|Overall Difficulty (1-5: 1=Easy, 5=Difficult)||Green Speed (1-5: 1=Slow, 5=Fast)||Rough (1-5: 1=Short, 5=Long)|
|Condition||1-5 : 1=Poor, 5=Excellent|
|Short Game Area||Yes|
Lake Presidential is a great golf course, we highly recommend it. We really like the in-cart GPS that takes away a lot of the guess work required when selecting clubs. It is especially helpful if you have never played the course before.
While we had a great experience, some folks that posted on Yelp did not share our positive sentiments. There is not a large number of reviews so the sample is probably biased and small, but you may want to read a few before playing.
The course layout is diverse, with doglegs and some elevation changes (holes 12 and 13, for example). There is quite a bit of water, which will present some stiff challenges for the high-handicapper. Copious and well-placed bunkers require that you think about your shots. Most holes present very tight tee shots. You will want to have your driver, or a 3-wood, on point when playing.
Most of the aprons and areas immediately surrounding the greens had short grass, which can cause trouble on approach shots and chips. We had a few balls roll back close to their starting point when chipping up onto the green. The greens themselves had some speed and sneaky slopes. Take a little extra time to read putts and avoid losing strokes.
When we played in December the course was, generally speaking, in great condition. The fairways were a bit chopped up with divots and had some dead grass, which explains the average rating for fairways.
Other than the 150 yard stick (black and white), there isn't a lot in the way of yardage markers. So if you are going to walk the course, you may want to pick up a course guide with yardages. The course is not terribly hilly, but there is some distance between many holes, so expect to walk a bit more than average for a course of similar length.
We played in winter when water coolers are not out, so we can't comment on their frequency.