Big Run Golf Club

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4.0
246
5 Stars
80
4 Stars
118
3 Stars
31
2 Stars
8
1 Stars
9
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.0
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.1
Pace
3.7
Amenities
3.3
83.5%
Recommend this course
209 out of 246 reviews
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Average Rating
3.8
5
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
2
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.0
Layout
4.6
Pace
3.4
Amenities
3.2
StaffFriendliness
3.6
80.0%
Recommend this course
4 out of 5 reviews
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Average Rating
3.9
39
5 Stars
13
4 Stars
15
3 Stars
7
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.7
Value
3.8
Layout
4.5
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.3
StaffFriendliness
3.9
79.5%
Recommend this course
31 out of 39 reviews
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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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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Championship 72 7028 yards 74.6 142
Regular 72 6670 yards 72.9 138
Ladies 72 6420 yards 71.9 130
Senior 72 6250 yards 70.7 133
Scorecard for Big Run 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
Orange M: 74.6/142 375 415 435 160 540 465 153 380 610 3533 320 425 415 225 400 600 200 370 540 3495 7028
White M: 72.9/138 360 400 410 145 515 420 130 365 605 3350 305 410 400 185 375 585 175 355 530 3320 6670
Green M: 70.7/133 345 385 390 125 500 360 110 345 600 3160 280 345 385 145 360 560 150 340 525 3090 6250
Yellow W: 71.9/130 345 300 320 125 435 360 110 345 450 2790 280 345 305 95 275 450 110 340 430 2630 5420
Handicap 11 5 7 17 9 3 15 13 1 18 4 8 10 12 2 14 16 6
Par 4 4 4 3 5 4 3 4 5 36 4 4 4 3 4 5 3 4 5 36 72
Handicap (W) 7 9 13 17 5 3 15 11 1 14 6 8 16 12 2 18 10 4

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

4.0
246

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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5.0
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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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3.0
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Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Beautiful Terrain

A really tough course that is not for the faint hearted players. Only big boys can play here. This course will beat you up in so many ways. But the hilly terrain and the 2 most beautiful par 3’s in the area are worth the pain.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
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Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Long walks

Many areas roped off from carts, causing long walks to get to ball. This might be unavoidable due to very hilly terrain. Bu if your legs can handle it, it’s a nice challenging course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Good course - needs new owner

The land is great, the layout of the course is wonderful, but this place needs an owner who cares even a little bit. Maintenance of the course is the bare minimum. Clubhouse is a joke. It was a busy Sunday morning, no ranger or bar cart to be found. Ball washers were falling apart. Cart paths have always been in rotten shape. I could identify about $5 million worth of upgrades that would help this place out, but even a small fraction of that invested would go a long way. Just something to tell the customers that you are interested in running a quality golf course - because it's obvious right now that no one there does.

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

great course

This course will beat you up if you don't have your A game. You really should play this golf course a few times to get the feel for where you need to hit the ball. tough on your 1st or 2nd round here I can't wait to play it again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Big Run a true classic

Big Run is a true test of skill for go;fers of all abiliities. The 605 yd part five 9th is just part of the fun. The uphill finish on the 18th is one to remember.
Have a hot dog or brat at the turn with your favorite beverage and you will and your friends will have a round to remember.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Big Run

Challenging golf course. You’ll get your monies worth.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

It is what it is

I agree with the reviewers who commented on the patchy fairways and long rounds. We play every week and this is the only course all year where we agreed to roll the balls in the fairways.
The reasons for the long rounds is the course difficulty. Plus the fact that this place doesn't just draw low handicappers. It is so tough due to combination of dense trees, rolling terrain, and undulating (two-tier) greens. Pace of play could be improved slightly by:
* I know it's expensive to remove trees, but how 'bout start with the dead trees?
* several of the greens were borderline (usga-like) unfair due to positioning of the pins. It alright to have one green per round like that, but 3-4-5 of them is totally unacceptable.
I know that none of this will happen, so I agree with the posters who advised to play this place only once per year (if even that)and know what you are getting into.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing

Beautiful, scenic course.

Beautiful course with rolling hills and no two holes the same. Need to keep ball in the fairways as rough was thick and sometimes difficult to find your ball. Greens in great shape and rolling true. Lots of trees lining many holes; very little bare spots, even in the rough. Course maintained very well. A challenging but fair golf course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

I hate this course....

I have played this course several time over the years...heck years ago, I use to walk it....not now. In all these years, I don't know why I play it. I have never played well there, despite being a decent golfer. Don't get me wrong, the course is great, you use every club in your bag. But it eats my lunch...yet every now and then, I think, I can tame this thing. Take a few extra balls, and if you are still in your 20's or early 30's and are in decent shape, you can walk it. But enjoy the last hole if you do.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

An Outdated Big Hitter's Paradise

Tee time: 2:36 on a Sunday ($51),
I could see Big Run being a pristine course back in the day, but that was probably 50+ years ago. The clubhouse and signs are all extremely outdated. The range finders attached to the carts are outdated, but at the same time kind of cool because it's rare to see an amenity like that. The course itself was very challenging due to all of the elevation change, long distances, and old trees. The layout earns 5 stars from me (great views, secluded feel), however I can't say the same for the conditions. Greens were solid. Bunkers could definitely use work. Fairways were very poor (patchy dry spots and not manicured). I don't know if I will be returning to Big Run unless I catch a good deal or I am already in the area.

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

NEVER EVER EVER AGAIN!

Tee time was at 12:57. After 4 hours and 20 minutes we just completed the 14th hole. They are a below average at best for the amount of money they charge. I have played much nicer courses for half the money. The course conditions were well below average, dead trees all over the course, extremely bad patches of grass all over the fairways. Go play ruffled feathers or any other course but this one. I went into the clubhouse to complain about the pace of play, because teeing off at a little before 1 pm, you would expect to be done by dark,, but the employees just looked at me and didn’t even offer me another round at another time. I am disappointed with this course and you will be to. Spend your money elsewhere.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fairway grass has something wrong, dry patches and bad spots all over.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
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