Blackstone Golf Club

4.7428470588 4.7 stars from 5 (228)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6734 yards
  • Slope: 140
  • Rating: 73.1
  • Layout

  • 9700 St Andrews Dr, Marengo, Illinois 60152, McHenry County
  • (815) 923-1800
  • (815) 531-1955
  • blackstonegc.com
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Year built: 2006
Architect(s): Bob Lohmann (2006)
Type: Public

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in fees
Clubs: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6734 yards 73.1 140
Black/Gold 72 6541 yards 72.0 138
Gold (W) 72 6210 yards 76.1 139
Gold 72 6210 yards 70.4 134
Silver (W) 72 5766 yards 73.6 134
Silver 72 5766 yards 68.2 128
Bronze (W) 72 4932 yards 76.1 139

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.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.4 stars from 5
Value: 4.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.7 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 228 Reviews
5 stars:
175
4 stars:
40
3 stars:
7
2 stars:
6
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

218 out of 228 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive in the 'burbs   Great for advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views locals   Challenges include undulating greens bunkers water hazards   Great for drinks patio dining 19th hole scenic views  

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uDZYY2164DZ's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/19/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



Harris3277's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/15/2018
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 Blackstone Golf Club on 07/16/2018:

Fantastic! Glad you enjoyed your time with us!

"Great Course"


u000001221819's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/13/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played here multiple times and course fits the eye. Great value! Well worth the drive.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Blackstone Golf Club on 07/16/2018:

Wonderful! We're thrilled that you enjoyed our course and that you found us to be a good value. We can't wait to have you back again soon at Blackstone!


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/13/2018
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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 Blackstone Golf Club on 07/16/2018:

Terrific! Come back soon!


StevenJohnson's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/10/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Blackstone Golf Club on 07/16/2018:

Outstanding! Come back soon!


hmjohnson83190's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/09/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Blackstone Golf Club on 07/10/2018:

Outstanding! Come back soon!


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/03/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Blackstone Golf Club on 07/05/2018:

Terrific! Glad you enjoyed your time with us!

"Fun, but challenging"


mgmdjm's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/28/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We have played Blackstone a few other times. It has a nice interesting layout and is challenging, but fun.


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 Blackstone Golf Club on 07/02/2018:

Excellent! We're thrilled that you enjoyed our course and the challenge it presented. We can't wait to have you back again soon at Blackstone!

"Well maintained"


u875492115's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/17/2018
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Reviewed on

Fair layout, greens fast and true, sand traps could ise a bit more sand but are better than most in the area, noce golf carts but GPS equipment would be nice.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Blackstone Golf Club on 06/26/2018:

Outstanding! We're thrilled that you enjoyed our course and we appreciate your feedback on our sand traps. We can't wait to have you back again soon at Blackstone!

"Excellent course. Great layout."


jdchappy's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/15/2018
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Reviewed on

This course is very nice with great greens that roll very true. Staff is very nice


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 Blackstone Golf Club on 06/26/2018:

Fantastic! We're thrilled that you enjoyed our course and that our staff left a great impression on you. We can't wait to have you back again soon at Blackstone!

"Good layout and well maintained"


u000008219442's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/11/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice course, well worth the deal I got. This course has the right mix of not being impossible and not being too easy. Would definitely play here again.


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 Blackstone Golf Club on 06/14/2018:

Wonderful! We're thrilled that you enjoyed our course and the challenge it presented. We appreciate your review and we hope to have you back again soon at Blackstone!

"Great course in the Rockford area!"


Mike5327778's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/09/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Although we golfed after a rainy couple of days, the course had drained well. It was in excellent condition and very challenging. We will be back.

The staff and clubhouse were great!


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 Blackstone Golf Club on 06/11/2018:

Outstanding! We're thrilled that our course conditions met your expectations and that you enjoyed the challenge of our layout. We're also pleased that our staff left a great impression on you. We can't wait to have you back again soon at Blackstone!

Make sure to check out our Online Gift Store to get Dad the perfect Father' Day gift: https://www.itson.me/widget/now-gifting-golf/blackstone_golf_club#/

"Great Course"


Sam5773357's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/07/2018

Reviewed on

Do yourself a favor and play Blackstone. I have played 3 different TPC courses this year along with 30 different courses in 4 states and Blackstone’s greens are the best!!! I have played here for several years from March to November and the course conditions are always great

Pace of play is always around 4 hours or less

Fun layout and challenging

Great Course!!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Blackstone Golf Club on 06/26/2018:

Wonderful! We're glad that our greens met your expectations and that you were able to play at a good pace. We're also pleased that you enjoyed the challenge that our course presented and we look forward to having you back again soon!

