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4.5
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Conditions
4.4
Value
4.5
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.3
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About

Holes 9
Type Public
Style Executive
Par 27
Length 1135 yards
Slope 0
Rating 0.0

Editor's Note: Course closed for business in 2017.

Course Details

Year Built 1922
Fairways Blue Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Reviews

4.5
44 Reviews (44)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
19th Hole Scenic Views 7
Drinks 7
Patio Dining 6
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 10
Narrow Fairways 8
Bunkers 7
This course/club is great for:
Locals 10
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 9
Advanced Golfers 6
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 11

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Final round

This is an excellant and challenging course for the average player. Unfortunately Decatur Park District has chosen to close this course. They have made a sad decision that will effect the area golfing community for years to come. The other 2 courses in town are not near as accommodating to the average golfers. RIP Scovill Golf Course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

About to Close

The Decatur Park District is closing Scovill this fall. This unique central Illinois course has been there since the 1930s. While many people call it the "goat path" in derogatory terms, those of us who love the unusual aspects of the course call it that name affectionately. It will be missed by many.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Love this course and staff

I Love everything about this course and staff everyone is extremely friendly. Always a pleasure of seeing Joe for tips and help

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played

excellent greens

I been playing this golf course for over 2 years now, and I was amazed that the greens were at it's best this year.
It looked like the green keeper were doing something different this year, but whatever it is, it is perfect. Well manicured greens with every hole, awesome.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

Construction Superintendent

Great old course. Greens are great. Lots of interesting holes will probably use every ub in your bag
Good mix of par 5s and par3s

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
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
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Better Hurry

This historic course with elevations and undulations unusual to central Illinois is scheduled to be closed this fall.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Please Save This Course

The Decatur Park District wants to close this golf course down at the end of this year. Please write the Board Members of the Decatur Park District to not shut down this course! Closing this course would leave only 2 in Decatur and that's not enough for a town that's trying to rebuild itself.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Downstate Illinois Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Ignore this course and you will regret.

Scovill is born superior than other Decatur courses nearby - Red Tail Run and Hickory Point. Tree lines are tall and mature. Dick Nugent renovated the course and he will not disappoint you. The rumor says that the course will be closed in 2018 so enjoy this hilly little fun course while you can.

I took one star off simply because the course is short and greens are sick on a few holes.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

Construction Superintendent

Great old track, greens are great, great variety oh holes from short par 3's to hilly tough par 5's

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good day to get a round in, weather was great for first part of March. Actually played really well and could not beat the value from Golf now.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Such a shame

It's a shame that they are closing this course this year or next. It really is a great course for the money. Very challenging for a shorter course and definitely makes you stay straight on your drives. Wish they'd keep it open but that's the nature of the beast I guess. Golf is a dying sport anymore

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Best Golf in the Fall Weather

Played 18 holes with my husband. We played the front nine twice as we didn't want to play the back. The greens were in very good shape although many players had not been fixing divots. The fairways were in very good shape also. The rangers were very pleasant and helpful. It was a perfect day for golf and very few people so we were able to take our time and enjoy.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Fun Course

The course was in average with some brown spots in the fairway. We played the ball up in the fairways and down the rest of the course and had a blast. Blind shots and rolling terrain makes for a great day.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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