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Conditions
3.8
Value
4.4
Layout
4.3
Friendliness
4.0
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.2
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5.0
Amenities
5.0
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Style Links
Par 71
Length 7041 yards
Slope 132
Rating 73.9
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Golf Club of Illinois
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 71 7041 yards 73.9 132
Blue 71 6589 yards 71.8 128
Blue (W) 71 6589 yards 75.2 131
Burgundy 71 6208 yards 69.6 124
Burgandy (W) 71 6208 yards 72.4 125
White 71 5645 yards 67.3 119
White (W) 71 5645 yards 68.4 117
Scorecard for The Golf Club of Illinois
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: 74.4/137 449 535 451 175 467 196 375 390 440 3478 340 678 393 218 447 537 351 203 366 3533 7011
Blue M: 72.4/132 417 508 425 142 441 184 364 372 419 3272 323 647 373 183 420 507 326 190 339 3308 6580
Red M: 70.9/125 W: 76.6/136 400 487 410 128 425 148 358 353 407 3116 315 612 358 148 402 480 318 171 326 3130 6246
White W: 72.8/128 345 460 332 119 388 142 349 322 355 2812 245 531 333 83 369 430 306 140 320 2757 5569
Handicap 10 12 4 18 2 8 14 16 6 15 1 5 7 3 13 17 9 11
Par 4 5 4 3 4 3 4 4 4 35 4 5 4 3 4 5 4 3 4 36 71

Course Details

Year Built 1987
Golf Season Year round
Architect Dick Nugent (1987) Bruce Borland (1987) Bob Lohmann

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire required.

Reviews

4.2
115 Reviews (115)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 16
Patio Dining 10
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 27
Undulating Greens 22
Thick Rough 20
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 22
Locals 14
Walkers 12
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 21
Worth the Drive 14

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5.0
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Golf is better than work

Let me think about this...golf or work? I will pick golf even though it was windy and cart path only since the course was fairly soaked. Not much they can do when mother nature continues to give us more than enough rain. Greens were super fast. At least we had a decent amount of sun despite the below average temperature. Rough was deep...not quite U.S. Open deep but getting close. Maybe they couldnt cut recently with rains. Good value for money spent. Will be back when it gets warmer and drier.

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Friendliness Excellent
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5.0
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Conditions Good
Value Excellent
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Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Plays Once a month
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5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

SAND TRAPS

Sand Traps should have sand in them!!!! They shouldn't be as hard as a rock!!! They should actually have sand in them and should be raked daily!!!
I was in the sand several times and that's not normally an issue for me, I'm a good sand player. When there's hard ground and an inch or two of sand however and that's wet, compacted and hasn't been raked it's not a lot of fun to try to get out of the trap with any normal kind of sand shot.
Other than that though, enjoyed the round and liked the course.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

wet summer

Wet spots
overall condition good, rough long in areas due to not being cut because of rains. Greens good but as usual players not fixing ball marks. We each fixed our own plus 2 more on each green. traps need more sand but that is also typical due to wash out

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Course Review

I hadn’t played the course in over 15 years. The clubhouse was great. Even though the course was very wet the greens were true and quick. My son and I were the only people on the course on the front nine so playing in 50 minutes was great. We were able to use all of our clubs since there was no roll. It’s was an awesome round of golf in under 2 hours. That seldom happens but we wanted to play GCI and it didn’t disappoint.

Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Better

I played this course several times over the years and noticed that it seemed to be deteriorating. I decided to give it another try, because I like the layout and this time I was pleasantly surprised by the improvements they have made. In my last review I was mostly critical of the sand traps, this year they are much better. Keep up the good work GCI.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Convenient but awful

The course was in rough shape but it was to be expected after such harsh rains the 3 days prior. However, the course lacked basic amenities that should be expected for $36 a person.
I've never golfed there and made 2 wrong turns while attempting to get to the next hole. There's no signage or direction. Then the old guy cutting the grass is running a tractor 3 ft from the tee box without any consideration for the group teeing off. Finally, ordered a brat and a Gatorade at the turn. The bartender pointed at a hot box with brats in it and tongs. I grabbed the tongs and asked for a bun. She handed me a sealed bag of hot dog buns and scissors to open the package.....better service and amenities at park district courses. Save your money and golf just about anywhere else.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather

Liked the course

My only complaint is that there wasn't a Ranger on the course to maintain pace of play. We were a threesome, playing behind a foursome and there were at least 2 holes open in front of the foursome. It backed up the entire course, and I honestly lost focus on the back nine. Losing focus is on me, the course not having a Ranger to regulate pace of play is on them.

