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3.9
290 Reviews (290)
5 Stars
94
4 Stars
135
3 Stars
36
2 Stars
14
1 Stars
11
Conditions
3.6
Value
3.9
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.0
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.4
81.4%
Recommend this course
244 out of 290 reviews
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3.8
43 Reviews (43)
5 Stars
13
4 Stars
17
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
6
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.3
Value
3.7
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.4
StaffFriendliness
4.0
79.1%
Recommend this course
34 out of 43 reviews
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3.8
45 Reviews (45)
5 Stars
15
4 Stars
17
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
6
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.4
Value
3.8
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.4
StaffFriendliness
4.1
80.0%
Recommend this course
36 out of 45 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7028 yards
Slope 142
Rating 74.6
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Big Run Golf Club
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Course Details

Year Built 1930
Fairways Blue Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Harry B. Smead (1930) Dick Nugent (1986) Ken Killian (1982)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range No
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

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

Reviews

3.9
290 Reviews (290)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 34
Watching the Game 7
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 66
Undulating Greens 57
Plays Long 52
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 57
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 35
Locals 25
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 60
Worth the Drive 39
Convenient to the City 7

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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Classic Old Course

If you like hitting your driver like I do, this is your course. Great long holes with challenging greens. Historic trees on course with an old time charm.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Needs lots of work

The bunkers were full of mud, water and dry DIRT. Maybe had sand in them when the course was first built, but none added since then!

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

Great course

All golfers can enjoy this course. Pick the right tee boxes and have fun

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Illinois Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Very Decent Shape

See my 8/15/19 review. Enjoyed Big Run so much a couple of weeks ago went back for another crack at it. Conditions have improved on the 18th fairway. Folks are friendly and it's in decent shape....not the best but it's still a very fun routing. A couple of bumpy putts this round but overall very acceptable. Of course the bunkers need work they have for several years. All and all we had a wonderful day playing mid-afternoon in 3 hours. $35-$40 value. Recommend as the old school clubhouse is nice and based on one of the reviews below folks that complain probably deserved what they got. Act like entitled pain in the butts, expect perfect conditions, don't take care of the course in the least and must be coddled at every turn. Then they take 5 1/2 hours plus to play ruining the experience for everyone behind them. Thank god I wasn't following their "outing."

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played

Rude staff and poor conditions

Firstly, the staff didn't seem too concerned with actually accommodating our golf outing. We planned to have a short 30 minute meeting prior to our outing for our league and the waitress at the time says "you people just keep moving around!" The connotation and tone of her voice was condescending and dare I say a little racist. We are all of a particular race. We used the course rating from their site to calculate our groups' handicaps and they had put all the tee boxes we would have used up towards the ladies boxes. Along with the tee boxes the bunkers are more rock than actual sand. Pray you dont go in them. Also the bathrooms have that old building stagnant urine smell. 55 dollars was a bit steep for how poorly maintained the course was in this late in the season. I will not be returning to this course. I remember this course way better back in the day I dont know what changed.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Bad golf

Meh course always closes two holes when it rains and doesn’t tell you and makes you show up and then continues to charge you full price..smh

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Awesome

This course is amazing. Challenging and fun. Not your typical course

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

Best golf course in the area. Very challenging and very affordable. This course is always in great condition.

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

Overall

Overall a challenging course. They do have several fairways that need work. Don’t overpay based on what this course once was.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
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
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Illinois Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Weather has caused issues this season

Scroll down and read my previous reviews of this course that I play every season in late May. I really do love this place it's a fun interesting challenging track....playing here since 1979. While the course has dried out from the ridiculously wet spring - 18th hole first part of the fairway on the par 5 is still a mess and GUR. It's all part of Big Run's charm....this happens about once a decade. Greens were in very decent shape and a tad slower than what I expected for August. With the really hot weather this year (after the wet) unfortunately the poa anna in the fairways and green fringes got burned out/sketchy so just deal with it and roll your ball a little to better grass. It's all about weather conditions and the super is doing his best just remember that. Sand traps need some sand in them as well. But overall Big Run is visually stimulating and not your run of the mill routing or what you'd expect - lots of up and downs with fun green complexes - keep your ball below the hole if you can! Nets to warm up and an old school proshop/clubhouse/bar/locker room with showers - easily one of my top ten favorite clubhouses of Chicagoland public golf....just wonderful it still exists. The folks are nice and since everyone else was at Medinah watching the BMW we were blessed with a wide open tee sheet and perfect golf weather enjoying mid-afternoon/twilight rate - nice 4 hour pace. 3,5 stars normally a solid 4. $35-$40 value. Still highly recommend.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Dead fairways

$70 to play a really cool course from a visual standpoint with up and down holes and incredible par 5’s....but horrendous fairway conditions, bunkers with a clay/mud mixture with TERRIBLE cart paths. There were spots off several greens in the fringe where you couldn’t putt through it. The layout really is second to none in the area but just in crappy shape for the money.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Awesome challenging course lots of fun great lay out

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Big Run big challenge

Big Run is one of the most challenging courses in the Chicagoland area. It doesn't get much press but should. They need to make repairs and upkeep but well worth the money.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging

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