Big Run Golf Club

4.1156000000 4.1 stars from 5 (219)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7028 yards
  • Slope: 142
  • Rating: 74.6
  • Layout

  • 17211 W 135th St, Lockport, Illinois 60441, Will County
  • (815) 838-1057
  • (815) 838-1089
  • www.bigrungolf.com
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Year built: 1930
Architect(s): Harry B. Smead (1930), Dick Nugent (1986), Ken Killian (1982)
Type: Public
Greens: Bent Grass
Fairways: Blue Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: No
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper attire is required.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Dicover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.1 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.5 stars from 5
Value: 4.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.6 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 219 Reviews
5 stars:
71
4 stars:
108
3 stars:
26
2 stars:
6
1 stars:
8

recommend this course

189 out of 219 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is in the 'burbs worth the drive convenient to the city   Great for advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views locals   Challenges include elevation changes undulating greens plays long   Great for drinks watching the game  

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"Tough Course, in need of some updates"


Steven4023791's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/16/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First, the layout is challenging, but not absurd. Grass fairways and rough were in great shape. Lots of elevation changes make you think through shot selection and hit your targets.

For the money, it’s not that great though. You can play arrowhead, seven bridges and other Chicago staples for the rate they charge here and those courses are much better maintained.

The course cart paths are a mess, weeds around all the flower beds, a mower must have been leaking oil because half the greens had tiny dark spots and all the ball washers & on-course fixtures looked like they’d been there for years longer than designed to last. Bunkers were also mostly dirt with little to no sand.

It’s obvious when you play it that they haven’t invested much in the 30 years since the course was last updated.The pace of play was 4:45 hours on a Saturday.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Big Run Again! Slow play!"


Birdies72's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/13/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

No marshal on a great June day! 5 1/2 + hours. People were playing in fivesomes! Good layout. Poor, poor everything else. Won’t play again.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Challenging Course"


Rickfiore1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/02/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The golf course was in good condition and the greens were fair. The greens can be impossible if they’re faster. Played the front nine in 1 hour and 45 minutes. Unfortunately, the back nine took 3 1/2 hours. There were several 5somes and no marshals too keep the pace. This has happened to me before and we’ve given up after a few holes on the back nine. I suggest only playing here early on a weekday when a 4 hour round is possible.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Mature, long, and slow"


Glen8273700's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/01/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very beautiful course big Oak trees everywhere. Long course challanging but fun. Greens are in fair condotion not too fast but because it rained I half expected that. The pace of play was staggering at best. We had no where to go so it did not bother us. But I would avoid this course if you want to have a sub four hour round. I think our round was close to 5 hours.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



Mark4937737's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Rough was high, you could be 5 -7 yards off fairway and not find your ball. Good time. HOLIDAY pace of play ( slow) but not a deal breaker. Rangers were out on course. Fairways were lush but some needed a bit of trimming. Ball on fairway sometimes wasn't sitting up. Again, not a deal breaker and I would play it again under same conditions.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Nice Layout, but..."


DHaab's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/25/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

I've been playing Big Run a few times per year over the past 10 years, and I've developed quite the love-hate relationship with it over that time. I love the hilly layout with elevated tees, plus there are 5 or 6 memorable holes on this course. However, the greens have extreme slopes and the pins are positioned right on the edge of these slopes on many of the holes. All of which makes it very difficult to make putts or even not 3 putt. Now, if this course wasn't over 7,000 yards long, with hills and trees everywhere, I could understand having tougher greens. But the course is already quite difficult as it is, with the slope on the greens and where they put the pins, it makes the course almost too difficult at times. Also, the sand traps on this course have barely any sand in them, which for a course that is asking $50 to play is unacceptable. The other big issue I have with Big Run is the first hole. It's a very confusing downhill short par 4 with no clear place to aim your tee shot. All you see from the tee box is a bunch of trees. It's pretty much the worse starting golf hole in all of Chicago-land. I played the tips at Big Run this past week and hit the ball from tee to green almost as well as I possibly can, but still came away shooting an 82. I 3-putted 4 different holes, and I consider myself to be a pretty solid putter. Overall, I give Big Run a 3 star rating, but that could easily be a 4 if a few key improvements were made there.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Fun Fun Fun at Big Run"


HOTSPOTTS's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
Illinois Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/24/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

