Garrisons Lake Golf Club, located on Delaware Route 13 immediately south of Smyrna and nine miles north of Dover, is a beautiful and historic course convenient to all parts of Delaware and surrounding states. Featuring tree-lined fairways and large, well-bunkered, undulating greens, this course offers a fair challenge for players of all abilities. For decades, this course has been an area favorite for high-quality, affordable public golf. Beginning in August of 2010, this course is professionally managed by Forewinds Hospitality.
This newly renovated championship golf course is built on 160-acres. It was originally built as a 9-hole private club in 1962, with the second nine added in 1963. In the years that followed, it became a public course that served the needs of area golfers for decades. In 2003, it was closed after a developer bought the property and announced plans to build 450 homes. However, dedicated government officials and the local community worked cooperatively as the State of Delaware purchased the property and retained it as open space and an amenity for area residents. In 2006, the Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation began renovations of the course. The renovation project was completed in sixteen months, with the grand re-opening taking place in September of 2008.
The completely rebuilt greens are larger and more undulating. Originally mostly round or oval, they now feature undulations and irregular shapes. Enhancing the green complexes are many larger greenside bunkers. Tee boxes have been rebuilt, with five sets of tees to accommodate all skill levels. A new well and pumping system are in place, and the driving range/practice facilities conveniently located close to the first tee have also been completely rebuilt.