A view of the clubhouse from the 18th green at Makray Memorial Golf Club
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4.2
307 Reviews (307)
5 Stars
144
4 Stars
108
3 Stars
35
2 Stars
12
1 Stars
8
Conditions
4.1
Value
3.8
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.2
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.3
81.1%
Recommend this course
259 out of 307 reviews
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3.9
58 Reviews (58)
5 Stars
24
4 Stars
16
3 Stars
13
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
4
Conditions
3.9
Value
3.6
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.1
72.4%
Recommend this course
42 out of 58 reviews
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4.0
63 Reviews (63)
5 Stars
27
4 Stars
18
3 Stars
13
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
4
Conditions
3.9
Value
3.7
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.1
74.6%
Recommend this course
47 out of 63 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 71
Length 6903 yards
Slope 139
Rating 74.5

Makray Memorial Golf Club is a public course that has been open since 1962. To commemorate 40 years of great golf, the course was remodeled and revamped in 2002. The renovations improved its playability and also made it more challenging. The championship-caliber layout features strategically placed bunkers, including some Scottish-style sod-faced ones, and tricky water hazards on several holes. The hilly terrain offers both challenging elevation changes and scenic views. The golf course finishes with a long par 5 that plays across a canyon of berms to a narrow fairway. Further accuracy is needed to reach the well guarded green surrounded by high berms, a pot bunker to the left, and a deep, steep bunker to the right. In addition to the course, Makray Memorial G.C. boasts an extensive practice facility with 1 1/2 acres of grass teeing ground, two putting greens, and a short-game area.

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Course Details

Year Built 1962
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Architect ILT Vignocchi (2002) Bob Lohmann

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code No blue jeans. Collared shirts for men, although mock turtlenecks are acceptable. Shorts no shorter then 3 inches above the knee.

Food & Beverage

Bar, Grill

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Illinois (2016 #22)

Reviews

4.2
307 Reviews (307)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 25
Patio Dining 17
19th Hole Scenic Views 14
Course Challenges Include:
Undulating Greens 35
Elevation Changes 26
Bunkers 25
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 34
A Weekend Splurge 13
Entertaining Clients 13
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 31
Worth the Drive 22

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Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Tough but great value

Don’t play here if you aren’t prepared to play a true test of golf. The layout and design are for those who appreciate the game. The greens are so true and incredibly fast each time I play here. Love this track.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
First Time Playing

Greens are impossible

The greens really do make this course almost unplayable. The ball simply doesn’t stop. We played in the rain after several days of rain, the course was wet but playable. Even with the wet conditions, you could putt 10 feet uphill only to have the ball come rolling back down and leaving a 20-25 foot putt. Other than that, the course is great. Beautiful layout and very challenging.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Greens were a joke

There's nothing that can redeem a course that sets it's greens up the way this course did the day I played. It was possible on virtually every hole to just miss a 10 foot putt and be left with a 30 footer on your next putt. In fact, it was not only possible but down right likely that if you missed a putt on hole number 4 from left of the hole to not only see the ball roll off the green into the rough, but into the water too and don't tell me well hit your tee shot right of the hole. Yeah sure, anything right of the hole went from near the pin to into the water. I don't have a problem with tough courses but I don't want to pay to be made a fool of.

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice course- tricky greens.

Nice course, layout is very good. Greens are hard and extremely fast- don't hold approach shots very well. Some of the fairways could use water....a little brown and dry in some areas. Overall, we enjoyed the course but it could be fantastic with a little attention.

The staff was great, everyone was friendly especially the starter and the bartender.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
1.0
Previously Played

Changed My Price After Buying Tee Time on GolfNow

I never got to play the round of golf that I had booked for Labor Day 2020. I booked a 4-some 10-12 days before Labor Day, through GolfNow, at $69 per person, Four days before my reservation, I received a phone call from the course. I was told that if I wanted to keep the tee-time, we would need to pay $94 per person. I was told that GolfNow did not have the correct price listed.

