Gary Player at Geneva National Golf Club
Geneva National Golf Club boasts three championship courses, each with a notable designer: Gary Player, Arnold Palmer, and Lee Trevino. All three courses sit along the shores of Lake Como and were carved from lush, rolling countryside. The Gary Player Course, along with the Palmer Course, provides the greatest challenges and also some of the best scenery. Water hazards come into play on 12 holes in the form of wandering streams and large lakes. One of the most memorable holes with water is the par-3 16th. There is a lake that wraps almost entirely around the green, giving it the feel and difficulty of an island green. In addition to the water, golfers will also have numerous strategically placed bunkers to contend with. The club is popular with locals but also with visitors since it is only a short drive from metropolitan Chicago and Milwaukee.
|Gold/White Combo||72||6208 yards||70.6||131|
|Gray (W)||72||5462 yards||72.0||128|
|Gray/Red Combo (W)||72||5126 yards||70.2||124|
|Red (W)||72||4823 yards||68.4||120|
|Black M: 73.7/142||391||566||421||140||361||192||418||560||477||3526||542||365||467||164||489||183||554||218||401||3383||6909|
|Gold M: 71.2/134||356||536||387||132||322||175||402||517||451||3278||504||356||431||146||469||159||536||186||315||3102||6380|
|Hybrid M: 69.7/132||356||494||374||132||300||175||375||517||430||3153||493||342||395||146||469||159||536||158||315||3013||6166|
|White M: 68.8/126 W: 74.0/143||324||494||374||117||300||164||375||475||430||3053||493||342||395||121||446||135||506||158||295||2891||5944|
|Gray M: 66.0/122 W: 71.3/134||304||418||355||99||270||128||360||467||377||2778||457||316||375||116||420||117||465||132||269||2667||5445|
|Gray/Red M: 64.2/118 W: 69.5/128||304||395||355||99||270||128||286||407||290||2534||400||316||375||116||420||117||433||132||269||2578||5112|
|Red M: 63.2/113 W: 67.9/120||278||395||306||91||267||98||286||407||290||2418||400||294||356||113||364||108||433||116||214||2398||4816|
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In nice shape - but way too pricey
An empty weekend afternoon tee sheet and several open $50 tee times (weren't even hot deals) on GolfNow convinced us to travel north of the border to get in a round at Geneva National. I had not ventured there in several years so it was nice to get re-acquainted. If you showed up and didn't book via GolfNow they wanted and were charging $75!! I've played all 3 courses many times but have always found their peak season rates to be over the top/overly expensive for what you end up getting.....you're guaranteed to have especially slow wrong tee playing resort players peak season....and even in the early spring season we ran right up on top of some well prior to noon groups at the start of the back nine....we played the front very slowly on purpose in a leisurely 210 (we teed off at 1240 and the group in front of us teed off at Noon) in what ended up to be a futile attempt to have the course to ourselves and not be waiting on every tee box. Out of the 3 courses I tend to enjoy the Player course the most.....it just fits my eye better than the Palmer/Trevino courses. Course was in decent shape but the greens definitely need a good several week grow in....they were highly sanded. Many tee boxes also need some rehab. Paved cart paths are starting to get really bumpy and unkempt. A really sparse pro-shop (likely due to covid) as well as the overall facilities just seem a little tired/rundown so the operation is showing age. Potholes to avoid in the parking lot. Apologies Geneva National....your courses are just not a $100 plus experience anymore.....even on weekdays peak season. $60 weekday to $80 weekend values at best. It was nice to go back at a decent rate....but.for the $100 plus you require peak season .....I can play Spring Valley 4 times and have just as much (or more) fun and much less of drive....and most times wait less on tee boxes. I do recommend play at all 3 courses...they are beautiful and interesting rounds....but definitely aren't worth a c-note.
I’ve played “Players” and “Palmer”, both amazing courses. You won’t be disappointed playing here. Full tee sheet, but still ran at a reasonable pace.
greens not as great as other visits but that time of year
In good shape for this late in the season
Unseasonably warm today so I went up to Lake Geneva to play at Geneva National. The course was still in pretty good shape for November. There were some repairs that were in progress, and they had just aerated and sanded the greens, so putting was difficult. But overall it was a great day to be outside. This course has very beautiful views.
