Big Run Golf Club

4.1500941176 4.2 stars from 5 (208)
  • 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 4.2 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.4 stars from 5
Value: 4.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.7 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 208 Reviews
5 stars:
67
4 stars:
104
3 stars:
24
2 stars:
6
1 stars:
7

recommend this course

179 out of 208 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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"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
Previously played Verified Purchaser

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"


George2382877'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


"Bring a rangefinder"


u000004147333's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/07/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great challenging course! Very hard to find a level stance on this course with lots of slope. A rangefinder, gps, or scope a must when you come here. There are very few legible yardage markers on the course. The carts have a scope attached that is outdated and did not work for most of the round. Bring extra balls, and hit them straight or suffer the consequences of a forests supply of of very mature trees. Great staff and a nice bar. We will be back.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Long and hilly"


Allan2972542's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/02/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I couldn't imagine walking this course. Elevation changes are constant. A lot of elevated Tee's to valleys to elevated greens. Multiple 500+ yard holes. Course was in great shape. Pace of play was very good. $40 for a Saturday afternoon isn't too bad for a nice course. Guy we got paired with only paid $14 on a last minute golfnow hot deal which is a steal. Would definitely play again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Beautiful course"


u238298320's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/02/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

There are some very long holes, but the front tees are up far enough to give me (female) a fair advantage. Holes are spread out far enough you never feel cramped. Took about 5 hours to play 18 but that is a very decent pace considering the length of holes, and we were really never waiting behind anyone, nor did we have anyone creeping up behind us. Staff is friendly. Quick refreshment window at the turn.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"A wonderful course"


uUAQJ7930UA's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/22/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have played Big Run before and it never lets you down A great mix of holes very interesting due the the change in elevation on the course most tee shots down hill but course is long almost 6700 yards from the White tees Greens are true and fast you will be challenged And like this course


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



Kurt8249195's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/22/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



u977338513's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/20/2017
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Reviewed on


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



u000001709352's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/19/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice course and nice people"


Nepote57's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/18/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in great shape despite the relative lack of rain lately. Host staff are always friendly and they do a great job of getting people off at the right time. As a twosome we were behind a group of 4 and a threesome was behind us. The pace of play was excellent. I like that they didn't force another twosome with us as it was a daddy/daughter teaching day. At the turn, we grabbed their hotdog, chip and beverage special and the service was super-fast allowing everyone to continue play without a backlog. The course is super challenging in its length, with the 9th hole playing over 605 yards. It is a monster. The Par 3s in the front are short, while the back Par3s are quite a bit longer. They are beautiful AND tough.


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



u977338513's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/18/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



dfl8022's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/13/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



dgk1979's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/30/2017
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



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