting greens were in great shape.

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

Course

Course was in great shape and the rate was great

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Great Value for a Great Course!

This was my first Golfnow booking. It was so simple. We checked in and off we went. Had a great experience at the course. Will definitely use again!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

you get what you pay for

Greens were torn up and the speed was so slow it took five or six holes to adjust to them really being that bad. The sand traps were mostly filled with water after just a brief shower the night before. The sand that wasn't under water was unplayable. We had to drive the cart at half speed or off the paths to make sure we missed the craters on the cart path cement. Nothing to stand out about the course. There are much better courses in close enough price ranges nearby. Go to one of those.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Not again

good course if you want to practice irons off the tee. pace of play was horrific and not a ranger in sight for the 2 groups ahead of us. won't go back.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played

far too congested

Today, sadly, will be the last time I play this course. The players club has turned this course into a mass gathering. While this is very good for the employees, it has made it unbearable for golfers. I've tee'd off as early as Noon and haven't been able to finish more than 12 holes before work at 5. The fairways are destroyed with unfixed divots, the greens are littered with HUNDREDS of unrepaired ball marks and when you add that with booking 4 groups per hole, it's a recipe for disaster. I understand the membership is unbeatable but for low handicap golfers this place is not for you. I hope this opens up surrounding courses.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played

a few bad apples

When I signed up for their players club, everything sounded too good to be true...and it was. I was told I would have NO PROBLEM golfing as a single (being a 7.2 hcp I wouldn't be holding anyone nor rushing anyone) that lasted one week. The starter Ed isn't too fond of young players who wear flat bill hats, every time he spoke to me he was direct and rude. I did nothing to deserve this. One of the girls in the clubhouse would literally roll her eyes if you walked in while she was eating or sitting down, heaven forbid you had to make her work at WORK. Everyone else is perfectly friendly and comforting! As for the course...it's clogged with people. Ball marks on the greens are absolutely astounding. The bunkers are hard pan dirt. No one fixes or replaces their divots, and for the quality of people who golf there? THREE TIMES in one round I had three different seniors pick up my ball just feet away from the fairway, and would get nasty and throw my ball back no where near where they snatched it when I confronted them about it!! A few bad apples and extremely slow play make it cringing...but the players club is just too good of a deal for an every day golfer like me.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Ok course, but....

The landfill behind the golf course is something to stand for when you are playing. The smell horrible.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing

Beautiful course that is a little rough at this point in April.

My 14 year old son and I played the Woodlands for the first time and thought that the course was very beautiful. The course has lots of water (12-13 holes by my count) and I love courses with water views. I was impressed by the layout and challenge of the water, but the course if very short (6,120 from the tips). Even though it is very early in the season for Michigan golf, the greens and bunkers were in BAD shape. The greens had been aerated. All you could do was just try to get it near the hole with your first putt. The ball would often leave the putter face on line and take a detour left or right. The bunkers were hard, bare and muddy in many spots. I decided a while back that I will not try to play out of bunkers like that anymore. We paid $13 for 18 with a cart using GolfNow so the price was great for Saturday golf, but I would have been upset if we had paid more to play with the course in this kind of shape. We will be back in a few months when there are leaves on the trees, smooth greens and sand in the bunkers. But, again, that's the great thing about GolfNow. You can try out courses for a low price so no matter what you encounter, you get to play a lot of golf for the money.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Very short course

The back 9 holes are very very short, I think I used a driver on 1 hole, wish it was longer. They just aerated the greens and had sand all over greens so they were kind of a mess. The wind changed directions about our 15th hole and had a rancid smell from the garbage dump adjacent to the course. The price was right I got 18 holes with a cart for $13, that was the best part.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
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