Kankakee Elks Country Club

4.3694117647 4.4 stars from 5 (78)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6430 yards
  • Slope: 121
  • Rating: 71.5
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Appropriate golf course attire must be worn at all times. No T-shirts or cut off shirts please!
Credit cards accepted: MasterCard Visa card(s) Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6430 yards 71.5 121
White 72 6329 yards 70.6 119
Black 72 5820 yards 66.9 110
Red (W) 73 5485 yards 70.2 116

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.7 stars from 5
Value: 4.7 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.9 stars from 5
Course Layout: 5.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 78 Reviews
5 stars:
52
4 stars:
23
3 stars:
3
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

77 out of 78 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive   Great for advanced golfers locals seniors   Challenges include undulating greens elevation changes plays long   Great for drinks  

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"Kankakee Elks Pre-season Golf FREE"


Hoosier24's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/25/2018
Previously played Walked Windy weather

Reviewed on

Went to the The Elks Golf Club today just to get out and enjoy some sunshine despite the recent flooding around the course itself. While some spots were a little spongy, the course was already in very playable shape. There was no charge to play today.

This course is a good test of golf as it requires well positioned tee shots and even more importantly, accurate approach shots. The undulating greens here separate the men rom the boys.

Very walkable and pace of play has never been a problem here for me over the years. Season membership is a great bargain at $800. If you want to play a course that will test your skills or improve your overall game, this is about as good a course you'll find in the Kankakee county area without breaking the bank.

Go get you some!

And tell them "Tall Paul" sent you...


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Awesome Old School"


HOTSPOTTS's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
Illinois Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/15/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Elks is in fine shape mid season. Well maintained friendly staff and they hosted a very nice outing for a friend of mine....they couldn't have been more gracious and welcoming! Elks awesome old school greens are running very nicely and everything was in proper order. This course is a great value, vastly under rated and always provides a challenge with the added bonus you get around in 430 or less. Course always plays longer than the scorecard indicates and the final four finishing holes are some of the toughest you'll encounter. Well done Elks!!! Highly recommend...make the drive down there - 4.5 stars.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Tremendous 30's Old School Design - Go play it!!"


HOTSPOTTS's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
Illinois Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/12/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

The Elks is always a joy to play....several times. Wonderful shot making course that always keeps you thinking. Well maintained and the staff is extremely friendly. Pretty dry - surprised the course held up well due to the recent rains. Greens are in tremendous shape for this early in the season ....smooth and really quick....and green contours are some of the best you'll find anywhere.....you can find yourself in positions you'll never see on a modern course. Elks has a small grass range to warm up, very good practice green and decent beverage prices. First timers - appreciate the roller coaster greens, old school grass trap mounding, drop offs on sides and behind greens and take mental notes to avoid short siding yourself next time. If you've played the Elks it was interesting to note that the grounds keeping staff have removed several trees - more so on the back nine which improves play....however there are still some areas where trees "hide" the Langford grass fairway bunker mounding especially left of the 11th fairway. This course never gets old and always schools me at least once or twice. Already planning my next trip to the Elks. Well done!! P.S. take advantage of their outstanding $25 rate w/cart on Mondays and Fridays all season!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Amazing course!"


Bill1440925's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

We had a birthday golf outing of 6 people. The staff let us all stay together as long as we didn't slow things down. The course was in the best shape I've ever seen it, from the rough to the greens. I highly recommend this beautiful course for a challenging round. Plus they have deals on Mondays and Fridays $25 18 holes cart included! You'll love this 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


"Elks is in excellent shape"


HOTSPOTTS's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
Illinois Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/22/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

A beautiful mid-morning Sunday round in under 4 hours. I've been venturing down to the Elks for a few years now and yesterday (dare I say) the course was in the best shape I've ever experienced. Well maintained and the firm fast conditions made this awesome old school track a thinking mans challenge. I rarely if ever give a 5 star rating and my kudos to the grounds crew. Folks in the clubhouse are always extremely nice and welcoming.