I've enjoyed Big Run for over 35 years now. Our group plays every Thursday before Memorial Day - the track never disappoints. See my reviews dated 5/25/17 and 5/26/16 for good tips and hints. With all of the May rain the course is extremely lush and the grounds crew is doing their best to keep up with the grass cutting. Upcoming hot holiday weather the next few days I have no doubt they'll catch up. Right now the greens are tad slower than normal but that's actually a blessing and makes the course more playable. Stay on the straight and narrow here the rough currently is US Open length. Tee to green Big Run is in great shape. Lots of elevation changes. If they would renovate the sand traps or at least replenish them with sand this could be very close to 5 star venue. No range but nets to warm up. Awesome old school clubhouse with a 40's style bar and locker room. Friendly folks. If you're not a long hitter do yourself a favor and play the green tees here...you'll have much more fun. Green tees a burly 133 slope almost 6200 yards. From the whites 138/6670 and you'll shoot a least 5 stokes above your hdcp. 4.25 stars (bad traps and no full range). I never hesitate recommending this venue it's a great adventure.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



Milan3823922's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/18/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

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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



u119081523's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/17/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Challenging as always"


irishphil's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in tremendous shape due to ideal spring weather. Rough very thick but not overly long. Greens fast and true. If you have never played here, play the tee boxes that are appropriate for your skill level. Due to many elevated greens this course plays much longer than the listed yardage.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/21/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Good deal. Tough course."


Mark9110573's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/20/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Big Run is a great challenge to your game. Fairly long with lots of old oak trees. Course has been around forever. Conditions are not pristine, but still pretty good for early season. Great hot deal for 25 bucks.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"A local favorite"


DannyConso's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/02/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Big Run is a local favorite of mine. Grew up in Woodridge, IL and now I live downtown chicago. I always make it out to Big Run once or twice per year with friends. Staff is as nice as can be, and the course is so much fun. Not pristine conditions, but the bones of the course are so good. Hilly, a good variance in holes, distances, etc. Course makes you hit challenging shots and the course is very fair.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



mjsmith79's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/11/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"Great course for the season"


Ciolino23's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/26/2017
Previously played Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My buddies and I saw the Hot Deal for Big Run and decided to book it. When we got to the course, there was a frost delay. The delay lasted about 45 minutes, but on a weekday; the course was wide open. We let a single pass us on the second hole and then never say another person in front of us or behind us. Good times!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Big Run is best value in Chicago"


snyderj's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/21/2017
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Reviewed on

Have played here many times. Never disappoints. Challenging, beautiful classic course. Terrain is unique to Chicago area. Top public course in Chicago area in my opinion.


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


"need new grounds crew"


flexcable's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/09/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

this could be one of the best and most challenging course in the area if they get a grounds crew. you could not tell the difference between the fairway and the rough, there was no sand in the many bunkers and there was a 1 inch lip around the greens. what a shame for such a historic course.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Big Run- Fun & Challenging"


Sendog's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/08/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Big Run was really fun to play, and I can’t complain about playing golf in October. I’ll be up front, this course is difficult. Many elevation changes, blind tee shots and altering wind directions will definitely put your game to the test. It reminded me of Cog Hill a bit with the elevated tee boxes and undulations of the greens. A few of the par 5’s are monstrous and very large mature trees line the fairways.

The greens are fair and true but the topography can be a real bear. There are some really awesome views on par 3’s, and I feel like I played every club in my bag. Yes there are a ton of trees, but there is room when you miss the fairway because the overall site of the course is huge.

The clubhouse is old since this course has been around for quite some time, but the staff was very friendly and the hot dog at the turn was awesome! The carts have a rangefinder which is helpful, but we never used because had our personal Bushnell. We'll be back for sure.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Not your typical golf course"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/30/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is not your typical golf course, you have tremendous elevations up-and-down, tricky green that slope in every direction . you have some shots that are way down below you, some shots that are way above, you. I believe this is the most challenging golf course around here. Also it's very pretty, and peaceful . If you can score good on this golf course you have an all-around game. I love playing this place


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Don't play"


Sean2681749's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/24/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Took 5 and half hours for 18 holes, no rangers, fairways in terrible shape. Bad spots all over, bunkers were either little sand of mud. Never going back again.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course



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