Red Tail Run Golf Club

4.6885176471 4.7 stars from 5 (63)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7351 yards
  • Slope: 132
  • Rating: 74.4
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

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

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Indoor practice facilities: Yes
Simulator: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Appropriate golf attire.
Credit cards accepted: Yes

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7351 yards 74.4 132
Blue 72 6713 yards 71.7 125
White 72 6164 yards 69.2 118
Gold 72 5651 yards 66.9 113
Gold (W) 72 5651 yards 71.6 122
Red (W) 72 5104 yards 68.5 116

Red Tail Run Golf Club is situated on the south side of Decatur, Ill. The course stretches across open, gently rolling land where the bird that the club was named after, the Red Tail Hawk, circles freely overhead. Designed by PGA Hall of Famer Raymond Floyd, the golf course features large, undulating greens and wide, rolling fairways. Native prairie grasses also accent the landscape, adding to the layout's level of difficulty. At 5,651 yards, the golf course isn't terribly long but the openness of the landscape means that your round will be subject to the wind. Depending on how it's blowing, it can play much longer. Red Tail Run Golf Club has a mix of challenging and player-friendly holes, giving the course appeal for players of all skill levels. Red Tail Run also has a driving range available for warming up.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.4 stars from 5
Value: 4.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.6 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 63 Reviews
5 stars:
38
4 stars:
22
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
2
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

60 out of 63 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city worth the drive   Great for advanced golfers locals seniors   Challenges include bunkers thick rough water hazards  

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Reviews


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"Toughest par 3 around"


u858465138's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/04/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

You get a little bit of everything on this course ,linksstyle and woodsy back nine. Number 17 par 3 is a challenge about 185 yds, up hill and almost always into the wind plays more like 200 with long sloping green. Usually 20 to 30 mph winds all day long.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"A fun course!"


u732784436's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/14/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I really like this course and enjoy playing it. The double green ... #13 and #16 is a great feature! The front nine is very much "Links style", while the back nine has lots of trees and water. I always enjoy this course and recommend to everyone!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"A beautiful walk spoiled."


u000004595722's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/14/2017
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Reviewed on

Add this golf course to your bucket list. Open fairways, but challenging finishes. Beautiful countryside course. The front nine are “dry”, but the back nine has a few water hazards. The sand traps and fairway bunkers will challenge you. The course is in great condition, even in Mid- November. The fast food bar, pro shop, restrooms and staff were great. The golf carts, tee box equipment, etc. was well maintained. For a care-free golfing experience on a moderately challenging course, put Red Tail on you list.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Always a great course"


fltdck's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/19/2017
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Reviewed on

Greens r great fairways great. Always n great shape. A little pricey for Decatur


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u1862341305's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/23/2017
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


"Great Layout"


tomgreenwood's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/12/2017
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Reviewed on

Greens were fast and true. Fairways outstanding. Rough was pretty tough but fair and fairways wide. Nobody on course. Played entire course in a little over 2 hours. Always enjoy playing this course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



u513562828's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/01/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Amazing"


u8486724's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/27/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course condition always perfect a ton of old and new golfers that are wonderful to meet and play with and always great seeing Turtle and his staff hard at work and willing to help you out with whatever your case is they always go above and beyond always love returning to Red Tail.


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!!"


Frank4551001's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/25/2017
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Reviewed on

Red Tail is a great golf course. There are many different types of challenging holes among the woods.

Holes 15 and 17 are very interesting to finish your round. It is easy to lose a ball in the high grass but easy to hit out of it if you find it.

We had a great time and a lot of fun.We plan on going back soon!


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


"Challenging course in great shape"


4043huff's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/13/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is a top course in central Illinois. Very challenging, but a fair course. Great shape


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


"the layout of the course was great"


u757747112's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/31/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

the layout of the course was great. fairways in great condition , the tall grasses prove to be challenging. overall really liked it will be back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



dwdrummer61's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/28/2017
Previously played 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: Average


I recommend this course


"Making Very Good Progress"


u00000604581's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/28/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens were very smooth. Fairways used to be very sparse but are filling in nicely.


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


"Better than most"


u000007851650's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/30/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My golf group have now played all 3 of the public courses in Decatur in the last 12 months. This is the newest and the best of the 3. The clubhouse is nice and the staff very hospitable.

The course is in great shape and was as challenging as we had been told. The Golf Now rates made it affordable for us to play and we will probably return.

If you haven't played the Decatur courses you owe it to yourself to play them.


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


"Solid Course"


Charles2249757's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/26/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Rewards good shots and can punish bad ones. Not for the beginner.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Jerks When Calling"


John6665279's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/14/2017

Reviewed on

Called the course to place a tee time and the man who answered the phone was an absolute jerk. I love playing this course but every time I drive 45 minutes to get there I have to deal with someone who works there that is a jerk. Please retrain your staff and teach them something about customer service

I did not book a tee time today because of this phone conversation


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



u1601852's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once every three months

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/09/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"FUN course - good mix of holes"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/06/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

RTR is a course with a good mix of holes, short, long, medium. We've had unbelievably warm weather (yes global warming is a thing) here in central IL. Still mowing my grass past Nov. 1st and most of the courses have bounced back from a summer drought. RTR is in great/good shape. Rough and fairways are a little on the long side but greens are smooth and fantastic but maybe a little too soft. A lot of foot prints around the holes made it tough to keep putts on line. Bunkers, like a lot of courses in this area could use some work. Like I said, a good mix of holes. Short holes with tough green complexes and some long brutes (par 3s and 4s) thrown in. Most of the dog legs go right, so a fade (4 right hander) is preferred. I'm not a regular but have played here over a handful of times. Greens are just tough to read, try to keep it below the hole. Get there early, nice practice facility. Hamburgers are good too!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"don't miss this course"


uSKGK7204SK's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/25/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Wonderful public course. Late in the season and it is still in great shape.


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


"A great golf course"


Chuckieg51's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/04/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

I always enjoy playing this course. The course is well maintained and the staff is helpful and very friendly.


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



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