Highlands of Elgin

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4.5
221
5 Stars
125
4 Stars
81
3 Stars
11
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.4
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.4
95.5%
Recommend this course
212 out of 221 reviews
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4.9
7
5 Stars
6
4 Stars
1
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.4
Layout
4.9
Pace
4.7
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.9
100.0%
Recommend this course
7 out of 7 reviews
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4.5
44
5 Stars
28
4 Stars
13
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.4
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.7
93.2%
Recommend this course
41 out of 44 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Municipal
Par 72
Length 7000 yards
Slope 136
Rating 73.8
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The Highlands of Elgin Golf Course
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7000 yards 73.8 136
Black/Gold 72 6786 yards 72.9 134
Gold 72 6365 yards 71.1 130
Gold/Silver 72 6039 yards 69.5 126
Silver 72 5625 yards 67.7 122
Silver (W) 72 5625 yards 72.1 125
White (W) 72 4901 yards 68.1 116
Scorecard for The Highlands of Elgin
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 73.8/136 414 561 383 151 436 581 254 363 418 3561 395 471 530 310 511 166 440 198 414 3435 6996
Black - Gold M: 72.9/134 414 522 383 155 436 535 203 363 418 3429 395 429 530 310 511 166 404 198 414 3357 6786
Gold M: 71.1/130 372 522 355 134 399 535 203 324 368 3212 369 429 502 280 480 137 404 167 385 3153 6365
Gold-Silver M: 69.5/126 372 451 355 134 351 491 167 324 368 3013 369 369 479 280 480 137 360 167 385 3026 6039
Silver M: 67.7/122 W: 72.1/125 311 451 310 107 351 491 167 290 320 2798 348 369 479 255 432 109 360 144 331 2827 5625
White W: 68.1/116 277 420 268 76 309 439 125 233 291 2438 312 323 439 201 394 73 309 123 289 2463 4901
Handicap 9 3 13 17 5 1 15 11 7 12 2 4 18 6 16 8 14 10
Par 4 5 4 3 4 5 3 4 4 36 4 4 5 4 5 3 4 3 4 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 2003
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bluegrass
Golf Season April - October
Architect Keith Foster (2003) Art Schaupeter (2010)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes - 30 grass tees driving range
Bunker Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Golf Simulator Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Visa, MasterCard, Amex, Discover accepted
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code No tank tops or cutoffs

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Reviews

4.5
221

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 17
19th Hole Scenic Views 16
Patio Dining 16
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 31
Bunkers 29
Undulating Greens 28
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 28
Locals 23
A Weekend Splurge 15
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 30
Worth the Drive 26
Convenient to the City 6

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Skill Intermediate
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Great track!

Our weekly group got out and played Highland and were not disappointed as it was a well maintained track with great amenities. We will be putting it in our rotation for next season...

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Highlands of Elgin
Commented On 2018-11-05T20:41:59.000+00:00

Wow - Thank you for the five star review mmmsdaddy! We are happy to have exceeded your expectations at #TheHighlandsofElgin. Our playing conditions are very important to us and we are glad you enjoyed them. We are happy to now be in your rotation and look forward to having you back again soon! Until then, take care!

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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played

One of Chicago’s best

Play here 6-7 times a year since it opened

Always in great shape and a great test

Greens rolled true at a good pace

Fairways above average for this time of year

Definitely a top ten public course in our area

Must play

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Response from #TheHighlandsofElgin on 10/24/2018:
Wow - Thank you for the five star review and great compliments! We are happy to exceed your expectations. Our playing conditions are very important to us and we are glad you enjoy them. Thank you for sticking with us over the years. We look forward to having you back again soon at #TheHighlandsofElgin! Until then, take care!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Response from #TheHighlandsofElgin on 10/01/2018:
Wow - Thank you for the five star review! We are happy to have exceeded your expectations. We love hearing from you and are glad you had a great experience at #TheHighlandsOfElgin. We look forward to having you back again soon! Until then, take care!
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Highlands of Elgin
Commented On 2018-10-01T15:33:02.000+00:00

Wow - Thank you for the five star review Paul! We are happy to have exceeded your expectations. We love hearing from you and are glad you had a great experience at #TheHighlandsofElgin. We look forward to having you back again soon! Until then, take care!

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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Great Experience

This course is a joy to play. The conditions are excellent, the staff is VERY friendly, and the pace was outstanding (4:00}. I highly recommend this venue.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from #TheHighlandsofElgin on 09/28/2018:
Wow - Thank you for the five star review! Your first visit to #TheHighlandsofElgin is definitely exciting. We know there are many options and are so glad you gave us a try. Our staff is happy to hear we made a positive impact on your day! Thanks for pointing out our playing conditions – as you see they are very important to us. We look forward to having you back again soon and developing a lasting relationship with you. Until then, take care!
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Response from #TheHighlandsOfElgin on 09/20/2018:
Wow - Thank you for the five star review! We are happy to have exceeded your expectations. We love hearing from you and are glad you had a great experience. We look forward to having you back again soon! Until then, take care!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Course was challenging but fair.

