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3.8
124 Reviews (124)
5 Stars
30
4 Stars
66
3 Stars
22
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
5
Conditions
3.7
Value
3.9
Layout
4.0
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.4
79.2%
Recommend this course
109 out of 124 reviews
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3.7
3 Reviews (3)
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0
4 Stars
2
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Conditions
3.3
Value
2.7
Layout
3.3
Pace
4.3
Amenities
2.3
StaffFriendliness
4.7
100.0%
Recommend this course
3 out of 3 reviews
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3.5
12 Reviews (12)
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
8
3 Stars
1
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2
Conditions
3.3
Value
3.5
Layout
3.7
Pace
3.7
Amenities
3.1
StaffFriendliness
4.5
75.0%
Recommend this course
9 out of 12 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 6724 yards
Slope 126
Rating 71.7

University Park Golf Club (formerly known as University Golf Club & Conference Center) boasts one of the most popular championship courses in the Chicagoland area. The golf course has been a local favorite since it first opened in 1962. The original design by Lawrence Packard received an update in 2004 by Greg Martin, but the classic character of the layout still remains. The course wanders across gentle rolling terrain, providing elevated tees and undulating fairways. Water hazards come into play on half the holes, including on the 17th, University Park Golf Club's signature hole. This intimidating par 3 requires a tough carry over water to an elevated green. Miss it and you'll be faced with the nearly impossible task of getting up and down. The difficulty doesn't let up with the final hole, an uphill dogleg par 4 with a sloped, elevated green and water on the right.

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Course Details

Year Built 1967
Golf Season Year round
Architect Larry Packard Greg Martin (2004)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

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

Reviews

3.8
124 Reviews (124)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 14
Patio Dining 12
Brunch 11
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 11
Water Hazards 10
Plays Long 6
This course/club is great for:
Locals 18
Seniors 13
Beginners 11
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 16
Worth the Drive 11
Convenient to the City 8

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4.0
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Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
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I Recommend This Course
3.0

Don’t Buy Beer

I want to start off my review by saying I truly like playing here. Staff is awesome, course has come back nicely from when it was unkempt. I played today, and the greens were aerated, but that wasn’t even a big deal. I’m a business owner, so I take these reviews seriously. I checked in this morning and proceeded to the bar to get some beer and a hot dog. Was playing with my son and 2 friends. I ordered 6 Coronas and 2 hot dogs. The girl rang me up.. very nice girl, just doing her job. 51.60...51.60 for 6 beers and 2 hot dogs...an $8.90 service charge added to my cost. Now I’m not sure if this course pays their employees so horribly that they add a 20% tip to all bar orders, but this was a bit excessive. Will play here again, but will never patronize the bar.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Green conditions

We were warned about the aeration of the greens but you would think that they would have dropped the rates at least five dollars per person. They didn’t. Very disappointed.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 07/30/2019

Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon.

Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
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Commented on 07/30/2019

Thanks for your review. Hope to see you again soon!

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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

There charging you good money, but nobody has even cleaned up branches or goose crap! I’ve played this course numerous times, it’s the worse I’ve ever seen it!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 07/30/2019

Thank you for your review. We take customer feedback seriously and would like to continue this conversation. Please feel free to reach out to us at info@universityparkgolfclub.com.

Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Open Design with Plenty of Challenges

The course is maintained very well; the fairways were cut nicely and the rough was kept at around 2-3”. The fairways were open and forgiving but plenty of challenges to keep it interesting. The greens are well maintained also; no bare spots and the fringes were cut properly also. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful especially for first time visitors. The Golf Now pricing was an excellent value. This course will be in my rotation.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Previously Played

Horrible Pace of Play

Course is always the worst for place of play. Course isn’t in good shape either. Don’t waste your time.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Hidden Gem right off I-57

This course is relatively flat but the design and hole layouts give an opportunity to use every club in your bag. Large greens really make them easier to get, but make you really rely on your putting game. It was a little wet in early May with all the rain, but dryer then a lot of other courses in south suburbs... Drainage in the course is done well into well placed water hazards throughout the course.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
First Time Playing

5 Hour 40 Minute Round

Let me start off by saying that the employees in the pro shop & in the restaurant were very nice. Food was good also. The course itself was average to slightly above. Interesting layout that requires a fair amount of laying up. The greens were aerated a week ago so wasn’t ideal. I normally shoot in the low 90s, but seemed like every group in front of us was playing into the 150s. Hit, wait 10 minutes, hit, wait 10 minutes.... the entire day. No ranger ever came out to suggest anyone to speed up the pace. Because of the pace of play, I could never recommend this course.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Used cart

Hidden Gem

I was staying 45 minutes south of Chicago, so I wanted a course that was closer to my hotel than traveling closer to downtown. University was directly west of my hotel, so I gave it a try. Glad I did. The staff was very friendly, and even gave a couple of tips on getting around the golf course (which I didn't follow on 10 and paid for it), and let you know it was wide open today. The layout has interesting doglegs, which give you some risk/reward options. The course is very flat, and is pretty open in case you spray a couple of shots. Greens were very receptive, and rolled nicely. I really enjoyed this track!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Don't miss tis one

It was our first time here and we were very pleased with the whole experience. The staff at the course was very friendly and accommodating. The course was in great conditions and the greens were very true. Will definitely come back again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Greens need some work

I always enjoy the course and play quite a few times each year as the prices through the various booking site are good. The greens are slow and a bit bumpy but better than many other heavily used courses. Just played a round in 3.25 hours with two others.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great value!

Tyrone is the course manager and he is a great asset. Very personable, knowledgeable, and vey customer oriented. The course was wet but expected due to the time of year. Fun layout, great bargain and I will be back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great layout. Sand traps could use some real sand. Otherwise great experience.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Amenities Good
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