Prairie Landing

4.5355529412 4.5 stars from 5 (234)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6950 yards
  • Slope: 136
  • Rating: 73.2
  • Layout

  • 2325 Longest Dr, West Chicago, Illinois 60185, Du Page County
  • (630) 208-7600
  • (630) 208-7630
  • www.prairielanding.com

Year built: 1994
Architect(s): Robert Trent Jones, Jr. (1994)
Type: Public
Greens: Bent Grass
Fairways: Bent Grass
Golf Season: March Through November

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Practice hole: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "Prairie Landing Golf Academy"

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Appropriate golf attire.
Credit cards accepted: Amex MasterCard Visa Discover card(s) Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6950 yards 73.2 136
Gold 72 6580 yards 71.3 130
Blue 72 6097 yards 68.5 122
White 72 5576 yards 72.2 124
Red (W) 72 4859 yards 68.3 116

Prairie Landing Golf Club has received acclaim ever since first opening in 1995, including a four-and-a-half-star rating from Golf Digest. This West Chicago course will make you feel as though you've been transported to a seaside links course in Ireland. The prairie-style layout closely follows the tradition of classic links golf courses. Robert Trent Jones II designed the course, fully utilizing the rolling terrain. He incorporated large, undulating greens and rolling bent grass fairways. Vast swaths of native grasses stretch along the fairways and strategically placed bunkers frame the greens. There is also contoured mounding to contend with. The golf course finishes with a memorable par 5 that features fairway bunkers on the left followed by a carry over a lake to a well protected, high bowled green. Prairie Landing also boasts a practice facility that includes a driving range with target greens, four practice holes, and a nine-hole chipping and short-game area.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.2 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 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 234 Reviews
5 stars:
110
4 stars:
95
3 stars:
17
2 stars:
9
1 stars:
3

recommend this course

210 out of 233 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is in the 'burbs worth the drive near the airport   Great for advanced golfers entertaining clients locals   Challenges include bunkers water hazards undulating greens   Great for drinks patio dining dinner  

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"True links style"


mtuck5's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/19/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is the only true links style type golf course in the Chicago area that I know of. The front 9 is brilliant and the back 9, although not as great as the front, it does not disappoint. 18 is a fantastic risk reward finishing hole. The thought that went into the undulations on and around the greens create so many creative options. Snagged a hot deal at $18 walking and the course was in good condition considering it’s early in the year. Greens were a bit rugged but again to be expected in April. Must play golf course for that rate. I know this course’s rate is around $80 during prime time weekends over the summer, I believe that’s a bit high and would like to see it around $50-$60. Prob not worth playing at $80. I’m all about value though. I would highly recommend this golf course. Such a fantastic layout, and is easily a top 10 track in Chicago. If you can get a good rate then go play it! Now!


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


"Recommend this course"


BrianBae0707's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/17/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Usually play lot a golf course around Chicago area. But this course really nice. course design is beautiful. Some bunker and water and up and down hill. my wife and me feel samething, awesome. But it's not easy course.I want a recommed this course.


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


"Early season gem"


redman63's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/12/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is in very good shape considering the brutal weather thus far this spring...staff was very friendly and accommodating, even got me out as a single ahead of a larger group...love this course and layout, will be back in the summer when everything is green again!


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



Fredrick4355742's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/02/2018
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: Good


I recommend this course


"Great but...."


Neil3802414's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/18/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Awesome course, very challenging, loads of risk/ reward shots, and great green complexes. Early season pricing for this course was staggeringly good.

Unfortunately my round was very early in the season, course was aerated everywhere, no carts (despite the course being dry, and the staff being very concerned with pace of play), and pace of play, with people unaccustomed to walking, was insanely slow.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Players track from the tips, fun from the rest!"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/04/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Excellent course with a great staff...always a pleasure to play, even in March!


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 course, just fine. The pace, God awful."


u072682089's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/04/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Over 5 hours for early March - ugh. Yes, it was walking only, and yes we were delighted to be playing...But a five some ahead of our twosome (single digits) without stepping aside (or being told to) ruined much of our delight. If you’re going to open, then get out and control the pace of play. Please.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



zjf0073's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/10/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

One of my favorite courses. Always in excellent condition, great practice facilities, and perfect greens.


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


"Prairie Landing awesome"


tsenne51968's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/25/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Great course but due to timing (late October)no real after round place for drinks. The course was absolutely awesome. the only issue which is normal this time of year is the aeration. It should be noted somewhere when the aeration was done to allow golfers to decide. Other than that though the fairways were immaculate and everything else was top notch. I would recommend to everyone


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great course"


Dan6558327's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/17/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Loved it. Unfortunately, the greens were aerated. Would love to play with the greens in good condition.


Pace of Play: Excellent

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



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/13/2017
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Reviewed on

Besides the aerification of greens, course was excellent!


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 shape and it's October"


Bill2519216's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/09/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens rolled fast and true. Course in great shape. Only negative was slow twosome we got paired with which made our round 4:50. Ouch! It was frustrating. Nice couple but ..... know groups behind us we're not happy but it was even worse being in the group. All I can say is we tried to speed them up.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Not the best experience"


Peter9413437's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/05/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Everything about this place is great except today. We got stuck behind a college girls tournament, forcing us to skip one hole after 5 hours of play. The worst part was our tee off was over an hour later than the last tourney group.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Unique golf experience in the west Chicago suburbs"


Iamdiesel18's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Illinois Advisor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/04/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Summary: This RTJ II prairie links style course is a gem and an underrated one at that. I played it one time and I can’t wait to get back and play it again. In fact, it has been the one public course in the Chicago suburbs I have recommended more than any other since I played there in early October.