Our Final Day at Geneva National - the Player Course
Our group of 24 was first off at 7:30am on the Player course before we departed for home. It was refreshing to be out there with the mowers and set the pace of play that had been an issue our first 2 rounds at GN. The Player course felt like it had the most character and it was the most evident on the holes that went around the halfway shack/steak house. With holes that provided some risk/reward and some shapely par 5's the Player course provides the most playability for all handicaps. With some nice views of Lake Como as well as some holes winding through some of the neighborhoods there was a nice blend of holes on the Player. One small issue was it looked like the 18th hole has been re-done and the yardage book I purchased was out of date. It made for an interesting finish....
In all Geneva National is a great resort with a great setup if you choose to a group outing since you can stay within walking distance of the clubhouse. There look to be some institutional things that need to be corrected and the value is a little higher than I would expect but our group had a great time.
The first Player
Living just north of Lake Geneva and only playing one area course when the opportunity to play a Geneva National course for $60 presented itself I knew I had to jump on the opportunity. At this price point, there was extreme value in the course. With normal weekend rates touching $120 it may be a bit of a stretch but the conditions seemed fair and the holes were interesting and challenging.
Having never been on location and only hearing stories, I assumed it would have been more upscale and stuffy. I was pleasantly surprised when I got there. It was nice and accommodating, the club drop and check in let everyone know the tone for the day. It would be one of the nicer experiences of the year.
The course itself was very interesting to me and the layout kept us engaged all afternoon. Although we were told this was the 3rd of the 3 courses because it wasn't on the lake, it had plenty of views and changes in scenery. The conditions throughout were what you would expect and the greens were rolling really well from what we saw. The greens featured a good amount of movement which as fun to navigate all day. A few of the par 3's seemed to be under construction as the approaches were being removed and used for other parts of the resort. It didn't factor into play at all which you would expect at a place like this.
Overall we really enjoyed or time on the course and enjoyed the bar area for the post round wrap up and discussion. Will certainly put the Palmer and Nicklaus course on the list, but may continue to watch for another deal before splurging on them.
Screw Job - I will never play at Geneva National again
Such a shame. The Player course at Geneva National is my favorite golf course anywhere (and I have golfed in every state except Alaska). My son got his first hole and one on the Player on Father's Day no less.
I would buy a 10 round Gold Pass there every year until recently when I moved to St Louis. When I moved to St Louis I still bought the Gold Pass in 2019. I played 6 rounds in 2019 and asked in the pro shop if they would let me use the passes in 2020 since I moved out of state. They said sure and a guy even signed my passes
saying it was ok. Covid hit in 2020 and I just called before I booked a flight to play there this Father's Day
asked the pro Charlie Brown if it is ok to use my prepaid rounds. He said absolutely not. Very simple I will NEVER PLAY THERE AGAIN. what would it cost them to do the right thing???
One of the best courses in the area
This is a very cool course with great views of Lake Como. There are large elevation changes and lots of natural wildlife areas. The conditions are always first-class at Geneva National.
The staff is fantastic, even loading your clubs to the cart and bringing them down below. Prime rates are fairly steep; however, they provide great deals in spring/fall, especially for the condition the course is usually in those times of year.
I consider this one of the top 5 courses in SE Wisconsin.
I played Palmer course and did a replay at Player course for $30!! awesome price for great course.
Beautiful day at a stunning course. Only drawback was pace of play.
When you want a almost guarantee that it wil be a great day head out to the Player!
Played Player - nice course.
Very enjoyable. Look forward to playing the other 2 courses.
Nice scenery and variety of hole designs.
Great design with good variety. Scenic views from elevated tees. Very challenging greens. Many elevation changes throughout course. Good amount of difficulty, but the 5 sets of tees allow all golfers to enjoy the course.
beautifully designed and wonderfully maintained
Couldnt have been treated any better. Outstanding golf course
spectacular views and challenges
We recently took a Friday afternoon off work to play and selected this course because it is beautiful and challenging. The staff was super friendly and the pace of play was what we expected. Fun course to play!