Royal American Links Golf Club in Galena, Ohio, USA | GolfPass
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3.6
277 Reviews (277)
5 Stars
70
4 Stars
130
3 Stars
39
2 Stars
25
1 Stars
13
Conditions
3.1
Value
3.5
Layout
4.2
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
3.5
Amenities
3.9
71.5%
Recommend this course
224 out of 277 reviews
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Average Rating
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3.5
42 Reviews (42)
5 Stars
9
4 Stars
17
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
6
1 Stars
4
Conditions
3.1
Value
3.4
Layout
4.0
Pace
3.3
Amenities
3.7
StaffFriendliness
4.3
64.3%
Recommend this course
27 out of 42 reviews
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3.6
56 Reviews (56)
5 Stars
12
4 Stars
24
3 Stars
8
2 Stars
8
1 Stars
4
Conditions
3.1
Value
3.5
Layout
4.1
Pace
3.5
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.4
69.6%
Recommend this course
39 out of 56 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6859 yards
Slope 133
Rating 73.2

Royal American Links Golf Club pays homage to the birthplace of golf, the seaside links of Scotland, an inspiration that is also reflected in the architecture of the clubhouse. The 18-hole course was created in the traditional link-style but with added features not typical of the classic design including water coming into play on nearly every hole. There are also large, deep bunkers protect the sloping greens, many of which are double-tiered. Royal American Links Golf Club's signature hole is the par-3 12th. Its green is guarded by a not only a large rock wall but also water to the front and left. There is a large bunker to the left of the green that will swallow any errant shots but players with a sharp short game will be able to manage.

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Course Details

Year Built 1990
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Open: 3/01 Closed: 11/30
Architect Dr. Michael Hurdzan (1990) Craig Schreiner (1990)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Collared shirt required

Food & Beverage

Bar, Grill, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Banquet Facilities

Reviews

3.6
277 Reviews (277)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 16
Patio Dining 10
Watching the Game 7
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 22
Bunkers 20
Thick Rough 9
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 13
Locals 12
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 10
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 18
In the 'Burbs 9
Convenient to the City 6

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Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Fair
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Amenities Good
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Royal Amaerican

Very disappointing. The condition of the course was worse than terrible. Tee boxes were a mess, bunkers full of water, standing water everywhere. Have played this course since it opened and this was the worse it’s ever been. Wonder if the owners are letting it go with the plan to develop the land.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 08/12/2022

Hi,

We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass on your feedback to the teams in charge so they can work to make changes.

Your feedback helps us do better. We are looking into this issue and hope to resolve it promptly.

Thank you for visiting Royal American Links Golf Club. We hope you'll give us another try in the future.

Played On
Reviews 9
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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Commented on 08/11/2022

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. We see you rated the course 2-stars and are interested in learning what we can do to improve for your next visit.

We take customer feedback very seriously at our course. Please reach out to our team in the golf shop and tell us what's on your mind.

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
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Commented on 08/03/2022

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 Royal American Links Golf Club, and we hope to see you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 07/26/2022

Hi, ericq52. We would love to hear more about your 4-star experience on our course. Please tell us what we can do to earn that last star, and thanks for golfing at Royal American Links Golf Club!

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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
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Previously Played

Staff is the only good thing about this place.

Bunkers are hardly bunkers, tee boxes completely ripped up. I was a solo and third tee time of the day. The first group was a group of 3 elderly gentlemen that took multiple mulligans 30 minutes on one par 4. When I decided to drive past them and to the hole in front they got mad but also refused to let me play through. Hopefully they’re saving their pennies this year to do a big Reno or something because the course was in horrible shape.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
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Commented on 07/26/2022

Hi, bsecord213. We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We understand your frustration with the course conditions and pace of play during your visit. Please bear with us as we work diligently to make improvements. We hope you'll give us another try in the future.

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 07/26/2022

Hello, carolzclark. Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. We see you rated the course 2-stars and are interested in learning what we can do to improve for your next visit.

We take customer feedback very seriously at our course. Please reach out to our team in the golf shop and tell us what's on your mind.

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Reviews 1
2.0
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First Time Playing

Overbooked

Course was overbooked, three groups waiting at each tee. It had rained three days before and there were still massive puddles preceding the greens with no warning at check in or signs.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 07/26/2022

Hi u314163013335,

We’re sorry to hear of your less-than-satisfactory experience and hope you will accept our sincerest apologies.

We value our customers' opinions and would like to make things right and determine how we can provide a solution that makes you smile.

