Raven's Claw Golf Club
Very interesting course
Very interesting layout - links style with mix of tree lined holes. Need to think your way around the course and make good decisions. A lot of value for your money.
July 3, 2015
Nice course, very slow
The course was in excellent condition. Greens roll fast and true. Rough is the highest of any course I've ever played. Every hole presented a challenge. The pace of play was horrible however. There was never a ranger present to pick up the pace. We even asked the group in front of nicely to try to speed up a little bit. They replied that if we wanted to play faster we should have played earlier. The group in front of them was two holes ahead. And this was on a Monday! The staff was nice and easy to deal with. On almost every hole there was a maintenance crew working but they were courteous and always got out of the way. That's to be expected on a weekday so no problem there. I would only go back on a weekday since what I have read and encountered I assume a weekend round would take 6 hours to complete.
June 30, 2015
Pace of play
No course should ever take 5 and a half hours to play. Much like any major sporting event or concert they worried about getting you into the venue and taking your money, who cares how you leave. Once on the course who really gives a (fill in the blank) about you, they have your hard earned money. It will only be from desperation to find a course will I return.
June 20, 2015
Nice Course, Slow Round
The course is in very nice condition and the greens are in far better shape than they were last year. Unfortunately, there were a few very slow groups that made the pace of play maddeningly slow. That said, I have played the course in the past and never dealt with such a slow pace of play (although it is never particularly fast). The staff was very courteous and did what they could about the slow play, I think it was just a bad luck day. The course is a nice layout but I'm not sure I would recommend it for ladies or juniors as there are some forced carries / drastic elevation changes.
June 8, 2015
Nice course but way too packed
They let way too many people on the course at one time. Literally took us 3 hours to get 9 holes in so we pulled off and got a voucher for 9 another time. Playing surfaces were nice, but made for a miserably long day with the back ups.
June 8, 2015
Same Ole Same Ole
My buddy & myself had the glorious privilege of playing last Monday afternoon. Weather was beautiful. This was our 4th or 5th time playing here. I believe we have played the course from the 1st tee as intended just once. Every other round we have started on random holes because they are working on the course. This round was no different.
We noticed a couple hot deals pop up on Golfnow randomly for the afternoon so we scooped them up considering the reviews. We were mistaken. When we arrived, the guy in the clubhouse informed us that they were aerating the greens and that we would need to start on number 13. We teed off jammed in between two groups and were waiting to hit and having guys hitting onto us for the whole round. We were told to play 13 and that they would be done aerating greens 1-12 by the time we reached them. That was false. The first few holes were ok because the greens weren't yet aerated. After that, every hole was completely sand ridden and you could hardly make out the hole on some of the greens because there was so much sand. When we reached the 2nd hole, there were kids and guys walking across the fairways with fishing poles, despite several signs stating it is private property. No ranger to scatter them or anything. Guess it makes for a more challenging approach hitting over them. On the 3rd tee box, a collection of no shirted guys were filling up jugs from the water containers as we teed off. Very scenic. We continued and teed off on the par 5 tenth hole and both hit two shots. We were waiting to hit our approach shots onto the green only to notice a guy driving on the green with no flag in. We drove up to the green and the guy told us to just go back to one and play the first nine holes again. Completely ridiculous.
Why Raven's Claw didn't put the aeration logo on the Golfnow site as most courses do says an awful lot about their management. Otherwise we obviously would not have booked here. Not to mention the fact they allow players to play WHILE they are aerating is ridiculous in itself. Most courses will shut the front nine while they aerate and vice versa and you would just play the back twice. That would have at least been a semi enjoyable experience versus the disaster we encountered.
It's a real shame because I genuinely like several of the holes at this course but just can't bring myself to make the hour plus drive again to play a course where the owners obviously could care less about any players that try to play the game on a budget. Will be awhile before I go back here, if it all.
May 15, 2015
Quick Round on Mother's Day
I've played this course dozens of times so I know what to expect. My gut feeling is that Raven's is trying to make the course easier. Some places where there were white stakes are now red. Fescue where you would once lose your ball is now removed. I'm not sure if I'm happy or sad but just noting.
I always enjoy the round though because I find each hole as its own uniqueness. We played in 4 hours as a 4some so there were no complaints on that end. I never have issues with the staff. I'd reccomend Raven's Claw as a fair course for the price.
May 11, 2015
Completely overpriced and some of the worst green conditions I ever subjected myself too
May 8, 2015