Pros: The course design is top notch. It is a change of pace from other area golf courses. The prairie style links lends itself to a different style of play. It is not a “bombers” course where you can hit driver off of every tee. While I would not say the course is tight, I wouldn’t say it is wide open either. There is a good balance in the design where the best play may be a 3 wood, 5 wood, or even a hybrid or iron off the tee based upon the width of the fairway, the fairway bunkers, the water hazards, the weather conditions (specifically the wind), and the deep fescue lining the fairways. I did not hit a single driver on the front 9 and I loved every minute of it. Each hole is unique and presents its own challenges as well as its own rewards. WIth most of the par 4’s playing between 300 and 400 yards, you can play as risky as you want. Just know that if you miss the fairway, there is very little area for forgiveness. Deep, thick fescue throughout the course pretty much guarantees a lost ball should you miss badly. The 5th hole is a microcosm for the entire course. There is a split fairway with a water hazard bisecting the two fairways. It is approx a 220+ yard carry over the hazard into small landing area. Should you pull it off, you will have a wedge and a much better angle into the green. Play it safe by staying short and right of the hazard and you will have a long iron in with an angle into the green that makes it very shallow. Pick your poison. Its just a great golf hole that most golfers will appreciate and want to play multiple times.

What I probably loved most about this course was the design of the greens and the areas around them. The course staff did an excellent job of keeping these areas as close to pristine as possible. You essentially are only limited by your imagination. The angles and slopes around the greens allow you to play a variety of shots. You will have to use all of your short game tricks (flop shots, bump and runs, putting from off the greens, etc) in order to stick it close to the pin consistently on this course. Greens were in good shape and definitely have character to them. Different levels on the greens put a premium on good approach shots.

I loved that the course has two warm-up holes. Should you have enough time before your round, I would encourage you to play the two par 4 practice holes prior to teeing off on the actual course. It will give you an excellent feel for the angles, course conditions, and speed of the greens. Standing on the first tee box, I felt more confident in my approach after “testing” out the course on the practice holes. The course also has an excellent driving range should you prefer that. I would recommend both.

Should you take a cart, the GPS is excellent. For having never played the course before, it certainly helped with club selection as well as pace of play. It is one of the better in-cart GPS systems that I have seen/played with. For the most part, the yardages provided were extremely accurate. There were a few times where the yardages into the greens were off by a couple of yards but not enough to change a club selection.

Cons: I know I’ll be the outlier in saying this but I’ll say it anyways: I’m not a fan of holes 10-13. Those holes wind through a wooded area and to me, feel too much like what I can get at any other course around Chicago. Again, just personal opinion. To me, they just feel like they don’t match up with the rest of the links style course.

The par 3’s are somewhat lackluster. The lone picturesque par 3 is the 12th hole which is a forced carry over a large water hazard. From the gold tees, the yardages are 178, 174, 208, 171, and 207. From a design standpoint, I would have liked to see more variation in the yardages. The par 4’s and 5’s have that variance. The par 3’s, not so much.

Being objective, the planes flying overhead could also be an issue for some golfers. The course borders a somewhat busy airport and the planes that are landing do come in somewhat low over the course in their approach to the runways. They are not huge planes and they are not so loud as to hurt your ears, however they could be a distraction if you’re susceptible to that type of thing.

Verdict: This course instantly jumped into my top 5 Chicago suburbs courses. Worthy of a 5 star review in almost all aspects. The challenges and the risk/reward options presented throughout the course make this a true golfer’s course. The uniqueness in the design and style of the course make it one that will provide you with something new every time you play it. I can’t wait until next spring to give it another go. Highly recommended.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Tough Track - Good Quality"


asdfasdfasdfOK's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/20/2017
First time playing Used cart

Reviewed on

Definitely not a course for high handicappers because of thick fescue and water hazards on every hole. Very great shape even though it rained the night before, there was no standing water anywhere. Also had someone wash our clubs on 18, and there are 2 practice holes and bunker practice that you can play for no additional charge if you get there early. Great quality, a little on the pricier side though. Definitely would play again if I can find a good deal.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Links Course"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/06/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Bring your best putting skills if you want to score great. Never disappointed when I play Prairie Landing a true gem in West Chicago.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



u621824958's avatar
Skill:  Advanced

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/22/2017
First time playing 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: Good


I recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/16/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Awesome links layout"


u000007975794's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/14/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Started play at 3;45 pm as a threesome and played in 3:45 with other traffic on course. Course is in unbelievable condition. Reworked bunker complexes are mint!! Great value and I rate as Top 5 public courses in Chicagoland


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Special place"


Chisag's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/08/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Start off with 2 practice holes that are as good as any holes on the course. Nice to warm up hitting actual shots before teeing off of #1. The course was in great shape with true and fast greens. And I mean fast. Lots of water that does not come into play but on several holes it does. Especially the par 3 12th which is all carry and into the wind can be a challenge. Always best to take more club as long is better than short and wet.

This is not a beginners course and will really test intermediate golfers and advanced players. Greens have a good deal of slope and very challenging but fair. Most holes have an accessible landing area but some holes need a ver good drive to avoid bunkers. Excellent par 3's where par is a great score.

One of my favorite courses on non windy to slightly windy days. On windy days it is really a beast.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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