Prairie Bluff Public Golf Club

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4.4
165
5 Stars
65
4 Stars
77
3 Stars
16
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
3
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.2
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.2
95.1%
Recommend this course
153 out of 164 reviews
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Average Rating
4.4
38
5 Stars
18
4 Stars
16
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.3
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.4
92.1%
Recommend this course
35 out of 38 reviews
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Average Rating
4.3
46
5 Stars
21
4 Stars
20
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.2
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.4
93.5%
Recommend this course
43 out of 46 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 6893
Slope 129
Rating 73.5
Type Public
Prairie Bluff Golf Course in Lockport stretches across 237 acres of gently rolling hills covered with native prairie grass. The course has a links-style layout that can play much tougher depending on the wind speed that day. Overall though, the course is player friendly enough for any skill level. The layout is open with few trees and the fairways are wide and forgiving, taking away some of the intimidation provided by the bordering rough. There is also water on the golf course, but the hazards that come into play aren't overly strenuous. You can still expect some challenges from the minimal but strategically placed bunkering. Besides the golf course, Prairie Bluff is known as one of the area's hidden gems for its outstanding restaurant, which is known especially for the barbecue brisket.
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 6893 yards 73.5 129
Blue 72 6466 yards 71.0 123
White (W) 72 6054 yards 74.8 126
White 72 6054 yards 69.1 119
Red (W) 72 5326 yards 70.8 118
Scorecard for Prairie Bluff
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Gold M: 73.5/129 413 369 183 544 401 161 448 549 392 3460 387 426 524 146 421 609 438 182 414 3547 7007
Blue M: 71.0/123 371 339 168 513 367 142 431 488 375 3194 362 402 500 129 362 539 418 170 390 3272 6466
White M: 69.1/119 W: 74.8/126 342 315 138 479 335 131 407 453 358 2958 345 382 483 124 340 507 402 140 373 3096 6054
Red W: 70.8/118 314 266 115 461 292 104 333 419 280 2584 327 358 445 100 272 438 342 125 335 2742 5326
Handicap 9 13 15 3 11 17 1 5 7 14 8 4 18 12 2 6 16 10
Par 4 4 3 5 4 3 4 5 4 36 4 4 5 3 4 5 4 3 4 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 1998
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Open: 4/01 Closed: 11/15
Architect Andy North (1998) Roger Packard (1998) Wadsworth Golf Construction (1998)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies No
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Appropriate golf attire.

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Reviews

4.4
165

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 22
Patio Dining 15
Watching the Game 11
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 20
Thick Rough 20
Water Hazards 16
This course/club is great for:
Locals 26
Advanced Golfers 16
Seniors 13
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 29
Worth the Drive 19
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Course condition

This course is always in tip top shape. There are always alot of workers on the course. If you are looking to play a golf course that is fair and beautiful this is the place!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice course, not nice staff

The course is nice, and it was in really good shape, especially for mid-September. Had great weather, the food is good. That's all the good stuff.

Now the bad. The rangers here are a real pain. I understand the need to keep things moving and having golfed for over 30 years, I know all about pace of play, and make sure I keep up. But our foursome are all high handicappers, (only one of us broke 100). So guess what? It takes us longer to play than a group of single digit guys. Plus, with the morning sun and dew, early on it was hard to see a ball in the rough that would normally be easy to spot. Repeatedly telling us to "catch up" is not going to make us play better or find our balls faster. Yes, the group ahead of us pulled away, but we never even SAW the group behind us, so we weren't slowing anyone down. Especially aggravating is waiting for the girl at the halfway house to take 5 minutes to get us 4 hot dogs, than being told to play faster because the guys in front of us were on the 10th green. Again, even at this point we didn't see anyone behind us, so what's the rush?

This course needs to understand there's a difference between keeping up and slowing people down. In our case, we weren't doing either. We finished our round in 4:10.

Also, we had more terrible service for our post round beer/apps. Never got asked if we wanted a 2nd beer, had to go to the bar to get a water refill, had to flag down the waitress/bartender to get our bill, then had to go to the bar to pay it after it became evident she was never coming back.

This course could have a 4.5 star review if it wasn't for the people working there. As it is, I'll be hesitant to come back. My advice to management, why don't you station a ranger in the snack bar and bar area to make sure your staff "keeps pace"? You might consider limiting your course to only single digit handicappers as well if getting people through quickly is more important to you that ensuring EVERYONE enjoys their round.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice course, not nice staff

The course is nice, and it was in really good shape, especially for mid-September. Had great weather, the food is good. That's all the good stuff.

