Port at Harborside International Golf Center

4.2757294118 4.3 stars from 5 (138)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7164 yards
  • Slope: 136
  • Rating: 74.8
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Tournament 72 7164 yards 74.8 136
Championship 72 6589 yards 72.3 130
Regular 72 5977 yards 69.4 124
Forward 72 5164 yards 74.8 136

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.3 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.3 stars from 5
Value: 3.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.2 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 138 Reviews
5 stars:
68
4 stars:
51
3 stars:
11
2 stars:
6
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

124 out of 136 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city worth the drive   Great for advanced golfers a weekend splurge entertaining clients   Challenges include bunkers thick rough elevation changes   Great for drinks 19th hole scenic views patio dining  

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"Tight fairways"


brabbit22's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/27/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Excellent conditions and overal great layout, especially for the price! Need to drive the ball well or you could be in for a long day with the thick fescue in the rough.


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


"Need Improvement"


u000002486354's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/22/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is not the first time I played at this course. Few years ago I visited this course few times and I think the course was beautiful consider the distance from Chicago downtown. This time the whole place is just like a construction site. The sand bunker is dry with no sand but only mud, a few hole(s) is fill with construction equipment and the smell is terrible. They should have closed before the maintenance finish or at least inform the visitors about the maintenance issue. Totally disappointed


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/26/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Great Course"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/14/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is one of the nicest public courses you will ever play, especially for the price. Greens, fairways, and rough are all perfect. This course is a must play if in the Chicago area.


Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"No more, thanks...."


uisphi237's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/13/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

I have zero interest if ever playing this course again. What a joke! Overrated to say the least. The bunkers are absolutely horrific. I was in a green side bunker getting ready to splash out and my club gets caught up in some plastic lining and it did a number on my wrist. That lining coming up everywhere and if it's not it's because they put two and a half foot of sand in the others. Over priced, overrated, trash heap, literally....


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course


"Great experience (Port Course)"


u8963562's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/02/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Really great layout. The bunkering and hole shapes require you to hit a lot of different tee shots if you want to shorten some holes by cutting corners. Everything was in great condition. I've recently played Pebble Beach, Whistling Straits, and Olympia Fields, and these course conditions rivaled all of those. The GPS on the cart was a huge plus, especially with a lot of the bunker corner cutting that bigger hitters can get at on this course. I wish more courses that aren't just straight forward rec layouts would do have these systems in the carts (e.g. Lost Marsh).


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




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/28/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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



u1269045's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/24/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Good as expected"


aharo08's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/18/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

First time playing the course and was not disappointed. It is expensive to play here, but with a discount card I received at a golf expo over the winter, I was able to get a fantastic rate, about half normal. The course is very challenging, imagine it is incredibly hard when the wind is up. Conditions were without a doubt the best of any course I've played this year. The only complaint would be that the GPS seemed to give yardage to the pin that didn't match up with where the flag was actually located on the green, in a couple cases GPS had the flag in the back of the green, when clearly it was located in the front. Hope to get the opportunity to play here again in the near future.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Fun Course - Good Shape"


markd4's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/30/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

I'm a fan of well maintained courses and Harborside didn't disappoint. The Port course was a well maintained, solid layout that treated us well. Overall we enjoyed our round.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Port Worth The Price"


Sendog's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/03/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Harborside’s famous Port course is absolutely worth playing if you are an advanced golfer. The Port is more difficult than the sister course, Starboard, but both are certainly worth playing. These link style courses are fun to play, are always in good conditions, and force players to hit a variety of shots. The Port hosted a Senior PGA Tour event in the early 2000’s and it’s easy to see why at 7,100 yards off the championship tees.

The course wraps around Lake Calumet and offers major elevation changes and views to the city along the way. If it’s a windy day, it will certainly feel like you’re playing at The Open. The closing holes are very entertaining including the signature #15 Anchor hole (shaped like an anchor), #16 plunges back down to the lake with an elevated tee box, #17 and 18 finishes with the lake looming on the left. All of the par-5’s are over 500 yards, so make sure you bring your long game.

Again, Harborside has one of THE best practice facilities in the Chicagoland area, period. Deep grass range, putting greens, chipping greens, etc. Prices have increased because of a major bunker renovation in 2017, but you can book a twilight tee time and save a bit on greens fees. I keep coming back and I always leave happy I played here; no wonder it’s on the top places to play.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great City Courses"


Rickfiore1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful golf courses. Pace of play was excellent today. Windier than usual and it's usually pretty windy on these courses. Need to play the low shot anything high and spinning will end up in the fescue or water.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



Garettf's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

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

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Punched Greens"


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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/10/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Why doesn't the staff tell the customer on the phone that the greens have just recently been punched. We received a discount on the round when we arrived but had we known ahead of time we would have gone elsewhere. This is true of many courses.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Best course of year"


carpenter1986's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/20/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Played Port course Tuesday sept 20 8:10 tee time for 2. Drove 65 miles to play got there early starter was real nice let us go in front of 8:00 time. This is by far the best conditioned course we played this year. That includes mist wood cog hill dubs dread,black stone,prairie landing,orchard valley and whitetail ridge.It was like a private course hardly anyone there. Starter at the highlands gc in Elgin told us a must play. Wish we would of played both courses for that price instead of dubs dread for $155. Views of Chicago skyline great. Wasn't a bad view anywhere. Diffently worth the trip to make.


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


"Harborside has me so spoiled!"


deirdre625's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/30/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

So I'm a new golfer and I was persuaded by a friend to join a league at Harborside. My first rounds of golf ever was here and now no other local courses measure up! It is breathtakingly scenic, extremely well-maintained and delightfully challenging. Be ready to shake a LOT of sand out of your shoes at the end of the round! The staff who coordinates the league is absolutely fantastic. The league leaders are fun, helpful & accommodating and the caddies/cart/bag drop team are always pleasant and quick to help. The clubhouse is nice and the food here is always fresh and plenty of healthy options.

It is a little expensive to play 18 outside of the league play, but totally worth it. If it was closer to my home, I'd be looking to buy some kind of unlimited play pass for this course. I love it.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"A must play"


nitz227's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/16/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Harborside Port was a great golf course. Demanding off the tees, with an abundance of bunkers to navigate. Great scenic views, and the ChicagoSkyline ever present. Fairways were fast and the greens were receptive and fast, with no unreasonable pin placements. Only hit a few balls on range, but they were complimentary with your green fee. Range was large and had many available flags at different distances. Overall, this is a must play golf course in the Chicagoland area. Only negative, a bit too pricey for retiree.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Course has great views and is resort quality."


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/15/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

Views were spectacular. Chicago skyline views from several holes. Back nine water holes were beautiful. Staff was better knowledgeable and helpful. Highly recommended this course.


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


"Overcharged"


ace9388's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/06/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The last 2 times I have been there they charged me more than was listed


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"another awesome round at harbor side"


drewsg's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/22/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Love this course for sure top 10 chicago area course and top 5 for public courses.

Got a hot deal on the round and finished it in around 3 hours. Starter let me start on 10 so I would have no one in front of me.

Love the course and best part is that the greens are in great shape and roll true.

Recommend this course to anyone wanting to play a great round. Oh and don't hit the ball into the tall grass if you do just leave it you are not finding it.


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



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