The Preserve at Oak Meadows

4.0357000000 4.0 stars from 5 (28)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7015 yards
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Tournament 72 7015 yards N/A N/A
Black 72 6631 yards N/A N/A
Blue 72 6213 yards N/A N/A
White 72 5700 yards N/A N/A
Red 72 4906 yards N/A N/A

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.1 stars from 5
Value: 3.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 28 Reviews
5 stars:
12
4 stars:
9
3 stars:
4
2 stars:
2
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

22 out of 28 reviews


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"great course, friendly employees, great time"


Tomalana's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/05/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

The course was redesigned. The employees were very friendly. The course is challenging, fair and scenic. Some tables for a beer after the round, but not a place to linger.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"JUST GO PLAY THERE!"


42844's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/01/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Tees, fairways, greens and traps all in good shape. Play away from water as fairways will direct your ball towards it. Big greens and soft sand in traps. Get a good deal on Golf Now and give it a try.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



u000008114067's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/28/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Golfweek's #6 in Illinois for 2018 you can play"


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 04/26/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

The Preserve opens up for it's inaugural season after preview play last summer/fall. Read my previous reviews of this course for good info and tips.

Spring so far has not been kind Chicagoland golf courses. Grasses are finally just beginning to pop but a worst possible scenario for this reno/rerouted course.

The new Oak Meadows is a very pleasurable play - nicely conditioned greensites and extremely consistent sand in the bunkers - they really are awesome. The fairways and roughs still need a lot of maturation. Course playing very hard and fast. The 2nd fairway is a work in progress to fix some drainage issues. They now have sand bottles on the carts. Excellent GPS system. Good range/practice area.

Welcoming folks. Trailer for the halfway house. With a new clubhouse (hoping they break ground on this soon) as well as a few years of good grass growth coupled with top notch maintenance this course will absolutely be a 4.5 to 5 star facility.

Golfweek's ranking as an top ten public you can play in IL is really a tad early at this juncture......they completely overlooked tee to green conditions...course is just too young at this point. Imploring all golfers to please please please take care of this place - jury is out.....already seeing deterioration of conditions at some of the green side roll out areas and hope folks will rake the bunkers properly (they won't) and actually repair a ball mark or three (they won't).....saw several groups do absolutely nothing to clean up after themselves. Really sad. Sand your divots and a couple of others in the fairway!!!

Heartily recommend this track......$55 was a very fair rate but when they increase to $70/$80 summer rates it does become a bit too pricey for my taste. Selfishly I hope their rates limit the amount of play so the course can grow in. Crowded tee sheets will definitely result in a 5 hour plus rounds....a ton of forced carries and trouble for high handicappers. We got around in 4 hours yesterday....which was amazing because the two-some playing the tips in front of us were everywhere - both shot well over 100 but their scorecards told a different story.

Course should strongly consider marking the cart paths or have signs at each of the greens to show you where to park your cart to access the green. This would greatly assist with speed of play - so when golfers exiting greens will already be on their way to the next tee versus the group behind waiting several extra minutes - on several holes carts should be parked behind greens (not to the side) due to the routing.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"I'm just getting started!"


mpg2001's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/23/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Hey, this course was redesigned and they did a great job. It's just growing out but you can play it and enjoy it. Let's support communities that put the effort into upgrading their facilities, or we are going to lose all the good golf courses. That said, a guy i was playing with was comparing the greens fees of this course to other upscale courses unfavourable. It looks like there is a lot of chatter on the net about the rack rate green fees. I don't know if the demographics of this area match up with the pricing model. We'll see.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Re-do a no go!"


Birdies72's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/19/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

First time playing new design. People were nice, but this place charges $89 on the weekend, peak season! Not worth it one bit for that price. Plus, still has the double-wide trailer of a clubhouse because the supposed “new multi-million dollar” clubhouse is nowhere in sight. It’s been 4 years since that fire. Come on! Now your charging $89 when it used to be $30 to walk.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Way too overpriced"


Golfislife75's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/12/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

They’ve renovated this course, I was looking forward to play it, and yet it feels at the same old course, but the green fees are ridiculous, for that price you can play so many great courses,, not this municipal course.

They’re way over their head, only reason they get two stars is because they’re staff is very friendly.

