A view over the water of a hole at Big Run Golf Club.
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3.5
368 Reviews (368)
5 Stars
109
4 Stars
155
3 Stars
55
2 Stars
24
1 Stars
25
Conditions
3.1
Value
3.4
Layout
4.3
Friendliness
3.9
Pace
3.5
Amenities
3.2
65.5%
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285 out of 368 reviews
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3.1
77 Reviews (77)
5 Stars
14
4 Stars
20
3 Stars
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2 Stars
10
1 Stars
14
Conditions
2.7
Value
3.0
Layout
4.1
Pace
3.1
Amenities
3.0
StaffFriendliness
3.8
51.9%
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40 out of 77 reviews
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3.2
78 Reviews (78)
5 Stars
15
4 Stars
20
3 Stars
19
2 Stars
10
1 Stars
14
Conditions
2.7
Value
3.0
Layout
4.1
Pace
3.1
Amenities
3.0
StaffFriendliness
3.8
52.6%
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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.

Available Facilities

Banquet Facilities

Reviews

3.5
368 Reviews (368)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 34
Watching the Game 7
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 67
Undulating Greens 58
Plays Long 53
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 58
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 35
Locals 26
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 61
Worth the Drive 39
Convenient to the City 7

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5.0
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Moves to the Top of My Favorites List

Golfed this course for the third time today. Admittedly, this has an “older” course look, but at an almost 7200 yard par 72 (championship - orange tees).. this course has quickly moved to the top of my favorites list.

Challenging greens with two 600+ yard par 5 holes. Absolutely enjoy the slopes from the tee box, through the fairways, to the greens.

No better way to finish your round than a slight dog leg right, leading to a hazard and then straight up to the green. For intermediates, you’ll be challenged to dot the green in three.

I only wish I had discovered this course much earlier in the season!!

If you haven't shot a round at Big Run, do so... you’re in for a rewarding challenge. Oh, and don’t forget to try one of the homemade chocolate chip cookies as you transition to the back 9.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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Reviews 1
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Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
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Dry Bad fairways good hard greens!

Fairways were horrible. So dry and like a rock. Greens were super soft and slow idk how that can happen on a course. Id rather hit out of the rough.....which you really cant with all the trees

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
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2.0
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Mommy & Daddy w 2yr old

Slowest play ever !!!!
Who lets mommy and daddy take two years old on course . When mommy isn’t picking flowers they are chasing him . I know public course but do yourself a favor and skip this one !!!!!
Ughhhhhhhh

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Pace Poor
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5.0
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Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Reviews 12
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Very slow pace and fairway r halfway decent

I only saw ranger once n fairways needs to take care

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
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Don't play this course if you care about a good golf experience

Bad conditions. Bad play. Bad employees/customer service. If none of that matters, play here!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
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Reviews 2
1.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Used cart

Memories!

I used to play this course a lot when I was in my early twenties (Over 50 years ago), Back then we used to walk the course and since it was an all day fee, we would play thirty six holes. When we hit the eighteenth hole of the second round and had to walk up "Cardiac Hill) a second time we holed the last putt and headed to the lunchroom for some great food. Today I took my son to play for his birthday (43), thinking that I can still beat him, but lost to him by 3 strokes. I had the only birdie (17) though. The course played tough as the fairways were fairly dry and you got a fair amount of tight lies. Some of the pins were placed in very precarious positions which made for some interesting chips, pitches and putts. The weather today was absolutely perfect and really enjoyed the day!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Reviews 12
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Slow or no pace

The pace is slow because of players searching for their ball. The terrain is challenging however many tee shots are blind shots over or down hill. It’s is too punitive for both good players and hackers should be banned. It’s really hard to create any tempo / pace . I’ve played it twice this summer and pretty sure I won’t be back. The leaves have begun to fall, forget it

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 15
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing

Disappointed

This is a bit lengthy but I felt the need to share for people looking to try this course for the first time like me. Over the last handful of years, I’ve been told by multiple avid golfers that Big Run was a must play. I finally decided to make the trip ‘south’ as I usually play in the North/Northwest suburbs. For some reason I decided to read the reviews after I had booked the tee time for Sunday afternoon and was taken aback by what I was reading in these reviews. Unfortunately, the reviews for this year are pretty spot on. In my opinion, the layout is fantastic. After the first handful of holes I thought of The Brute at Grand Geneva Resort. A great mix of length, doglegs left and right, and elevation changes off the tee and into greens. The par 3s are well protected with deep bunkers on the front and long par 3s protected by water and bunkers on the back. Great looking holes, but that’s about where the positives end, besides the outdoor grill they had set up for the brats, dogs, and burgers. Tee boxes are in fair condition at best. Quite patchy with some having diseased, burnt out, or non existent grass, but where there is grass it’s the length you’d generally expect from a tee box. The fairways were the biggest issue I had playing. Clovers clutter many of the fairways and the ball sits down making me wish I had not hit the fairway. When you manage to find the grass in the fairway, its not clear if you are actually in the fairway or rough. There’s no pleasing visual off the tee between the rough and fairway as it all kind of blends together. Most of the bunkers seemed unplayable with water from the week of rain, which can be understandable since many are quite deep around the greens, but what’s concerning is the amount of pebbles and rocks and lack of sand in many of the bunkers. I wouldn’t say the rocks and lack of sand resulted from this one week of rain. The greens were decent. A little slow and cushiony, again maybe due to the week of rain, but I could understand why they may be kept a little slower. A lot of undulation and knuckles on some greens could lead to a lot of time putting back and forth if they were faster especially when a few of our putts ran out a little more than expected. After our 2 hour front 9, we ran into a foursome on the back with seemingly no one in front of them. No ranger to move pace along and took nearly 3 hours to complete the back. I’d love to give this course another chance if conditions, mainly fairway, improved. I can fully understand why many people have told me to give Big Run a go, but right now I couldn’t relay that message to someone else. Too many issues that outweigh a course with a fun but challenging layout and greens that have the potential to be great. To the golfer, keep searching. To Big Run, I hope the conditions can get back to the hidden gem, must play, and highly recommended course that I’ve heard about.

