Deer Lake Golf Course
Deer Lake Golf Course
5544 MO-266, Springfield, MO 65802
Quality/Cost Ratio (1 to 10)
Mix, fescue and weeds
Minimal snacks and equipment
125 to 129
6,464 to 6,982
Overall Rating (1 to 5):
Bottom line: Do not play Deer Lake Golf Course in Springfield, MO. If you want to play a better course for less money, play Island Green Golf Club instead; it is just a few miles away. Deer Lake is another Great Life course. I can’t figure these guys out. They own many courses on the west side of state. Some of their courses are great (such as Staley in KC) but others have their share of issues. Deer Lake is the latter. This course is an OK course but they will be going through some major renovations, including building a new club house and re-configuring the course. So, the course will be out of commission for a while. But, I would not recommend this course even if all construction had been completed . . . if their current management is still employed. The GM, in particular, is penny wise and pound foolish. This course was the first this year to charge me to review/play her course, albeit only $7.50 for gas. All other courses, and their pros/GMs, are very accommodating and seem to understand that MoGolfTour.com is providing useful information to prospective golfers/members. The purpose of the site is to promote Missouri golf courses. Besides playing and reviewing the course, we spend on average of 4 to 5 hours per course assembling the information, coordinating with the course, photographing and adjusting the images to best showcase each course, uploading the data into the website, etc. And, MoGolfTour.com does all of this for free.
Besides that editorializing, the course is fairly wide open and only has two tees, which are long; too long. There are no cart paths on many holes and 12 – 16 are on the other side of I44, connected by a very narrow and short tunnel. I was surprised that the cart actually fit. I actually ducked when entering the tunnel. The look and feel of 1 – 11 and 17/18 are very different. I assume the new, reconfigured course will be more unified.
We haven’t shared your experience. It’s the most affordable and enjoyable option for our family of 5 golfers! The staff has always been helpful and accommodating. Playing once for a family of 5 at some of the other courses in the area, which are in worse shape and lack attention, would be the same as almost 1/2 a years membership at deer lake! Not to mention the gym options. Personally I’m hoping they can save more courses in the area and make golf accessible to more family’s.
Skipp, that is a fair comment. I was undoubtedly harsh because of their lack of hospitality. Once they replace the manager I will come back to play the course again.