Starboard at Harborside International Golf Center

4.6615333333 4.7 stars from 5 (23)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7166 yards
  • Slope: 135
  • Rating: 74.7
  • 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 7166 yards 74.7 135
Championship 72 6620 yards 72.4 129
Regular 72 5914 yards 69.1 121
Forward 72 5110 yards 66.4 116

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.7 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.6 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 23 Reviews
5 stars:
17
4 stars:
4
3 stars:
2
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

21 out of 23 reviews


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"Great day in March"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/26/2018
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Reviewed on

Played Harborside on 45 degree day. Typical winds. Course in great shape for March. Great course. Tricky but fair.


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


"Course condition spectacular"


James5285189's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/05/2017
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Reviewed on

Beautiful course! Some casual water in traps but overal great experience. Need a cooler on the carts.


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


"Jewel in the Crown"


Kevin5569102's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/25/2017
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Reviewed on

The crown consists of my five favorite courses in the Chicagoland area. Harborside sits atop them all. It's becoming rare to find a facility that truly cares more about delivering a superior all-around golf experience than sardining as many golfers onto the course as possible because "bottom line". The greens, bunkers and fairways are perfection. Pace of play is a joy. Course architecture is a master class in how to make a course beautiful, interesting and challenging yet fair and enjoyable for golfers of nearly every skill level (very high handicappers may lament the steady depletion of balls over the course of a round). Great practice facilities, great staff.


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


"Course conditions"


Paul2562564's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/18/2017
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Reviewed on

Starboard course was in great shape

Pace of play was excellent.

Played 18 in 3:45


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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 06/11/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

After moving back to Chicago a few years back, I needed to find a new course to call home, and Harborshide definitely stepped up to claim that spot. Harborside offers two courses both with great views of the Chicago skyline and excellent playing conditions. Both courses play similar to links style like you’d find at The Open Championship.

The Starboard has been my preferred course recently because it’s slightly less challenging than the Port, but still puts your game to the test. The greens are always in good condition, the facilities are great, the staff is friendly and the starters keep everyone on tack. Slight elevation changes and ever-changing wind conditions allows this course to play really long some days and shorter on others. But at just over 6600 yards off the blues, it plays just right if you ask me. Starboard has a handful of really fun holes on the back nine including the signature #17 par-3 which overlooks Lake Calumet and the city in the distance.

Harborside has one of THE best practice facilities in the Chicagoland area, period. Huge range to hit all kinds of shots, 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. It’s worth the drive from the city and great for playing with friends. I'll keep coming back; no wonder it’s on the top places to play.


Pace of Play: Good

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


"WINDY"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

DRIVING RANGE WAS IN AREA WITH HARDLY NO GRASS. IT WAS SO WINDY

WHEN YOU WENT TO SWING YOU WOULD GET BLOWN OVER. FLAGS WERE

HARD TO PUT IN HOLE. BALL ON GREEN WOULD MOVE. AFTER ROUND I TALKED TO

STARTER AND HE SAID, OUT OF 20 DAYS, MAYBE ONE DAY WOULD BE WITH NO

WIND. I HAVE HARD ENOUGH TIME PLAYING GOLF BUT WITH THE WIND, VERY

DIFFICULT. I DON'T THINK I'LL PLAY THERE AGAIN.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 06/05/2017

So you rate the course poorly because the wind was blowing? That isn't much of a reason to rate the course poorly.....



u000004191544's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/25/2017
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Reviewed on

Course was in great shape considering the time of year but the bunkers were terrible - little to no sand in them they were definitely a penalty if you were in them

Other than that I'd recommend giving this course a play


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



Gord3386823's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/23/2017
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


I recommend this course



u000007066981's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/11/2017
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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



u106842436's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/11/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather 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

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



kjl1260's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/01/2017
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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


"Best public course in Chicago area"


aLb0t's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/01/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Harborside has two excellent courses within 30mins from downtown Chicago. When there is no traffic it takes only 20mins.

Both are links courses with lots of bunkers. Water only comes into play on the holes 16/17/18 of each course, but the layout is very challenging and plays long from start to finish. Course conditions here are always excellent and greens run true and fast.

The practice facility is top notch.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Beautiful Day!"


uDTFM1906DT's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/19/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

What a great course and nicer people!

From being greeted at the bag drop to the halfway house and the friendly Cart girl.

Course was in real good shape except the greens. Not their fault... every course has to aerate. Overall had a great day and will certainly be back


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


"Great Condition"


critelli62001's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/18/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in great shape and pace of play on a Sunday morning was outstanding. Course layout isn't exactly unique or memorable - many holes look and feel the same. Friendly staff and great condition will bring me back next time I'm in the city.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"Nice Course Close to the City"


saginawbay's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/20/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Solid course and close to the city, great for business/golf meetings.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good course near the city."


craigmaas4's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/11/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Both courses are always in good shape and the practice facility is fantastic. The bunkers, especially the green side bunkers, could use more sand. But otherwise the course was a pleasure to play.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"excellent overall experience"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/01/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

twas very good experience on well maintained course


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Not for beginners or high cappers"


u906561800's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2016
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I'm a 15-20 and this course is very challenging. Landing zones are tight off the tees and there isn't much room for error.

The course is very well maintained and its a great public track. Very scenic and good layout. Tight course with tall rough and patches if you miss the short stuff.

This course rewards accuracy so bring plenty of balls and patience if thats not your thing. Its usually very windy being down by the water too.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Definitely one of best courses in Illinois"


mikehenry89's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/25/2016
Previously played Used cart Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I really had a fabulous time out at Harborside. Virtually had the course to myself on a Wednesday afternoon. Played in under 3 hours. Course was in impeccable condition. Fairways were extremely lush so despite the dry conditions the course did not play very fast. From the tips this course can play difficult because of its length and bunkering. However, I could still see beginners enjoying the course because of its wide fairways and large relatively flat greens (they rolled very true at about 8-9). Only encountered one bunker that did not have much sand in it. Starters were very friendly. Dorothy in the clubhouse was excellent and kindly moved my tee time back so I could use the complimentary practice facilities which are top notch with attention to detail all the way down to the Harborside logos on the range balls. I'm really baffled that this course is not rated closer to the top of the best courses in Illinois. Harborside is better than Highlands of Elgin, TPC Deere Run, and Cog Hill in my humble opinion.Give it a try and see for yourself.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Wow! I waited this long to play here...."


Seahawks375's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/18/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Let me just start by saying, this course is a pretty long drive from my house. 71 miles. Having said that, all I can say is, wow. Wow. This course was amazing. Was recommended by a friend of mine, and glad I played it. We played the Starboard course, and what a layout. course is bent grass from tee to green. No trees, true links layout. Rough is pretty thick, so highly advise to keep it on the short grass. Greens are pretty quick, definitely practice putting before teeing off. Fantastic finish 16-18. Par 4 downhill, short par 3 over water, and great par 5 along the lake created for the course. GPS on carts is top notch, practice center is very good, and food inside was very good as well. Can't wait to go back and play the Port course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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