Conditions Fair
Layout Good
Pace Poor
Played On
Reviews 26
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Previously Played

Asking way to much money for this non maintained course

Course is not in great condition. Bunkers are full of rocks and weeds. Fairways are mostly clover and alot of dead spots. Ball needs to be rolled into nice spot to hit. Greens are in good condition. Cart paths and bridges are in very bad condition. No hole map on tee marker signs would help. Trees really need to be pruned back they are coming way in to tee shots and shrinking fairways. This is not a $75 course on weekends. This is no more then a $45 $50 course in prime time. We paid $45 for twilight and that was $20 to much. I shot a 78 so I am not bitter about round I have played this alot but really am going less because of conditions and price!

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played

Fabulous track but needs more care

I think this course is arguably one of the best tracks and layouts in all of Chicago!!! The greens are tough and we’re in great condition. Unfortunately the tee boxes, fairways and rough were in the worst shape I have seen in years. With rumors of the course being up for sale it’s possible the family isn’t investing further into the course at this time! If you have never played this course it’s a must!!!

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Missed Opportunity

I understand courses have been under strain until the increased play post-Covid re-opening, but Big Run has not been well maintained for some time. Fairways are inundated with weeds, carts are old, tee boxes not well maintained, no rangers to keep play moving, cart paths need repair and Clubhouse/patio needs some TLC. The greens were in good shape. I haven't played Big Run in many years, but always remembered it as a unique, great layout, that was pretty well maintained for its niche - I don't like writing critical things, but to say something otherwise would be dishonest.. I truly hope they can commit the monies to restore this potentially terrific course. Prefer not to be public - wanted to share feedback with you and Big Run; I don't want to hurt anyone's business.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 155
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Top 25 Contributor
Chicago Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Big Run GC - Extremely Fun Chicago SW Gem in Poor Shape & A 6-Hour Slog

The Good: Big Run is a 90-year old Harry B. Smead design (with an influence from Nugent/Killian in the 80’s) in the southwest suburbs of Chicago that is one of the most dynamic, interesting public designs in the area. Fun topography throughout with many downhill drives & uphill approaches, but the Par-3’s are the true standout of the design. Both closing holes of each nine are tough Par-5’s that require precise drivers & strategically placed approaches. The greens complexes were expansive and very undulating, particularly with their Sunday pins. When in good shape, it can be one of the better values in the western burbs.

The Bad: The course conditioning was extremely rough with very spotty fairways and burnt out rough. While it has certainly been a dry summer, all the area courses I’ve played thus far this year have been in better shape. The pace of play was excruciating, at nearly 6-hours on a weekend afternoon. A combination of zero management and a routing not conducive to slow play, but inexcusable regardless. Staff is fairly accommodating in the clubhouse but there was no on-course service, which didn’t aid the experience. Limited practice area with a small putting green and no driving range. At $69 during peak season, a mediocre value considering the better conditioned alternatives nearby.

The Verdict: I’m sure Big Run was a hidden gem in its heyday, but unfortunately its fallen on tough times. An extremely fun design with excellent bones, if only there was enough love from its owners.

Best Hole: Even though I tripled it, I really liked the long Par-4 2nd hole. Your drive must avoid water left and trees right, with an uphill approach to a demanding green guarded by overhanging trees and several traps.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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A course you've now played once or maybe twice....panned and you know absolutely zilch about this course over the years or it's history. A routing that's not conducive to slow play? What a completely ridiculous comment. You paid top dollar and had a six hour round! It's deserved. Big Run is at least 3 stars and generally a 4 star experience. Course is unlike any other in the area and has one of the best preserved old school clubhouses of any public in Chicago. Go play your vaunted Cog 4 and the rest of your "preferred" $100 plus courses......or here's a hint....why not try Big Run during the week when it's not all stacked up with weekend warrior golfers playing the tips that have no business doing so? Big Run has never had a great sprinkler system.....the roughs has never been watered......and every year the course plays a little different depending on the weather so Big Run has a ton of character....but.you play once and 2 star it....Good for you!.

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2.0
Previously Played
Used cart

Slow and Poor Conditions

This round was a major let down. The pace of play was absolutely ridiculous. It took almost six hours to play 18. This is not the course that you bring a 10 year old to or if you have a hard time hitting the fairway or even getting the ball off the tee. The three to four groups in front of us had all three of those things going for them. The starter even agreed when we were talking about this.

The course was in terrible shape too. Fairways were burned out, rough was not tough at all, and sand traps were basically dirt. The ground was so hard it was like hitting from the cart path on most holes. There were a lot of areas in the fairways and greens that had missing grass and was just dirt. This would be fine if it was a small area, but some of them were quite massive.

This round was definitely not worth the money!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap Don't know
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played

Overzealous Ranger

Good layout, beat up conditions and a ranger who pressured many times to hurry up. Got done under 4:30 on a long course and rangers were all over group to hurry up. I’ll pass and play elsewhere for the staff rudeness and beat up course.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
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