Bowes Creek Country Club

4.5594000000 4.6 stars from 5 (286)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6917 yards
  • Slope: 142
  • Rating: 73.2
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

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

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Indoor practice facilities: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "Bowes Creek Golf Academy"

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Singles allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire required.
Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 71 6917 yards 73.2 142
Blue 71 6569 yards 71.5 138
White 71 6120 yards 69.3 133
White (W) 71 6120 yards 74.7 135
Red (W) 71 5626 yards 71.5 128
Gold (W) 71 5029 yards 68.1 121

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.6 stars from 5
Value: 4.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.2 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 286 Reviews
5 stars:
185
4 stars:
85
3 stars:
10
2 stars:
3
1 stars:
3

recommend this course

274 out of 285 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive in the 'burbs   Great for advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views locals   Challenges include bunkers forced carries elevation changes   Great for drinks patio dining 19th hole scenic views  

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"Great municipal course"


SgtBocaBob's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/28/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

Bowes Creek is a great municipal course. The greens, fairways, and tees were all in excellent condition. The layout and design was awesome. The elevation changes were dramatic. What the course needs is a hybrid set of tees. The blue tees at 6412 (slope 138) is too difficult for the high handicapper. The white tees at 5942 (slope 133) is not challenging enough.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/13/2017

So you're saying a yardage at Bowes Creek, to be something like 6175 is the perfect yardage? Seems nitpicking to me. You can always do that on your own. Pick the let's say 6-8 hardest holes, circle the hole on the scorecard so you wont forget. Then all the rest play from the Blues. Aaaahaaa! Yahtzee!


"Wonderful course to play."


Gercal13's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/12/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is in excellent shape . Very challenging, but fair . Very scenic with trees and tall grass.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Bowes Creek Country Club on 06/15/2017:

We are glad you enjoyed the challenge the course has to offer! Come play again soon!

"Worth The Drive"


BTownBorn's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/11/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Although it is a bit of a hike up to Elgin, playing Bowes Creek is definitely worth it. Very nice mixture of hard and getable holes, with risk/reward options, made for a very fun round.


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


Response from Bowes Creek Country Club on 06/13/2017:

Thank you for the great review! We are glad you found value in the course, and that you had a fun round. Come play again soon!

"Bowes creek"


u000007360266's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/07/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time to this course. Staff is amazing and the course is pretty good to. Great layout and course was in pretty good shape. Will be back for sure.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Bowes Creek Country Club on 06/09/2017:

Thank you for the wonderful review! We are glad you had a great first experience at Bowes Creek Country Club! We look forward to your next round with us.

"nice course"


storm15's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/04/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

kept up well, enjoyed the course and pace of play, staff was courteous but hot day and the few water coolers on the course were empty when we went to use them, beverage cart had very limited choice of beverage and was completely out of candy bars, after the first time encountering her and finding out what she had available we just waved her pass on any further holes


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Bowes Creek Country Club on 06/08/2017:

We appreciate your feedback on the beverage cart and apologize for the limited inventory on this day. We hope you give us another shot soon.

"Bowes"


Sergio1367355's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/03/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course very challenging will definitely come back


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Bowes Creek Country Club on 06/05/2017:

Thank you for the great review! We look forward to your next round!

"Country club experience in the suburbs"


wkdgolfer53's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Really enjoyed playing the course. Course was in very good shape,, though some of the greens started to dry out a little later in the afternoon. Overall I loved the layout, especially the back 9. Very nice golf carts with high-quality GPS. Beautiful clubhouse with nice restaurant. Only request I would have would be to have a beverage cart on the course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Bowes Creek Country Club on 06/05/2017:

We are glad you enjoyed your round. We are also glad you found the course in great shape. Come play again soon!


Daniel7083724's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2017
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Reviewed on


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


Response from Bowes Creek Country Club on 06/01/2017:

Thanks for the 5 stars! We are glad you found value in the course.



4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy 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:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Bowes Creek Country Club on 06/01/2017:

Thanks for the 4 stars! Come play again soon!

