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Not an awful course... a Bill Diddle classic, so there are some fun holes. Generally in okay shape. Some holes are a little close together so watch out for carts in your fairway.
Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
Timeless.
Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
Never been a big fan of Irwin's designs - they're too cookie-cutter and unimaginative for my tastes - and that opinion carries here. And courses having a highly visible housing component like this one just flat out get a big "meh". As for the layout, there are some decent holes (3, 5, 9, 14) mixed in, but there are a lot of forgettable throwaways. On top of that, 10-11 are just plain stupid. No low-handicap player playing the back tees should be forced to choose between a mid-iron or a 100-yard hook or slice with a driver off the tee on a par four. The course has always been in decent-to-good shape and I had no complaints with the staff or the amenities, but if you're a good player and/or an architecture snob, you're better off at Battle Ground or the Purdue courses.
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Quality: GoodFacilities: GoodService: Very good
Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
This course is a museum piece; it's a moderately well-preserved exhibit of a bygone era. Pulling into the parking lot of the shack of a clubhouse is like going back in time. The clubhouse and course show some wear and tear, like an old '80s beater that you drive to and from work. Greens are spotty, one or two completely missing even; most of the toilets in the men's room don't work, and they don't take credit cards. But what it lacks in condition it more than makes up for in charm, with most of the course completely isolated from the adjoining neighborhood by thick brush and trees, and a wide-open field devoted to golf (without paved cart paths!) opening before you from the vista atop the second green. Every hole can present a challenge with tiny greens atop (sometimes unmowed) steep slopes leading to grass bunkers, but it's wide open enough to provide you with a fun nine holes where you aren't guaranteed to lose 5 balls. If the layout were in any kind of decent shape, this would be one of the top handful of nine-hole courses in the country. In short: it's in a pretty location, cheap and great to walk ($14 for 9, $22 for 18), often empty, relatively challenging but also relaxing, and quite definitely one of the most unique golf courses I've ever played.
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Public - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months ago
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Kampen is a beast. Bring your A-game, and prepare to lose a lot of golf balls. You certainly won't forget your experience here.
Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
One of my favorites anywhere. Hilly, tight, almost always in great shape, and enjoyable year-round.
Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
This course is a museum piece; it's a moderately well-preserved exhibit of a bygone era. Pulling into the parking lot of the shack of a clubhouse is like going back in time. The clubhouse and course show some wear and tear, like an old '80s beater that you drive to and from work. Greens are spotty, one or two completely missing even; most of the toilets in the men's room don't work, and they don't take credit cards. But what it lacks in condition it more than makes up for in charm, with most of the course completely isolated from the adjoining neighborhood by thick brush and trees, and a wide-open field devoted to golf (without paved cart paths!) opening before you from the vista atop the second green. Every hole can present a challenge with tiny greens atop (sometimes unmowed) steep slopes leading to grass bunkers, but it's wide open enough to provide you with a fun nine holes where you aren't guaranteed to lose 5 balls. If the layout were in any kind of decent shape, this would be one of the top handful of nine-hole courses in the country. In short: it's in a pretty location, cheap and great to walk ($14 for 9, $22 for 18), often empty, relatively challenging but also relaxing, and quite definitely one of the most unique golf courses I've ever played.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago