A fall day view of a hole at Northwoods Golf Course
Golf Advisor Icon
Rating Index Rating
Tooltip Information Icon
3.7
410 Reviews (410)
5 Stars
69
4 Stars
174
3 Stars
91
2 Stars
45
1 Stars
31
Conditions
3.6
Value
3.9
Layout
4.2
Friendliness
3.8
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.4
76.8%
Recommend this course
313 out of 410 reviews
Read Reviews
Average Rating
Avg Rating
4.2
31 Reviews (31)
5 Stars
13
4 Stars
12
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.3
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.1
90.3%
Recommend this course
28 out of 31 reviews
Read Reviews
Average Rating
Avg Rating
3.8
59 Reviews (59)
5 Stars
16
4 Stars
27
3 Stars
8
2 Stars
6
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.7
Value
4.0
Layout
4.3
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.6
StaffFriendliness
3.9
78.0%
Recommend this course
46 out of 59 reviews
Read Reviews

About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6800 yards
Slope 122
Rating 71.9

Northwoods Golf Club is one of the Columbia area's premier public courses. P.B. Dye, son of renowned course architect Pete Dye, designed the layout, incorporating some of his father's signature features. The golf course is player friendly enough to appeal to any skill level but there are some challenges in store as well. Mature trees line most of the fairways and there are a few strategically placed bunkers that come into play. You won't come across much water on this golf course and it's not terribly long either. It's gentle enough for beginners to approach with confidence. The golf course's signature hole is the par-4 14th, which features the famous Dye railroad ties bordering a lake that hugs the bunkered green. Northwoods G.C. also offers a practice facility with a lighted driving range and putting green.

Book a Tee Time at
Northwoods Golf Club - The Spur Course
Powered by GolfNow.com

Course Details

Year Built 1990
Golf Season Year round
Architect Pete Dye P. B. Dye (1990)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes

Policies

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

Food & Beverage

Bar, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Most Improved U.S. Golf Courses (2015 #10)

Reviews

3.7
410 Reviews (410)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 12
Watching the Game 7
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 29
Water Hazards 24
Undulating Greens 18
This course/club is great for:
Locals 33
Beginners 16
Advanced Golfers 14
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 37
Worth the Drive 9
In the 'Burbs 7

Numbers based on reviews tagged with attribute.

Advanced Filters
Overall Rating
Recommended
Handicap
Age
Type of Golfer
Gender
Played On
Reviews 24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Good course, great value

This was my first time on the course and had a great time playing it. Very reasonable rates for playing the course or using the driving range. The fairways are open enough where you feel good about pulling out your driver and not worry so much about recovering from an errant shot . The greens are FAST and at this time of year they have some grass on them but it's very thin but rolls true (no bumpiness or bald spots). You can definitely work out kinks in your game playing this course.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Very Nice Course to Play At

This is a really nice course to play at. The price is good.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 25
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
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
Reviews 7
Handicap Don't know
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser

Good Greens — Weak Back 9

We really enjoyed the front nine layout, pace of play, and greens. However the cart path, as noted by many others, is horrible.

The back 9 wasn’t as enjoyable. It seems disconnected from the front, and not as well maintained.

I think this would be a good walking course. Greens and tees are close together.

I will play again.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Default User Avatar
Commented on 09/21/2021

Thank you for reviewing the course. Let us first start by apologizing for the condition of the cart path. Your feedback is important to us, and we are going to escalate your feedback to our team so we can make improvements. We will continue to work towards an excellent experience by using your comment for guidance. Thank you for playing Northwoods Golf Course. We hope to see you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played

Decent course

Overall conditions are good, decent greens, nice fairways.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Default User Avatar
Commented on 09/14/2021

Hello, We appreciate the review. You rated us 3-stars which means there is room to improve on your recent experience at Northwoods Golf Course. Let us know, in the comments, how and where you would like to see changes from the course. Thanks for the feedback!

Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Best value in Columbia

I’ll be honest when I saw the price I didn’t have high hopes it would be in the best condition, but to my surprise it might have the best greens in Columbia and to be honest most of the coarse was in great shape, the cart paths are a mess but for 30 bucks can you really complain? Nice practice area and range, cart was solid. But again the area around the greens and the greens were fantastic and me and some friends might be playing here much more often even with it being a good little drive for us out in Chapin. Just missing some cart girls!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Much improved

Best shape this course has been in in 10+ years. Much much improved. I will be playing here weekly.

Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Something for everyone

This course offers a great value for your money. There’’s challenges on the course for every skill level. Had a wonderful time with my family today playing 18. I will definitely be back and I plan to share this with all of my golf buddies as one of our soon to be, regularly played courses in Columbia.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once 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
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Nice Course!

Great course that requires a good bit of skill and planning in how you play each hole. The actual playing area condition was superb, but be ready for a sore butt from the bumpy cart path. Overall wonderful time, I'll be going back for sure!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Default User Avatar
Commented on 07/08/2021

Hello, we appreciate the review. You rated us 3-stars which means there is room to improve on your recent experience at Northwoods Golf Course. Let us know, in the comments, how and where you would like to see changes from the course. Thanks for the feedback!

Played On
Reviews 25
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Constant Jewel

Great staff. Great course. Greens are the best. Perfect.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Dying of thirst.

No on course water, 95 degree, blazing sun, day. No warning that there would be no water, either when booking or on arrival.
Cart paths easily the worst I have ever seen. Shook my poor depleted kidneys like a jack hammer.
Course itself is interesting, but yardage markers are hard to find.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Default User Avatar
Commented on 07/08/2021

Hi, thank you for reviewing the course. Let us first start by apologizing for the poor experience you had during your visit. Your feedback about water on the course is important to us. As we begin the season, we are working to develop the best way to provide our guests with refreshments. We do allow outside drinks. We do not allow outside alcoholic beverages. You are welcome to bring your own bottled water, Gatorade, or another refreshment as long as it is alcohol-free. We are glad to see you rated everything else to be great during your game. We will continue to work towards an excellent experience by using your comment for guidance. Thank you for playing Northwoods Golf Course. We hope to see you again soon.

Nearby Courses
Columbia, South Carolina
Private
5.0
1
Columbia, South Carolina
Semi-Private
3.4805176471
248
Columbia, South Carolina
Public
1.0
1
Columbia, South Carolina
Private
5.0
1
Columbia, South Carolina
Private
5.0
1
Blythewood, South Carolina
Private
4.5
2
Blythewood, South Carolina
Private
3.7411764706
246
Columbia, South Carolina
Private
4.0
2
Blythewood, South Carolina
Private
4.5
2
Blythewood, South Carolina
Private
4.5
2
Columbia, South Carolina
Public
0.0
0
Fort Jackson, South Carolina
Military
0.0
0
Golf Packages
FROM $167 (USD)
CHARLESTON, SC | Enjoy 5 nights' accommodations at The Francis Marion Hotel and play 4 rounds of golf at the Links at Stono Ferry, Dunes West GC, Charleston National Country Club & Rivertowne Country Club.
FROM $267 (USD)
ISLE OF PALMS, SC | Enjoy 2 nights' accommodation in a Oceanside condo at Wild Dunes Resort and play 3 rounds of golf at Links Course and Harbor Course.
FROM $177 (USD)
KIAWAH ISLAND, SC | Enjoy 5 nights' accommodations in a Resort Class Villa at Kiawah Island Golf Resort and play 4 rounds of golf at Osprey Point, Turtle Point, Cougar Point and Ocean Course.
FROM $237 (USD)
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC | Enjoy up to 5 nights' accommodations at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa and and up to 4 rounds of golf at Palmetto Dunes Golf Club (Fazio, Hills & Jones Courses) and the Country Club of Hilton Head.
FROM $227 (USD)
ASHEVILLE, NC | Enjoy 2 nights' accommodations and 1 round of golf at Maggie Valley Club & Resort.
Now Reading