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3.8
325 Reviews (325)
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Conditions
3.3
Value
3.7
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.2
Pace
3.7
Amenities
4.0
77.9%
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3.1
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2.2
Value
3.4
Layout
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Pace
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Amenities
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3.8
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3.7
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Conditions
3.0
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Layout
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Pace
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4.1
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 6898 yards
Slope 140
Rating 73.7

Ruffled Feathers Golf Club in Lemont is conveniently situated just a half hour outside downtown Chicago. Pete Dye and his son P.B. collaborated to design the course, making it the only Dye design in the Chicago area. A well thought-out strategy will be greatly rewarded on this challenging layout and bad shots made without any thought will be severely punished. This is definitely not a golf course where you can just grip it and rip it. The fairways are fairly straight and forgiving, but most of the approach shots play to tricky elevated greens. There are also strategically placed bunkers framing the greens and water hazards come into play on several holes as well. Ruffled Feathers Golf Club's par 3s have a reputation for being particularly challenging. But depending on how windy it is, the final hole might present the most formidable challenge.

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Ruffled Feathers Golf Club
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Championship 72 6898 yards 73.7 140
Back 72 6389 yards 71.4 135
Middle (W) 72 6015 yards 75.6 140
Middle 72 6015 yards 69.5 130
Forward (W) 72 5273 yards 71.5 131
Junior 72 4455 yards 67.0 121
Scorecard for Ruffled Feathers Golf Club
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Professional M: 73.7/140 379 361 193 578 467 518 413 220 464 3593 403 155 380 510 328 510 336 221 462 3305 6898
Back M: 71.4/135 348 328 153 543 440 490 390 210 433 3335 385 140 317 471 301 470 316 212 442 3054 6389
Middle M: 69.5/130 W: 75.6/140 341 302 135 527 414 455 373 166 427 3140 375 120 309 435 270 464 290 178 434 2875 6015
Forward W: 71.5/131 317 257 115 446 359 429 345 154 342 2764 316 102 274 405 251 402 267 145 347 2509 5273
Junior W: 67.0/122 209 198 78 426 308 377 321 128 326 2371 309 68 245 343 208 341 202 99 269 2084 4455
Handicap 11 13 15 3 1 7 9 17 5 4 14 16 8 12 2 10 18 6
Par 4 4 3 5 4 5 4 3 4 36 4 3 4 5 4 5 4 3 4 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 1991
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Open: 4/01 Closed: 11/01
Architect P. B. Dye (1991) Pete Dye (1991)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Collared shirt, slacks or bermuda length shorts

Reviews

3.8
325 Reviews (325)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 10
19th Hole Scenic Views 6
Brunch 6
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 38
Bunkers 33
Forced Carries 32
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 30
Locals 17
Entertaining Clients 15
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 37
Worth the Drive 18
Convenient to the City 12

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GolfNow Rain Check Issue

The course is terrific - a fair challenge with some interesting holes.
The issue we have is we got rained out, and while the course will give us a rain check we could not figure out anyway to contact GolfNow to process the rain check - and the course would not give it directly to us from the golf shop b/c we paid for the round directly to GolfNow.
Very frustrating GolfNow customer service issue.

Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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2.0
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Course in worse condition ever. No maintenance since winter. No sand in traps. Terrible

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
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First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Course condition disappointment

I went out to play on Tuesday, conditions were wet and windy. The course is a very nice layout not too long so it suited me very well. It was not a bad experience for me overall, but I just the course was not well kept from a groundkeeper perspective. It just looked as if the grass in the rough had not been cut in a while. The rough must have been at a minimum of 5 inches or higher. The rough around the greens was the same and it had a lot of weeds. The club on the outside looked very nice not the same inside the ropes. I think that this certainly needs to be addressed

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

Back nine blues

We completed front nine just over 2 hours but the back was brutal 3 hours! Foursome in from became a sixsome on hole 15. Had to call pro shop to break it up. Need rangers on course to manage pace.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Great Pete Dye Course

Ruffled Feathers is a challenging Pete Dye design featuring sculpted fairways, strategically placed bunkers & water, and beautifully framed and contoured greens. I will definitely go back to play again.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

Typical Ruffled Feathers Death March

More times than not, I'm disappointed after playing Ruffled Feathers. This time was no different. On one hand, getting to play December golf in Chicago is great. But, Ruffled Feathers doesn't seem to know how to make Fall/Winter golf more palatable.

1. Most of the greens were littered with goose crap and leaves. It's like the staff hasn't even looked at the greens lately.

2. Leaves EVERYWHERE! I know it's fall, but if you're going to keep the course open this time of year, drag a leaf blower around once in a while.

3. Pace of play. This is always an issue at Ruffled Feathers, but this day was cart path only, and it took nearly 4.5 hours to play as a twosome. At least allow carts in the rough to help people get around quicker. Unfortunately, some REALLY long green-to-tee distances make walking a non-option.

