Highland Woods Golf Course

3.1945294118 3.2 stars from 5 (149)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6934 yards
  • Slope: 124
  • Rating: 72.5
  • Layout


Year built: 1976
Architect(s): William J. Spear (1976), Wadsworth Golf Construction (1976)
Type: Public
Greens: Bent Grass
Fairways: Blue Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 6934 yards 72.5 124
Blue 72 6772 yards 71.7 122
White 72 6490 yards 70.4 119
Red (W) 72 5851 yards 72.7 122

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.2 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.0 stars from 5
Value: 3.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 2.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 149 Reviews
5 stars:
14
4 stars:
48
3 stars:
38
2 stars:
30
1 stars:
19

recommend this course

97 out of 149 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is in the 'burbs worth the drive   Great for locals seniors wildlife/ scenic views   Challenges include bunkers thick rough water hazards   Great for drinks  

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Reviews


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"Nice course"


davescimo's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/17/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

For a forest preserve course, this track plays very nice and is well maintained. Probably the best Cook County Forest Preserve course. It’s fairly forgiving but has a number of bunkers that are in play. You can make up ground on the par 3’s and the par 5 2nd if you play over the bunkers. The greens are not too fast but have quite a bit of undulation.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great Round at Highland Woods"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/08/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Had a 6:50 tee time on a Friday morning and played in under 3 hours. Course was in great condition. Layout offers plenty of challenges but is good for mid and higher handicaps too. Staff was very friendly.


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


"Great course upkeep, but pace of play is awful"


Tim2361747's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/06/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have played this course many times, and value, layout and upkeep are great. NEVER have I played in less than five hours, and a Wed. mid-afternoon round was 5 hours and 45 minutes. No rangers or help from staff. It is a shame that this course is so well maintained but no one seems to manage to its optimal potential. Many other better managed courses within 5 miles


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course



georgedertz1759's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/18/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The golf course has a fairly easy layout . 5 of the greens were aerated . The pace of play was slow , we teed off on time but waited on each tee box till the last few holes . Rangers told us that there was a slow group a few holes ahead of us and they asked them to speed up play . Took just over 5 hours to play .


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Great course"


u000007895313's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/05/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Had great time. Course in excellent condition.

Play again and tell others..


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/22/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



Shep9350669's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/01/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"25 years"


Glen8273700's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/22/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have been playing this course since I was a child. this has been a staple of my past. I decide to bring my co-workers to here for a nice round, they parked to close to the green on hole 8 which is fine. Lets mention it was 97 degrees with the heat index nobody wanted to walk. Also half of the grass on the course was dead. But the ranger pulled up and spoke down to me personally. Like I was an uneducated child. I had no idea this had occured but he decided it was apon himself to speak to me in this fashion. I will say it has been many years since I have been back here. I decided to bring my co-workers here which we play twice a week minimum and this happens. I dont think I/We will be bringing further business towards any Billy Casper run golf courses anymore due to this gentleman. I will also try and get my local representative to kick you guys from the management via viral thread.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Nice open course great rate"


krengieldjj's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/15/2017
Previously played Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Highland Woods is a nice course. Has farily open fairways but many sand traps. Great rate and pace of play.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Beautiful Course; Slow PLay"


u120177507's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/07/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful layout; gorgeous course. The play is really slow; we waited on every tee box and every shot. There was a twosome and a foursome ahead of us; our threesome eventually joined up with the twosome to move more quickly. There was no starter and no ranger; on one hole across water, there is a sign that limits you to one tee shot.The foursome in front of us each took 2 or 3 shots. We waited 20 minutes on that hole to tee off. If you have time, play there. if you are easily frustrated and used to playing 18 in 3 1/2 - 4 hours, don't


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"fine lace to play"


GreggRosenthal's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/02/2017
Previously played Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Highland Woods is a good place to play to have a nice round of golf on a well maintained challenging golf course.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Starving"


JosephP's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/25/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Nice course, great staff, but not enough help. The group I was in usually buys a few "dogs and beer", even though it is over priced, between 9s, but there was only one person working (about 1 o'clock). We could not order because the crowd was so big with people checking in and other people wanting food or range balls .

Our group went to one of the local restaurants nearby after golf. I can' imagine the revenue lost by the course.

I know, Billy Casper big wigs will say, why didn't you order from the "bev" cart, well we never saw one till we were almost done.

