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3.2
42 Reviews (42)
5 Stars
8
4 Stars
12
3 Stars
11
2 Stars
9
1 Stars
2
Conditions
2.9
Value
3.8
Layout
3.6
Friendliness
3.9
Pace
3.8
Amenities
2.9
77.7%
Recommend this course
31 out of 42 reviews
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3.3
15 Reviews (15)
5 Stars
3
4 Stars
4
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
1
Conditions
2.8
Value
3.6
Layout
3.5
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.2
StaffFriendliness
3.8
66.7%
Recommend this course
10 out of 15 reviews
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3.3
15 Reviews (15)
5 Stars
3
4 Stars
4
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
1
Conditions
2.8
Value
3.6
Layout
3.5
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.2
StaffFriendliness
3.8
66.7%
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10 out of 15 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 70
Length 5891 yards
Slope 117
Rating 67.9
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Brae Loch Country Club
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Course Details

Year Built 1940
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range No
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Meeting Facilities, Banquet Facilities

Reviews

3.2
42 Reviews (42)

What Golfers Are Saying

This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 6

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Reviews 1
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I Recommend This Course
3.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
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Handicap 20-24
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Brae Loch Review

I understand that it gets hot in the Chicagoland area, but the fairways had so many spots without grass, it felt like I was golfing on an asphalt road. At 26 dollars/round walking, you'd think they'd take better care of the course. Not to mention we had a tee-time of 2:30 pm, and when we got there the starter let two singles go off by themselves, and he was quite rude when we asked if we could start on the back 9. I would not recommend this course, plenty of other decent ones in the area.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 154
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Top 25 Contributor
Chicago Advisor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Walked

Brae Loch Golf Club - Sporty North Chicago burb muni that needs TLC

The Good: Brae Loch is a sporty Lake County Forest Preserve managed muni that has some interesting short Par-4’s and back-to-back demonic Par-5’s on the front nine. Nice variety in the Par-3 lengths. While the course is certainly no Taj Mahal of greater Chicago, it does have decent greens and an excellent pace of play for a weekday afternoon round. No driving range, but a nice short game area right off the 16th green. Good value at under $40 during peak season.

The Bad: Course conditions overall have been ravaged by a dry summer, with many of the fairways pretty barren. This could definitely be an interesting course with a few trees taken down. On-course service and amenities were severely lacking, but this tends to be the case with many low-budget courses in the Covid-19 era. Staff didn’t appear to be too excited to be at work that day. No driving range is a bummer.

The Verdict: Brae Loch is another example of “you get what you pay for”, but it has the potential to be a very fun, quirky course with the right amount of TLC and expectations. It’s a good course to gain some confidence and work on your short iron play.

Best Hole: The 7th is the second of back-to-back Par-5’s on the front with a semi-blind tee shot to an tight, uphill fairway and then an approach that must be cut around trees to a “peninsula” style green cut into wetlands.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Walked
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course is in bad shape

Course is in pretty bad shape, huge sections of the fairway roped off. It’s a fun course though - tree lines and course layout can get you !

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

If money is an issue

Terrible course and management. Played 14 holes in four hours. Quit at that point. At one time, the beer cart lady told us to speed up play. There were three groups ahead of us. Yikes

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 38
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Booked with golfnow

I booked with golfnow, however when I got to the course I had to pay again for the round cause they told me I made the reservation but never paid. Don’t know how that was possible cause I thought you had to pay from golfnow when making the reservations. As a result I paid again lol.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

No more rain please

The course due to 9 inches of rain in past 2 weeks had a few extra water holes. Made it fun, you had to rethink some shots. Had a great time

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing

Avoid for now

Walking only. A lot of standing water which was the least of the issues.

When the fairways were mowed they did not pick up any of the grass clippings. So even if you hit it in the fairway it was hard to find your ball because of that. Never played a course before where that was an issue.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

The course is flooded

I wished they didn’t allow us to play. Every whole there’s water from the rain a day ago . Nice layout but the experience of walking 18 with your feet wet is not pleasant.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

First COVID Round in IL

The team at Brae Loch was great. They meet you in the parking lot to complete payment/check in. As always they were courtesy. On the course the rough was thick, for their standards. Greens were in great condition.

You didn't feel like you had to be within a few feet of anyone for more than 5 minutes, and the course kept moving.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played

Rude Staff

Did not feel welcome in the pro shop. Guy took a phone call after acknowledging me and then was rude

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Fantastic Afternoon of Golf and Peace

With these stressful and insular times, the opportunity to play golf on a well manicured and beautiful course bolstered my spirits. Staff was amazing and the course was so well taken care of. Ideal day and solid round :).

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Twice a year
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played
Average weather
Used cart

A muni with US Open rough?

Ok, I have played here many times. I do not play because it is a challenging or beautiful. It is close and relatively inexpensive. I will often play here with people who need a little more forgiveness in a course. The rough was ridiculously long. So deep, we could not find golf balls. I know what you are going to say, "hit it in the fairway". Well we all know that just does not happen as often as we want especially with golfers who do not play very often. Based on how many golf balls we found that were not ours, we were not the only ones with this issue.

I really wish courses would go back to dress codes. Tank tops and cut off should not be allowed. This course has none.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

SLOW

Pace of play was very slow. Majority of the players were pretty poor golfers who did not understand how to play at a decent rate. Holes are close together so you end up playing with the groups on adjacent holes. Loud! Greens are fantastic though. A decent place to take kids and/or new players. Will not go back unless it's my only alternative.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Great course for last min golfing.

I love this course. As many times that I have been at this course it's never been over crowed. You get there and you get right on. The pace of play is prefect and just a great time out there with very nice golfers.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Twice a year
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great value course

Fast greens at tough grades made the round fun and challenging..... Not that golf isn't already challenging enough though...

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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