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3.5
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Conditions
3.5
Value
3.5
Layout
3.8
Friendliness
4.2
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.3
67.7%
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100 out of 121 reviews
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3.1
21 Reviews (21)
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Conditions
3.1
Value
2.7
Layout
3.5
Pace
3.6
Amenities
2.9
StaffFriendliness
3.6
52.4%
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3.2
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Conditions
3.1
Value
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Layout
3.6
Pace
3.6
Amenities
3.0
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3.7
55.6%
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6589 yards
Slope 124
Rating 71.3

Situated on Chicago's scenic North Shore, Lake Bluff Golf Club has become a "must-play" destination in the area. First opened in 1968, the course has a classic layout with front and back nines that are very different. The front nine provides a gentle start. The terrain is mostly flat and the holes are straightforward. As you move onto Lake Bluff's back nine there is more up and down and consequently the challenges are greater. Don't get too comfortable on the first half of the golf course because you'll need your wits about you for the second. Trees line the narrow fairways and the tricky greens all slope in one direction or another. Accuracy is essential. Water doesn't come into play but the doglegs and strategically placed bunkers provide plenty of challenges.

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Course Details

Year Built 1968
Fairways Blue Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Open: 4/01 Closed: 12/01
Architect Bob Lohmann

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper attire is required.

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Illinois (2015 #21)

Reviews

3.5
121 Reviews (121)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Patio Dining 7
Course Challenges Include:
Thick Rough 11
Bunkers 10
Undulating Greens 10
This course/club is great for:
Locals 17
Walkers 12
Beginners 8
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 18
Worth the Drive 15
Convenient to the City 6

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Reviews 2
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
3.0
First Time Playing

Basic Course very Basic.

Welcome to the North Shore.

With so much around Lake Bluff Illinois from great shore line views to fancy luxurious homes; you would expect the Lake Bluff Golf Course to be challenging and beautiful.

You would be mistaken.

I played with a group of 3 on a Thursday Late morning.

The ground crew was out and we were able to walk right on the tee box.

We paid $47 a piece including a cart for 18 holes.

The Tee Boxes were lush and appeared well maintained and the course length was shorter than I’m used to but we played the tips and it stretches out to around 6400 yards.

While there is nothing wrong with the course at first look, there is nothing impressive about it either. There isn’t much elevation change, significant bends, well placed bunkers, or significant mature landscape.

The trees that are there are shorter ornamental And well spaced making them not much of a hazard for the errant shot.

The grounds were marshy, which was surprising since we haven’t had rain in days. But this made it easier to tear up the fairway which you could see several had before. And there were many bog like mud patches.

The greens were fast and well maintained.

The problem comes when you get to the second, third, etc hole and they all feel the same. One in my group commented that it was like playing in a farmers field that had been converted to a golf course.

The layout and paths do not make sense. Even though everything looks the same we found ourselves often going back to the score card to figure out where we needed to head next.

Last thing I will mention, there are a lot of kids on this course during the week.

They appeared well mannered and knew how to ply but everywhere you looked there was a group of 12-16 year olds playing.

This course is “meh”

Just nothing significant enough to get me to want to come back. I was bored by 15.

Play it once to say you did it, but then find somewhere else.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 18
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Disappointed

Was expecting something nicer with this course than a basic muni. Conditions were just okay and greens slow and somewhat inconsistent. Can't compare to nearby Deerfield or Deerpath.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 300
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Illinois Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
Previously Played

Nicely conditioned but expensive and blah

Played on a Monday with our Golfvisions players passbook. 2nd time playing and same notes - course is is very nice shape but it's not for me. Tight from tee to greens - all greens are overly large and speedy. Your short stick and short game need to be on to score at this place. 120 slope is a little light on the rating...s/b 125ish. They were asking $57 which is far too much. It's a 35-40 value at most.....well conditioned friendly folks but the flatness and overall design just isn't inspiring....in fact there's not one hole that really stands out to me from an architecture standpoint that I have to play again and again and again. Range and practice area. Basic clubhouse no locker room. Terrain of course is pretty flat. Once a year enough for me if it's in my golf book. It's a nice play to play (not for $57 on a weekday and more on weekends) There are far too many other better values nearby that I'd rather play than recommend this course.

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Rude starter

Beautiful day, nice course but terrible Starter. Never experienced a starter/ manager so rude and disrespectful. Had 8:45 tee time, are foursome was ready to go at 8:37. Stater begins by stating he has 200 people behind us and that we should hurry up an tee off. 3 holes later we are backed up waiting to tee off at box. Next hole starter comes by again rushing us to pick up the pace and states there’s women behind us and they are waiting. 2 holes later he comes by yet again . Just very rude all around,, we finished 18 hole round in 4 hours and 5 min but could not enjoy ourselves because we were constantly being harassed and rushed by starter. Hurry up and wait .

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 20
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Ruff shape

Course was in poor shape and waited on every hole tp play. Course Was way over priced .

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 20
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great course!

Great course, greens were fast, but the layout was great, and everything was well maintained.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice course. Ok pace

decent course, nothing legendary but a good place to go play with different types of holes across the 18.

They were on pace at the start but some slower groups brought down the pace. Overall, pretty good deal.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
1.0
Previously Played

Anything goes

Been playing here for years and this course is in shambles right now. Had a 930am tee time. They were 6 groups behind on the first tee! How does that even happen? No starter to help organize it, a literal free for fall. The round was 5.5 hours. Also, we paid in advance including carts. When we checked in were told they dont have enough carts and we would have to share(which isnt even legal right now with covid). The course is in terrible condition and somehow went up in price. Avoid this course!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
1.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Course is underwater, should not be open

My first time playing this course was a very pleasant experience. This time was the complete opposite. Course was absolutely soaked, and we had two golf carts get stuck in the grass because of the mud. There were no signs indicating a no cart area as well. Also, the rough is heavily outgrown making it almost impossible to find your ball if you are anywhere but the fairway. Sadly had to skip the back 9 of my round because my clothes were too muddy and wet.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Wish the coarse was in playable condition

This course has been underwater for weeks it should not have been opened. The rough was 6 inches to 12 inches in some places fair ways were uncut greens beat up. I wish they had closed it. certainly not worth the money. I would think about playing it again if I knew the conditions are optimal.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 18
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great course to play. My son was practicing for tryouts and enjoyed the course so much he wants to return . Staff was very friendly .

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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