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4.2
152 Reviews (152)
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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1 Stars
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Conditions
4.0
Value
4.4
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.1
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.2
90.1%
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4.0
31 Reviews (31)
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Conditions
3.8
Value
4.2
Layout
4.2
Pace
3.9
Amenities
2.9
StaffFriendliness
3.9
83.9%
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26 out of 31 reviews
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4.0
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11
4 Stars
13
3 Stars
5
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2
Conditions
3.8
Value
4.2
Layout
4.2
Pace
3.9
Amenities
2.9
StaffFriendliness
3.9
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 71
Length 7021 yards
Slope 142
Rating 75.0
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Oak Grove Golf Course
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Course Details

Year Built 1997
Fairways Bent
Greens Bent
Golf Season Open: 3/01 Closed: 11/01
Architect Steven Halberg

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Casual

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Reviews

4.2
152 Reviews (152)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 12
Watching the Game 6
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 16
Undulating Greens 14
Water Hazards 13
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 20
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 18
A Weekend Splurge 8
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 15
In the 'Burbs 7

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Reviews 7
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

BUCKET LIST MUST

Oak Grove is definitely a bucket list must for all. Layout design 9.5 out of 10. The only wrinkle is hole 11. For the average golfer, too tricked up. Course was in excellent condition considering the recent rains. Make time, its worth the trip and enjoy the nature and local wildlife.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Greens and course good shape

One person working the club house, doing double duty checking in players as well as working the bar. Didn't seem too happy about it.
Windy, so there were a lot of downed leaves making it tough to find the ball even in the fairway, however that's golf in the midwest in the fall. My clubs didn't work right which made it a tougher day than usual! LOL A few holes had old ball marks around the cup that appear to look like they were there prior to the hole being cut. Should have been repaired when new hole is cut..

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Slowest round of year. 5:15 minutes. Brutal

Brutally slow and no rangers around to speed things up

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 17
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Another good outing at Oak Grove

Great course and quite challenging on some holes. Winds and some muddy areas detracted. Not crowded. Generally good shape with only a few heavily divoted areas. Good value. Recommended always. Outside of club house building needs attention badly.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Enjoyable to have a course not surrounded by houses.

Played in cool intermittent rain and wind. Pace of play was great and course generally remained in great condition even with rain. Greens remained very playable. Hole No 11 is an unusual layout, study before playing..

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 54
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Could Be So Much More

Course is set up very nicely, however the condition was only fair. The greens were soft and held approach shots well. However, it's obvious that the people playing never heard about fixing ball marks on the green. Come on MAN!!

Lots of sand traps, that I got to visit a bit to much. It wouldn't have been bad as I feel I'm a good sand player. Oh wait, I said sand player. That's right 1/4" of sand in a bunker doesn't make a sand trap. Sand traps are the most expensive thing on a golf course to maintain. You can tell times are tough at OGG. Either fill 'em in or put sand in them, not gravel.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Slow pace

Very slow pace no starter was told people had tee times of 10:28 10:30 and 10:35 front was slow but joined a three some as a two some . Yes I know a 5 some but we still waited on every hole. Great course and great shape but pace was brutal

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Wonderful Course surrounded by Farmland

Wonderful Course off the beaten path. Staff extremely friendly and welcoming. Had a 6:35 tee time and all greens rolled before we arrived. Greens in wonderful condition. 3rd time playing in a month! Thoroughly enjoyed.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 49
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 500 Contributor
Illinois Advisor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Outstanding Layout in need of TLC

The layout here is fantastic. About as challenging as a course can be. Regardless of which tee boxes you choose, at some point you will need your best distance and ultimate accuracy to shoot a reasonable score. Note that I didn't say "shoot low" With the rating at the back tees at a stunning 75 and a slope of 144 on a Par 71 course..., there are few who would expect to shoot low... reasonably low is really all one can ask here.

One favorite was #11
Approaching the blue tee 464 yard par 5 #11 I thought, well heck this shouldn't be too hard. Wrong. It's the longest 464 yard par 5 I've ever played with a tight, hard dog-leg right encapsulated fairway with trouble left and right all the way to the green. The tee shot requires essentially a 200 straight away carry with have about 50 yards to work with on the other side of the creek. Then you have trees to navigate over or around on the approach. Frankly, I was happy to take a 1 putt 7 with two penalty strokes. Those were just two of the 7 total penalty strokes I took at Oak Grove this day! Accuracy is a must.

