The House on the Rock Resort
The Springs Course
The original 18 hole Springs Course, designed by legendary course architect Robert Trent Jones Sr., winds along the valley floor. Rated 4 ½ stars by Golf Digest, it is a classic Jones course, featuring narrow landing areas, sand traps and water hazards that will challenge golfers of every skill level. Nearly every hole has water coming into play giving the course its name and reputation. The fourth hole is a traditional Robert Trent Jones, Sr. par 5. Not real long, big hitters may be able to reach in two. Miss the green, however, and the narrow landing area is full of traps in front with water lurking behind the green. The green is very narrow and tough to hold with long irons.
The par 4 ninth and eighteenth holes wind back to a monstrous double green guarded by water to one side and traps to the other. The par four 18th hole is recognized as one of the top finishing holes in the state.
Madison Magazine said “it’s the Best Par four in the State. This hole has everything. Great view from an elevated tee. Reasonably narrow fairway with woods on the left and water on the right. An ideal finishing hole. Trent Jones knew what he was doing.”
The North Nine
The North Nine is also rated 4 ½ stars by Golf Digest and is equally challenging and visually breath-taking. Designed by Roger Packard and two-time U.S. Open Champion Andy North, the course offers dramatic changes in elevation, well-placed traps and subtly sloped greens.
“Our philosophy is that the landscape should give the course its character, not the other way around. The course has some outstanding scenery and lots of great vistas.” - Andy North
I really enjoyed my stay here. The decor looks a little dated in some of the guest rooms, but the whole place is very comfortable and the staff is friendly and helpful. The on-site restaurant is excellent as well. The scenery is lovely, especially in the fall when the leaves are changing. I also thought that the prices for the rooms were really reasonable. I would recommend this place to anyone.
What used to be a gem has nose dived into a look else where! For a higher priced stay this is a joke. Below are some of the highlights from our $350+ stay 1.No room service The ONE person cleaning the rooms went home early and did not clean our room. Stay here if you like cleaning your own room and making the bed yourself. One more day and we would have to launder our own sheets. 2. Horrid restaurant. WAY Overpriced, under cooked and he forgot half the items. The worst. 3.No Wifi No cell service, NO Wifi at least one you could get a connection on. 4. No staff No one answers the phone at the front desk No maid service see above. 7. Bad Management The current management never answered our email and clearly cares little for the people that supported this place over the past 15 years. We are done with this place Look else where!
This is a place that everyone needs to see at least once in their lifetime. I didn't exactly know what to expect upon arrival but was blown away once I got inside. It's an endless maze of random and cool things you won't get to see anywhere else.
The suite we had was really nice - bathroom had soaking tub with Jacuzzi jets and a rain-head shower. Bed was nice and firm. Only negative was that on Saturday the restaurant only offered a buffet for breakfast instead of being able to order off of the menu. Buffet choices were pretty limited and cost was high.
I was pretty disappointed by the resort overall. My boyfriend surprised me with a one night stay in a king suite and a couples spa package costing more than $400. Right away when we got there we went to our spa appointment. The two ladies that gave us our foot treatment and massage were the best part of the whole resort. Super sweet, welcoming and fully explained the entire process before they began any treatments. They even gave us tips on where to eat and directions. (Freddy Valentine's was awesome! And the General store breakfast is worth the wait.) We were given spa water and chocolate when we arrived. The foot treatment was amazing and you get to lie down the entire time. Very clean, professional and the products they used were great for sensitive skin. The massages were equally as enjoyable. They had soothing water and ocean sounds and used coconut oil. After this everything went down hill. Our room was dirty - we couldn't go on the balcony because there were so many spiders, spider webs and dirt on the furniture. The room had garbage behind the night stands from the previous occupants. The room was supposed to come with a Jacuzzi, but instead had a normal outdated tub with two rusty jets that we couldn't use because it was so gross. The furniture looked like it had been heavily used since the 70's. I love the retro idea, but there were stains and fading and look like they don't get vacuumed on a regular basis. The bed was horribly uncomfortable with dollar store sheets. We thought we'd go in the steam room and that was also a let down. The men's steam room didn't get hot, and the women's had gobs of hair and chunks of rotted grout all over the floor. I was afraid to sit on the tile without a towel underneath me. For the price we paid I expected a much higher standard. This was more equal to a motel 6. And we aren't snooty or high class in the least bit. I just expect you get what you pay for. I will say, the service was amazing though. Very attentive and treated us very kindly. Check in/out was a breeze. Golf course was immaculate (though we don't golf). And the view of the lush hillsides were breathtaking. I think they spend all the money on the golf course and landscaping rather than updating or restoring the place back to it's original beauty.