Ps: i don’t mind paying but has to be worth it, this is not it.

Been playing for 14 years, 7 hdcp, i play all over the greater Chicagoland area and I play 3-4 rounds a week.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Renovations created fantastic new layout!"


trozmus12's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/09/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I thoroughly enjoyed the new layout at Oak Meadows. The course architects did a great job fitting in the new holes with some older holes. The course has been made much more difficult and once everything grows in this place will command your A game. The once mediocre Par 3s are now visually stunning and challenging. Can't wait to play next year!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



Kenneth3675901's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/24/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Greens microaerated/sanded Tues 9/13"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/14/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Read my previous reviews of the course. Really enjoy this place however note above. The greens are still in really good shape but there was a light dusting of sand pebbles on greens....still very acceptable. The course chipping areas and fairways with the lack of rain, lack of divot mix on the carts and lack of golfer attention to replacing divots or putting rather than chipping are getting a tad torn up at this point......I hope they close the course early so they can allow this very young track to recover and rest prior to the grand opening next year.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"09/14/17 Preserves, will be a public must play!"


mikekwon1's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/14/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course had a soft opening 6 weeks ago after the complete renovation. The new Oak Meadows layout is very different, a combination of Parkland style (mature trees) and links with plenty of water and trouble with forced carries. It's a shot makers course with challenging holes, but playable. In two years the course will be fabulous after it has time to fully grow in the grasses. If you're an avid golfer, put it on your must play Public course list for the Chicago area!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Wonderful Track - Preview Season"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/10/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

3rd time playing and introduced two newbies to the redesign. Both loved it but remarked that the greens fees were at tad high even though we played at 1pm when there was a $20 reduction. 12 minute tee times. Tee sheet was very light due to the Bears game and we had perfect weather. Greens and traps are in excellent shape the rest of the course unfortunately is already getting pretty torn up and conditions tee to green can be sketchy as it opened too early. Refer to my previous reviews for more info.....I really like this course but the cost to play it next year will likely prohibit me and many others from considering it for regular play unless there is a hot deal. Predicting that the Forest Preserve may be surprised mid season next year that their revenues may not meet their expectations and they may have to reduce or rethink their greens fees pricing. Should be around $50 and $35-$40 for the afternoons. Even with the Bears game the course should have been packed....but heard several grousing in the parking lot or just stopping by to check it out about the cost to play The Preserve. There are plenty of other courses you can play for far less have a couple of orange whips and still have money in your pocket. I do love the redesign and the course is a really fun challenging play....and not set up for high handicappers. Recommending you play the course now while the rates are lower during preview because next year rates will increase and you will be able to enjoy better conditions as several of the chipping areas/collection around greens are already getting divot laced and torn up. So play it now rather than later.....and please take care of it.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"good redo"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/07/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good redo for an old, familiar course. A bit of the old still apparent, lots of new. good layout, must hit good tee shots for a chance. Nice to hit out of excellent sand finally! Very appealing to the eye. GPS in carts really helps on a brand new layout.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



u977338513's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/01/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



u194292144's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/30/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First of all I do agree with others saying it will take time for this golf course to mature and I am sure it will be excellent place to play in 2-3 years but at this point it is hardly worth $50.00. I played better courses for less money. With all of the money invested into renovation our biggest surprise was how wet fairways ware even day after moderate rain. I do not believe we will be coming back any time soon.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Great preview play. Looking forward to the future here!"


EricTee's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/25/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I've never reviewed a brand new- still not officially open- golf course and what a great course it's going to be! I've not seen anything quite like it in the area. A great mixture of old school, oak-lined fairways, and open prairie all supported by what appears to be the latest golf course technology and I'm looking forward to seeing the final product.

Every great course starts with great staff and I feel they've got that.. Everyone was exceptionally kind and helpful and I mean EVERY ONE! Thank you!