The greens are just a joy with roller coaster undulations - firm, quick, smooth with nary a ball mark and your short game better be up to snuff or you'll post some high numbers. Elks simply put is just a gem and a if you've never played it I highly recommend it. It may not be for some but if you love the game of golf/golf design/golf history this is an experience that should be on your bucket list.


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


"poor choice"


camaro1501's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/12/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It was cheaper if I just paid their green fee and not have gone through golf now


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Used to be a gem"


Jesse7733's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/10/2015
Previously played

Reviewed on

This course used to be a gem. Now it's still ok. Greens where slow but smooth. Fairways long in length of grass. And played a 5 1/2 hour round because there was no ranger. There was only one group on front of us that would not let us go through. Need to cut fairways an greens for weekend play. Only worth it if you live close by otherwise not worth the drive.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Kankakee Elks is a great course"


drunkdre2000's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/19/2015
Previously played Played as a single Used cart Played 9 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have played it several times and it is still a great course and one of the best values out.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fun course"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/18/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course for the price. They keep it in great shape


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great track especially for the money"


mlchirpn1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/25/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Deceptive layout. Plenty of bunkers and false fronts. Elevated greens that are rolling.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice Course!"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/07/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens are fast and fun! They were a little hard so ball didn't spin much. Great setup for the cost!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Value"


Sticks52's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/03/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This a very nice course, elevated tee boxes and greens. Course was in superb condition! Not a easy course, may be too tough for the novice! For the price well worth the drive!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Course"


Kevin8418170's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/03/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The Elks is one of my favorite courses in the Kankakee area. The course is in great shape and it is a fair challenge to play.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"first time"


dddave's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/02/2015
First time playing

Reviewed on

Heard lots about Elks. Lived up to it hype. Great track. Some soft spots due to rains. Expected it. Stay out of the trees or your in trouble. Worth the drive and money.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great look"


u000007762473's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/14/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was very wet do to recent heavy rains but had some gteat holes


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Excellent Course"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/11/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is in excellent condition. Trees line every hole to the left and right raising the level of difficulty to those of us who can't always hit it straight. The elevated greens also add to the degree of difficulty. Excellent challenging course ranked in the top 20 courses to play in the state of Illinois.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great track"


David1210934's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/22/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

really nice layout. Totally headin back............


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Greens are sketchy"


HOTSPOTTS's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
Illinois Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/02/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I truly enjoy playing the Elks and this was my first round here in 2015. The folks are always welcoming/extremely nice and this is a great old school course that has stood the test of time. Tee boxes were a tad shaggy but they want the grass to grow out a little prior to cutting them down a little I guess. Fairways were real nice but again a little shaggy...but in real good shape.

Unfortunately there are several areas of some of the putting greens which sustained winter damage and this course is all about the old school green complexes with lots of big breaking putts and undulations. The greens at the Elks the past two seasons 2013/2014 were absolutely outstanding. Here's hoping the damaged areas will grow in with better weather and become less bumpy......my playing partner and I had at least 10 putts which were extremely bumpy due to the surface inconsistency.....I know the super will work on this but must rate overall conditions at 3 stars at what normally is a well above 4 star plus course. Giving the Elks an overall 4 but the condition of the greens was a disappointment so it should be 3.75 or so. I'll definitely return in June/July and offer an update.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Tough, but fair."


uCQFZ1811CQ's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/28/2015
Previously played Played as a single Used cart Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The greens are extremely contoured and fast. Approach shots landing in wrong spot, often run away from whole. But this is a classic, early 20th century gem that must be played to appreciate. The course was in great condition for the time of year.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"best gem of a course that few golfers know about"


uXBZQ9114XB's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/01/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is challenging not because of water or sand, since water comes to play only on the 9th hole and you will see more sand in your local park district sand box.<br/> The fast tiered greens that when cut on a hot day will bring you to your knees. The grass bunkers next to the elevated greens are not something that you see everyday.<br/> It seems that it is always windy at the Elks and having a good scoring round does not happen often.<br/> Been playing the Elks for a few years, yes the drive from Chicago is long, but the friendly staff and the course makes the drive well worth it.<br/> Three and a half hours any day of the week is the norm.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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