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4.4
415 Reviews (415)
5 Stars
276
4 Stars
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3 Stars
18
2 Stars
8
1 Stars
4
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.3
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.2
90.8%
Recommend this course
397 out of 415 reviews
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2.0
2 Reviews (2)
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2
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Conditions
3.0
Value
2.0
Layout
3.5
Pace
4.0
Amenities
2.0
StaffFriendliness
4.0
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4.0
26 Reviews (26)
5 Stars
14
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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Conditions
4.0
Value
3.9
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.2
84.6%
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 71
Length 6917 yards
Slope 142
Rating 73.2

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.

Course Details

Year Built 2009
Golf Season Year round
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.

Food & Beverage

Bar

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Conference Facilities, Banquet Facilities, Locker Rooms

Accolades

Reviews

4.4
415 Reviews (415)

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
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Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

"Members" don't like public players

Bowes Creek is a daily fee course that for $4,000 allows golfers to be "members", and also apparently gives them free reign to be rude and disrespectful to visitors.

While in the first fairway. someone playing the 10th hole approached us looking for his ball while blaring music. After looking up a couple of times while attempting to play my shot, in an attempt to politely suggest that the music be turned down, was told "you don't like music? Welcome to Bowes Creek...this is OUR club.". Wow. Not wanting to provoke a confrontation, our group kept silent and played on.

After the round, told the clubhouse guy about the comments and he was very apologetic. Our group went to the halfway house for a post-round beverage (inside was not yet open) and afterwards while walking back towards the clubhouse, I encountered the same person drinking with other presumed "members" who directed profane comments towards me. Again, I didn't speak a word to this person but did stop by the clubhouse to let them know of the rude and disrespectful treatment from this "member", and informed the pro I'd never play here again after this experience.

Disappointed such a nice facility has "members" that believe $4,000 allows them to behave like some entitled country club brats. If a real country club member treated a guest the way I was, they'd be immediately asked to resign. Hopefully the pro and course administration will encourage its "members" to treat visitors with more respect.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

"Members" don't like public players

Bowes Creek is a daily fee course that for $4,000 allows golfers to be "members", and also apparently gives them free reign to be rude and disrespectful to visitors.

While in the first fairway. someone playing the 10th hole approached us looking for his ball while blaring music. After looking up a couple of times while attempting to play my shot, in an attempt to politely suggest that the music be turned down, was told "you don't like music? Welcome to Bowes Creek...this is OUR club.". Wow. Not wanting to provoke a confrontation, we kept silent and played on.

After the round, told the clubhouse guy about the comments and he was very apologetic. Our group went to the halfway house for a post-round beverage (inside was not yet open) and afterwards while walking back towards the clubhouse, I encountered the same person drinking with other presumed "members" who directed profane comments towards me. Again, I (somehow) never spoke a word to this person but did stop by the clubhouse to let them know of the rude and disrespectful treatment from this "member", and informed the pro I'd never play here again after this experience.

Disappointed such a nice facility has "members" that believe $4,000 allows them to behave like some entitled country club brats. If a real country club member treated a guest the way I was, they'd be immediately asked to resign. Hopefully the pro and course administration will encourage its "members" to treat visitors with more respect.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Excellent place to play!

Second time playing there and each have really enjoyed playing there each time! Will definitely play again soon!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 10/21/2019

We're glad you enjoyed your 5-star experience with us, Junior1926. Please comment or reach out to our team in the golf shop to let us know more about your round!

Played On
Reviews 13
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

October Golf

Frost in the morning meant a delay. Starter did a GREAT job of getting people out. Course in great shape!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 10/21/2019

Hello, Mdoti. Thank you for your 5-star rating! Please book another round with us soon at Bowes Creek Country Club!

Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Wow!

THE best public course in the western suburbs, bar none. Great track, fast greens, good pace of play, well maintained. I love this course

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 39
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

tough course

A really great layout.Very interesting holes,none alike.Make sure to play the correct tees.I thought the rough was too penal,very high,hard to find your ball.lots of deep bunkers.I would give the course FIVE stars.It's fall and wev,'e had alot of rain.Still this is a must play

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Commented on 10/11/2019

grumpy12, we want to hear more about your experience with us! Please call us at (847) 214-5880. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
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Commented on 10/11/2019

Hello, u000005282155. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars, but we hope you'll give us another try in the near future.

Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented on 09/06/2019

Hi, thank you for your 5-star rating! Please book another round with us soon at Bowes Creek Country Club!

Played On
Reviews 24
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 09/06/2019

We appreciate you leaving a review and rating us. We will inform the entire team, so they know their hard work is paying off. We look forward to having you back at Bowes Creek Country Club!

Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course

Would definitely play here again. Unlike a lot of courses I’ve played this year they actually had sand in the sand traps. Layout was challenging but definitely fair.. Cary girl was very present throughout and the halfway house had plenty of selections.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 09/06/2019

We appreciate you leaving a review and rating us. We will inform the entire team, so they know their hard work is paying off. We look forward to having you back at Bowes Creek Country Club!

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Commented on 09/05/2019

Hi, thank you for your kind words and great review of your round with us! We look forward to seeing you again at the course soon for another 5-star experience with us. Thanks for choosing Bowes Creek Country Club.

Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 08/23/2019

Hi u000002496967. Thank you so much for the great review. We are glad you had an incredible time, and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks for choosing Bowes Creek Country Club.

Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played

Fix the Tee Box

I have played Bowes Creek several times and the constant problem is the tee boxes are in really BAD shape. They look like they are diseased and in Desperate need of repair. This is every time i’ve played there over the last several years. Can someone please work on this problem or I will not be returning!!!!!

I will also not recommend this course for any of my friends to play!!!

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 09/06/2019

Hi, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars, but we hope you'll give us another try in the near future.

Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played

Former gem, now just blah

Disingenuous staff. Course used to be a great gem that was maintained well and with a pleasant staff of normal people. Not anymore.

Course conditions were sub par for this time of year. Most courses in the area are in as good, if not better shape than Bowes. What a shame.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 08/13/2019

Hi, Jeff. We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass on your feedback to the teams in charge so they can work to make changes. Thanks for visiting Bowes Creek Country Club. We hope you'll give us another try in the future.

Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice Course

Really like this course. I've played it about 4 or 5 times now and it always is in good condition.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 08/08/2019

plowman64, thank you for your kind words! We hope to see you again at the course very soon for another 5-star experience. Thanks for choosing Bowes Creek Country Club.

Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 20-24
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Will play again

There had been mixed reviews from other golfers about this course regarding conditioning, value for money etc. I found the course to be very enjoyable, the staff very friendly, and overall experience really wonderful.

This course plays like two courses. The front nine is nothing like the back nine. The front plays like a conventional course with nice landing areas even for errant shots. The back plays like a crazy links course with narrower fairways, lots of grass and water.

The only negative about this course is the driving range. The tee areas were brown, dry, hard, not watered.

I will be back to try this course again now that i know what I am getting into.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 08/06/2019

Craig, thank you for your kind words! We hope to see you again at the course very soon for another 5-star experience. Thanks for choosing Bowes Creek.

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 07/30/2019

Hello. Thank you for your 5-star rating! Please book another round with us soon at Bowes Creek!

Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 07/17/2019

Hello. Thank you for your 5-star rating! Please book another round with us soon.

Played On
Reviews 31
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

First Class Service for a First Class Course

This was the second time playing Bowes Creek as I played it earlier in the year when it was cold and raining. Todays weather was much better. This is still by far one of the most challenging courses to play. Long par 3's and elevated tees and greens. Some bunkers are deep that protect the green and water comes into play on several holes. In addition from the Blue tees there are some long carry over water and natural habitat.. Hats off to the bartender Jason who I met from a previous time and gave me some insight before my round on certain holes and what to expect. This help manage and maneuver those holes. Bowes Creek provides first class service from the check in to the staff that cleans your clubs after the round. The course is picturesque but don't let that fool you and there are some risk reward holes. I've enjoyed playing Bowes Creek for the second time and looking forward to playing it again. It can be pricey unless you find a good GolfNow price, but still worth the time. The 19th hole food is excellent.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Commented on 07/17/2019

Your feedback is important to us. Thank you for sharing your 5-star experience. We look forward to seeing you again at the course soon! Thanks for choosing Bowes Creek, we loved to hear such a positive review.

Played On
Reviews 29
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Oh it could be so much more

Guys get a beer cart, keep the turn open, get a cooler when we check in. something

It is like pulling teeth to get a drink in the afternoon during the week, Help a guy out.

Food and bar staff always seem understaffed and running around in circles. Taps were down, come on, food took 40 min.

Step up your game in those areas and it would be a top notch course.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
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