Highlands of Elgin

4.5360764706 4.5 stars from 5 (195)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7000 yards
  • Slope: 136
  • Rating: 73.8
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes - 30 grass tees driving range
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Indoor practice facilities: Yes
Simulator: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: No tank tops or cutoffs
Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Amex, Discover accepted

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.4 stars from 5
Value: 4.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 195 Reviews
5 stars:
108
4 stars:
74
3 stars:
10
2 stars:
2
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

188 out of 195 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is in the 'burbs worth the drive convenient to the city   Great for advanced golfers locals a weekend splurge   Challenges include elevation changes bunkers undulating greens   Great for drinks 19th hole scenic views patio dining  

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"Awesome Track & Perfect Conditions"


trozmus12's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/16/2018
Previously played Walked Hot weather

Reviewed on

This is one of the most challenging courses in the western suburbs. The course is in perfect condition - greens rolled very true and the rough and fescue was nice and lush. This is definitely near the top of my favorites list!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



Kenneth3675901's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/13/2018
First time playing 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



u553934790's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/12/2018
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


"a must play in elgin"


grumpy12's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/05/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is built around a quarry and is in near perfect condition.Fast greens,many forced carries,and some deep bunkers.Very difficult to walk due to long spaces from greens to tees.Very hilly.Play 18,but walk 27.A course I play whenever I find a deal.Play the corret tees and have fun.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/05/2018
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


"Great course!"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Love playing here. Well maintained and great layout. Pretty wide fairways so great driving course but plenty of trouble to make it challenging. Definitely recommend playing.


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


"BEAUTIFUL WELL MAINTAINED COURSE"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/27/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful well maintained golf course, friendly staff!

Worth playing regularly. Great fun!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

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 The Highlands of Elgin on 05/30/2018:

Hello, Thank you for leaving The Highlands of Elgin a 5-star review. We are happy to have met your overall expectations. Thank you again for your business and come back again soon!


gc1766180379's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

my first time playing highlands after hearing so much about it through friends and after my round, I will not be coming back to play this course. For the money, the course could have better landscaping and fescues are all over the course which makes for looking for your errant shot impossible. Just overall a not so enjoyable round. The staff are really nice and helpful.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"For a long course."


uQSPW6420QS's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/25/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in really good shape although the course could have been in better condition as far as golfers not putting Golf marks on the green and not replacing divots in the Fairway they need to be more respectable to the course


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Course played well in brutal weather"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/20/2018
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Highlands of in great condition even though there were some showers mixed with the cold and windy weather. Greens were definitely soft but still in great condition with the type of rain that passed through.


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 The Highlands of Elgin on 05/23/2018:

Hello, Thank you for leaving The Highlands of Elgin a 5-star rating. We are happy to meet your overall expectations. Thank you for your business and taking on a mixed kind of weather. Remember to book your next round with us soon.

"Great track"


Ou812's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/19/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Despite all rhe rain the area has had. Drainage was good, fairways weren't plugging. Kept greens from rolling like they normally do. Little bit slower with less breaks.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from The Highlands of Elgin on 05/24/2018:

Hello, Thank you for proving your feedback. Don't worry this week it will be sunny. We're glad you did enjoy your time out on the golf course and glad a little rain didn't scare you away. Thank you for your business and remember to book your next tee time with us soon.

"Good Public Course"


Bob2000613's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/19/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I was looking for a place to meet my son where we had never played. Saw this was rated highly on GolfNow so decided to try it out. Good layout and conditions. There was an outing ahead of us that slowed play down by 30 minutes or more - nearly a 5 hour round.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from The Highlands of Elgin on 05/23/2018:

Hello, Thank you for leaving The Highlands of Elgin a 4-star rating. We are happy to hear that you gave us a chance and enjoyed our course layout. Make sure to book your next round through GolfNow https://bit.ly/2s6t4do.

"beautiful place to play"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/17/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

the course is always maintained well. it's a challenging course, without being overly difficult.


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 The Highlands of Elgin on 05/23/2018:

Hello, Thank you for leaving The Highlands of Elgin a 5-star rating. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our course conditions. Thank you for your business and remember to book your next round with The Highlands of Elgin.