Now the bad. The rangers here are a real pain. I understand the need to keep things moving and having golfed for over 30 years, I know all about pace of play, and make sure I keep up. But our foursome are all high handicappers, (only one of us broke 100). So guess what? It takes us longer to play than a group of single digit guys. Plus, with the morning sun and dew, early on it was hard to see a ball in the rough that would normally be easy to spot. Repeatedly telling us to "catch up" is not going to make us play better or find our balls faster. Yes, the group ahead of us pulled away, but we never even SAW the group behind us, so we weren't slowing anyone down. Especially aggravating is waiting for the girl at the halfway house to take 5 minutes to get us 4 hot dogs, than being told to play faster because the guys in front of us were on the 10th green. Again, even at this point we didn't see anyone behind us, so what’s the rush?

This course needs to understand there's a difference between keeping up and slowing people down. In our case, we weren't doing either. We finished our round in 4:10.

Also, we had more terrible service for our post round beer/apps. Never got asked if we wanted a 2nd beer, had to go to the bar to get a water refill, had to flag down the waitress/bartender to get our bill, then had to go to the bar to pay it after it became evident she was never coming back.

This course could have a 4.5 star review if it wasn't for the people working there. As it is, I'll be hesitant to come back. My advice to management, why don't you station a ranger in the snack bar and bar area to make sure your staff "keeps pace"? You might consider limiting your course to only single digit handicappers as well if getting people through quickly is more important to you that ensuring EVERYONE enjoys their round.

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

Awesome

Great day to play and have to say the course was in great shape fairways were clean, greens were true and we'll kept......big fan favorite! Plus I shot 75 so even better!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
3.0
Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Response from Prairie Bluff Golf Course on 08/24/2018:
We are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars. We hope you'll give us another try in the near future.
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Nice course a little to wet

Firtst $65 is getting up there for this course nice design greens were smooth and kind of fast . Sand bunkers we're good .Fairway was really wet and drives we're plugging this would be even a better course if they let it dry out a little like a true links course. Staff was very nice all the way to the cart guy . First time playing course I will be back with a deal from golf now .

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from Prairie Bluff Golf Course on 08/21/2018:
Thank you for playing Prairie Bluff Golf Course! We're glad to hear we made a good first impression and we appreciate your kind words regarding the greens and bunkers. Come back soon and be sure to Like us on Facebook for the latest course news and specials.
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

The Bluff is Solid

I always enjoy playing here. The conditions are always very nice (lush fairways, fast greens). The layout is links style with very few trees on the course. Most holes you can use the driver and get away with it. Some short par 4s (#2) and some long par 4s (#16). Pace of play was average for a Sat morning (finished in 4 hr 30min). Its usually a windy track considering the open plains environment.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Response from Prairie Bluff Golf Course on 08/30/2018:
Thank you for playing Prairie Bluff Golf Course! We appreciate your kind words regarding the course conditions and pace of play. We're glad you always enjoying playing here and we hope you come back again soon!
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Awesome

Played 54 holes in 12 hrs last Sunday snd 36 holes in 7 1/2 hrs monday. Say no more.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Response from Prairie Bluff Golf Course on 08/15/2018:
Wow, that's awesome! Thanks for playing Prairie Bluff so much over the span of two days. I think it's safe to assume you enjoyed the course. Come back soon!
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great place, very well maintained and friendly staff. New course to my arsonal of favorites!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from Prairie Bluff Golf Course on 08/15/2018:
Thank you for playing Prairie Bluff Golf Course, Kenneth! We appreciate your kind words regarding our course conditions and friendly staff. We look forward to seeing you out here for many more rounds in the future.
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great layout; awesome condition

First time playing here and I must say that this is an awesome course. Great links layout with generous fairways. Good mix of dogleg holes and elevated greens. Bunkers were filled with sand. Challenging greens with plenty of slope. Not too fast but not slow. Putts true. Would rank this as top 5 course in SW suburbs. Can’t wait to play here again.

Conditions Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Response from Prairie Bluff Golf Course on 08/15/2018:
Thank you for playing Prairie Bluff Golf Course, Eduardo! We're glad to hear how much you enjoyed your first time playing our golf course and that you rank us in the top 5 courses in SW suburbs. Be sure to Like us on Facebook for the latest course news and specials. Come back soon!
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