Overall Rating: 6 out of 10
Cost: $33 for 9 holes and a cart
Cost Rating: Good
Overall rating is based on the course maintenance, grooming, challenge of holes and course design – 1 being poor and 10 being excellent. Cost rating is the value of the course based on how the price matches up to the overall rating. A poor rating = course isn’t worth the money. A Fair Rating = try to find a deal, not worth paying full price. A good rating = fair value. An excellent rating = you are getting more than your money’s worth. Prices are determined by listed weekend rate.
Indian Springs golf course is a great 9-hole course that offers great value. You can walk the course for as low as $16 for 9 holes or $23 with a cart. Weekend rates increase to $33 for 9 holes and a cart. The course plays at a moderate pace if crowded but you should be able to play 9 holes in less than 2-1/2 hours at the busiest of times.
The clubhouse is nothing fancy but has beer on tap and a grill. Hot dogs go for $3.50 and beer runs between $3.25 and $3.75 per pint. The chairs are also very comfortable, so if you like a snack and a beer after a round while watching some sporting event on TV, then this clubhouse will definitely be satisfactory.
The course opens up with a wide-open par-4 that is a slight dogleg left. A solid tee shot will leave you a wedge out to an elevated green. Holes 2, 4 and 5 all run right next to each other, so as long as you don’t go too left on the 2nd hole tee shot or to right on the 5th hole tee shot you should be safe.
The 2nd hole is a short par-5 where you can definitely get to the green in two, however sand traps in front and a sharp downhill slope in the back of the green may intimidate some from taking a shot at an eagle putt. The tee shot is blind so it is suggested you take a ride up before teeing off to see what you are dealing with. Hole number 3 is an elevated and short par-3, the green is fairly long so add 15 yards to your club selection if it’s a back pin placement.
The 4th hole is a straightaway par-4 that is surrounded by tall trees, any shot to the right or left of the fairway will require that you get enough elevation on your approach shot to get over the trees.
Before you tee off on the 4th hole take a look over at the green for the 5th hole to get an idea of what you will be dealing for your approach and layup. The 5th hole is a challenging par-5 that sports a large maple in the middle of the fairway. If you can get over or under the maple you will be in good shape for your next shot. At 120 yards out the 5th hole fairway ends and dives down at least 75 feet to the green, any shot that isn’t at the 120 mark will be blind. Long approach shots that that stray too far right or left will likely be OB. A good tee shot, followed by a great approach shot will have you putting for eagle.
The 6th hole is a dogleg right where you can either layup with a mid-iron or try to cut the trees with any club that gets you 200 plus yards. Hole #7 is a mid-distance, downhill and fairly easy par-3, which is followed by a narrow par-5 8th hole.
The 9th hole is a beautiful downhill par-4 that is protected by a sand trap in the front right of the green. Big hitters can definitely drive the hole, if they can avoid the trap.
Overall Indian Springs is your classic risk/reward type of course. Many of the holes will temp most golfers into going for a shot that is makeable but ill advised, success will have you scoring one of your best rounds ever, failure will leave you wanting to try again.
- Cost: Standard rates are $33 for 18 and a cart but you can find discounted rates for as low as $17 and under using www.ezlinks.com
- Course Maintenance: Good
- Greens: Mid-speed with a TON undulation
- Speed of play: Moderate
- Food and Drink: Bar and grill located in the clubhouse. Bar has one television.
- Distance: Plays 2,897 from the tips for 9 holes (5,794 for 18)
- Best Aspect: Two par-5’s that offer big hitters shots at eagle putts.
- You should know: There are multiple blind shots on this course so make sure you know what is in front you and what may be coming at you when playing.