Prairie Bluff Public Golf Club

4.4074588235 4.4 stars from 5 (152)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6893 yards
  • Slope: 129
  • Rating: 73.5
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

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

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Appropriate golf attire.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

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.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.2 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 152 Reviews
5 stars:
60
4 stars:
72
3 stars:
13
2 stars:
4
1 stars:
3

recommend this course

143 out of 151 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is in the 'burbs worth the drive   Great for locals advanced golfers seniors   Challenges include bunkers thick rough water hazards   Great for drinks patio dining watching the game  

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Reviews


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"Great course"


u686118190's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/16/2018
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Fairways, greens and general area are in excellent condition .


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


Response from Prairie Bluff Golf Course on 07/17/2018:

Thank you for playing Prairie Bluff Golf Course. We appreciate your kind words regarding the course conditions very much and we hope you book another tee time with us soon. Be sure to Like us on Facebook for the latest course news and specials.


rpwadhwa's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/14/2018
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Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Prairie Bluff Golf Course on 07/17/2018:

Thank you for your 5-star rating! Let's hope for some better weather next time you play out here at Prairie Bluff Golf Course.

"Prairie Bluff Golf course"


u000002283174's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/13/2018
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Reviewed on

Course in great shape, Greens nice and med-fast. Drinking water at most holes and towel wetting stations. Very nice course.


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


Response from Prairie Bluff Golf Course on 07/17/2018:

Thank you for playing Prairie Bluff Golf Course. We appreciate you taking the time to share your kind words. We're glad to hear you appreciated the many water stations throughout the course. Book another round with us soon!

"Wide Fairways"


kmcgrail's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/13/2018
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Reviewed on

The course has very wide fairways but if you hit a really bad shot into the rough it is challenging to find the ball and hit it out.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


Response from Prairie Bluff Golf Course on 07/17/2018:

Thanks for playing Prairie Bluff Golf Course and for sharing some great advice in regards to avoiding the difficult rough. Come back again soon!

"Immaculate."


u775757015's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/13/2018
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The place was immaculate. Looked like Scotland links in the middle of Illinois.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Prairie Bluff Golf Course on 07/17/2018:

Awesome! Thanks for playing Prairie Bluff Golf Course. Your kind words are much appreciated. Hope to see you out here again soon.


Brendan2447682's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/08/2018
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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


Response from Prairie Bluff Golf Course on 07/17/2018:

Thank you for playing Prairie Bluff Golf Course, Brendan. We're glad to hear you enjoy our challenging but fun golf course. Be sure to book another round with us soon!


u000002228041's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/08/2018
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Prairie Bluff Golf Course on 07/17/2018:

Thank you for the 4 stars!

"Fun Course"


Warren2563965's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/07/2018
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One of my favorite courses in the area. Very well maintained with great amenities. Challenging yet scoreable due to the open layout. Fun to play! Always busy so expect at least 4.5 hours during peak times.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Prairie Bluff Golf Course on 07/17/2018:

Thank you for playing Prairie Bluff Golf Course, Warren. We appreciate your kind words and we are thrilled to hear we're one of your favorite courses in the area. Come back soon!

"Overall"


u000006183967's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/05/2018
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In great condition , well maintained with great pace of play


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Prairie Bluff Golf Course on 07/17/2018:

Thank you for playing Prairie Bluff Golf Course! We appreciate your 5 stars and kind words. Come back again soon!

"Great course but SLOW even with 630 tee time"


Clement1163970's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/16/2018
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Great course and great value! However when 8 come to play at 7 am or before I expect to get done in 4.5 hours or less. Typically way less when starting at 630. Love the wide open format and greens held. They rolled slower than I would like but were true. Yardage markers were a bit off but we lasered our shots in. We quit after 15 holes as it was too slow. I hardly ever quit but the groups ahead were slowing to a stop in the heat. Keep the morning tee times to those that can at least move along. Otherwise great course but I wouldn't drive to risk a 5 or 5.5 hour round regardless of the price.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/03/2018

I am sorry to hear about your round. I am looking into the day, but I have no groups that meet your description (back to back foursomes before 6:30) over the last 3 weeks. Can you please provide more information.


"Nice Father's Day weekend round"


u4210510's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/15/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Booked through GolfNow with my 16-year-old son and me with a cart. Was $70 total. 7:42 a.m. tee time. Course was in really good shape. A few rough spots, but overall in really good shape. Wide open, but strategic bunker placements made up for it. Greens were lightning fast. I had a hard time with that because I'm a mediocre player. My son struggled somewhat too and he's a high school golfer with the school team. Was paired up with a couple of really good players. Had a 20-minute lightning delay. Tee boxes were in good shape. We played the longest tees. Overall, I look forward to going back.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Prairie Bluff Golf Course on 06/20/2018:

Hello, we're happy you enjoyed our good course conditions and friendly staff. Thank you for playing Prairie Bluff Golf Course! #PrairieBluffGC

"Great Links Style Golf in Chicago"


bjmax5455's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/14/2018
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Reviewed on

The course is set on open, rolling terrain. The fairways, rough, and greens are very well maintained. Unfortunately, I found the sand. Fortunately, the sand is as good as it gets in Chicagoland.

The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor dining, and a great menu.

I'll be back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Prairie Bluff Golf Course on 06/19/2018:

Hello, we're happ you enjoyed our good course conditions and a great value. Thank you for playing Prairie Bluff Golf Course, we look forward to seeing you again soon! #PrairieBluffGC


u327108139's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/09/2018
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Reviewed on

The course was a links style. We had a lot of rain in the morning and the course was wet but handled the water fairly well. The course was only allowing carts on cart path only which if we would have known before we would have walked the course since we walked most of it anyway. Overall was a fun course to play.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Prairie Bluff Golf Course on 06/11/2018:

Thank you for playing Prairie Bluff Golf Course. We're glad you had fun! Hopefully you'll have better weather for your next round.


Frank8845449's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/02/2018
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Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Prairie Bluff Golf Course on 06/04/2018:

Thanks for the 4 stars, Frank!


Little14408's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/02/2018
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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


Response from Prairie Bluff Golf Course on 06/04/2018:

Thanks for the 5 stars! Come back again soon.

"Great Course"


u686118190's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2018
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Fairways, greens and general conditions were excellent. Most well maintained course I've played in the Chicago area. Highly recommend!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Prairie Bluff Golf Course on 06/11/2018:

Thank you for playing Prairie Bluff Golf Course! We appreciate you highly recommending our golf course to others as well. Come back soon!

"Maybe my favorite golf course"


Chisag's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2018
Previously played Walked Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

All things considered Prairie Bluff just might be my favorite go to course. Always in good to very good shape and a challenge for better golfers but very playable for high index golfers. Lots of space to hit a wayward shot, find it and hit it again. And it is just beautiful to look at. Very friendly staff and pace of play is usually pretty good. Greens roll true for the most part and the rough around the green is thick and difficult, a combination better players love for the challenge and high index players can appreciate because they won't lose balls.

My ONLY complaint is they will all too often put pins ON slopes instead at the top or base of slopes. Nothing more frustrating than hitting an excellent iron 10 feet past the pin only to find you have to go over a hump and cannot stop it on the other side. I treated a friend to a round and alas he will never return he was so frustrated with the pin placements. I shot even par with 2 birdies and my only 2 bogies were 3 putts from pins on slopes. They do so many things so right it is a shame they get this wrong. But again, pin placement is my only complaint and I play there at least 2 times a week. A must play if you have not experienced it.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Prairie Bluff Golf Course on 06/11/2018:

Thank you for playing Prairie Bluff Golf Course! We're thrilled to hear that you consider us to be one of your favorite courses. We are very appreciative of your kind words but also your feedback regarding the hole locations. See you again soon!

"Fun Great Price"


ezpar722's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2018
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You will like this course Lots of tees to choose from

Good food as well When I can get a deal i can’t resist Me and my wife have played here maybe 30 to 50 times


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Prairie Bluff Golf Course on 06/11/2018:

Thanks for playing Prairie Bluff Golf Course again and again! We're glad to hear you enjoy the food as well as the golf. Be sure to Like us on Facebook for the latest course news and specials. Hope to see you out here for another 50 rounds!


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/17/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Prairie Bluff Golf Course on 05/24/2018:

Thanks for the 5 stars!

"Nice course, good conditions"


BeerNassau's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/16/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

One green had some bad bare spots, but otherwise conditions were very good. Greens were smooth and large, didn't have a lot of huge breaks. Layout is OK but only a few water holes, hardly any trees, overall not terribly hard. The wind wasn't blowing hard but I suspect it can get very windy as it is fairly high up and not shielded much.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


Response from Prairie Bluff Golf Course on 05/24/2018:

Thanks for playing Prairie Bluff Golf Course! We're glad to hear you enjoyed the course conditions and layout. The wind can definitely be a factor so we're glad to hear you played on a calm day. Come back again soon!


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