"Windy day in Elgin"


rbcisco's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in good condition. Due to lack of rangers circling the course we had to wait on every shot for the last 8 holes.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Bowes Creek Country Club on 06/01/2017:

Thank you for your review. We apologize for the delay on the last 8 holes, and we will work to make sure this does not happen again.


Sac180531's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/21/2017
Previously played Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Bowes Creek Country Club on 05/26/2017:

Thanks for the 5 stars! Come play again soon!

"Very fun long course"


ryanyoung12112's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/15/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played the furthest back tees and it was a lot of fun. Long holes where I didn't even come close to having a chance at driving any of the greens, I really respect courses that are built that way. The only downside to the course I would say were the bunkers, they didn't seem properly cared for, with long shaggy grass around the rough edges of the bunkers. The sand itself in the bunkers was great, no pebbles or grass growing. It was just the edges that were rough. I don't know if that was the look they were going for but personally didn't think it was the best for being a Midwest course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Bowes Creek Country Club on 06/01/2017:

Thank you for the great 5-star review! We are glad you had a fun round playing all the way from the back tees. We will look into your concerns regarding the bunkers.

Response from Bowes Creek Country Club on 06/01/2017:

Thank you for the great 5-star review! We are glad you had a fun round playing all the way from the back tees. We will look into your concerns regarding the bunkers.

"Great Value"


dchiflip88's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/06/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

The course was in great shape. You can tell that the greens were aerated 2-3 weeks ago, but it didn't matter. The greens were rolling true. Teeboxes and fairways were in great shape. It rained for a few hours the night before so was worried about water log. However there were not standing water or squishy fairways. Course must drain great. Staff was great from the bag drop to the end of the round. Would definitely recommend playing this course. You will not be disappointed!


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


Response from Bowes Creek Country Club on 06/02/2017:

Thank you for the 5 stars! The course does have good drainage. We appreciate the recommendation. Come play again soon!

"Should have beed closed"


u076270819's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/30/2017
First time playing Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We went and were let on the course however the fairways were waterlogged so badly that we played about 4 or 5 shots each then gave up. The temperature was 40 f and it was raining and all tees and fairways were splashing as I walked across. This does nto refelct badly on the course and staff. My primary feedback is that it shoudl have been closed until it drained as it was unplayable unless you were a fish.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Bowes Creek Country Club on 05/04/2017:

Thank you for the 4 stars and for your feedback. We apologize for the lack of drainage, and we hope you give us another shot in the future.

"MJHoppet"


mjhopper's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/25/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This layout is awesome. We play here a few times a year. The only complaint is we were a foursome and they had 3 twosomes and a single behind us. Why the started didn't get these groups paired up is silly. We played our round under 4 hours.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Bowes Creek Country Club on 05/04/2017:

Thank you for the 5 stars! We will look into this. We are glad you enjoyed your round!

"TC Course review"


Thomas8422301's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/25/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course

Would like to see a cart person or at least some water on course


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


Response from Bowes Creek Country Club on 05/04/2017:

Thanks for the 5 stars! We will look into this. Come play again soon!



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/20/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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


Response from Bowes Creek Country Club on 05/04/2017:

Thank you for the 5 stars! Come play again soon!

"Always Great Round"


olympia2727's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/17/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I am a fan of the Bowes Creek golf architect. The ccourse layout is challenging for every level of player and on that day, the weather was warm and sunny, and the course was in great condition coming from winter. I woudl highly recommend playing Bowes Creek to any bonafide golfer.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Bowes Creek Country Club on 05/04/2017:

Thank you for the 5 stars! We are glad you played on a beautiful day, and we appreciate the recommendation. Come play again soon!

"One of Illinois's best courses!"


winner14's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/09/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course, for this time of year in excellent condition, would play there every week, if I could.


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


Response from Bowes Creek Country Club on 04/12/2017:

Thank you for the great 5-star review! We sure hope you can try to make it out every week!

"Great golf course"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/08/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Carefully maintained with some very unique holes, challenging but fair golf course.


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


Response from Bowes Creek Country Club on 04/12/2017:

Thank you for the 4-star review! We are glad you enjoyed the challenge the course has to offer. Come play again soon!


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