Blackstone Golf Club
Blackstone Golf Club is one of the hidden gems of Chicagoland golf courses. It has one of the most natural landscapes of any course in the area thanks to the incorporation of more than 26 acres of environmentally protected wetlands. Half of the course is routed through dense forests of oak and hickory trees while the other half stretches across lush, open meadows. The wetlands come into play on 13 holes. Bob Lohmann, the golf course’s designer, crafted dramatic bunkers with irregular edges and strategically placed more than 50 of them along the greensides and fairways. It’s not a golf course where you can “grip it and rip it,” instead it will force you to think carefully before each hole. The layout can be a challenging test but four sets of tees and wide, player-friendly fairways make Blackstone G.C. more accessible for a wide range of skill levels.
|Gold (W)||72||6210 yards||76.1||139|
|Silver (W)||72||5766 yards||73.6||134|
|Bronze (W)||72||4932 yards||76.1||139|
|Black M: 73.1/140||352||170||405||564||237||505||310||178||539||3260||540||333||543||159||418||404||367||234||476||3474||6734|
|Black/Gold M: 72.0/138||352||170||405||564||206||505||310||178||501||3191||540||333||491||159||418||404||367||183||433||3328||6519|
|Gold M: 70.4/134 W: 76.1/139||312||132||384||526||206||480||289||158||501||2988||508||306||491||136||389||377||343||183||412||3145||6133|
|Silver M: 68.2/128 W: 73.6/134||283||113||361||380||181||456||257||136||487||2654||473||282||459||112||360||323||321||162||383||2875||5529|
|Bronze W: 69.3/125||254||96||327||380||158||430||257||115||411||2428||415||263||427||94||287||257||294||142||311||2490||4918|
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Blackstone - best in the western suburbs
Blackstone is an incredible course - challenging layout, slick but fair greens, punishing boundaries, and fantastic fairways. The staff is always friendly and helpful, and the rangers keep the pace moving along nicely. A good value, especially on weekdays.
Terrific! We're thrilled that you enjoyed the challenge of our layout and that our staff left a great impression on you. We're glad that you found us to be a good value and we can't wait to have you back again soon at Blackstone!
I really enjoy this course. It plays fairly with varing levels of difficulty based on tee locations. It is very well maintained. Greens roll pretty true. Pace of play always seems to be at four hours. It is typically not overcrowded.
We appreciate you taking the time to review our course. 5-star feedback is incredible to see and exactly what we strive for. We hope to see you back again soon to enjoy another game!
Top course in IL
The ranking for this course is well deserved. Excellent facility, challenging layout, you will use all of your clubs in the bag.
Outstanding! We're thrilled that you enjoyed our course and the challenge of our layout. We can't wait to have you back again soon for your next round at Blackstone!
One of the best public courses around! Great condition and challenging. A hidden gem since it is a bit out from everything but well worth the ride. People there are very nice. Clubhouse and practice facilities are outstanding.
Outstanding! We're thrilled that you enjoyed our course and the challenge it presented. We're honored that you consider us one of the best public courses in the area and we can't wait to have you back again soon at Blackstone!
As good as it gets
Challenging, pristine, value, underrated are just a few of the words I would use to describe this track. Fast and consistent greens, perfectly manicured fairways and a knowledgeable/friendly staff makes this my favorite course in IL. Each year they improve something about the experience; from the course to the amenities, they cater to the true golfers experience. If you have not played Blackstone GC, you are missing out.
Excellent! We're thrilled that you enjoyed the challenge of our layout and that you found us to be a great value. We're also glad that our staff left a great impression on you. We're honored that we're your favorite course in IL and we can't wait to have you back again soon for another great day at Blackstone!
Worth a visit
Played this course in extremely windy conditions (steady wind of 27mph, gusts close to 40mph) which made scoring very difficult. Regardless, having played this course twice now I rank it up there with the very best in the Chicago region. Excellent layout, every hole is diffirent, not particularly long which means you can score on it providing you use manage your shots. Lovely 18th hole that leads up to a lovely clubhouse that has a great outdoor patio overlooking the green. If this course wasn't so far away I would play it on a regular basis.
Very nice public course
For a public course you will not find one in the area that is any nicer. Very good shape. Nice layout. Greens were is very good condition.
Staff is very friendly.
Wonderful! We're glad that our course conditions met your expectations and that you enjoyed the challenge of our layout. We appreciate your review and we look forward to having you back again soon!
