Countryside Golf Club - Traditional Course

3.9944470588 4.0 stars from 5 (108)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6397 yards
  • Slope: 123
  • Rating: 71.0
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6397 yards 71.0 123
Brass 72 6103 yards 69.6 120
Brass (W) 72 6103 yards 75.0 132
Auburn 72 5278 yards 65.8 110
Auburn (W) 72 5278 yards 70.4 122
Silver 72 3065 yards N/A N/A

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.1 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.9 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 108 Reviews
5 stars:
26
4 stars:
56
3 stars:
21
2 stars:
5
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

97 out of 108 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is in the 'burbs   Great for locals beginners playing multiple courses   Challenges include bunkers elevation changes thick rough   Great for drinks  

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"Great Starter - Judy"


Rob1575011's avatar
Top 25 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/02/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I play 70-80 different courses yearly and what separates one from the other quite often is the customer service aspect. High marks to Judy on her welcoming smile and attention to detail to get us started. She followed up later on the 15th hole. Nice job Judy.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Good Value and Nice Conditions"


Jeff1710's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/08/2017
First time playing Used cart

Reviewed on

We played the Traditional course mid-morning during the week. Crowds were sparse so pace of play was great.

Most holes you can spray the driver a little bit with space to recover. There are a few shorter par 4's that demand accuracy off the tee.

There are a few straight holes without a lot of character. Some elevation changes keep things interesting, especially on the back. The balance of holes on the front and back is somewhat unique (37-35 with 3 par 5's on the front, including two back-to-back). Nice collection of par 3's.

I was impressed with the overall conditions of the course. Greens were firm and rolled true. Rough wasn't very thick so not terribly penal. 18 appeared to be undergoing some bunker renovations.

Favorite Hole: 15 - short par 3 with trouble long and two pot bunkers guarding the front of the green.

I definitely recommend this course. It's a good value compared to some tracks around the Chicagoland area. I would play here more often if I lived closer.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"I will be back!"


Scott9124876's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/29/2014
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I enjoyed this course very much. The fairways and greens were in great condition for late September. When I arrived at the course as a single I was asked to pair up and ride along with another group, I didn't care for this but understandable.

Our 4-some was stuck behind a group of 4 walkers, they did not ask us to play through and no Ranger/Marshall was seen to speed things up.

With all that said, the value for the money is excellent. The course isn't too challenging, there are several greens with extreme tilts that makes approach shot placement key! Its a shorter course, I only hit driver on par 5's. I will definitely be back!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great value"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/28/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is in great shape. Father loved it so much he bought a hat and he wants to play each time he visits from Pittsburgh


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good time on fun muni"


u000004994919's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/25/2014
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good round of golf on sporty track. Course is in great condition


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Enjoyable round with moderate challenges."


relackey's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/07/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Links style course with moderate challenges. Pretty in the Fall. Interesting topography.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Countryside Golf Club (Prairie)"


btweed1683's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Chicago Advisor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/06/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

The Good: Playable Bob Lohmann design is considered the "Links" style course of the 36 holes at this north Chicago suburb municipal. Decent variety of holes and enough challenge for all skill levels. Good course conditions and very nice greens that are slick and putt well. Above average driving range and fair putting green. While no GPS, there are plenty of yardage markers throughout the course. Pretty good value at just over $50 for weekend peak season.

The Bad: The Par 5's are fairly unmemorable. Clubhouse and dining area are to be desired. Limited on-course amenities and mediocre service at best. Lack of short game and bunker area. No GPS is a bummer.

The Verdict: Countryside Prairie course is an average Chicago suburb course that won't break the bank. Enough visual appeal and challenge for an enjoyable round. Nearby Steeple Chase is a better all-around experience.

