Oak Grove Golf Course

4.2303823529 4.2 stars from 5 (99)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 7021 yards
  • Slope: 142
  • Rating: 75.0
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Casual
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Professional 71 7021 yards 75.0 142
Championship 71 6613 yards 73.1 138
Tournament 71 6254 yards 71.1 133
Yellow 71 5737 yards 68.7 127
Yellow (W) 71 5737 yards 74.0 133
Forward (W) 71 5254 yards 71.3 127

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.2 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.2 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 99 Reviews
5 stars:
52
4 stars:
37
3 stars:
8
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

93 out of 98 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive in the 'burbs   Great for advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views a weekend splurge   Challenges include bunkers undulating greens water hazards   Great for drinks watching the game  

loading...
loading...

Reviews


Overall Rating
Recommended
Handicap
Age
Type of Golfer
Gender

"Hidden treasure"


Brad4914290's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/14/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very good layout, course in great shape. Wasn’t too impressed with clubhouse, but fair. Back nine is awesome. Had a good time. Have to play if live in stateline area. Will be back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Great shape!"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/09/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in great shape! Nice layout and challenge. Definitely recommend


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u630781726's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/07/2018
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: Good


I recommend this course


"Great track - superior piece of land."


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/03/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I've played Oak Grove for 20 years. It keeps getting better. Never tire of the course or making the hour drive to get there. 7:30 AM tee time and we had the course to ourselves. Finally caught the 4some in front of us at the turn - they promptly let us play through. Super course in great shape.

Cons: carts don't have windshields or satellite. You'll need a range finder to get proper distances quickly.

One one staffer - nice enough guy - but it was kind of weird only having one staffer on site.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Terrible greens, spoil the day"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

Made the trek to the middle of nowhere to play what has previously been well worth the venture.

Understaffed facility proved to be only a minor inconvenience. Pace of play for a Saturday/Holiday was great but.......

The greens for this time of the year were the worst I have seen recently.

This was a shame and when asked the staff, they apologized and agreed that Golf Visions management has left them hanging. Very limited maintenance support proves to result in greens that are still full of last fall aerations, soft, slow and inconsistently bad!

A spoiler to a good day at a usually good track.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Nice hidden course in Harvard."


Dave3462363's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/16/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very nice course, good price and value, large par 3's moderately challenging. Only complaint was that it is mid May and the greens were still heavy aerated and the sand had pulled out of most of them making puts jump all over the place. Once the greens are healed up it will be a hidden gem in Harvard.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



Brian3193191's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/03/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A couple holes were arerated and still sandy. Others had such holes that looked like left overs from last year. Customers should be advised of the maintenance being conducted on the greens. Overall, have played this course many time and it is a good one. But maybe not for another few weeks!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



u000004539868's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/20/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

great course, only disappointment was that several greens had been aerated, and were very sandy.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



u000004539868's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/29/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Nice track"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/21/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a fun course to play. Definitely has some challenging holes. Greens need to be read from both sides unless you know them from playing there. Price was right. In fact, it was so right it was easy to leave after 14 when it was 90 degrees and we were waiting 20 minutes every shot/hole. We were a 2 some buried in a bunch of 4's so it wasn't necessarily their fault, but I could see where pace is an issue out there. Also only had 1 guy working the entire joint so we could not get food at the turn, he was buried in the kitchen trying to cook, clean, answer phones, do dishes and who knows what else. I do enjoy playing the course though, it is a fun round of golf.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"The potential for something special is there"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/18/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

I usually get to Oak Grove once or twice a year. For the past 3 or 4 years, the course has stayed in great shape. Its on many people's lists for best courses in the Chicago suburbs (but its really no where near Chicago). The course can be great but its not there yet and might never get there. Let's dive into this.

Pros: The course design is very good. There is a good balance between straight forward holes and "quirky" holes. While a large tree in the center of every fairway would be annoying, having one in a downhill par 5 is kind of fun (it makes for a good target off the tee as well because how many people actually hit a straight tee shot). The par 5, 11th hole used to annoy me. Its a double dog leg with a creek that runs through it. It took me 4 or 5 times playing the course to actually figure out how to play it and see some of the thought behind the design.

The remoteness of the course makes for a very picturesque setting. The only building you will see during your round will be the clubhouse. When you are out on the course, you feel like you are at a resort somewhere where golf is the sole focus.

Cons: You can tell the golf management company GolfVisions is running this place on a shoe string budget. There is usually only one person working in the clubhouse at a time. When you walk into the clubhouse, most of the lights are turned off. The pro shop is sparsely stocked with anything. The driving range is in rough shape. The range balls are terrible. Half of the balls in my bucket were sliced up, very old, or various colors. The course conditions were good for the most part except for the bunkers. There was absolutely no consistency to the sand in the bunkers. There were rocks in the bunkers the size of golf balls. Should you hit one of those, be ready to purchase a new wedge.

While there are some picturesque holes, there are also some very bland holes. I'm also not a fan of two of the toughest holes on the course being the first two right out of the gate. I believe the first couple of holes should ease you into your round. On this course, the first couple of holes slap you right in the face.

