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4.3
Value
4.2
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.8
Pace
3.9
Amenities
4.2
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private/Resort
Par 72
Length 7008 yards
Slope 141
Rating 74.3

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.

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Course Details

Year Built 1995
Fairways Bluegrass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Open: 4/01 Closed: 10/01
Architect Gary Player (1995) Gary Player (2000)

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, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Proper golf attire

Food & Beverage

Bar, Grill, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Lounge, Banquet Facilities

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Wisconsin (2017 #17)

Reviews

4.4
39 Reviews (39)
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 348
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Illinois Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

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.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
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
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
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
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Awesome course

Great layout with beautiful challenging holes. Not Rangeley very well.

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

Great Course!

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

great layout

greens not as great as other visits but that time of year

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 17
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

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.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 16
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 23
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Perfect weather
Used cart

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.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather

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???

Conditions Excellent
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
1.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Dont play

There are better courses in the area for less money.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Course

I played Palmer course and did a replay at Player course for $30!! awesome price for great course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Awesome Day

Beautiful day at a stunning course. Only drawback was pace of play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Fair weather
Used cart

Have fun!

When you want a almost guarantee that it wil be a great day head out to the Player!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Played Player - nice course.

Very enjoyable. Look forward to playing the other 2 courses.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

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.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 29
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

beautifully designed and wonderfully maintained

Couldnt have been treated any better. Outstanding golf course
A
Must
Play

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

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!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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