Except for the drizzle and cold temps what a beautiful course. five par 5's and five par 3's is unusual but works here. worth the ride, 40 minutes from the burbs
Great golf day
I rate Blackstone as a premier course.
Next exit after Huntley off I-90 greens are true fairways are cut right. Traps have nice sand. Has room for average golfers and sets up to be a challenge from the back tees. Same class with highlands of Elgin. Stonewall, and Bowes. Highly recommend it.
Love this layout. The course was as usual in great shape. The only complaint the pace of play was very slow. No rangers and we had at times 3 groups on a hole. Also the greens as with every course you play, had quite a few ball marks. Either people have no idea on how we to repair them or they are just plain lazy, sad.
Love this course- well worth the drive.
This course is located about 55 miles west of the City of Chicago but definitely worth the drive. The greens are fast and undulating and the course conditions are second to none. Friendly staff, great driving range and chipping area, plus the price is right.
Good Course, Very Bad Mosquitos
The layout is good. Fairly open and forgiving fairways. Greens were just ok. Very beat up. They could be some of the best around. Fairways were in good condition.
Now the Mosquitos... This would deter me from returning. I've never experienced anything like this. Too many other nice courses that don't have health concerns.
Diamond Golf Course
It is a very nice golf course and I love to play here. However, I did not like my last round that I played here on 9/17/18. There were so many mosquito on the ground that it was impossible for my friend and I to play all holes. We skipped 4-5 holes just because we were swarmed there by thousands of mosquito. The pro-shop should have advised us about the mosquito problem when we checked in. We could have gone somewhere else or used some spray to protect us. But they didn't bother to tell us.
Too many mosquitoes and slow greens
Played the course today, in the wooded area of the course the mosquitos were unbearable. Literally like a rain forest. The greens were ragged and very bumpy. Very unlike this course which is usually excellent.
Overrated Course with horrible customer service
Relatively easy course. Drove 50 minutes to this course based on Golfnow rating. What a terrible idea!!
The starter teed off 7:54 group at 7:47 and then tells me I am late!! Anyways, thereon - this place is a mosquito nest. First 9 holes I could not play because there must be a billion mosquitoes living in this course (literally). I called the pro shop and complained that they should inform people about mosquito infestation and asked if a ranger can bring mosquito repellent and they should offer it for free for health reasons. The pro shop guy laughed at the phone and said they don't offer repellent sprays for free and instead told me to come get my money back. I didn't drive an hour to drive back after 3 holes so I stayed on hoping it will get better.
You just cannot stand in this course this time around without being bit 20 times on every stroke (no jokes). First 3 holes I must have killed 30-40 mosquitoes on my body and I must have been bit 15-20 spots.
The course is not bad but the customer service was non-existent! After 9 holes of fighting mosquitoes I stopped at pro shop and bought repellent for $8.50 and complained again. The guy's response - We can separate nature from golf!!! can you believe it? Meaning - if there is a mosquito infestation then that's part of the game!
Other negatives: I saw water tank maybe 3 times on the course in 80F+ heat. No Cart lady! No Halfway House! Course plays lot shorter than scorecard. Just terrible.
With all this why would anyone want to spend around 80 bucks? It's just not worth it. Maybe for people that have no choice
I feel the need to comment on this review since I was in the foursome with the reviewer. He was definitely not on the tee at 7:54. Instead he was just checking in and had to catch up with us on the first green. Mosquitos were awful that day however most of the golfers were using the repellant that they carry on a regular basis. Complaining about mosquitos is like complaining about bad weather. Sometimes it just happens. I have golfed many times at Blackstone and found the customer service to be outstanding. So I feel this review is completely unfounded.
Challenging but fair course
Highly recommend this course. It can be challenging and a lot depends on the putting. Course was in great condition considering the amount of rain we have had. Staff was very professional. Senior rates are very reasonable for a course of this quality. I was pleasantly surprised.
Undiscovered golf gem
Way out at the edge of the Chicago metro area is one of the best courses in the state. Blackstone is absolutely worth the trip out to Marengo. The course is beautiful, with challenging yet fair holes that demand the use of every club in your bag. I'd play this track again in a moment.
Worth the drive
An hour from Western suburbs but worth it. Great combination of challenge and playability. Scorecard offers multiple combo tees to suite low, mid and high handicappers. Great clubhouse overlooking 18. Overall one of the better affordable Chicagoland golf options.