The Links at Crystal Lake

4.1047411765 4.1 stars from 5 (134)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 5587 yards
  • Slope: 120
  • Rating: 66.8
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: No
Putting green: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Championship 70 5587 yards 66.8 120
Back 70 4944 yards 64.3 108
Forward 70 4450 yards 65.0 114

Previously known as Pontiac Municipal Golf Course.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.1 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.6 stars from 5
Value: 4.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.2 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 134 Reviews
5 stars:
39
4 stars:
73
3 stars:
17
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
4

recommend this course

122 out of 134 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city worth the drive in the 'burbs   Great for locals beginners seniors   Challenges include water hazards bunkers forced carries   Great for drinks patio dining 19th hole specials  

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Reviews


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"Old Pontiac municipal"


mwwang77's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/11/2018
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Reviewed on

Always love playing this course. Great value on hot deals. Enjoyed playing with John and Khan.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Fun Course!"


jazzbocrac's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/27/2018
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Reviewed on

I always enjoy playing here. But they need a ranger or two to speed up play.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Always fun"


u904445863's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/14/2018
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Reviewed on

As always Links at Crystal Lake is a fun track. Course was in great shape but unfortunately the greens were being airiated (sp?) today. Only complaint was that they allowed a group to slip in on the back 9 as we were making the turn. It really slowed the pace down significantly. I still like the course and will be back.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great Golf Course"


craightone's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/09/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

This is the first time I have played this course and I will definitely come back next week. Staff was extremely helpful and friendly, the course is in great conditions, golfers are professional and friendly, pace was excellent.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Low Round of The Year"


jazzbocrac's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/07/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Staff organizing patrons to get to first tee were less than helpful. But we got out and had a great time. My low round of the year made the day better.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



BABEGURL1121's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/31/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Short course"


jwherry's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/05/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Executive type course

5600 yds

Good condition—-good place to practice


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average


I recommend this course


"Perfect Day for Golf"


jazzbocrac's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/02/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I always enjoy my rounds here. Front nine back-up is common on holes 7 and 8. Poor design. Once you are past those holes round goes smoothly.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/31/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u5903642's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/24/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course



jlbmsu80's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/21/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Good course"


u489985314's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/19/2018
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Reviewed on

Good course, well groomed, friendly staff, no driving range


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Always A Good Time"


jazzbocrac's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/17/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful day, not so many bad shots. I like this course and it's a fairly easy drive here for me. No pun intended.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Different but fun"


John4973274's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/15/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It’s an older former municipal I believe and is tight and short with a lot of water on the back. I think you really only need driver on maybe 2 or 3 holes as you need to be in the right spots here. There is nothing in the area other than the course and you wind through residential areas half the the time but seems well kept and is good study in course management I think. Played on Sunday 2 some and it moved along ok.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I recommend this course



u000005462764's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/15/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Very pleasant time."


LouisFerguson's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/10/2018
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Reviewed on

This is the old Pontiac Municipal redesigned about 20 years ago. Nicely done. For as short as the course is, it offers a nice challenge. It pays to think your way around. Penalized for poor club choices. You are rewarded for good play. The clubhouse has been updated. They’ve done a nice job out there. Worth playing for sure.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"The Links at Crystal Lake"


RSN's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/04/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

As always we enjoyed playing the course. It's generally in good condition, but today the greens were pretty beat up, due to numerous ball marks and were a bit long. It could of been because it has been excessively hot. Not a long course but has some challenging holes.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Fun course, inexpensive, easy to score on"


rlast's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/29/2018
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Reviewed on

This course has a nice variety of holes. The people that work the course are always really nice. The layout might be a little bland for some. Generally, you won't use all the clubs in your bag on this track. With a couple of exceptions on the par 5's, you can play this course pretty easily with a driver, a 7 iron, a couple of wedges and a putter. The pace of play can be a problem sometimes. They don't do a good job of getting after foursomes that are slowing down the pace. But I guess this goes hand-in-hand with it being such a good value -- it attracts a lot of beginning golfers for that reason. If you play "smart golf" and play to keep the ball in the short stuff all the time it's not too difficult to break 90 on this course, even for high handicappers.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Fun round"


zymocook's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/26/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fun little course. It was in nice shape greens rolled well. We had fun, a good bang for the buck. We will return.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Enjoyable Course"


jazzbocrac's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/25/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I always like playing The Links at Crystal Lake. If it's at all busy the front nine is slow because of the odd layout. The only problem I have with this course is the poor condition of the sand traps. Adding sand would be a big help. But if the management would just rake them every morning it would be a big improvement. Most are hard pan dirt.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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