4. Cost. Again, December golf is great, but courses need to align their rates with the experience this time of year. With everything above considered, RF should either lower the Fall/Winter rate or put some effort into making it a better experience if they're going to ask nearly $40.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Illinois Advisor
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

A Quality Golf Experience for November

Third time playing this year and even though it's November, the greens were in the best shape I've seen them. There was a fairly significant goose dropping problem here and there but I've seen that at other courses.
The fairways and greens were cut short and rolling nicely. While other courses tend to shut down cart service this time of year, we were happy to see that it was out, fully stocked and making regular returns throughout our round. All staff encountered were excellent as they have been each of the other times we have played here. The players in front of us as well as behind us were well mannered and in good humor despite a relatively slow pace of play. Really love the layout, brutal as it can be, it's really very fair from the appropriate tee boxes. The fall colors this week were phenomenal.
After gaining some course knowledge I really look forward to playing here again next season.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Fun time racing for day light

Cart path only on the day, however, the fairway and greens were excellent, all the greens ran true and fast for even having wet grounds. have to play from the blue tee next time when the ground are dryer, I would definitely recommend to play this course for all of my friends.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Good if you have the time....

The course was in great condition and was very challenging, but our round took 5.5 hours on a Saturday morning. We had an 8am tee time, but were unable to tee off on the second hole until 8:30 due to the 2 groups in front of us. This set the tone for the rest of the day as we consistently waited for them on every hole. We did not see a ranger all day either.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Horrible greens

The Greens Where are horrible. Some greens trunks were missing off of them. All the greens were aerated and in horrible conditions.
It was a very hot day, 92°, and there were no drinking fountains on the course. Did not see a Cart person entire day until the 16th hole. When I stopped at the halfway house no one was present, I rang the bell and yelled out is “anybody there and still no one showed up. After five minutes I left

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Tuesday 5:54am

Keep in mind that I played on a Tuesday with a 5:54am tee time so... The course is amazing course that is very challenging but very easy on the eyes. Unfortunately the greens were pretty dinged up with ball marks, which made putting interesting. A buddy and I were able to get through the course in 2:45, but again it was a Tuesday at 6am. I will definitely be back to play the course but I do hope they get the greens cleaned up.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Illinois Advisor
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Top-Notch Layout providing a Beautiful and Challenging golf experience at any level.

Why did I wait to play this course? It's just so fun. Every hole provides something new. Something unique, and every hole requires your full attention.

Ruffled Feathers eases you in with nice looking and reasonable par 4.and a relatively flat green.
On the second tee things tightened up and the thinking cap is on.There, I found myself saying, "well this is a really great looking hole!"...only to be saying that over and over and over again, hole after hole. Even after taking a birdie on #1 my game was in real trouble by #6 but that long, rolling green in the shade there was beautiful and I didn't care! Several times putting I read 3-4 inches of break to the left and the ball goes straight as an arrow and I didn't care. By hole 14 and 15 my game was beyond busted and just I didn't care.
Never before have I enjoyed such a terrible round as I did this day. I put 2 in the water on the Island par 3 (refused to go to the drop zone) and I didn't care. I snap-hooked two into the water on #10 and I didn't care. Overall, I took *gulp* 11 penalty strokes this round and I didn't care!

Perhaps it was because I was with my wife on our 25th Anniversary on this very day or perhaps it was also because we also had our son, now 23, with us and we were there and choosing this course on this day to enjoy ourselves no matter what.

Could the cart paths use some work? Yes. Is the rough around the cart paths deserving of its name? You bet. Are the greens beat up from careless players not properly repairing their ball marks? Absolutely. We had to clean our lines quite a bit but when finished the ball rolled true and we didn't care The sand was plentiful and it was in good shape. The pace of play was swift.

Let us not forget the people: From check-in to starter, to cart staff. Everyone at the course was smiling, kind and helpful, and at times humorous and generous. How awesome is that? Overall, really, what a gem. With some course knowledge now gained, we really look forward to playing Ruffled Feathers again!

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice course but course up keep apears to have fallen off. Back 9 is more picturesque, greens were littered with ball marks and sand traps in need of work. Being sold on the idea of playing a Pete Dye course is what brought me course staff would keep me they were great. Good food and drinks. Ultimately I'd replay the course but would have to value shop it.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

Soaked

We played it the night after a few inches of rain and the rain/mist continued as we played. Needless to say, it was pretty wet. Greens were in pretty rough shape and somewhat beat up. Course conditions overall used to be better when I played it last a few years ago. It's not awful, just not worth the full price you pay, in my opinion. Still a cool layout and a fun course. Lots of variety and not easy. Definitely not a good place for beginners or high handicappers.

Worth it for a hot deal price. The weather had the course pretty empty for a Sunday, so we flew around in under 4 hours without any issues.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Ruffled Feathers

Playing this course for the first time was extremely challenging. There was water on 12 or 13 of the holes and not knowing the exact distances to avoid these hazards was tough.

But the course was beautiful and extremely well maintained. It was very scenic and I really enjoyed the layout on every hole.

We played on Memorial Day and the temps were in the mid 90's. The ranger was all over the group in front of us for their slow play and the round wasn't too bad.

For the money I spent, I would definitely play this course again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Shabby conditioning

I used to play this course a lot but hadn't played it in almost 11 years until this morning. It used to be well over $100 on weekends, so the price has come down a lot, but wow...management has really let the conditioning of this course go downhill. The greens are crappy -- slow, full of pitch marks, unreliable. The bunkers are a joke -- more than a few were full of water from the sprinklers, and they all need to be redone because the sand is awful. There are weeds all over the course. It's just sad to see because this place used to be in great shape and now it plays like an average (or worse) muni.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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