Turnberry Country Club

3.6000000000 3.6 stars from 5 (6)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6876 yards
  • Slope: 139
  • Rating: 73.5
  • Layout

  • 9600 Turnberry Trl, Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014, Mc Henry County
  • (815) 459-3356
  • (815) 459-0604
  • www.turnberrycc.com

Year built: 1972
Architect(s): Larry Packard (1972), Wadsworth Golf Construction (1972)
Type: Private
Greens: Bent Grass
Fairways: Bent Grass
Golf Season: Open: 4/01 Closed: 11/15

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fee
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper attire is required.
Credit cards accepted: Yes

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6876 yards 73.5 139
White 72 6465 yards 71.6 135
Green 72 6098 yards 69.9 131
Ladies' Champ 72 5842 yards 74.4 134
Red (W) 72 5264 yards 71.2 127

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.9 stars from 5
Value: 3.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.7 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 6 Reviews
5 stars:
1
4 stars:
3
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

4 out of 6 reviews


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"Update from a year ago"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/19/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

When I wrote a review on this course a year ago, it was still semi-private. Turnberry has since opened their doors and now anyone can book tee times here through GolfNow or their website. I was hopeful that with new ownership and a new source of revenue (non-members golfing there), that some money would be put back into the course. The bones for an amazing course are there. This is a course that hosted a US Open qualifier and an Illinois Open. The course is challenging, yet still playable. There aren’t many, if any (depending on the tees you play from), forced carries either off the tee or into the greens. Bunkering is very well placed throughout the course. When it comes to golf course architecture, you’d be hard pressed to find many complaints with this course. The holes are not repetitive and each one brings its own unique challenges.

While the architecture is great, and the clubhouse is very nice, the course conditions need a lot of improvement. Through a local newspaper, it was voted best course in McHenry County for 2017. Based upon the conditions of the course alone, I would strongly disagree with that. I will concede the areas of the course (specifically the back 9) that flooded earlier this year due to the extreme amount of rain we received. What was most disappointing for me was the condition of the greens. DIseased patches, dead patches, large divots, weird scratch marks, ant hills, weeds, and numerous leaves made it nearly impossible to get a true roll on a putt. The rest of the course conditions were just OK. Patchy rough, rocks in the bunkers, inconsistent fringe areas around the greens, and bare areas around the course where it is just hard pan detract from the experience of golfing at one of the more respected courses in the area. Over one year’s time, the course conditions have certainly worsened.

In my opinion, the price point for greens fees is a bit high based upon the conditioning of the course. I hope the course bounces back next year with better weather conditions and some more attention put on improving the course conditions. From last year to this year, the course has dropped from 4 stars to 3 stars. Based on the price, you would be better off playing Foxford Hills, Oak Grove, or spend a little more and play at Blackstone. Even Redtail, which is right down the road (and cheaper), had better conditions this fall. As of right now, I do not recommend this course. I’ll give it another shot next spring/summer and update the review again. FIngers crossed this once great course starts to bounce back. I would love to see it back in the limelight again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Terrible"


u000004243717's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/16/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Weeds on greens weeds on fairways weeds on tee box. Maintain your course I've never seen a course that looks so poor


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"A pleasant surprise"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/14/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Thoroughly enjoyed my round here, played off the back tees at a length of almost 6,900 yards. The par three's were particularly tough from the back. Very tricky greens and you will be hard pressed to find a flat putt anywhere during the round. Has a real country club feel which isn't surprising since it is a country club that has begun accepting a few fee based rounds. I get the impression the course fell on some hard times as its condition has likely deteriorated somewhat. The sand in the traps was very course and there were some areas of the course that had suffered probably from the recent floods. However all in all an enjoyable round.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



Norts657's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/01/2017
First time playing 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



u000003988346's avatar
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/04/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Worth giving it a shot"


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 06/03/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Turnberry is a semi-private golf club. Anyone can sign up for various levels of membership and amenities for a variety of prices. The only way to get onto the course is to be a member, play with a member, or play one of the few scrambles they host every year. I was a member two years ago. I tried it out and found out that it just wasn't for me. Two of my golf buddies are still members there so I've played it multiple times every year.

Last time I played here was in June. The driving range and practice greens are nice. The course itself WAS a gem (like worthy of 5 stars). Over the past several years, it has deteriorated a bit. Tee boxes. greens, bunkers, and most of the fairways are in good shape. The rough and fringe areas are patchy. Cart paths are in poor shape and there are numerous low areas around the course that don't drain well. The on course bathroom has never been open.

The difficulty of the course is challenging. Both the front and back 9 have changes in elevation and water bordering the fairways. The bunkering was well thought out as there are fairways bunkers in "normal" driving areas and numerous green side bunkers that protect the greens. There are not any forced carries on shots into the greens which allows you to be creative with how you want to play the hole and gives you options if you are hitting out of the mature trees throughout the course. The course tips out at 6876 yards with other tee options as well. The hardest holes for me on this course have been 3rd hole which plays 220 yards from the tips and is well guarded with water down the left and bunkers on the right and the 460 yard 5th hole which usually always plays into the wind and has a tee shot that has to carry water. The 17th hole, par 5, is no guarantee to be a scoring hole. There are large, mature trees, along the left side of this dog leg left which makes taking a 2nd shot towards the green nearly impossible.

My review boils down to this: I like the course, I don't love it. I really don't like the rates, even when I was a member. It is comparable to Foxford Hills or Chalet Hills in Cary but you can play at those course for almost $10/round cheaper. In my opinion, its worth signing up for the basic membership for one year, playing your free rounds, and seeing if you love the course. The course was recently sold so perhaps the new ownership will address some of the shortcomings in order to make this a 5 star course again in the near future.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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