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4.2
33 Reviews (33)
5 Stars
11
4 Stars
17
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.4
Layout
4.3
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.8
89.7%
Recommend this course
31 out of 33 reviews
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3.5
2 Reviews (2)
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
0
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.0
Value
3.0
Layout
3.0
Pace
3.5
Amenities
3.0
StaffFriendliness
4.0
50.0%
Recommend this course
1 out of 2 reviews
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4.2
6 Reviews (6)
5 Stars
3
4 Stars
2
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.2
Layout
4.3
Pace
3.7
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.7
83.3%
Recommend this course
5 out of 6 reviews
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About

Holes 9
Type Public
Par 27
Length 1163 yards
Slope 0
Rating 0.0

Ever since opening in the mid '90s, Arlington Heights Golf Club has been considered one of the best par-3 golf courses in Chicagoland. It is certainly one of the most unique with three holes that feature vertical-drop tee shots and two holes with uphill tee shots to the green. Although this nine-hole course is only 1,163 yards the large bentgrass tees and greens provide the feel of a full-length course. The layout has nearly 30 bunkers strategically placed throughout and water comes into play on two holes. From the elevated tees you can enjoy a panoramic view of the area, including stunning vistas of the Chicago skyline. Whether you're a beginner looking to get some practice or a scratch golfer who wants to get in a quick round, Arlington Heights Golf Club is a fun and challenging option.

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Nickol Knoll Golf Course
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Championship 27 1163 yards
Middle 27 1013 yards
Front (W) 27 865 yards
Scorecard for Nickol Knoll
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out Total
Blue M: 26.0/70 132 101 149 106 146 140 109 142 138 1163 1163
White M: 25.1/67 119 88 127 90 136 119 96 111 127 1013 1013
Red W: 27.5/74 98 69 107 82 126 103 81 89 110 865 865
Handicap 6 4 2 8 9 1 3 5 7
Par 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 27 27

Course Details

Year Built 1995
Fairways Blue
Greens Bent
Golf Season Open: 4/01 Closed: 11/01
Architect Steven Halberg

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - $8
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range No
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

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

Reviews

4.2
33 Reviews (33)

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 7
Bunkers 6
Water Hazards 6
This course/club is great for:
9-Hole Rounds 11
Beginners 10
Locals 9
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 6

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Great hidden suburban gem!

This is one of my favorite nine hole courses in this area. The layout is fun and challenging, with holes that go uphill and downhill with the terrain. It looks and feels like a longer course and is well maintained.

The staff is always professional, friendly and helpful! As a park district course, it is well run, maintained and popular.

Last, but not least, is that this course has “ Peyton’s Hill,” where Walter Payton had a well-publicized, strenuous workout. The location is properly and respectfully marked for the great athlete and human being.

If you’re in this area, put Nickol Knoll on your must play list!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather

Nice Little Par 3

The greens were in pretty good shape. A challenging Par 3 in the sense of elevations and agles to the hole. Wanted to go around again. Will be great in the fall.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Handicap Don't know
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather

Great Little 9 Hole course

This course is great for some after work golf. I got there about 3pm and we had the place to ourselves. Course was in decent condition. Fixed a lot of divots as walked across the greens. Nice elevations. I will play here again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Great Par 3 course, nice staff

Been here muiltiple times. Gret par 3 course and the staff is very nice and controls the tee box so it does not get to busy. Good practice course

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Good weather

Par 3 with a Great View

This is my 2nd favorite Par 3 course in the area, behind Twin Lakes. I love that it is built up on top of a hill because it offers a great view of the surrounding area. Bears fans will be excited to know that they’re playing on the same grounds where Walter Payton used to train. Fun fact aside, this course is a solid place to practice your short irons. All the holes are between 100 and 150 yards, but changes in elevation keep things interesting. I am always extremely pleased with the course conditions. Greens aren’t too fast, but they do roll true. If you need to work on your short game, save the $8 you would spend at the range and use it to play 9 at Nickol Knoll.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

review on golf course

This course is good course to play w/o any financial
burden and easy to access. I 'd like to play again at this course and wil recommend to my friend.
I am happy to plat here.

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

Great Day For 9!

Well maintained 9 hole course. No water hazards, water to the side only on 1 hole. Great for beginners or to practice on your short game. Leave your drivers at home if your average drive is over 125 yards.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great par 3

I liked the course but forgot it was a par 3 so I was disappointed when I arrived. Overall nice place.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Surprisingly great course

Best par 3 course I've ever played.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather

Good for short game

Great for working on short game

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

good value and good course for a quick round

Overall good managed course, good vlue. Popular with the local, it can get very busy on weekends

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

this course is great for first timers

I took my two friends who have never golfed before and the were able to do things nicley on this course

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather

Quick and Fun

Course is short but is great for working on 120 yards and in. No rush, so playing multiple shots during each hole is possible. Great course for beginners and those who want to get some short game practice.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Previously Played
Average weather

Better than the driving range if working on your short/midrange game

No hole is over 160 (except for two holes where they've added a fourth tee with standard grass, not the bent grass used in the other tee boxes), so I can basically take everything longer than a 7 iron out of my bag, except for the clubs i use to pitch and run more than 10 yards. So in nine holes a decent golfer with hit about 15 short iron shots and hopefully a few less putts.

This is also the site of "Walter Payton's Hill" although it's unclear where he did most of his uphill running. Nice view of the surrounding area, although not as impressive as Willow Hill's views -- of course, this landfill is only 1/4 or less than the size of Willow Hill.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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