First opened as a six-hole course in 1919, this course became nine holes a year later and 18 in 1923. The second shot on No. ... More
Columbia Golf Course
First opened as a six-hole course in 1919, this course became nine holes a year later and 18 in 1923. The second shot on No. 10 provides a good view of Downtown Minneapolis. Larry Packard redesigned this course in 1965. The new additions include more water hazards, which now come into play on at least seven holes. The greens are extremely fast and sloping, and the fairways are narrow. Be careful not to slice your approach shot on hole #15, a 422-yard par 4, which has a pond sitting to the right of the green.
Overall one of the better Minneapolis public golf courses. The property is bisected by train tracks - the eastern part of the property is hilly with two pond/water collection areas. The western part of the property is fairly level with the exception of one main hill around the 5th tee box. There are many water hazards in play on the western piece of the property as it is built on a very old wetland area that has since been filled in (but occasionally floods).
What you can expect: Easy parking, a short walk down to the large clubhouse/events building, simple check-in, sparse pro-shop, shower facilities, a large upstairs banquet facility. Outside there is a chipping/putting green close to the clubhouse and first/tenth tees.
This course receives a lot of play for good reason - it is a very good value even at full price.
#1 - Straight-forward par 4 with a bunker near driving distance and a back-front sloping green. On the east side of tracks.
#2 - A rather difficult par 4 with a short iron into the green, but water in play off the tee, and a green that is extremely elevated above the fairway - add a 1-2 clubs to distance. On the east side of tracks.
#3 - A simple par 3 - bunker in front, short iron into the green. Accuracy first - don't go right. Holes 3-8 are on west side of tracks.
#4 - A dogleg left reachable par 5 - small green guarded by front bunker in front and woods in back. Any score from eagle to double bogey is in play for an average golfer.
#5 - A deceivingly challenging par 3 - downhill to a back-front sloping green. Your ball will stop in its tracks on landing, which makes the hole play 1 club longer.
#6 - The most challenging par 4 on the course - a dogleg left - with a somewhat blind drive. If you find the fairway the green is yours, if not - it can turn into bogey territory quickly.
#7 - A standard par 5 - reachable, but water down most of the right side. Not a lot of glitz - but can get out of hand quickly.
#8 - A straight-forward par 3 to an elevated green. Don't go right - it is nearly always bogey country from down there. Better to use the slope on left for the kick.
#9 - Back on the east side of tracks - a short dogleg right par 4 - don't pull out the driver - it is guaranteed misery. Better to lay up with a hybrid and a short wedge to the slippery green.
#10 Tee box close to clubhouse for sandwiches/drinks. #10 should be played cautiously for all but the longest hitters. Keep your ball in sight with a 200 yard shot. Long-bombers can go over the trees to get near the green - but there is a fresh bunker in front to beware of.
#11 - Normally, a dogleg right par 5 (in heavy rain seasons this hole is often played as a par 3 due to pond water levels). As a par 5 - aim for the corner and long bombers can cut the corner slightly. Reachable in 2 - but challenging to do so. Avoid the ponds. Holes #11-15 are on western side of course.
#12 - A challenging par 3 - it always seems you are dealing with wind on this hole. Bunkers in front. Don't go long. Pick a club and commit to it.
#13 - Probably the #2 most challenging par 4 on the course. Accuracy and length off the tee are required to par this hole.
#14 - A nearly drive-able easy par 4 on the furthest part of the property from the clubhouse.
#15 - Okay - this par 5 will confound anyone that has a left-right ball flight off the tee as the trees just mess with the mind. A long bomb to the alley puts the green in reach in 2.
#16 - Tied for #1 in difficulty for par 4's. Scenic - awesome - breathtaking - long - challenging - water - o/b. Yep, this one has it all. #16-18 are back on the east side of course.
#17 - Simple short 120 yard par 3 over bunkers. Measure distance accurately and you will be putting for birdie.
#18 - A solid finishing hole - favors a straight drive - better to bail out right than left. Green is receptive, but be careful of water on left.
We rented the Faciliies for July 30 2011 using the main meeting room for my daughters wedding reception. They advertised the facilities was air conditioned. it was 88 degress and humid that day. The air conditioning was woefully inadequate. Many of our guests left early. The club had one floor fan and only two of the three ceiling fans work. The facilities are beautiful but the HVAC was a serious event buster. I will not book this place again.
A very good golf course! This year I've been to maybe 10 golf courses and this one had just the greatest variety of holes. Every hole is so much different than the next, and I enjoyed the different elevations of the holes. The one drawback of this place is (well I've only been there once, but...) that it's so popular and overbooked that the day I went, in our group of 3, we had to wait 5-10 minutes before each shot which kind of takes away any kind of groove that you get into as far as your swing goes. Overall a fun course-highly recommended if you pick a not-so-busy day to play.
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