Lost Marsh Golf Course
|Player (W)||72||5859 yards||74.2||127|
|Regular (W)||72||4972 yards||69.3||117|
|Tournament M: 73.6/132||340||189||474||510||266||402||497||180||445||3303||554||171||386||393||507||404||404||212||469||3500||6803|
|Championship M: 71.6/127||330||177||430||476||266||397||460||150||420||3106||527||161||369||383||445||398||330||202||449||3264||6370|
|Player M: 69.2/122||312||150||430||454||240||295||437||127||400||2845||498||150||357||365||417||357||325||138||407||3014||5859|
|Regular W: 69.3/117||245||125||292||345||200||275||420||108||380||2390||467||134||331||277||360||311||269||111||322||2582||4972|
Intimidating front nine
You better hit your ball straight on the front nine or you will need more golf balls.
Lots of water! Play target golf. Very good conditions throughout! Worth the stop.
Great course but staff doesnt know what they are doing....
Great course but staff doesn't know what they are doing. No starter when we teed off so there were multiple twosomes that were slowed by extremely slow foursomes. Called into the shop 3 times first time we were told to go in front of them, second time ranger came out and had a group in front of us play through them. Finally the ranger came back out so we were told to skip around the last 5 holes. Very disappointing they would allow bad habits on the course.
Lost Marsh is a Refreshing Challenge
I was pleasantly surprised with the playability, condition, and overall fun of the layout at lost marsh. The diversity of the holes and the shots required was what I really enjoyed about the course. There are two to three risk-reward short par 4s that are driveable for longer players. The few longer par 4s are relatively open off the tee, but demand a strong approach shot. Again, the par 5s offer a great risk-reward set up both off the tee and into the green. Hole 4 is one of the tougher holes in the area. The par 3s could use some mixing up (all played between 135 and 170 the day I played from silver tees). Really other than that, I have no complaints; the greens rolled fairly true, rough was appropriately long, and the pace of play was great despite every tee time being booked with foursomes.
Worth the Drive!
Greeted by the friendliest pro shop ever.
What a gem! Played in under 4 hours and waited to hit on the first five holes. Had a great time! Layout was a little strange but excellent conditions!what a deal on golfnow! Definate replay even with the traffic (dan ryan expressway).
Well worth it! Won't get lost in my favorite courses to play.
I recommend this track!
If you want a unique golf experience then I recommend playing here. It's certainly lived up to its billing as a target course, as opposed to the wide-open links courses that I typically prefer. This brings out a whole new mental part to the game and ensures that only a strategic hitter is successful. For me I found this to be refreshing and a whole lot of fun! The fairways and greens were really well maintained. Oh, and the beer is cheap! I'd play this course again any day!
course is in great condition.
really helps using GNow GPS on this course especially for the first few holes where water comes into play often.
Course is great. Pace of play sucks. It would have taken over 5 hours to get a round in. Will not go again
A great course to play, the only criticism is that the carts need gps due to all the water in front and the sides especially the first 4 holes.
2nd try - Too Crowded
2nd try in a few years at this course. Staff was friendly enough and the clubhouse is spectacular. Skipped the range. Knew first 4 holes were murder and while somewhat interesting they create a real log jam right out of the gate with the par 3 second hole. Why courses make the second hole a three makes no sense. So many hazards and chances for lost balls on those first four the group just loses its enthusiasm for playing. After that it gets more enjoyable but what really bothers me is how close the greens and tee boxes are. It's actually scary. Teeing off on 10 you have groups firing rockets off one almost right at you. Italian beef at the 8/12 snack shack made up for a lot. The last 4-5 holes are well designed despite the ugly storage tanks and make you enjoy the course overall. I can put up with the crazy starting 4 but my group said they're done with this course. Waited in every single tee, but still finished in 4h30m starting at 7:30 on a Sunday. Don't see how they can ever speed up play with trouble on almost 100% of shots on the first 9. Back far more playable.
Target golf course in excellent condition
Lost Marsh may be in the best course condition shape in years. This is a target-oriented golf course that plays tough from the back 2 tee boxes (Silver - 6370 & Black - 6803 yds). The yardage is not long but the tightness of the course makes it play longer. The course's defenses are hazards (water & marshes), the wind, and the layout with strategic tree locations. Couples of tips - 1) Do not use driver off the tee at holes 1, 4, 5, and 15: not necessary and brings more hazards into trouble without any good reward. 2) Holes 7 & 12 have strategic tree lines to avoid on the drive or they make your 2nd shot impossible. OTHER STUFF: The snack shack is very convenient as you can visit after holes 8, 11, or 13. The clubhouse is beautiful with a good bar, restaurant, and locker room. The bar also has an outdoor patio area overlooking the course and the Chicago skyline. Good course that tests your accuracy of your shots. Good Luck!
Pace of play ruins experience
Played course three weeks ago. 5 hour, 42 minute round. As it was a 90+ degree day, chalked it up to the warm day and an anamoly.
Gave course another chance yesterday. 5 hour, 36 minute round in high 70s, low 80s temps.
Despite reading management's responses that they are addressing pace of play concerns, it would appear that nothing is being done to correct the situation. If the course wants to keep the two rangers on payroll, then it may be better served having them do something else to earn their keep because they are certainly not doing what they are supposed to be doing, which is to keep groups on track in accordance with the course's suggested pace of play. On the two days that I played, the rangers seemed more interested in keeping their carts moving in pursuit of AVOIDING any groups than to approach groups needing a little nudge.
Lost Marsh is a fun course with its fair share of challenges. Unfortunately, until it TRULY cleans up its act on pace of play, there is very little value in what they ask the public to pay and is a recommended stay-away.
Lost Marsh on windless day
Played this course when there was hardly any wind. This is a great course but due to its closeness to Lake Michigan it can get fairly windy. This is a pretty tough track and combining it with the wind factor it magnifies the difficulty. Got to truly enjoy it yesterday. Course is in great condition. First 5 holes are a true test of your ability. You gotta play it.
This course has potential. Too many tricked up holes that need to be changed. Some holes after going around the lake were more classic and a good combination of links and wooded holes. Several holes were difficult because you can't see where to hit your drive and sometimes second shot. This really slows down play.
Fantastic value for money
Absolute gem of a course and great value for money. If you like to pull the driver out on each tee you may want to think again... I was told to play target golf, if only it was that easy.
This course for me is on a par with harbourside but much cheaper.
A hidden gem
Playing Lost Marsh is a great experience. The senior rate for the course is very fair and appreciated. The staff was friendly and appreciated having us there. The clubhouse is a wonderful and beautiful building that also houses a great restaurant.
The course is tough with challenging holes - especially the first five which are all bordered or affected by water.
The greens were in great shape and both held, and rolled, well. Be sure to use your course map to help avoid hidden dangers like tight fairways and water hazards.
I look forward to my next visit to this superb course!
Beautiful but very challenging
My wife and I played this course on a Sunday afternoon after a Saturday night at Wrigley Field. The first 5 holes are a run of the most challenging you will find anywhere......water, narrow, long, etc...Very nice layout....highly recommended!