Golf Club of Illinois

3.6537529412 3.7 stars from 5 (107)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 7041 yards
  • Slope: 132
  • Rating: 73.9
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire required.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.7 stars from 5
Value: 3.7 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.9 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 107 Reviews
5 stars:
33
4 stars:
53
3 stars:
10
2 stars:
5
1 stars:
6

recommend this course

91 out of 106 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is in the 'burbs worth the drive   Great for advanced golfers locals walkers   Challenges include bunkers undulating greens thick rough   Great for drinks patio dining  

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"Liked the course"


Toddword's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/13/2017
First time playing Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



u933247177's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/12/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Great Course, great staff"


u744676890's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/08/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



wbuman's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/06/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"OK"


kirbmug24's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/04/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



u1699573's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/15/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fun course!"


molrman's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/21/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


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.


"Wet"


Glen8273700's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/11/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/19/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Outstanding."


oreo2012's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/31/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Amazing!"


Tim9000339's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/21/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"GCI in nice shape except for bunkers"


HOTSPOTTS's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
Illinois Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/27/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Quick Greens"


pmpurdy's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/27/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Tee Time: 1:20 on a Saturday ($35). My second time playing Golf Club of Illinois (the first time was earlier this year). Don't let the vague name fool you, this is a great links style course. Small rolling hills, wild grasses, and bunkers make GCI a fun track to play. The best part though has to be the greens which are sneaky fast and roll true. I don't know if I have a favorite hole, but I will say that the Par 3's are enjoyable and the 18th is a great way to finish out the round. This course is about a 30 minute drive from my house, but well worth it. Hit the on-site range if you're looking to get some practice in before and make sure to get a few putts in too (seriously)!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fun course at a great value."


u00000772252's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/12/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Bought a tee time to introduce a friend to the course which I have played before. Unfortunately it rained the day we played (can't blame GCI for that). The course holds up really well in the rain and with no one else on the course, the pace of play was as fast (or slow) as we wanted. The course can be demanding in windy conditions placing a premium on low boring shots into the wind. The only trees are those that line the course but there is plenty of tall fescue to catch and hide your golf ball. Tip -->> bring extra golf balls "just in case". There are multiple tee boxes so the course accommodates golfers with all skill levels. The club staff were all very pleasant and friendly. The only negatives were the condition of the driving range (lousy tee boxes), some of distance markers on the course were suspect and last several of the tees on the course were soft and mushy - most likely due to rain and that lack of mowing on the day we played. It is a course that you have to play twice so on the second round you know what to expect on each hole. Remember to pick up a course book in the pro shop before your round.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Interesting course"


Powers1's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/07/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fairly challenging but fun course. We played the day of the course championship, so greens very very quick, although the pins were in random locations so it was hard to get a true distance to the pin. Most holes were straight, but bunkers and hills made it interesting. A lot of balls rolled off the hard, fast greens. Saw the cart girl many times and beer was reasonable. The driving range is grass, but basically sand in all areas and hard to hit from. Wish the carts had GPS.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Course needs work"


frostyhawk1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/09/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time playing. No sand in the bunkers and greens rock hard. Approach shots landed in front of greens and rolled off the back. No need to fix ball marks as none were made during the round. Seems like it's a nice course just the conditions turned me off. Beautiful day but no cart girl or water jugs to drink from on the whole course. It's was a Saturday and I would think someone would be out servicing golfers. Clubhouse staff was very nice and food was good!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Horrible Condition"


u000004192304's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/19/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Pace of play was a 5 1/2 hour round. Marshals did nothing to help. 8 people playing in the same group. Greens had dirt showing in bare places. Terrible experience. I wouldn't pay $30 to play this course much less the $47 they charge. Never again.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Golf Club Of Illinois 6/19/16"


gkrandel's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/19/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Father's Day and it was busy. We played early. The groups in front of us were a little slow. Course was in very good condition. Lots of variety on this course. Several very long par 4's and the longest par 5 in most of Illinois at 647 from next to back set of tees. As a link style course wind is always a factor. Highly recommend (pricing is very good for this course).


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good course, disappointing day"


cjmay88's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Pace of play was awful. We had to ask an employee to tell a group of guys to let us play through. They were taking 9+ shots each to get to the green and were constantly searching the tall grass for balls. The cart girl didn't move. She sat on one hole on the back, we didn't see her until hole 12 and she never moved, said hi, looked up from her phone, etc. I went in to grab a beer at the turn with my buddy, he was served immediately, then she walked away, served two other people that were sitting at the bar, then served a golf course employee, then asked me what I wanted... It was just a Bud Light.

The course was in great condition and the greens were awesome. The experience was enough where I probably won't be back.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Good for a change of scenery"


Iamdiesel18's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Illinois Advisor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/15/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Many people criticize GCI for being "boring." Every time I have played here, I have found it anything but boring. All of the courses in McHenry County have fairways that are lined with mature trees. GCI is the one "links style" course that is a change in scenery from the other courses. The course itself has a good variety of holes with there being trouble with fescue, water, or OB on almost all of the holes.

The course is mostly flat with some changes in elevation into the greens. There is "normal" rough and then there are areas of fescue. The fescue was mowed when we played so it was easier to find your ball. However, during a normal round earlier in the year, it can be thick and almost impossible to find any wayward shots that enter those areas. Accuracy is a must in order to play well here.

When we played, the greens were very very firm and were not holding our approach shots. They were rolling fast and smooth. I was pleasantly surprised with how well they rolled this late in the year. Each green has some form of undulation or slope to it. Very rarely will you have a flat/straight putt on this course. The greens are also very well protected by bunkers and thick rough.

I have walked this course numerous times in the past. With it being relatively flat and the tee boxes being close to the previous hole's green, it is one of the better courses in the area to walk.

I rated the pace of play as average based on past experiences. On this day in the fall, we flew around the front 9 but ran into delays on each hole on the back 9. I would be lying if I said this was an anomaly. Numerous times the pace of play is much better on the front than on the back. I would assume that this is because in my opinion, the back 9 plays much longer and much more difficult than the front 9.

While this is not a course I would want to play every day or even every week, it is a course that my group works into its monthly rotation. The Golfnow Hot Deal around noon for $20 is very hard to beat. If you play here, just set aside some extra time in case you run into a log-jam on the back 9.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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