"My friend was amazed!!"


Steve2512628's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/07/2018
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Reviewed on

My friend has played @ Bowes Creek & Highlands of Elgin, really loves those courses. I have been telling him about Blackstone since last year. Finally I got him to go. His response after the front nine was he will be playing there more often then the above mentioned. Not to take anything away from those 2 courses, he loved the total layout & views of the course. It was in great condition, greens were smooth and quick. Loved it. Had a great time


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Blackstone Golf Club on 06/11/2018:

Terrific! We're thrilled that your friend enjoyed our course conditions and the challenge of our layout. We look forward to having them back more in the future at Blackstone!

Make sure to check out our Online Gift Store to get Dad the perfect Father' Day gift: https://www.itson.me/widget/now-gifting-golf/blackstone_golf_club#/

"Outstanding Course"


oreo2012's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/06/2018
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Reviewed on

One of the best courses in northwestern Chicago area. Most recommended.


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 Blackstone Golf Club on 06/11/2018:

Wonderful! We're glad that you enjoyed your time with us and that you consider us one of the best courses in NorthWest Chicago. We look forward to having you back again soon for your next round!

Make sure to check out our Online Gift Store to get Dad the perfect Father' Day gift: https://www.itson.me/widget/now-gifting-golf/blackstone_golf_club#/

"Immaculate conditioned course!"


uYQCH9371YQ's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/06/2018
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Reviewed on

Other than the Skeeters & Gnats annoying us on 6 holes on the back 9? This was by far, the BEST conditioned tract I've played in Illinois! From tee to green, you can't ask for a better manicured course!


Pace of Play: Average

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


Response from Blackstone Golf Club on 06/11/2018:

Excellent! We're thrilled that our course conditions met your expectations and that you enjoyed your round with us. We can't wait to have you back again soon at Blackstone!

Make sure to check out our Online Gift Store to get Dad the perfect Father' Day gift: https://www.itson.me/widget/now-gifting-golf/blackstone_golf_club#/

"Condition & course laying out"


bingoboy7229's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/06/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very challenging course but beautiful laying out course,I'm always enjoy.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Blackstone Golf Club on 06/11/2018:

Fantastic! We're glad that you enjoyed our course and the challenge it presented. We appreciate your review and we look forward to having you back again soon!

Make sure to check out our Online Gift Store to get Dad the perfect Father' Day gift: https://www.itson.me/widget/now-gifting-golf/blackstone_golf_club#/

"This place is fabulous!!"


ChrisW5226's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/04/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

Visiting Crystal Lake and I found this course thru Golf Advisor. Wow!! What a great course. WELL worth the price. Layout was fun and challenging. Greens were rolling true and quick. Entire course was manicured perfectly. Beautiful club house. Nice practice area. Pro shop and maintenance staff were friendly and proud of the place. They should be.

Great scenery and weather was great. I’ll be back.

Thank you.


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 Blackstone Golf Club on 06/04/2018:

Excellent! We're thrilled that you enjoyed our course and the challenge it presented. We're also glad that our conditions met your expectations and that our staff left a great impression on you. We appreciate your review and we can't wait to have you back again soon at Blackstone!

Make sure to check out our Online Gift Store to get Dad the perfect Father' Day gift: https://www.itson.me/widget/now-gifting-golf/blackstone_golf_club#/

"Great greens"


tomlahart's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/01/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a very good course. Requires shotmaking skills not found on most courses. Very fast greens demand concentration on all chips and putts. Course knowledge a huge plus. Keep the driver in the bag on 3 or 4 par fours.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Blackstone Golf Club on 06/04/2018:

Excellent! We're glad that you enjoyed our course and the challenge it presented. We appreciate your review and we look forward to having you back again soon!

Make sure to check out our Online Gift Store to get Dad the perfect Father' Day gift: https://www.itson.me/widget/now-gifting-golf/blackstone_golf_club#/


hmjohnson83190's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Blackstone Golf Club on 06/04/2018:

Wonderful! Come back soon!

Make sure to check out our Online Gift Store to get Dad the perfect Father' Day gift: https://www.itson.me/widget/now-gifting-golf/blackstone_golf_club#/


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