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3.3
144 Reviews (144)
5 Stars
25
4 Stars
76
3 Stars
28
2 Stars
8
1 Stars
7
Conditions
3.0
Value
4.1
Layout
4.1
Friendliness
4.0
Pace
3.9
Amenities
2.7
86.4%
Recommend this course
126 out of 144 reviews
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3.1
14 Reviews (14)
5 Stars
0
4 Stars
7
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
2
Conditions
2.4
Value
3.8
Layout
3.7
Pace
4.3
Amenities
2.7
StaffFriendliness
3.7
71.4%
Recommend this course
10 out of 14 reviews
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3.4
24 Reviews (24)
5 Stars
2
4 Stars
11
3 Stars
7
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
2
Conditions
2.9
Value
4.2
Layout
4.1
Pace
4.3
Amenities
2.6
StaffFriendliness
4.1
79.2%
Recommend this course
19 out of 24 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

3.3
144 Reviews (144)

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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Played On
Reviews 13
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

Up and Coming

The professional that is managing this course is doing a great job and ensuring this course is ready for the 2021 season. It is a fun and challenging track at a reasonable cost. I have never had a bad experience at Garrisons Lake Golf Club.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Back 9 twice

Front 9 were closed and going under repair so had to play the back 9 twice. The rough was a little thick in some areas and could use a mowing but we just had a ton of rain recently so understandable. Greens weren’t anything special, very playable but needs some work. I got a golfnow.com deal for $16 so it was a wonderful value at that price. Will be back to play again.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Beginner
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good for beginners

The course maintenance was awful crabgrass everywhere, dead grass, tee boxes were torn up, new and old sod on the greens. Fairways were pretty good loved the layout. It’s a great course for beginners

Conditions Poor
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather

Needs a lot of work

Greens without much living grass. With the exception of a couple of nice fairways, most were in poor condition with bare spots and crab grass. The rough needs lots of weed control as well.
They have placed some new sod on sections of some greens, one was ringed with a bare strip ready for new sod

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played

Rough is rough!

Dont hit your ball out of the fairway. The grass there is not maintenance well at all. You can lose your ball only two feet off the cart path. Other than that its fine to me. Greens were in need of some love but they were just aerificated.

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

Slow pace of play

Played 18 today. Was stuck behind a group of 4 older players. They never asked once if I wanted to play through. I was playing by myself today and could have been done an hour earlier

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 18
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Would be a good course minus 300 trees

I had known about this course for some time but never played it until yesterday. For a state-run course it was in good shape, but the good layout is and playability are sacrificed in favor of leaving the forest untouched.

Overhanging tree limbs block fairway flight lines on nearly every hole and are amplified by a layout with many sharp doglegs. You can hit a shot that rolls out just into the rough (with relatively narrow fairways) or even into one side of the fairway or the other, and find your line to the pin completely blocked with low and/or high branches of gorgeous, majestic weeds.

To his credit, the desk attendant warned me (somewhat sheepishly) that anything into the trees was basically a two stroke penalty. If that was all it was, and the fairways were wider so that a mishit shot earned the demerit, The course would be a fair test. But even well played shots were penalized, if not two stroke in scoring opportunity, then one stroke for having to play below the trees with less carry.

This course would be a gem if they removed about 20 trees per hole (on average) and trimmed back an equal number of others. That way, players who work a draw or fade could play their game.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 17
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Greening Up Nicely

The course is really starting to look nice with the spring like weather. Greens are a bit slow, some holes still need to have some of the bigger trees trimmed and bunkers need some new sand. Otherwise the course is in great playing shape and it won’t disappoint.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 19
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Walked

A faster round of golf

This is a good course. Some holes are quite long and most of the holes favor a fad off the tee so quite difficult for me since I have a draw. The best thing I like about the course is the faster play. I have rarely had over a 4 hour round.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 17
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played

Course showing potential

Played it last season and I would have only rated it 2 stars. This round it was definitely looking better but still has a lot of work to go.
Tee boxes: 4 stars, mostly flat and grass was nice.
Fairways/Rough: 3.5 stars, some holes were nice and then some holes had areas that needed to have work done. Some of the holes have trees that are way to big and should be cut down. (Hole 4).
Bunkers: 1 star, the bunkers where horrendous. Every single bunker needed new sand.
Greens: 4 stars, greens were in good shape. They were aerated a couples weeks ago and they came in nicely. They roll smoothly and the speed is medium.
Overall it’s a nice course with a fun layout. Clear out some more of the bigger trees and redo every bunker and this course would become a 4 star course.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 7
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 Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 100
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Top 100 Contributor
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Tough track

I have play here on and off for 30 years Have seen course ups and downs. Nice to see some work going on with clearing of trees. Hope they keep working because it need a lot of love. Tough par 3s. . . Airation of back 9.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

cold and windy

they are cutting down a lot of trees and have not done much to clean up the small branches and twigs. this has left the course in a pretty messy state. Most of the.sand traps need some attention but the greens are in great shape.

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing

Garrison Lake

The front 9 was closed. Had to play the back 9, twice. The greens were in terrible shape. Putting was an adventure. The grass in the fairways was hard to distinguish from the grass in the rough, other than height.. Thr Pro Shop was a trailer and had some items for sale. I am told that they are planning on doing some major upgrades in the future. Perhaps that is why the front 9 was off limits? Not sure if it was that or just too wet and soggy to play. To be fair, it was the middle of December when I played and so perhaps the course would be better in the Spring.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
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