I will return, because I live close and it offers a great place to practice, before playing the premier courses in the area, but none of my friends want anything to do with the place!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



u379429112's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/19/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We had a 4pm tee time. Arrived at 3:20. When we got there, there were about 4 other groups of 4 ahead of us who were standing around waiting for golf carts. The place had apparently booked 4 outings plus still allowed all normal tee times.

Everyone was very frustrated because there was NO management. No one was communicating and everything was SLOW. We eventually teed off at 5;00 pm!!!! and were only able to get in 9 holes because it would take 20 mins to play each hole. You would literally have to tee off, then wait at your 2nd shot for 10 mins while people ahead of you finished. It was like that the entire time until it got dark. POOR MANAGEMENT


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Takes too long"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/13/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I stop playing this corse 20 yrs ago because it took 6 hours to play!!! It now takes about 5 hours,,some improvement but still way too long. I ve played it 3 times and it takes 5+ hours, including 1 weekday round.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"good course slow play however!"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/13/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Highland woods is a good course to play but for some reason at times play can be slower than a snails pace! This time we played front nine not too bad but the back nine became a slow sad pace for no apparent reason. The course is not that difficult for reasonable play and was playing well this day! The pace was hit and wait every shot, hard to keep your game in a good click when doing this and I am a good player. My wife was not happy at all! Cannot blame the group in front of us as they were hitting a moving forward even though they had no business playing from the blue tees as low level players they were! But I am not one to tell people where to play from or how high their score will be. I am high 70's low 80's and in fact shot 81 only because it was so slow lost my concentration to keep on task.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice Course"


carl7214020's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/13/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time playing here and I was pleasantly surprised. Course was in good condition with a nice variety of holes. Played it for $40 on Golfnow and I think that is a really good deal. I would definitely play it again.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Dr. Tony LeDinh, KY Colonel"


u734122557's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

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

Reviewed on

The reception was very friendly. The check-in was fast. The stater Mr. Jim , courteous & accomodating. He was very quick in arranging the tee-off time for all including us (me and my partner). This really helped the "spacing" of play ....faster .

We enjoyed teaming with another regular and finished the 18 holes in less than 5 hours. The club's amenities were great (free hot dogs after the game and fresh clean cool drinking water on the golf course)

We enjoyed the outing and plan to return.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great local Course (NW Suburbs)"


JosephP's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/01/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

It makes me sad to read some of the other reviews where people are complaining. After all it is a public course catering to all ages. The greens super has done an excellent job, the head pro Mr. E is very personable and I understand that he is an excellent instructor (from comments I have heard). Last but not least, the staff (starters, etc) are always polite and very helpful. The only negative I have is $5 for cheap beer-lets get reasonable.


Pace of Play: Good

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


"HIGHLAND WOODS REVIEW"


dan6937965's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/29/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

GREAT CONDITIONS AND WONDERFUL WEATHER MADE FOR A PERFECT SATURDAY AFTERNOON...

CRITIQUE:

PACE OF PLAY WAS AWFUL, WAITED ON EVERY SHOT, RANGER DID NOT HELP ENCOURAGE PACE OF PLAY ON THE COURSE.

THIS COURSE DESPERATELY NEEDS TO GET RID OF THE "CHAMPIONSHIP TEES" AND ADD ONE MAYBE TWO CLOSER TEE BOXES. WEEKEND WARRIORS SHOULD NOT BE PLAYING A COURSE MUCH MORE THAN 6000 YARDS. TEE IT FORWARD, AND ELIMINATE 6 HOUR ROUNDS.

WE PAID FOR 18 BUT AFTER 4 HOURS, WE WALKED OFF THE COURSE AFTER 12 HOLES.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Terrible pace of play"


for2n8john's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/28/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I went with a golf league buddy. We like to play on different courses.

We were paired up with a groundskeeper from a nearby course. He was pretty knowledgable about a few courses in the area. Highland Woods is cheaper than most, but they jam on as many groups as they can. There was a 4 groups playing or waiting on the 2nd hole! it finally spread out a bit on the 5th (a long par 5). But backed up for a while again on the next par 3. a group 2 ahead of us was playing tees they couldn't handle, drinking and slowing play with errant shots. The ranger threatened them periodically, but they ignored him. (The manager should have came out to deal with them.) There was over a full hole open ahead of them.

It was about a 3 hour front 9. 1 guy dropped out of their four-some. The 3 continued and we got thru in 2.5 hours.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course



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