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3.6
169 Reviews (169)
5 Stars
32
4 Stars
86
3 Stars
35
2 Stars
9
1 Stars
7
Conditions
3.3
Value
4.2
Layout
4.0
Friendliness
4.2
Pace
4.0
Amenities
2.7
83.0%
Recommend this course
147 out of 169 reviews
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Average Rating
Avg Rating
3.9
24 Reviews (24)
5 Stars
7
4 Stars
9
3 Stars
7
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.5
Value
4.1
Layout
4.0
Pace
3.7
Amenities
2.9
StaffFriendliness
4.3
83.3%
Recommend this course
20 out of 24 reviews
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Average Rating
Avg Rating
3.8
34 Reviews (34)
5 Stars
7
4 Stars
16
3 Stars
9
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.4
Value
4.2
Layout
4.0
Pace
3.8
Amenities
2.9
StaffFriendliness
4.1
85.3%
Recommend this course
29 out of 34 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Style Parkland
Par 72
Length 7060 yards
Slope 128
Rating 73.7

Garrisons Lake Golf Club, nine miles north of Dover, is a historic play centrally located to all parts of Delaware. The course is nature friendly: with tree-lined fairways and large, well bunkered greens throughout. The par-72, 7,060-yard course was recently renovated and improved, and players of all abilities will be confronted with a fair challenge. Not that there aren’t hurdles. Garrisons Lake is book-ended by two long plays: The 535-yard, par-5 first features out of bounds along the left side, and the 536-yard 17th features a challenging tee shot with trees on the right side. Garrisons Lake Golf Club also has a bustling practice range, putting green, golf shop and snack bar.

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Course Details

Year Built 1962
Golf Season Year round
Architect Ed Ault (1962) Brian Ault (2008) James Cervone

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Appropriate golf attire.

Food & Beverage

Bar, Snacks, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Reviews

3.6
169 Reviews (169)

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Narrow Fairways 9
Bunkers 8
Plays Long 6
This course/club is great for:
Locals 9
Advanced Golfers 7
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 9
Convenient to the City 8

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Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Payment at Course not what Golfnow said

I used Golfnow all the time. I always pay at the golf course. On Sunday 9/19/21, when we went pay in the golf shop, we had to pay $40 not the $35 that was advertised on Golfnow. I have played Garrison many times with my friends this year and this is the first time this happened. When I asked about it, the guy in the pro shop was very rude. We are going to stop playing at Garrison for a while. Sad because the course has been fun to play.

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 12
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice round

Really nice round. Playing with my wife and another couple who was really patient as my wife is a new golfer and made it very comfortable for her to play. Enjoyed

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Course is growing in nicely

Course staff has made huge improvements on course conditions this year. Pace of play during busy periods is really my only criticism as of late.

I also hear there are more course improvements on the way.

Great course for the money.

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

Diamond in the rough

Fantastic course. Great layout. Grass was perfectly cut. A few tee boxes could use a little more love and a little less sand on the greens, but all around very pleased.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Better

Conditions are much improved from last year. Would be more worth the cost with a bar or grill

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

Love this course

Challenging, handsome, and quiet course. Great course for the money. Welcome to Smyrna and Enjoy.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Previously Played

Golf course or dog park?

I have played here numerous times, I’ve seen dog parks in better shape than this course. I couldn’t even play on the front nine which scares me because they must have been in horrible shape since the 9 holes that were available were basically 300 yards of dead grass and overgrown weeds. They should be paying me to play on this course. I wish I would’ve saved my money and hit golf balls in my backyard. I went a couple times in Fall and the course was covered with so many fallen leaves I couldn’t even find my ball. It seems like every time I go I have problems. Bad course!

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 22
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice local course not far from US 1

Booked this course to play on the way home from Rehoboth Beach, DE. Very friendly pro shop staff got me out early on a not so busy day. This course has some serious sand bunkers that protect the greens and I hit many sand shots on this day. Some long par 3 as well that make you hit your longest iron. I enjoyed the course layout with many trees just off the fairway to try and avoid. This course can play very long or short, based on the 6 or so sets of tee boxes on every hole. I seems like a fair course to bring your junior player or beginner as well.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

So-So Course

Course is in moderate shape. Needs some up keep. Grass was long, fairways full of leaves and cart paths terrible condition. Pace of play was also terribly slow. A two-person group took 4.5 hours to finish as we were waiting consistently. Hope renovations put this place back to where it once was!

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once 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 14
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Improvements

Course focused on recovering the greens from last season and accomplished that. Besides aeration, greens were in pretty good shape. Only bad thing is they focused only on the greens and seemed to forget about the rest of the course. Tee boxes, fairways and around the greens were clumpy and rough. Might take another year before those to improve but the staff is trying their best. Brand new range balls and and new range mats were great so if nothing else, head there for some practice.

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

I would play there again.

This is the 2nd time I have booked 18 holes and when I got there only the back 9 was open. I figured I'd play the back nine twice, but there was too much of a backup to replay the back nine. I guess I'll call the next time to see if all 18 are open. I wish it was on Golf Now's description, I would have booked somewhere else.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Fairly Easy
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