I Tried Pike Lake Golf Course For The First Time This Weekend
Pike Lake Golf Course has opened to the public after being closed for a couple of years. I've never golfed there before yesterday. For Father's Day, me and a friend figured we would get out there for a quick round. To be honest, I had no idea what to expect.
I knew it was a smaller course, as it is described as an executive 9 hole par 32 course.. I figured it would be a pretty quick round. An "executive course" basically means it's short enough that you can "squeeze in a quick round." It comes from the business world where an executive could get a quick 9 holes in over lunch or before work, etc. There's more par 3 holes than your average golf course.
The course is under construction, but in decent enough shape that you don't really notice that much. They are in the process of renovating the club house, so for now you check in at an outbuilding next to the parking lot. They don't have any beer sales yet as they are waiting to complete the whole clubhouse to get the liquor license, so keep that in mind. It was a pretty cheap round of golf. It was $20 that included a golf cart rental.
Like I said, I was expecting this to be a smaller course, and the first few holes are kind of deceiving. They are pretty close together, but once you get through the first 3 or 4 holes, the rest of the course is pretty spacious. There's even a couple challenging Par 5's I didn't expect.
The course is more challenging than I expected. The greens are in pretty good shape, and some of them are downright tough with slopes and placement. There's not a lot of rough on the sides of the fairway. If you miss a shot, you'll probably be going into the woods. I lost several balls with a few nasty tee shots.
Overall, I'd have to say I'm pretty impressed with this course. I would imagine normally this would be a pretty quick round of golf. However, we had a huge storm barrel through right before our tee time, so groups kind of got bunched up so it was a slow day of play. It was also Father's day and quite busy.
Either way, I know I'll be back to Pike Lake again this year, and I'll add this to my rotation of 9 hole courses.