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Conditions
3.9
Value
4.7
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.0
96.4%
Recommend this course
178 out of 186 reviews
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4.3
23 Reviews (23)
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Conditions
4.0
Value
4.8
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.6
95.7%
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4.3
27 Reviews (27)
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4 Stars
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Conditions
4.0
Value
4.8
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.6
96.3%
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6654 yards
Slope 129
Rating 72.5

Marengo Ridge Golf Club opened as a nine-hole course in 1963. Spread across rolling, wooded hills, the course was crafted by re-purposing an old farm. The working cattle barn was even renovated to become the clubhouse. As the golf course garnered a local following, a new nine was added in 1990. The more than 25-year difference between when the two nines were constructed give the course a unique character. The layout seamlessly blends modern techniques and classic design. The distinct topographies of each nine add even more variety. Marengo Ridge Golf Club's original nine holes weave through mature trees while the newer holes are more open and links-style. There are several tricky doglegs throughout but it isn't overly punishing if you're errant. You'll also face several water hazards and strategically placed bunkers.

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Course Details

Year Built 1963
Fairways Blue Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Open: 3/01 Closed: 12/25
Architect William J. Spear (1963) Bob Lohmann

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Reviews

4.2
186 Reviews (186)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 30
Patio Dining 6
Watching the Game 6
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 33
Bunkers 32
Elevation Changes 19
This course/club is great for:
Locals 32
Advanced Golfers 24
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 18
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 41
In the 'Burbs 18

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Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Great shape

Considering all the rain we have had, the course was in great shape,fast greens and all around great shape

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great Course

Staff is the best and the course challenging but not so much that here, the greens are your friend. Again great staff and fair fees

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Wet weather
Used cart
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser

Condition

Never seen the coarse in better shape, excellent job grounds crew.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Illinois Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
Previously Played
Used cart

4.5 Stars

An extremely pleasant early Saturday morning. Course is the best shape I've ever ever seen it - and I've been playing Marengo at least once a season for well over two decades. Kudo's to the super and grounds crew. Striped fairways with really good grass/bunkers were really well maintained (need just a tad more sand in them but no complaints) and the greens were running pretty smooth. Page down and see my previous reviews.....the owners and the folks in the clubhouse care about your experience and want you to have just that the best golfing day possible. Downgrading 1/2 star overall because of the gravel cart paths (many are muddy and potholes) and the dry parts of the cart paths you get dust storms. That being said I don't just "hand out" that very top 5 star experience.....but my experience yesterday was just that. Marengo is normally a solid 4 stars but the pristine conditioning of the course deserves the 5 star. Nice bar/food post round/grass range/showers in the basement. You need to play the place a few times - back nine has some quirky but really fun holes - front nine #7 and #9 suffer from over planted trees to close to fairway edges but overall a fun excellent value track to play. Highly recommend. Just wished I lived closer to it to get out on a more than once or twice a season. Great job and thanks to all at Marengo!!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

fun course

this is a fun course to play. Some holes can be challenging but always fun

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Used cart

This course is a bit challenging

They do not have a hole pictures. They should have illustrations of the holes. Their score cards just have how
long to the hole but don't show you where the greens are.
But it was fun and challenging to find the green.

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Course caters to outings, leagues, and hacks.

I played this course twice in the last three days. Both times disappointing from a pace-of-play and staff friendliness standpoint.

I played with my brother on Thursday, August 8, 2019. We had a 2:33 tee time. We showed up at about 1:35 hoping to get some range time in. They told us to tee off immediately or we would be blocked on the turn by leagues who "held the box" at 4:00 p.m. No one had told us this when booking the tee time. After that, we were treated with a 5 hour round.

Today I played with my wife and son. 3:00 p.m. tee time. When we showed up the folks in the Pro Shop seemed surprised and irritated that people might be expecting to play golf. There was no one present initially, and when finally the lady came over from the bar it was a joke. She had no idea what was going on. Another guy came over, and I politely asked "Are there any pencils?" (since none were present) and at one point also politely asked "Can we get our cart keys?" Again, he was quite irritated that someone who had booked a tee time and been waiting in the Pro Shop for at least 10 minutes might be asking these questions. He said something like "OK, OK, settle down. Everybody wants pencils, cart keys, etc." Geez.

Then we had another 5 hour round (or I should say we skipped the final hole to avoid a 5 hour round).

I use the word "hack" in the title, and as an 18 handicap, I'm pretty much also a hack. But my wife, son and I will EASILY play under 4 hours if no one is in front of us. Brooks Koepka is right: Slow pace is killing the game.

If you're looking to get drunk, and play in a league or an outing, Marengo Ridge is for you. If you just want to play golf, go somewhere else.

And it's too bad.. the course is is really nice shape, and it's an interesting layout.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

great pace

7:12 tee time and never had to wait at any holes. Staff was friendly and hot us out quickly..

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

First time golfing at marengo ridge .had a great time fairway and greens Were in great condition And the pace of play was great . I definitely will be back to play again

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Walked

Hidden Gem

Great value. The staff is very attentive to the players.
Well worth the extra distance to travel.

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

The course is a nice place for average golfers

I enjoy coming here, it’s reasonable prices and nice layout make it nice to play.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Hidden Gem

Found this course almost by accident and glad we did. Friendly check in and got straight out. Course in good shape and the greens rolled really well, the fastest we have played so far this year.
Pace of play was interesting, on the front nine it suddenly got slow around hole 6 as we caught the ladies day group, and a five some at that! At the 8th tee by what I assume is the owner’s house the owner apologized and said he had called in! Anyway the pro arrived on 9 with the good news that it was their last hole, even better news we hadn’t been charged the senior’s rate and he funded the difference. Back nine pace was great.
Really recommend this course if you are in the area.

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

Do yourself a favor.

Good value, bring your GPS and watch subtle breaks in greens and you’ll enjoy your round in the Fox Valley

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

Great course. Park like views

I love this course and pace of play is good. Its all you need and more. Plus the club house staff is terrific.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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