Please contact us directly at the pro shop. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great day

First time playing this course, great layout. Would like to play it again!!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 07/26/2022

Hi, Shorthorns6371. Thank you so much for the great review. We are glad you had an incredible time, and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks for choosing Royal American Links Golf Club.

Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Typical New Era course

Sand traps were embarrassing, water in some, dirt in a lot of others, found one that actually had sand in it! Fairways were nice, greens had a lot of divot issues, tee boxes were ok. Just an average course that used to be much nicer.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Commented on 07/19/2022

Hello, u524630854. Thank you for reviewing the course. Let us first start by apologizing for the poor experience you had during your visit. Your feedback about the sand traps is important to us. We are working to get everything at the course up to par. The current condition is not the standard we strive to achieve. We are going to escalate your feedback to our team so we can make improvements before your next game. We will continue to work towards an excellent experience by using your comment for guidance. Thank you for playing Royal American Links Golf Club. We hope to see you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 9
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 07/19/2022

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating, sarbean! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Royal American Links Golf Club!

Played On
Reviews 13
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

So close

Sand traps need attention desperately. Players need to repair ball marks. This course could be no. One if these two problems could be corrected.And I realize that ball marks are the lazy A..holes that play the course

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 07/19/2022

Hello, nighthawker. Thank you for reviewing the course. Your feedback about the sand traps is important to us. We are working to get everything at the course up to par. We will continue to work towards an excellent experience by using your comment for guidance. Thank you for playing Royal American Links Golf Club. We hope to see you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Sad sand traps & Tee boxes; blah. Fairways & greens, nice

Little to no sand in the bunkers. Not manicured at all. It’s like they have given up on them. Tee boxes not in the best condition. Fairways and greens were nice. For 60+ a round I would expect better.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
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Commented on 07/19/2022

Hi, l56wodey. We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. Thank you for the 4 stars! We aim for a 5-star experience, so we always welcome feedback for improvement. Thank you for playing Royal American Links Golf Club.

Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
First Time Playing

Good, but not worth the cost

The tee boxes were really bad, but not as bad as the sand traps. For $69 a round, I expect at least some sand in the trap (even though I didnt land in one). The cart path condition is akin to a $35 round like Willow Run or Racoon Hill. The greens and fairways and rough were all nice.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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Commented on 07/19/2022

Hello, u1756562011. We appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review. We would love to know how we can earn those last two stars next time! Thanks for playing Royal American Links Golf Club.

Played On
Reviews 12
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Love the course, looked like staffing issues... not surprised right now

Sand traps were unusable pretty much everywhere but rain was heavy the week leading up to my visit. The bigger problem that did not effect us, was at about 12 1230 when my group was finishing the round there was a pile up waiting to tee off of at least 5 groups on hole 1. No starter/ranger to be seen during our visit which is my guess as to why this happened. I dont know of any business that doesnt have staffing issues so i dont hold it against you guys. I really enjoy the course either way and will be back.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 07/19/2022

Hi, zdhawkins. Thank you so much for the great review. We are glad you had an incredible time, and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks for choosing Royal American Links Golf Club.

Played On
Reviews 12
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
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Commented on 07/19/2022

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating, zdhawkins! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Royal American Links Golf Club!

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 Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 07/19/2022

Hi, clbsrls. We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. Thank you for the 4 stars! We aim for a 5-star experience, so we always welcome feedback for improvement. Thank you for playing Royal American Links Golf Club.

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

Beautiful, but challenging.

Everything was great about the course with two exceptions; most sand traps were unplayable and a few weeds. Other than that, beautiful fairways and greens. Very challenging greens with varying speeds. The clubhouse was nothing short of phenomenal. Would definitely go back!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 07/19/2022

Hi sully24,

We want to thank you for your honest and constructive criticism of the Sand Traps and be assured we are working to make improvements daily.
We are happy to hear our Clubhouse and the rest of the course conditions made for an enjoyable experience overall. We hope to see you again soon and thank you for visiting and playing Royal American!

Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played

Bad shape

$54 for mud traps and destroyed greens. Don't think I'll be headed back any time soon.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
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Commented on 07/07/2022

Thank you for reviewing the course. Let us first start by apologizing for the poor experience you had during your visit. The current condition is by no means the standard we strive to achieve and are working diligently to improve the course. Thank you for playing and we hope to see you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course was nice. Staff is really good.

Only complaint was the standing water. They have some drainage issues so if it rains the night before expect a lot of spongy fairways. Greens were great. Not a super long course but you better play smart and be accurate. Great staff and will go back again

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 06/22/2022

Hi, Rflem45. Thank you so much for the great review. We are glad you had an incredible time, and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks for choosing Royal American Links Golf Club.

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