Bowes Creek Country Club

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4.7
362
5 Stars
242
4 Stars
101
3 Stars
12
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
3
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.6
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.4
98.5%
Recommend this course
349 out of 361 reviews
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Average Rating
4.8
42
5 Stars
36
4 Stars
5
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.7
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.7
97.6%
Recommend this course
41 out of 42 reviews
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4.8
54
5 Stars
42
4 Stars
11
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.6
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.6
98.1%
Recommend this course
53 out of 54 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 71
Length 6917
Slope 142
Rating 73.2
Type Public
Bowes Creek Country Club is situated on the western edge of Elgin amidst gently rolling hills. The golf course enjoys an idyllic setting, sprawling across lush farmland accented with stands of mature trees, natural wetlands, and rocky bluffs. The layout incorporates the natural hazards provided by the terrain but massive, sweeping bunkers were also strategically placed throughout for added challenge. Tall fescue grasses edge the face of the bunkers as well and the undulating terrain guarantees that you will come across a few uneven lies. The trickier elements of the golf course are balanced by expansive, player-friendly fairways that offer a little room for error. In addition to the golf course, Bowes Creek C.C. also boasts a comprehensive practice area with an elevated, 30-station driving range with target greens at varying distances, and putting and chipping greens.
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 71 6917 yards 73.2 142
Blue 71 6569 yards 71.5 138
White 71 6120 yards 69.3 133
White (W) 71 6120 yards 74.7 135
Red (W) 71 5626 yards 71.5 128
Gold (W) 71 5029 yards 68.1 121
Scorecard for Bowes Creek Country Club
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 73.4/142 384 436 200 384 233 530 438 591 376 3572 505 391 344 376 169 427 205 370 435 3222 6794
Gray M: 71.7/138 384 418 200 384 215 500 419 558 376 3454 505 391 330 376 169 401 187 370 420 3149 6603
Blue M: 69.5/133 360 418 182 364 215 500 419 558 356 3372 490 360 330 349 155 401 187 348 420 3040 6412
Baby Blue M: 67.0/127 360 397 182 364 197 478 387 523 356 3244 490 360 292 349 155 369 167 348 381 2911 6155
White M: 72.5/140 W: 74.8/137 335 397 166 335 197 478 387 523 332 3150 475 316 292 320 147 369 167 325 381 2792 5942
Pink M: 70.5/135 335 310 166 335 179 456 354 491 332 2958 475 316 272 320 147 343 167 325 349 2714 5672
Red W: 71.6/130 305 310 154 305 179 456 354 491 307 2861 445 250 272 294 130 343 157 281 349 2521 5382
Yellow W: 68.1/123 271 300 139 274 158 421 322 439 276 2600 416 244 218 239 115 305 132 171 316 2156 4756
Handicap 9 7 17 11 15 3 5 1 13 2 10 8 14 18 4 16 12 6
Par 4 4 3 4 3 5 4 5 4 36 5 4 4 4 3 4 3 4 4 35 71

Course Details

Year Built 2009
Architect Rick Jacobson (2009)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes
Pull-carts No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "Bowes Creek Golf Academy"
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Single Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire required.

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  • Golf Advisor: Best of Golf Advisor (2016 #21)
  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Course Conditions in the U.S. (2016 #16)

Reviews

4.7
362

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 37
Patio Dining 29
19th Hole Scenic Views 24
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 57
Forced Carries 44
Elevation Changes 43
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 50
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 34
Locals 30
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 48
In the 'Burbs 42
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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Phenomenal Course

Bowes Creek is a phenomenal course! I enjoyed it greatly despite not playing my best, which is always hard to do. Looking to get out there again and go low next time! Very challenging, but you can score if you're on.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from Bowes Creek Country Club on 09/10/2018:
Thank you for the phenomenal review! We are glad you enjoyed the challenge the course has to offer. We look forward to your next round with us!
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Used cart

Great Golf Expderience

Bowes Creek is an excellent golf course. The holes are very scenic and well laid out. Sand traps are in excellent condition, however, I'd prefer a more manicured lip on the traps. The course can be played at any level of difficulty depending upon tee selection. The white tees at 5942 yards is deceptively difficult with a 69.5/133 rating. The tips stretch out to 6794 yards and a 73.4/142 rating. It's also a nice to have a course that still provides free range balls. On hot days they bring out iced towels.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Response from Bowes Creek Country Club on 08/14/2018:
Thank you for the excellent review! We're glad you had an overall great experience at our course. Come play again soon!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Back Nine Blues

Way too long on back nine. Pick up my ball on 18, could not take it anymore.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Response from Bowes Creek Country Club on 08/06/2018:
Thank you for the 4 stars. We are sorry to learn your round took longer than expected. We hope you give us another shot soon.
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Love this course.

my favorite course in illinois!! dont play it that much because its usually pretty pricey for me but caught an unbelievable hot deal that i couldnt pass up. very happy i didnt the course is beautiful i wouldnt call it easy but it is pretty wide open.i usually have a problem with slicing my drives at least at this course i have a fighting chance of the ball being playable. I do have to say the greens were pretty chewed up only because of people not repairing their ball marks, other than that the place is pristine. the staff is so friendly, everyone i talked with!!! great course and cant wait to play it again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Response from Bowes Creek Country Club on 08/06/2018:
We're honored Bowes Creek is your favorite golf course in all of IL! We are glad you had a great time with us. We look forward to your next round of golf!
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from Bowes Creek Country Club on 07/31/2018:
Thank you for the fantastic 5-star review! We are glad Bowes Creek is one of your favorite local golf courses. Be sure to book your next tee time with us very soon!
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

One of Chicagoland's Finest

Course is very challenging but incredibly well maintained. Bunkers, fairways, rough and greens in great shape. Beautiful day and the course was packed. A little slow, but considering the course difficulty and number of patrons, played in about 5 hours. Staff is first rate and Mary, behind the counter, went above and beyond the call of duty, due to my screw up. Course, staff and course amenities are certainly like belonging to a country club.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Response from Bowes Creek Country Club on 07/31/2018:
Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. We appreciate positive criticism from our golfers as it encourages us to keep up the quality standard we uphold here at the course. Be sure to book your next round of golf with us soon!
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Bowes Creek

Great golf course. Well-maintained and very challenging

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Response from Bowes Creek Country Club on 07/26/2018:
Thank you for the 5-star review! We are glad you enjoyed the course conditions as well as the challenge.
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Bowes lived up to its reputation

As a 72 yr old 12 hdcp senior, I played the forward (white) tees 5945 yds slope 133. The course conditioning was first rate, and the layout was well designed and challenging. By playing it forward I was able to reach all the greens and had several GIRs. Mandatory to stay in the fairway as the rough was tough, and both fairway and greenside bunkers were formidable hazards with naturalized appearance and lined with tall fescue. Greens ran medium fast and true, but my only issue was that speed was not consistent from hole to hole probably due to the heavy rain we have had the past week. Close cropped areas around greens gave tight lies, and I found putting from 10-15 feet off the green to be the best strategy. Sand traps were well maintained and I found best results with my heavy high bounce sand wedge. I played on a fabulous GN Hot Deal and look forward to getting back there again soon.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Response from Bowes Creek Country Club on 07/26/2018:
Thank you for the excellent feedback. We look forward to your next round of golf with us!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Response from Bowes Creek Country Club on 07/23/2018:
Thank you for the 5 stars! We are glad you enjoyed your round of golf with us.
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Response from Bowes Creek Country Club on 07/23/2018:
Thank you for the 5-star rating! We hope you join us again soon.
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