I argued that this was not my fault and that I bought at the published rate. I was told that I either needed to give up the tee-time, or pay the $94/person. Notifying me 4 days before my reservation did not give me any opportunity to find a tee time, at a different course, at the time that I needed.

We were so mad that we ended up cancelling our 4some. When I emailed the Head Pro about this, he eventually offered to let us play later in the day at the $69 price. The timing was too late for us and it wasn't going to work.

I was amazed that they were coming back to me a week later and wanting us to pay $25 more, per person! I'm guessing that they don't value me as a customer, but it if happened to them, they would be just as upset as we are. HORRIBLE CUSTOMER RELATIONS!

If the pricing was wrong and it was not the courses fault, they should be taking that up with GolfNow, not demanding more from a customer who just wanted to play golf with friends, that get together once a year.

VERY DISAPPOINTED!

Value Poor
Friendliness Poor
Played On
Reviews 20
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
First Time Playing

Not worth the money - concrete greens

Layout is not bad, everything is in decent shape and well kept, EXCEPT the greens. They’re literally nearly as hard as concrete, on one hole my ball bounced off the green and went into the water!! You won’t find a ball mark anywhere because the green is too hard to leave one. It makes this course unplayable, fix the greens and this could be a great course. Until then, save your money.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Frustrating for the bogey golfer

I don’t think I’ve played on faster greens. No approach shots would stick lots of 3 putts. If you’re looking for a challenge give it a try

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 43
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Course is always tough but it is extremely dry/hard greens are very fast but expected since no rain lately.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 20
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Nice Place

Met friends for couples golf at 12:30 on a Sunday. Very easy check in and very well organized. Course is in decent shape, greens are very good. Lay out for my taste is a bit odd. Traps had nice sand. Food was 5 star excellent and the cart girl was never too far away. We were unable to finish due to weather but we did get a 9 hole rain check which was very generous. The only problem we encountered was the on course staff/starter. We wanted to play the green tees (celebrate our 70th birthday) and the red tees. However we could not find them so we were looking around when a greens staff member came out and actually starting yelling at us? Huh? When we said we couldn't find the tee markers he scolded that they had been removed and reconfigured due to Covid (tired of hearing that excuse for everything). After venting his anger we decided to play bronze and silver and red for the gals when we could find them. My suggestions would be a) tell us that when the starter sends us off, b)put the notice with the course scorecard, c)post it somewhere like all the mask signs, or finally d) mention it on their web site in their in depth Covid details. Otherwise the staff was super friendly.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Previously Played

Not worth it

Tee boxes, fairways, and green were in rough shape. Very overpriced for a public course.

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Lighting greens and perfect bunkers

Makray Memorial has always been known as a tougher course in the Cook/Lake County areas. This being my third time here (first playing the whole 18) I was eager to play. Got out at 6 am. Course is beautiful, greens roll fast, bunkers are very well manicured as well as the fairways and rough. Staff was great, range and short game area are perfect for getting in pre or post round practice. The course has a mix of long and short holes, all challenging in their own way. Loved this course and will be back soon!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0

Not worth it.

For $94 you expect the place to be immaculate. Greens and tee boxes were pretty beat up. Layout is fantastic as is the clubhouse. Disappointed, should not charge so much if they don’t bother to even water.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good overall

It’s overpriced and the greens were more chewed up than usual, but it’s always a nice course to play.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Previously Played

Not worth the money

For $95 the course should be in immaculate condition. Last Sunday 4 of us played in the morning and all commented about the poorest tee boxes we have seen all year. Course is at best a $40 course for 95 on weekends. Much better places near by.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Overall the course is in good condition, albeit a little dry in places. Given the price, I would expect to see some improvements to a couple of the fairways and tee boxes, as a few were pretty beaten-up. Definitely be mindful of errant balls on number nine, as there is significant spillage from the driving range area.

Beverage cart service was great and the grill set-up at the turn was the best I have seen at any course all season, complete with a great selection of food and microbrews. Additionally, great procedures in place for COVID-19, which were appreciated.

Overall, a great track with a few imperfections along the way, but I would definitely return.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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