Ruffled Feathers Golf Club

3.7561235294 3.8 stars from 5 (309)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6898 yards
  • Slope: 140
  • Rating: 73.7
  • Layout

  • 1 Pete Dye Dr, Lemont, Illinois 60439, Cook County
  • (630) 257-1000
  • (630) 257-1067
  • www.ruffledfeathersgc.com

Year built: 1991
Architect(s): P. B. Dye (1991), Pete Dye (1991)
Type: Semi-Private
Greens: Bent Grass
Fairways: Bent Grass
Golf Season: Open: 4/01 Closed: 11/01

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Collared shirt, slacks or bermuda length shorts
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

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.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.8 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.8 stars from 5
Value: 3.7 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.6 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 309 Reviews
5 stars:
74
4 stars:
121
3 stars:
63
2 stars:
27
1 stars:
24

recommend this course

229 out of 304 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is in the 'burbs worth the drive convenient to the city   Great for advanced golfers locals entertaining clients   Challenges include water hazards bunkers forced carries   Great for drinks 19th hole scenic views brunch  

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"Soaked"


Shankz's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Ruffled Feathers"


u506086849's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



u983530281's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/20/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Shabby conditioning"


u000002047419's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/17/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Really Nice Course"


Ciolino23's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/06/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We had a 6:48am tee time on a Sunday morning. The course was great and in wonderful conditions. My only knock on that day was the 6:38am tee time showed up very late. They were still in their flip flops when they tee off, which was more like 6:45am. So, our tee time got pushed back a few minutes, but not a big deal.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Golf Bloom"


Larry6421008's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/05/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

With Spring here the course is waking up in great condition. If players would repair their ball marks on greens I would rate it excellent.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Tired and Worn out"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/04/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Built in 1991 this Dye design was top notch a 5 star experience for a couple of decades. Now it's long in the face with lots of issues. Sand traps are real hit or miss....several key ones are pretty much dirt....all of them need renovation. Fairways are okay but do have some brown patches. Tee boxes hit and miss finding a level patch on par 3's with all the divots can be difficult. Areas where you enter/exit greensites sparse to no grass or hard pan which won't grow back. Even the greens aren't up to snuff.....with the difficult spring weather they still were the worst I've experienced so far this season...and beg for renovation. Greens also have Poa Anna issues so afternoon rounds will be even worse. Cart paths are far from smooth as well. Lots of bumps and cracks.

MAKE SURE you bring a GPS or laser. No GPS on carts - and I would not pay much attention to the sprinkler head yardages or the fairway markers only use them as general guides. I found many way off and relied heavily on my Garmin. Course is a bane for first timers - you have to play this place a least a couple times to learn the green complexes and where to route your ball.

Folks are welcoming a nice bar with flat screens post round. A tired looking locker room with showers. Good range and also does have a small practice facility near the front drive entrance. Carpet in several areas of the clubhouse hasn't been updated since it was built....looks sad and dirty.

No water or fountains on course. Cart ladies are real nice but $6 plus for a beer is really steep. Course is a $40 value at best. Normally much much more and you'll be disappointed if you pay more than $40....that's my absolute limit for this one.

The course design and routing is typical over the top Dye design and green sites- after a awhile even that gets old....how many "heroic" shots do you really need to have on a golf course? You're rewarded on good shots but any shot marginally off line pays a steep price. Trouble everywhere so this isn't a track for high handicappers. When crowded easily a 5 1/2 plus slog.

Because it's the only Dye design in Chicagoland I will recommend the course....a real change of pace design wise to fend with a couple of times a season. And don't blame me it you pay $70 or $80.....it's just not worth that kind of coin due to the overall conditions throughout the course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Challenging"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/25/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great shape for winter day. Enjoyed course. Tough layout for beginners but like it more as I get better


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Friendly staff, nice course"


Desi4290524's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/04/2018
First time playing Used cart Cold weather

Reviewed on

First time playing here. Should have spent more time looking google maps to plan my round. Looking out from tee, course design plays tricks on you. Would play again for sure.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



yoon2k10's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/08/2017
Previously played Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Stolen moments"


u000002516229's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/18/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The middle of October is hit and miss due to the weather. Even with the great amount of rain we recieved Saturday and Sunday the course was in excellent shape !


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Wet"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/26/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

the course is very nice and demanding. BUT it was extremely wet due to the grounds crew must have left the sprinklers on all night it hasn't rained for weeks and the weather has been in the 90 so there was no reason to be walking through a drenched fairway and very wet greens with the sand traps being unplayable due to large puddles in them.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"No drinking water on course. Bad Greens today"


Greg4939533's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/26/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Water fountains have been removed from outside of bathrooms. No water coolers on course.

I was very surprised to find very poor conditions on the greens. Lots of ball marks NOT being repaired by golfers. This is a golfer player problem, not management. Maybe rangers should watch for duffers that just don't care and enforce verbal warnings. Its too bad. I got a golf now deal, but I would not pay full price to play here. This used to be a Top Chicago course. Needs to get better again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Enjoyable Round"


George7264050's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/21/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

There were challenges on almost every hole for a golfer of my skills but really enjoyed the layout of the course. Unfortunately ran out of time to complete all the holes before it got too dark. Would definitely like to play here again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"OKay"


Wylie3656924's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/20/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The staff was not friendly and the course took forever to play. It was a 5 hour round for 3 people. Way too long


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course



Malesia1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/02/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Slow play"


shomrich9724's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/01/2017
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Decent course but overpriced. Pace of play was glacial like which was frustrating. Picked up eventually but only because others ahead just stopped playing and left early due to pace.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u467725020's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/26/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Heard a lot of good things about this place. Course had a good layout, but greens were in horrible condition. If we didn't get such a good deal I wouldn't normally pay to play what they normally charge


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/17/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Good for the money"


rob5438839's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/17/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Decent course, could use a little TLC. Good value for the money.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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