Verdict: The foundation is there for this course to really be something special. Besides the bunkers, I'm a fan of the course in all aspects from tee to green. If some money was spent on increasing the playability for golfers of all levels, I think the number of golfers making the trip to this course would increase. In my opinion, some trees need to be removed and the rough needs to be thinned out. Waste areas where you can actually find your ball and advance it are good. Super thick rough just paces off the fairway where you automatically lose your ball are bad. That very thick rough is found throughout the course and is what makes this course so tough. Bring a couple of extra sleeves of balls when coming to play here.

My hope is that someone else or a group of people will see the potential here and try to save this course. Plum Grove GC was another very nice course outside of Harvard that closed several years ago, My hope and prayer is that the same fate does not happen to Oak Grove. Make the drive to play it. Definitely one of my recommended courses in McHenry County.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course



u214096667's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/10/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"This course is poorly managed!"


parktower's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/03/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Large outing was booked and the last group teed off just before my tee time. Play was extremely slow because group was playing in some fivesomes so participants could play with friends etc. Group had few experienced golfers so course management was poor - people waiting on the tee for the green to clear, on a Par 5

etc. Course had almost no help - bartender had to double as cook so the wait at the turn was at least 20-25 minutes. Wait at No. 11 tee was over 20 minutes. Many, many lost balls by group and elongated search time. As the round went on, players became more inebriated extending time. After 4.5 hours with four more hole to go, we left. Pro shop attendant said we should know better than to book a tee time on a holiday week-end and expect good service and fast play. Never patronize this course again as this is the second time this has occurred.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"This course is poorly run"


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

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/03/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I arranged for a 10:48 a.m. tee time on Sunday, September 3. I discovered that a large outing was teeing off its last foursome just before my tee time. this outing had fivesomes playing, drunken participants, and no respect for the rules or other players. It took three hours to complete the front nine and management told me directly that there was nothing they could do. They had so little staff available that the bartender also had to double as the cook. Wait times at the turn were about 20-25 minutes. We waited for 20 minutes on the 11th tee as the outing participants cavorted around the fairway, This is the second time that I have experienced such slovenly management here and the representative at the pro shop told me that I should have known not to play on a holiday week-end. They offered no apology or restitution. We left the course on the twelfth tee after 4 hours and 20 minutes of play. I would not encourage anyone to play this course unless they have infinite patience! Needless to say, maintenance, especially the condition of the greens, was poor.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Worth the drive"


walleye247's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/26/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A hidden Gem. A few holes seemed a little unfair. 600yd par 5 with a tree in the middle. I was lucky and put my tee shot in the left rough so I had a shot. # 11 is ridiculous. Everything else was great. Definitely need to think your way around. Huge greens.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Challenging yet usually fun - 4 holes will take you from an 88 to 93 real fast"


u000001152324's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/22/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Have played this course many times. The course is beautiful. There are 4 holes in particular that are vexing. 10 seems to have a really small landing area for the 1st shot of a par 4. Hard to judge the needed distance without going too long. 11 is an S-shaped par 5 that should be the picture next to the definition of "target golf" in the dictionary, and is too gimmicky (in my opinion) but a necessary evil for playing 14 really nice golf holes. 15 is really really narrow and requires more precision than your typical golfer can muster. From the whites, 16 leaves too much of the fairway obscured and thus too much uncertainty on where to aim. The other 14 holes are great and make up for these 4, so go play it anyway!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/21/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot 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: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"OGGC"


RaymondJuskus's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/02/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

I think this is one of the best public courses in IL.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Very Good Playing Conditions"


HOTSPOTTS's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
Illinois Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/23/2017
Previously played Used cart Wet weather

Reviewed on

4.5 stars. Oak Grove is always a fun play and the folks in the clubhouse are nice. Course is well maintained and the greens are in very good shape....with all the rains they are slower than usual but still have a very good speed. Unfortunately we were the 2nd group behind the typical two complete idiots playing the tips with their wives in full golf regalia holding up play abusing the course (no rake, no divot repair) for everyone behind them on their 2 3/4 hour plus "I own the course" pace for nine not even attempting to keep a reasonable pace with the several 4 somes in front of them.. It's amazing how quickly they play the 8th and 9th holes (because they were completely clear when they got to the 8th tee for 15 minutes)....and this happens way too often....but this is the first time we've had this issue at Oak Grove. This time the course help actually berated and warned these mopes several times....thanks Oak Grove...and I wish other courses would do this because these types of folks know exactly what they are doing/don't care and ruin the experience of all other golfers behind them the remainder of the day.

Our outing was cut short by rain but they honored us with 9 hole rain checks. The fairway tree on the 15th was cut down....unfortunate because that's what made it a difficult driving hole. Otherwise everything was in fine condition. Highly recommend this place, they have decent range and the track routing is interesting and challenging. $40 value. Well worth the drive to Harvard.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Upscale Golf for a Great Price!"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/18/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

I've played Oak Grove many times, and it is one of my favorite courses. It's mostly a great layout with excellent conditioning. My sons took me this time on Father's Day for a great special twilight rate of only $25! That is one amazing price for a course of this quality! Oak Grove is fun and fair for the novice, but is a stout challenge for any low handicapper or scratch golfer.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



    Marketing Tools for Golf Course Operators

    • Add a Golf Advisor Rating Badge to Your Website. Get Widget
    • Get a feed with the latest reviews for this course Feed