Highlands of Elgin

4.5102470588 4.5 stars from 5 (204)
  • 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: 4.2 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 204 Reviews
5 stars:
113
4 stars:
77
3 stars:
11
2 stars:
2
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

196 out of 204 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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"Loved the layout"


Cmart1127's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/08/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course but singles get shaft"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/03/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course



u000003724377's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/29/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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


"WOW!"


dcarrabine's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/27/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time playing this course and loved it!

The 5 hours it took to play was an anomaly. The surrounding courses were closed due to flooding from heavy rains. That meant this course was packed with the golfers who had been cancelled on those other courses. I could not believe how fast the greens were after all the rain we had. Now that I know the lay of the land I can't wait to play here again.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



Drjw1's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/23/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Always enjoy playing this course, very fair, a lot of risk reward holes.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



u000001178126's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/23/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

course is good shape after two days of rain, drains very well greens were plush and a little slow from previous weather but rolled true.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Strange layout"


Meathead8's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/17/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

I really like the way this course is maintained, but it's a very wierd layout. There is really no feel for consistency, every hole is all over the map. It does make for an interesting challenge, it was fun. I liked the look at the creepy old State Hospital cemetery on the back side.

Greens were good, nice roll, very fair.

Play this course, keep on rockin.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Awesome course"


u000006142188's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/17/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course, great layout. If you are looking for an easy forgiving course this isn’t for you. It is a challenge but I love it


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 #TheHighlandsofElgin on 06/20/2018:

Thank you for coming out to play The Highlands of Elgin! We're glad you enjoyed another great round of golf and hope you'll be back to tackle some of its challenges again soon!

"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


Response from #TheHighlandsofElgin on 06/20/2018:

Thank you for your 5-star review from another great round at The Highlands of Elgin! We appreciate you putting us on your list of favorites!


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


Response from #TheHighlandsofElgin on 06/20/2018:

Thank you for your 5-star rating, Kenneth!


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


Response from #TheHighlandsofElgin on 06/20/2018:

We appreciate your rating our course 5-stars! Thank you for coming out to play The Highlands of Elgin!


u000005742109's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/09/2018

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


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


Response from #TheHighlandsofElgin on 06/20/2018:

Thank you for making us a must play, grumpy12! We appreciate your review of the course and recommendations for other golfers!


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


Response from #TheHighlandsofElgin on 06/20/2018:

Thank you for your 5-stars!

"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


Response from #TheHighlandsofElgin on 06/20/2018:

We're glad you enjoyed another great round at The Highlands of Elgin! Thank you for your 5-star review and we hope to see you back again soon!

"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.


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