Best Hole: The Par 4 12th requires a long drive and a precise approach to a difficult green guarded by a pond.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course



"Good golf,excellent value"


rvstone1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/03/2014
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I always have a good time at this course. It is a decent challenge for the intermediate golfer. The course is in good shape. The greens were relatively slow. The course employees were very friendly.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Countryside Golf Club - Traditional"


btweed1683's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Chicago Advisor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/30/2014
First time playing Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

The Good: Moderately interesting parkland layout was the first course built at the Countryside Forest Preserved managed facility. Good mixture of longer and risk-reward Par 4's and some interesting Par 5's. A little more elevation change than your typical Chicago suburban course. Nice, small greens with minor undulation. Above average driving range and fair putting green. While no GPS, there are plenty of yardage markers throughout the course. Decent value at just over $50 for weekend peak season.

The Bad: Fairway conditions are only fair. Rough is inconsistent in many areas. The Par 3's are fairly unmemorable. Clubhouse and dining area are to be desired. Limited on-course amenities and mediocre service at best. Lack of short game and bunker area. No GPS is a bummer.

The Verdict: The Traditional course is quirky enough to be fun for all golfers. There are better, more complete facilities for the money in Lake county.

Best Hole: The long, dogleg right Par 5 5th is 600 yards and requires three great shots to have a shot at birdie.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


"Pleased with the condition of this course"


jak3440's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/30/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Enjoyed playing 18 holes. Gambled on the weather forecast, and I am glad that I did. Turned out to be a good weather day for golf other than the wind making it very challenging.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good condition for the amount of play this course gets"


petersenkid2's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/28/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My buddy told me that this place was a goat ranch, but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Basically you can hit it anywhere and not be in trouble. A sprayers paradise.

As the title suggests, the course is in nice condition considering the amount of play it gets. Never to be confused with a country club, it is a reasonably nice public course.

The beer was cheap. Which is a good thing.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Scenery on course is excellent."


krotzy2's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/24/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Have golfed there dozens of time,however, it was extremely hot and humid. The course was wet from rain the night before and it was cart path only, which made it very difficult.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Just one complaint"


tbowler's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/24/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I play this course a lot and have always considered it to be a good value for what you get but I do have one complaint. They don't make any handicapped exceptions for when they are cart path only, and they do it quite a bit. I had to cancel twice so far this year because they don't grant any blue flag exceptions to their cart path only policy. I have a bad hip that really won't allow me to walk too much and have even more problems when it is hilly around tees and greens.<br/> I talked to their superintendent and he says that granting any exceptions just leads to everyone ignoring the rule. I would think that the handicapped laws would force them to make some accomodations but they don't .


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"The course has a very friendly but challenging layout"


peete2000's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/20/2014
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course has just enough water and sand traps to keep you focused.. If you can ignore the serene and beautiful back drop of the prairie course, then you have no pulse .. Play well!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"countryside, tridational"


peterhwang's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/19/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

very nice course with friendly staffs and well maintained course.


Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Traditional Course - Good Greens - Good Course"


bfeekin's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/17/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course won't make you wish you'd brought your camera. But, its a nice, challenging course with a number of interesting holes. It's not a course where you stand on a tee box and say WOW! Everything is pretty straight-forward and what you see is what you get. The greens & fairways are in very good shape. Very nice practice areas.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great Place To Play A Round"


bullhead262's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/17/2014
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in great condition, I played with some people who had played the course before. That made it very easy to navigate. Had one of my best rounds of the season sofar. Will definitely be back to play it again. Staff was very friendly which made for a great experience.


I recommend this course


"This course has it all"


u000007425180's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/12/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a wonderful golf course and friendly welcome stuffs


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Friendly staff."


u000006157772's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/03/2014
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is in decent shape. The staff are all pleasant. Pace of play was good for first five holes. Then we caught up to a father and young son just learning. They were oblivious to the fact there were other golfers. Ranger should have been out there. There was more than an entire hole open front of them for most of our round.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"very happy"


u318373750's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/27/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Loved it, wide open! When we went it was extremely windy felt it more because it's wide open


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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