As for the course, the greens, in my opinion, are the most important part of any golf course and these greens are OUTSTANDING! Very firm, true, and extremely fast...slippery even. Felt like be 12+ on the Stimpmeter. How firm and fast is that? So firm that the day we played the green would barely take a ball mark. Of course for the same reason, it was a challenge to hold the green on approach. You need to come in high and do your best to land softly, or if coming in low, land short or risk running right off the back or into one of the many collection areas surrounding the well-bunkered, elevated greens. You know those shots we see on the tour and when the best pros just miss the green and the ball slides 20+ yards back to the flat of the fairway or if a touch long maybe bound off the back into the deep rough or tall grass or other areas where you have an almost blind pitch back up to the green. You'll get all of that here along with some areas of brutally thick and sticky rough surrounding the bunkers and though it can be frustrating, I'll be the first to admit that these challenges make any game of golf more interesting and fun.

Speaking of fun, the bunkers are beautiful, white sand, 'PGA style' bunkers that come into play off of nearly every tee and around nearly every green. You will pay for your misses. I have no idea how they are going to handle the issue with tree trash (dead leaves, sticks, and acorns around some of the greens around wooded areas). They're going to need a quality system in place for sifting that stuff out and I'm sure they have a plan.

I was a bit surprised to see how short the course was from the whites at 5700 yds but I wouldn't call any hole a pushover. The risk/reward factors are considerable even on the shortest par 4s. and I counted seven at the 280-320 yard range. There are some forced carries that might appear intimidating but if you make clean contact from your appropriate tee you'll clear with room to spare.

Interestingly, the run-up areas leading to the greens I found to be exceptionally firm, tight, and often puttable from a long way off of the green. A few times I found myself choosing to putt from a great distance (20+ yards) from the fairway below. On the high-side, above the hole and a few inches into the rough, you might even consider toeing the putter instead of chipping. These aren't things I would normally do, but the conditions made it possible to do so with confidence and I hope the course remains this way.

Given that this course is so new and will continue to require intense care, I was very surprised that there was not a quality sand/seed mixture available on the carts. The need was apparent after seeing many replaced divots that- although well placed- turned into lifeless brown rectangles. Now, I don't know if this is because of the watering schedule or because this new turf has not yet developed a suitable grown in root and soil structure to withstand that harsh transplant process, or what, but the bottom line is that some of us golfers really do like to leave the course in the best possible condition for future play and without the tools available, we're left with the unfortunate alternative. Fairways, rough, and fringes and even practice areas are peppered with grounds under repair, patchy bare spots, tufts of inconsistently growing grass, and signs of work on drainage and irrigation. That said, it doesn't need to affect your enjoyment of this course as It's appropriate to take relief from all of these things as 1)They don't need to be hacked up any further and 2) It's clearly not the intended surface condition for play. It will be, but let's wait until somebody cuts a ribbon at the grand opening.

I know that with the proper plan and crew...and time, The Preserve at Oak Meadows will exceed my expectations and that fifth star in my review awaits. Keep up the great work DuPage Golf!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Work in Progress"


Rob1575011's avatar
Top 25 Contributor
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/24/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

"Soft Opening" getting more play than necessary. Just opened a few weeks ago to a mega-reconstruction. Took area from old Oak Meadows and 9 holes from Maple Meadows and reconfigured a future tournament quality layout.

Humongous greens. Wide fairways. Some treelined holes, but mostly open layout affected by wind. Will play to 7,000 and down to 4,900. Too many brown areas to recommend to paying more than $45 now. Let's see how they work the bald spots this Fall and next Spring.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/23/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Complete waste of money"


ejgolf621's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/19/2017
First time playing Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Lost 8 golf balls in 12 holes. Course conditions were absolutely terrible. A brand new golf course that opened 2 weeks ago should not have multiple areas of dead grass and large patches of dry dirt surrounding the greens. The tee boxes were completely full of divots, again this course opened 2 weeks ago from a complete renovation, how does that make sense? Almost every hole has water of both sides and if you don't hit a perfect shot in the fairway/green your ball is gone. I don't see how anyone would enjoy playing this course for anything over $30. DO NOT waste your money and time playing here. The only positive was the staff at the golf course was incredibly nice.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Great Remodel!!"


1ladygolfer81's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/17/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The Preserve at Oak Meadows remodel is absolutely beautiful. The course is extremely challenging with lots of holes that you must think about where you are placing your ball. Also the greens are fast so be careful how hard you hit your putter!! The personnel are very friendly & are very willing to explain about the remodel. The wetlands are still growing in so it will take another year or two but it is amazing what has been done in two years. If you have the opportunity, play The Preserve. You're in for a treat!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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