Condition wise, the Tees and Fairways were as expected during a long hot summer and not nearly as bad as earlier reviews purported. The bunker sand were pretty bad and really needs to be cleaned out. On the 603 yard Par 5 # 6 I was in the left bunker in 3 shots and proceeded to splash several large stones toward the flag along with the ball which came up short of the green. You don't really want to have to clean stones off of the green but it had to be done for anyone to putt. Had my first of four 3-putts for an 8 there.

It's unfortunate that Oak Grove is so far off the beaten path because it's clear that they struggle financially. The clubhouse is worn down and outdated inside and out and all around. The grill was lacking help and there was no beverage cart running at all on a beautiful Sunday afternoon with a course packed full of golfers. That makes it a difficult decision to play and only the course itself will bring me back.

Bottom line, it's a great golf course with a layout better than most. I'd play it again and again but it's a haul and it's not a place I can relax comfortably in. On the plus side, we have already decided that it would be a great stop for a stay and play few days in the Lake Geneva region and we look forward to returning to Oak Grove.

Hang in there guys and keep the course in good shape. We hope there is a generous benefactor that will see Oak Grove for all it can be and bring it back to the future.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 323
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Illinois Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
Previously Played

Light Tee Sheet great pace of play

Played in slightly over 3 hours starting Tuesday mid-morning. Course is in decent shape.....very wet from some recent rains. The greens were cut that morning but are much slower than other area courses. Because of the dampness they were also a tad bumpy. Practice range was a swamp but hitting off grass. Overall course conditions have deteriorated the last few years. Slightly over 3 1/2 stars now unfortunately poised to go below that. $30 value wkday $40 value on wkends more than that you'll probably be disappointed. Avoid if possible when tee sheet is crowded as it will back up; with first timers having a difficult time navigating around the track. Great fun interesting layout to play and the 11th hole you have to play at least 3 or 4 times to get the hang of.....I love this place and highly recommend it.....just wish it wasn't such a drive/haul to get to Harvard.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 15
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Beautiful wooded setting

Our first time playing, went on recommendation of a friend. Quite a long drive for us (1hr 15 min). Course was not in great shape, had to find grass on the fairways to play from. Quite a few blind shot holes and # 11 .... to say could be better laid out is an understatement. Staff was SUPER friendly and accommodating. Will probably not go back because of the drive time, and can find courses closer to home for the money. Nice setting and clubhouse.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Will Not Return!!

EXTREMELY SLOW PLAY! - due to no starter, rangers and a staff that didn't care. Waited 10 - 15 minutes every hole before we played the hole. Got so bad at hole 8, we were waiting for the group in front of us along with the two groups behind us. At that point we decided to quit, since we were on track for a 6 hour round. Talking to the manager on the way out made no difference, he had nothing to say, not even an apology. Also, the course was very beat up, no divot repairs anywhere. Poorly run by Golf Visions!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Will Never Play This Course Again!!

EXTREMELY SLOW PLAY. Waited on every hole 15 -20 minutes just to tee off. No rangers at all, so groups doing whatever they wanted, like waiting until the group in front of them reached the green before they would tee off, thus giving them more time to stand around and talk or look for their balls out of play. Paid for 18 holes, but had to quit on the 8th hole when not only were we waiting for the group in front of us, but so were the 2 groups behind us. At that point we were on track for a 6 hour round. Upon leaving we searched around for a manger to tell our story. We asked if the ever have rangers, he said no, and showed no concern nor did he offer an apology. The course was also very beat up on the tee boxes and fairways, especially, with no divot repairs being done for some time. This isn't the first time we have issues with a Golf Visions course. Definitely will never return or play another of their courses!!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 73
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor

Must Play

Nearly 60 miles from my home but play here 6 plus times a year

Great value
Working on bunkers but other than that course in great condition

2 some, played front nine in an hour
Ran into groups at turn but still played back 9 in 90 minutes

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 11
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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