Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course

3.6592117647 3.7 stars from 5 (42)
  • Holes: 9
  • Par: 36
  • Length: 3265 yards
  • Slope: 127
  • Rating: 35.5
  • Layout

  • 3600 N. Recreation Drive (Lake Shore Drive), Chicago, Illinois 60613, Cook County
  • (312) 742-7930
  • (312) 477-7323
  • sydneymarovitz.cpdgolf.com

Year built: 1932
Architect(s): Edward B. Dearie (1932)
Type: Municipal
Greens: Poa/Bent Grass
Fairways: Rye Grass

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - $11
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Indoor practice facilities: Yes
Simulator: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Appropriate Golf Attire

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 36 3265 yards 35.5 127
Blue (W) 36 3265 yards 38.4 138
White 36 3034 yards 35.0 125
White (W) 36 3034 yards 37.8 136
Red 36 2493 yards 33.5 118
Red (W) 36 2493 yards 36.0 128

Formerly known as Waveland Golf Course.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.2 stars from 5
Value: 3.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.9 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 42 Reviews
5 stars:
5
4 stars:
16
3 stars:
12
2 stars:
8
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

30 out of 41 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city   Great for 9-hole rounds locals walkers   Great for drinks  

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"The starter was the worst"


qjamal17's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/24/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We had a 7:24 tee time and he kept telling us how we had to hurry because there was a league taking off right after us. we understood the first time but he kept going. we had to tell him that we got it and said he didn't need to repeat himself so much. and he goes "well thats how things go around here.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/04/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice course but the fairways are not cut what makes it more difficult


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Slowww"


Ccarter70's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

2.5 hours for 9 holes was not what I was expecting on a Tuesday afternoon! Waited for almost every shot. Talked to others that have played there before and it seems to be a consistent thing.

Other notes-course is pretty nice. Definitely some long and challenging holes. The greens are very difficult. Putting will definitely be your downfall on this course!

Right on the lake so you can see it just about every hole. Parking is not free so download the park mobile app or get ready to pay the box.

Overall I’d play again but I’d be expecting 2.5 hours to complete it.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average


I recommend this course


"Course cancelled on me"


u000008228006's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/27/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

So the course ended up cancelling on me less than 24 hours before my tee time.

That being said, I’ve played the course before and like it a lot for a city course.

I would just really like to know why they cancelled on me?


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


"Got cancelled"


u000008228006's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/27/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course sent us a cancellation on Saturday. Didn’t get a response, but I’ve played this course before, so I could leave a bad review. Not sure why it was cancelled by the course, but I’d like this to rectified.


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


"Fun downtown course"


u722396852's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/11/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is enjoyable when it isn’t too backed up. It’s not Augusta, but fun course to squeeze in 9 downtown/on the lake.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Fine course, unfortunate staff event"


bballgolf11's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/30/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course, the value and location are all great. However, I did not appreciate getting told by 2 staff members (on the same hole) that our group was playing slow -for multiple reasons. 1, I've been playing for 25 years and I know slow play, this was not slow play. 2, the group that was behind us and apparently complained only ever had to wait once, and it was a par 3 (waiting is extremely common). 3, we were told on the 7th hole of 9. That message falls on deaf ears when you wait that long and why did they need 2 staff members to talk to us. I get that they're doing their jobs but we got the message after 1. 4, we had a group of 4 and the group behind us had 3. Do the math, we are going to play slightly slower. Also, they never asked us to play through and apparently resorted directly to complaining. The rest of the day was great


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Very slow..."


u000006820242's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/29/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great day to be out so didn't mind at first, but I got to the 3rd hole and realized it took an hour to play the first two holes. Then there were 4 groups at the 3rd hole (one just finishing; 2 on the tee box when we got to it). I decided to walk off the course when the group behind us caught up to us as well. However, the manager, Ryan took care of the problem for me at the front desk. Ryan also helped me at check-in when the front desk person didn't understand that I had pre-paid for the round on Golf Now (she stated that nothing is ever pre-paid at the course -- which is odd, b/c this was my second time using Golf Now on it). Thank you, Ryan for saving the day/round for me!


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Easy


I recommend this course




2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/25/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Sydney Marovitz G/C"


nlbigjerry's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very challenging and tough 9 hole course. The wind coming off Lake Michigan make all shots very difficult.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/15/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"nice location for 9 holes vs sitting in traffic"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/31/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 9 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

traps unkept course rough but playing winter rules it was very playable....bums tent in a tree on a hole was a first...lol


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Local opinion"


gswilson's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/07/2016
Previously played Walked Played 9 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

I play here all summer. Great for getting out after work since the only range nearby has mats. The course is usually in great shape given its location and greens fees - greens are slow, sand traps can be muddy or hard.

My only real complaint (which is not their fault):

Pace: this is completely hit or miss because of the location. You get some groups who have never played in their life, extremely drunk groups, and everything in between. The rangers really do their best, but a round can last anywhere between 1:30 to 3hrs. Understanding that will make the experience much better (usually moves at 2hrs +/- 15mins). Get there before 9am on the weekends, or before 5pm on the weekdays, and you will be in great shape.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Not sure why I keep going here... the scenery mostly, I guess."


deirdre625's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/03/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 9 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Pros:

Located in the city

Easy parking

Beautiful location on lakefront

Inexpensive

Cons:

Staff is pretty gruff, especially the rangers

Could be maintained better - grass at the edge of the fairway is often too tall to see your ball until you are on top of it

Always crazy crowded

Kind of boring course - pretty flat and few hazards

A little TLC on the course maintenance, a bit more breathing room between golfers and a nicer staff this place could be charging notably more and golfers could be having a much more pleasant experience. Even though the course really isn't remarkable, I would pay more to come here because of the convenience and scenery if it wasn't such a pain in the behind to actually play here.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Nice 9-hole near downtown"


markswilliams2000's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/06/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I live downtown and this course is easy to get to by cab. Holes are nice and long. Not a par 3 course. It delivers on its promises. Very compact; pretty narrow. Not terribly challenging but a great place to get out and hit some balls! No practice green or driving range.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Great City ourse"


u000005578743's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/11/2015
Previously played Walked Played 9 holes Fair weather

Reviewed on

Even though I live 15 minutes from the course, I had been putting off playing it for fear that it would be too short and not challenging enough for my above average game. I was pleasantly surprised. The fairways were a little wide, but the longer than average hole length made up for it. The greens played very well for it being November. I will use for the early season and later fall. I recommend it.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"this course needs real sand"


rcl142000's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/04/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Most of the bunkers are pulverized dirt on a clay base. They started to fix the problem but have stopped. Please finish the project.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"All around game play"


mybestpal's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/16/2015
Previously played

Reviewed on

Staff very a helpful .easy online reservations, and easy to get started on the course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"OK value for a decent course"


bartlettdu's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/04/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Walked Played 9 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Course is pretty average and short. Rate of play was considerably slower than I expected. Sometimes they have great deals but I probably will not pay full price to play this course again.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Good Course."


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/14/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Played 9 holes Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

For a 9 hole course, this hands down may be the front runner. Long par 4's and well maintained greens makes this course fun and challenging. Plus, being on the shore of Lake Michigan, I had an awesome view of the air and water show. But if your in a hurry do not bother. To enjoy yourself in the course you must have patience.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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