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4.5
402 Reviews (402)
5 Stars
269
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
6
1 Stars
4
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.5
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.3
96.4%
Recommend this course
387 out of 402 reviews
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4.4
33 Reviews (33)
5 Stars
23
4 Stars
3
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4
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.4
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.3
93.9%
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31 out of 33 reviews
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4.4
41 Reviews (41)
5 Stars
28
4 Stars
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5
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2
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.4
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.4
95.1%
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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.

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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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4.5
402 Reviews (402)

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 20-24
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5.0
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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Plays A few times a week
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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
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Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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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
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Layout Excellent
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Pace Excellent
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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.

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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

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
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Bowes Creek Country Club
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.

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Played On
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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
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Bowes Creek Country Club
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.

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Played On
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
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Bowes Creek Country Club
Commented On 07/30/2019

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

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Conditions Excellent
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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.

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Skill Intermediate
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I Recommend This Course
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Top 1000 Contributor
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
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Bowes Creek Country Club
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.

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Played On
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
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
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented On 07/11/2019

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

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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented On 07/11/2019

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

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Played On
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Skill Intermediate
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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 07/08/2019

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

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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Expectations met

We booked a Hot Deal on what turned out to be an extremely hot day. Showed up early and nobody was at the first tee, and we tee'd off about 30 mins early, which was nice given the heat. Course was in good condition following heavy rains, with the stationary fans the course has working. Amenities at the turn were spectacular as always; not rushed. Friendly group outing ahead of us let us play through at 15. Will definitely be back.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented On 07/09/2019

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

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5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Impressed

Felt like we got the full country club experience from start to finish. Course was in great shape. Greens were hard and fast. Beer cart was out which seems like a rarity on most courses during the week. Overall great experience. Can’t wait to go back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Bowes Creek Country Club
Commented On 06/14/2019

Your feedback is important to us, Ron. Thank you for sharing your 5-star experience. We look forward to seeing you again at the course soon! Thanks for choosing Bowes Creek.

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Played On
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 Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented On 06/14/2019

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

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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Same old same

Always a treat to play Bowes Creek. Great course and great staff!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Bowes Creek Country Club
Commented On 06/07/2019

We are so happy you enjoyed your round! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Good Course, Bad Staff

This was was my fifth time playing. The course conditions have gone down a little in the last three years from what I remember but still good comparatively to other public courses around. No complaints about anything except the head pro. Ladies in the pro shop are very nice, but I highly recommend avoiding Mike Lehman as he was condescending and rude. Makes you not want to come back even though its a good course.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

A Must Play Course

First time playing Bowes Creek, and despite the weather conditions of light rain and cold, it was a delight to play this course. It was somewhat challenging but not a long course. Although the holes changed constantly. What is deceiving is once you play the front nine and you feel good about the course then you hit the back nine and the layout completely changes. Precise shots are key and not sure if it was just that day, but you have to contend with the wind coming from all directions. Some of the par 3's even from the white tees require smart shot selection especially with wind. Enjoyed the 19th hole and the service from the moment I walked into the Pro Shop was exceptional. I was treated as if I was a member of the country club. I found a great deal on GolfNow, however it would be worth the experience to pay the normal course rate. This is definitely one course that will be on my play again list.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented On 05/20/2019

Wow, we are so happy you enjoyed your round, Bowes Creek Country Club! We love seeing great detailed reviews like yours. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fun & challenging

First time on the course and it lived up to expectations. Challenging but fair and fun.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Bowes Creek Country Club
Commented On 05/17/2019

Hi, we appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. Thank you for the 4 stars! We aim for a 5-star experience, so we always welcome feedback for improvement. Thank you for playing Bowes Creek Country Club.

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