"A gem in elgin"


u378136794's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/07/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great experience all the way around.....course is fantastic.....challenging but fair....layout is great...amenities are as good as it gets....great bar with outside tables on a balcony over looking 18th green in the bright sunshine...what else you need for a perfect golf experience at a nice price.


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 The Highlands of Elgin on 05/10/2018:

Hello,

Thank you for leaving The Highlands of Elgin a 5-star rating. We are happy to hear that enjoyed your overall experience. Thank you for your business and remember to book your round with The Highlands of Elgin in the near future.

"Dave M Highlands review"


David3482079's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/06/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Enjoyed the course layout and conditions. Very fair IF you play the right tees, I'm an 8.2 index and truly enjoyed the gold tees; the tips would have been brutal, particularly in the wind. This links style course can get really windy. Greens were not unduly unfair and rolled true. Range and practice area are nice amenities as well. A worthy choice of courses but just a tad pricey.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



Response from The Highlands of Elgin on 05/10/2018:

Hi David,

Thank you for your kinds words and feedback. That's a really nice picture you took of our golf course. We are happy to have met your overall needs. Thank you for your business and look forward to you booking your next tee time with The Highlands of Elgin.

"Great links coarse"


u5831198's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/30/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Still early in the season 76 and windy as the coarse is wide open with no trees went at 1130 on a monday and wide open cant wait to go back when the coarse in in tip top shape .


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from The Highlands of Elgin on 05/03/2018:

Hello,

Thanks for your comments and feedback. Honestly, perfect weather is hard to stay away from especially out on the golf course. Remember to book your next round and we look forward to having you back out on the course.

"Great value"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/29/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Excellent layout, like the rotation of tees to increase or decrease yardage, pace of play was very good for a weekend and marshalls were active to manage it, will be back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from The Highlands of Elgin on 05/01/2018:

Hello,

Thank you for leaving The Highlands of Elgin a 5-star rating. This truly means a lot to us! We pride ourselves in always providing an outstanding overall experience for our customers. Thank you for choosing to play our course and we'll see out on the golf course again.



4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/27/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


Response from The Highlands of Elgin on 05/01/2018:

Hello,

Thanks for leaving The Highlands of Elgin an awesome 4-star rating. We are glad to have met your 5 of 5-star rating in pace of play. Remember to come back and book your next tee time.

"Beautiful links course"


u969563752's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/26/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is one of the gems of Elgin. I'm an average player and this course is beautiful and challenging. The lay out is great and we played combo tees. Silver and Gold. Pace was good although you could spend a lot of time looking for your

Ball If your too far off the fairway.

Greens a little hairy but what do you expect for this time of year.

Will definitely come back again and again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


Response from #TheHighlandsofElgin on 11/29/2017:

Thank you for sharing your 5-star experiences from The Highlands of Elgin! We appreciate your review and are looking forward to seeing you again!

"A beautiful, challenging links course"


fjgilbert's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/08/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First, this is a links course.This means few, if any trees. So the wind becomes a significant factor. A links course also allows you to run the ball up to the green from the fairway without fear of having the ball die in the fairway short of the green (assuming of course you hit the shot correctly).

The Highlands is one of my favorite courses to play in the Chicago metro area. I've always found the fairways, bunkers and greens in excellent condition. And I love the challenge. There are plenty of bunkers strewn throughout the course to grab your attention. And the rough is thick enough to motivate you to be accurate off the tee. The greens were slower than what I'm accustomed to at the Highlands. However, I played on a November morning right after the frost melted. So the greens were quite wet.

The pace is generally average for a foursome (4/4.5 hrs.). And the staff in the pro shop and on the course were very friendly and accommodating.

I would definitely recommend the Highlands of Elgin to anyone that wants to play a top notch course in the Chicago area.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from #TheHighlandsofElgin on 11/13/2017:

Thank you for sharing your 5-star experience at The Highlands, fjgilbert! We're very happy to be one of your favorites in the area and appreciate all of your kind words about our staff!


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