Pontiac Elks Country Club

4.2818823529 4.3 stars from 5 (33)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6804 yards
  • Slope: 132
  • Rating: 73.0
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper attire is required.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 6804 yards 73.0 132
White 72 6565 yards 71.9 129
Blue 72 6288 yards 70.6 126
Green 72 5571 yards 67.2 118
Red (W) 72 5487 yards 71.7 123

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.3 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.9 stars from 5
Value: 4.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 33 Reviews
5 stars:
15
4 stars:
15
3 stars:
3
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

32 out of 33 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive   Great for entertaining clients   Challenges include bunkers  

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"Tight"


muttonhead31's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Short,tight course but rough makes it hard to score. I would play again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Average but worse than I remember"


u333765023's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It was unfortunate to see such a great course in poor condition. The layout is great, plays long, and normally a nice challenge. The course has really gone downhill with management turnover as most fairways and greens were very dirty and full of chunks and divots. There were no markers on any of the fairways and hardly identifiable markings on path for distances. However, given the busy weekend traffic, pace of play wasn’t too bad. In all, good for the money but not what it used to be.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



u622278547's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/18/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course



u221243987's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/17/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect 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: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Saturday $10 Hot Deal"


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 10/21/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

See my previous review of Pontiac Elks. Awesome place and has a great vibe. The greens were aerated recently (medium cores and not sanded) but still rolling okay...a tad bumpy but a $10 hot deal was a steal. Plus no one on the course practically. Played in 220. Simply awesome and fun to get a groove going. Look forward to playing there in 2018 a few more times....well worth the drive. A few of the regulars told me that that folks at Wolf Creek have taken over the maintenance of the course and that bodes well for quick fast greens because Wolf Creek takes care of their greensites very very well. Go play this place!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/18/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u000006448784's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/11/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



pnw4's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/10/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather 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

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Round at the Elks"


scramble1's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/15/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

On a beautiful day for golf we teed off on time and knew it would be slow going. The front nine was busy and the play was slow, but we managed to stay calm and enjoy our day. At the turn the pace picked up, but only when we played through a fivesome (not good) and a foursome of senior ladies who were trying to have fun. Losing two holes was frustrating as those two holes would have been very nice had we played them. After that we (two of us) move at a very rapid pace around the nicely conditioned course which had recently watered the fairways making for a longer golf course. We enjoyed our day and the course and would consider playing here again.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Eclipse Round - Course is worth the drive from Chicago"


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 08/21/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Simply put I love this place. Country Club atmosphere with no pretense. $22 incl fees with cart hot deal on a Monday. A complete no brainer! Play it! We were virtually the only ones on the golf course for the Eclipse. Pontiac Elks is a really fun fairly well conditioned golf course. Some brown out conditions in the fairways this year, traps are mainly dirt however the greens were in fantastic shape with good speed and a nice smooth roll to them. Grass range, locker room with great showers and great prices on beverages....Elks hospitality. The halfway house wasn't open (the course doesn't return after the 9th) but with the extremely light Monday tee sheet who cares! (Scroll down to my previous review of this course for more info). 4.5 stars the only downgrades are the traps and some areas of brown patchy fairways. Awesome value. Make the day of it...take part of Historic Old 66 to get there.

(Another secret - another track just north of Pontiac is Wolf Creek GC.....I stopped in there on the way and it appears to be in even better condition than Pontiac Elks.....another course worth the drive to play and a really good value...look for hot deals).

All in all it was pretty amazing day. Shortly after 11am we started the front nine at Pontiac Elks Country Club with an intermittent light drizzle and really muggy 85 degree conditions. At the 5th green it began to rain with conviction so we then took cover for about 10 minutes under a tree near the 6th tee box. The skies then started to clear and by the time we were at the 7th green the effects of our 88pct partial eclipse were becoming evident. The temperature dropped about 10 degrees a cooler light wind started to blow with unpredictability. We made the turn and arriving at the10th tee it was really dusky and tough to see our tee shots finish caused by an eerie twilight. This was further enhanced by crickets chirping and birds making weird calls along the Vermillon River. It was still cooler on the 11th and 12th holes featuring several hawks flying around in the sky erratically. Reaching the 13th green the temperature had almost rebounded up to the same hot muggy conditions we began the round with. It was summer again. A total eclipse of the fun.


Pace of Play: Excellent

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



Duze54's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/26/2017
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: Excellent


I recommend this course



uHHBN3307HH's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/15/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/02/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good Quality Course"


db072469's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/15/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have played Pontiac Elks 10-15 times and always enjoy my round here. Some challenging holes, with some lengthy holes and usually a stiff breeze coming in off the interstate. One of the few courses around that have a "half-way house" with the 9th hole not finishing anywhere near the clubhouse so not an easy course to only play 9 holes as you are quite a ways from the clubhouse at the turn. Course is semi-private country club that never disappoints.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



Hkuntz63's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/11/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Fun day of Golf"


KathyLong's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

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

Reviewed on

Course was in great shape. We got paired up with a really nice couple and they were fun to play with and knew the course well. It was windy, but still had a nice day for golf. Has a few holes that dog leg and then you shoot over water so that was fun. Friendly staff and there is a half way house at #9 with food and drinks. Would play again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/24/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

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


"DV"


u000004398712's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/10/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens were very fast, but rolled great. Lost a few balls off of the fairway due to leaves on the ground, but on Nov. 10, what do you expect.What a great deal!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"This course is fun to play!"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/04/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course and wonderful staff! Alex is doing a wonderful !


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


"Challenging but not overwhelming for seniors"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/31/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course to play especially with GolfNow discounts. Senior tees are appropriate - still challenging but not overwhelming. Unfortunately in good weather in October the half-way house has been closed (thus the rating for off-course amenities). The first 9 ends a long, long distance from the club house.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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