I will play this course again.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

If you enjoy 6 hour rounds, golf courses that allow and encourage fivesomes, a mediocre link’s style course that was built on a plot of land too small to be conducive for a link’s style course, mud traps as opposed to sand traps, one that is overpriced, rangers that do nothing when one asks them politely to allow better golfers to play through a fivesome that are slower than grass growing, a golf club pro that forbids better/faster golfers to play through his “so called club champions” citing the reason as they are the club champions and they have played the front nine in 2 hours and 14 minutes which was complete and total misrepresentation of fact which is evidenced by the fact that it took the club house champs 1 hour and 20 minutes to play the first three holes on the back nine, then this is your “Dream Course”. You should save yourself a lot of time, aggravation and money by staying away from this course. There are far better courses in the area that are properly managed with competent staffs that know and enforce proper golf etiquette. Chalet Hills, Blackstone, Foxford Hills, Highlands of Elgin and Oak Grove just to name a few.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Great Course, great staff

Great challenging course. Greens and fairways are in great shape. Staff is extremely friendly. Pace of play is great. One of the best courses around for the price.

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

It was a nice challenge however the pace of play was awful. However, after speaking with a ranger he got it going which was much appreciated. Like most courses in the area, the traps are lacking in sand. Good course although a huge change from its early days.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

OK

Basic suburban course with lots of homes to look at. Course was in excellent shape. Dont' miss the fairway as the rough was high and healthy. Been here many times and will be back.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Fun course!

Love this course. Well planned out and can be challenging. Rarely crowded and pace of play is great. The wind factor is always an issue for all courses, but especially this course. I always look forward to the 678 yard Par 5 when the wind is not such a factor. Have parred it only once and that is when there was no wind (on in 4 and a 1 putt... lol). Greens are true. The Club House needs a makeover... very dated but clean. Look forward to my next round!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented On 07/17/2017

Dry as a bone after all the rain. But plays slow due to the walkers. 7000 yards is a haul for seniors or anyone to walk.
Maintenance out as always mowing collars weed eating tee boxes as you take your swing.

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Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Wet

There is no drainage on this course. It was horriblle standing water on greens and in every fairway. I took a friend and he quit after three holes. I would not suggest this course. Its useless if it rains even days before.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Outstanding.

It was my first time on this course. I was greeted by a wonderful staff upon check in. She took time explaining the course lay out to me. The course was in excellent shape for this time of the year. Well worth my time and money. I will be back. Highly recommended.

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

Amazing!

Challenging Golf course, Nice clubhouse, friendly staff, great rates, great food. What more could you ask for?

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Illinois Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
Previously Played
Average weather
Used cart

GCI in nice shape except for bunkers

With all the rain Friday night into Saturday morning the course held up well for our 1030am Saturday time. We were most fortunate that many golfers cancelled because of the rain and we teed off 15 minutes early and got around in slightly under 4 hours. Normally GCI is a 5 hour plus round because the blue tees are 132 slope almost 6600 yards and most people have no business playing them. Usually conditions are hard/fast on this treeless "Ted" Nugent wango tango....but with the rain the course played a lot longer. The green complexes are really interesting and there are lots of bunkers/gorse mounds all over the place.....one of the best Nugent designs (and I've played many). Folks in the pro shop, bar and the beverage cart were all very nice and welcoming. GCI is a fun play....the greens were in really decent shape....the rough was a tad long but again just fortunate to experience GCI with a light tee sheet/cloudy conditions. The back nine always slows down and if the sun is out it makes for a long very hot round with no shade. I like this course....greens complexes are challenging for chip shots and you can read the breaks fairly easily. 6244/128 red tees provide plenty of challenge and strategery. Bunkers definitely need restoration and are below average....4 stars.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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