Northwoods Golf Course in Columbia, South Carolina, USA | GolfPass
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3.9
450 Reviews (450)
5 Stars
81
4 Stars
191
3 Stars
99
2 Stars
48
1 Stars
31
Conditions
3.6
Value
4.1
Layout
4.2
Friendliness
4.0
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.5
83.4%
Recommend this course
348 out of 450 reviews
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3.9
33 Reviews (33)
5 Stars
11
4 Stars
11
3 Stars
8
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.5
Value
4.1
Layout
4.2
Pace
3.7
Amenities
3.5
StaffFriendliness
4.1
84.8%
Recommend this course
28 out of 33 reviews
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4.0
55 Reviews (55)
5 Stars
19
4 Stars
22
3 Stars
10
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.7
Value
4.2
Layout
4.2
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.6
StaffFriendliness
4.1
89.1%
Recommend this course
49 out of 55 reviews
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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.

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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

3.9
450 Reviews (450)

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

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Reviews 2
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played

Terrible

I have played this course multiple times. The conditions are usually average, not bad but not great. Today was average. However, I have never experienced such bad customer service nor pace of play. We waited for two full groups to tee off after every shot. It took 3 hours to play 9 holes. At the turn, I politely asked if something was going on and if we could get a rain check for the back 9. The staff acted as if I was not there and could care less what anyone brought to their attention. For a course that is 10-15 minutes down the road from my home, it is a shame that I will never return.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 08/03/2022

We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. Your feedback helps us do better. Thank you for visiting Northwoods Golf Course. We hope you'll give us another try in the future.

Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Course in good condition given all the hot weather

Took a chance to play in 94 degree heat and turned out better than I thought. The course was in very good condition and the playing pressure was mostly light around the course. We let a couple of single players through as they caught up but passed by use (two some) quickly so we had little golfing pressure from behind and never had to wait to tee off on any of the holes.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 4
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Course soggy from rain but mostly in good shape

Had a good outing with little golf pressure. Maybe due to the rains over the weekend so yes the sand traps had water and there were muddy spots but all in all 80% of the course was in very good shape (thanks to the rain). Play was a bit slow due to a foursome ahead of me so I jumped a hole on the back nine and had nobody ahead or behind me the rest of the round.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Lot of potential

Greens and fairways were fantastic.

If the tee boxes were level and had grass the experience would have been a lot better. Fairways were good but the rough in a lot of cases was sand not long grass

Course staff was kind and layout was interesting.

Cart paths were horrible. Some of the worst I’ve experienced.

They seem to be doing a lot right and would like to play again in the future.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
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Commented on 07/22/2022

We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass on your feedback to the team. Thanks for visiting Northwoods Golf Course, and we hope to see you again in the future.

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Beginner
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Definitely worth a play

Played this course based on a hot deal.

Good fairways, great greens, decent tee boxes. Cart paths are pretty rough, but great course to play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Nobody on the Course this past Monday!

Wow, what a treat it was to show up at this fairly busy public course at 11am and see a parking lot not even one third full! I basically had "the course to myself" playing as a single with no one in front of me or behind me. People said maybe golfers were turned off coming given they were irrigating several fairways (which I easiy worked around) and the greens were recently aerated so they were a bit bumpy from all the plug holes. But all in all the course was in great shape. Just one of those lucky days timing wise.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

It was excellenet.

It was excellent.
I wanna go again.

By the way, I lost something
so I sent email.
Could you check it?

Thanks.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 06/09/2022

Thank you for your review, Parkar. We will pass along your positive experience to our team at Northwoods Golf Course. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 4
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great time

Greens just aerated but the course was in great condition. Narrow course at times but a lot of fun

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Love this layout.

The Spur is always in good shape and the layout is stimulating due to the unique layout.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Previously Played

5 somes welcome, even 6!??

At some point these knuckleheads decided 5somes are ok? Yesterday I witnessed a 6some make the turn..
And these guys have the audacity to talk about pace and time limits in the afternoon..? Joke.
The Course is in decent shape, fairways and greens are good.
Almost all of tee boxes are a dirt box! Unbelievable..
I like this golf course. It is a good layout, Just don't expect any customer courtesy and go play.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
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Commented on 05/13/2022

Hi, thank you so much for leaving us with your feedback. We value our customer experience, so your review is important to us. Please know the current conditions are by no means the standard we strive to achieve. We will continue to work towards a 5-star experience and we hope to see you back!

Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 05/02/2022

Thank you for reviewing us! We see you rated the course 3-stars and are interested in learning what we can do to improve before your next round. Feel free to comment on this review or reach out to the team in the golf shop. We always appreciate the feedback. Thank you for playing Northwoods Golf Course, and we hope to see you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course Staff

Course is in good condition, although it is always wet. Does not drain well, but maintenance does well. However staff at the desk complained about the use of golfnow. Other than that good day.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 05/02/2022

We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass on your feedback to the team. Thanks for visiting Northwoods Golf Course, and we hope to see you again in the future.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Value!

Played on Monday 4/11 in the morning. Staff was extremely friendly, the starter accompanied me to the tee box and gave me some pointers about the course to be aware of. Fairways a little bare in spots but greens rolled true and were in great shape. Nice driving range and chipping/putting area ($4 for a small bucket of about 25-30 balls). Overall had a great day and look forward to coming back.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Fairly Easy
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