First time at this course and was pleasantly surprised as to how well maintained it was. Overall a great course for anyone. Will definitely go back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Response from #TheHighlandsOfElgin on 09/20/2018:
Wow - Thank you for the five star review! Your first visit to our course is definitely exciting. We understand there are many options and are so glad you gave us a try. We are happy to have exceeded your expectations. Thanks for pointing out our playing conditions – as you see they are very important to us. We look forward to having you back again soon and developing a lasting relationship with you. Until then, take care!
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Response from #TheHighlandsofElgin on 08/31/2018:
Thank you for rating your last round at The Highlands of Elgin!
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Response from #TheHighlandsofElgin on 08/31/2018:
Thank you for rating us!
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Response from #TheHighlandsofElgin on 08/31/2018:
Thank you for your 5-stars, Dr Bri!
Played On
Handicap 5-9
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
Response from #TheHighlandsofElgin on 08/31/2018:
Thank you for your 5-star rating!
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good not great

This is a good course. Some really nice holes with great vistas and some very average holes. The course was in average condition for a public track in late July. Lots of divots and the greens were pretty marked up with many units repaired ball marks. I thought the course was over-watered. It hasn't rained in at least a week and even at 4 o'clock in the afternoon my ball marks and divots were quite large. All in all it is was an enjoyable experience but I wouldn't put it on my short list of courses you can play in Chicago.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Response from #TheHighlandsofElgin on 07/30/2018:
Thank you for your review of your first visit to The Highlands. We appreciate your feedback.
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Horribly slow

5 and half hour round. Greens I terrible condition.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Response from #TheHighlandsofElgin on 07/30/2018:
Hi Denis, we appreciate your feedback from your last round at The Highlands of Elgin. We hope it won't deter you from coming back out to enjoy another round later this summer.
Played On
Handicap 5-9
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 Good
Amenities Excellent
Response from #TheHighlandsofElgin on 07/30/2018:
Thank you for rating your last visit to The Highlands of Elgin 5-stars, Kenneth! We're glad you enjoyed another great round with us!
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0

Thank you Highlands

First time out this year. Course is beautiful, greens best in the area

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Response from #TheHighlandsofElgin on 07/30/2018:
We're glad you decided to come back and play another round at The Highlands! Thank you for your 5-stars and we hope to see you back out here a few more times before the end of the year!
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Golf Experience

Great golf course very nice layout well taken care of highly recommend this place

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from #TheHighlandsofElgin on 07/30/2018:
Thank you for your 5-star recommendation!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Highlands of Elgin Review

The course is great! Have to play with swirling winds so it can be tricky at times. Proper club selection and accuracy are a must!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Response from #TheHighlandsofElgin on 07/30/2018:
Great suggestions! We're glad you enjoyed your last visit to The Highlands of Elgin and we hope to see you back again soon!
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

One of the Most Challenging Courses

The thing that was most challenging about this course especially being the first time was not really knowing the layout and where the best landings spots were. I was put with some golfers that wanted to play the Black/Gold tees which in hindsight was not within my range for the black tees in some cases. I've heard that links courses can be a challenge being my first time. I felt the greens were in good shape, but several fairways were beat up. It became a frustrating round of golf losing so many balls as several holes slope away from you and your ball would run away. I will definitely play this course again, but will just play from the gold tees and be more strategic. It is a very picturesque course and strategic placements of bunkers and water makes this a challenging for all levels, but I do like the links style.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Response from #TheHighlandsofElgin on 07/30/2018:
We're glad you still enjoyed the style and layout of the course, and hope to have you back soon to take on some of the challenges you'll face from the Gold Tees! Thank you for reviewing your first experience from The Highlands!
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Loved the layout

My first time playing the Highlands. I've played multiple rounds at Bowes Creek and can say that this golf course is unique and challenging for many golfers due to forced carries, and in some spots taller fescue. I thought tee boxes and fairways were in great shape. Greens were inconsistent and showed signs of being overplayed(many unfixed ball marks). Pace of play wasn't great, but overall good experience and value.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Response from #TheHighlandsofElgin on 07/20/2018:
We're glad you came over to play us, having enjoyed our sister course, Bowes Creek! Thank you for sharing your first experience!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course but singles get shaft

Arrived early for tee time and went to first tee to prep for round. Started states you are paired and on the tee. Rushed through and paired with a golfer who picks a cart that gps is broken.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Amenities Excellent
Response from #TheHighlandsofElgin on 07/20/2018:
We're sorry to hear that you had issues with the cart during your last visit. We've been fortunate to have a busy summer, and hope you understand that singles may be paired upon arrival. We hope this experience will not deter you from coming back to play us again.
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from #TheHighlandsofElgin on 07/20/2018:
Thank you for rating us 5-stars!
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