University Park Golf Club

4.1751666667 4.2 stars from 5 (109)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6701 yards
  • Slope: 123
  • Rating: 71.4
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Indoor practice facilities: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6701 yards 71.4 123
Gold 72 6354 yards 69.8 119
Silver 72 6003 yards 68.2 116
Bronze (W) 72 5208 yards 69.4 114

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.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.2 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.1 stars from 5
Value: 4.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 109 Reviews
5 stars:
27
4 stars:
58
3 stars:
20
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
3

recommend this course

98 out of 109 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is in the 'burbs worth the drive convenient to the city   Great for locals seniors beginners   Challenges include bunkers water hazards plays long   Great for drinks patio dining brunch  

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"Greens need some work"


schaller55's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/12/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



mdswan1's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/03/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great value!"


J2364259's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/28/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



Paul7894773's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

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

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/08/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/16/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in excellent condition

Greens very true


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



Tdbucha's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

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

Reviewed on

Very pleasantly surprised. The course was in pretty good shape. Pretty lengthy from the tips. The holes are pretty close to one another, but the layout is somewhat challenging. Great experience. Super friendly staff!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Return to home course"


akbar90's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/29/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I have been playing University Park for years. This is the first time I played since its come under new management. The course is in great shape and is fun to play. The clubhouse staff is friendly. The kitchen in the clubhouse used to have a great menu, but it is still comfortable and enjoyable, but not as many food selections. The course was relatively wide open which was surprising based on the cost to play and condition of the course. I and my golf partner had a very enjoyable round and I will definitely be back.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/14/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Playing golf in Chicago in December"


aadams4980's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/08/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great to play golf in Chicago in December at such a great rate. Course was in adequate shape considering the time of year. Fairways were a little soft from rain but the greens were okay. I would play the course again for the rate I was charged.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/02/2016

Thanks for your review! We're glad you enjoyed your round even through the cold weather. Hope to see you on the course again soon!


"Great course and reasonable cost to play."


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/11/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course in good shape. Clubhouse is nice and the food is good.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 12/14/2015

Cool! Thanks so much for taking the time to review our course and for playing at University Golf Club! Glad the conditions were ideal and you enjoyed the clubhouse and the food. We hope you come back for more, soon!


"Great Day"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/03/2015
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played on a 70 degree day in November. Who can complain? Course was a little slow due to many people having the same thought. Course was very clean considering the number of trees and the amount of leaves down. Greens rolled well. However you might think twice before using a yellow golf ball.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 12/14/2015

This weather has been awesome! So glad you were able to make it out for your round in November, we appreciate the feedback. We hope to see you again on another warm day out at University Golf Club!


"course in good shape this late in the season"


mason1760's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/12/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Love the course,love the price,staff was friendly and ready to serve-overall. it was a great experience to play there.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 12/14/2015

So glad to hear it! Thank you for playing at University Golf Club, we are really happy to hear you had an overall great time and enjoyed every moment. We love our fans! Come back and see us soon we can't wait to see you.


"Solid Choice"


jimpetroskey's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/24/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

University Park was in decent shape outside of the sand traps, which needed maintenance. Greens were quick, fairways were nice and tee boxes decent. On weekends, this course gets a lot of play. During mid- week is the time to play here.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 12/14/2015

Great to have your here at University Golf Club! We are happy to hear you enjoyed the course and the greens were up to par. Come back and see us again one weekend soon. We hope to see you again soon!


"Course has matured over the years"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/15/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Last time I played here was probably about 15 years ago when it was still called Urban Hills. What a difference a bunch of years makes! The course has matured quite nicely and many of the holes are barely recognizable compared to what I remember. And this is all for the good! Trees now provide a nice presence on the course. It no longer looks like a track cut out of a cornfield. There is nothing very special or tricky about the course (well, the 600-yard par 5 #16 certainly puts a strain on distance), but there are a few nice doglegs and some water. Sand traps were relatively few and far between - and that's a good thing, because they do need serious attention. Otherwise conditions were nice. Very nice (must be fairly new) clubhouse. Tasty jumbo $3.25 hot dogs. Course is nicely landscaped with built-up landscaping walls around most of the tee boxes.

My only real complaint has to do with tee selection.. The course has 4 tee boxes to choose from - 6724 yards from the Black tips to 5208 yards from the Bronze forward. As seniors, we chose the 6003 yard Silver. The gripe is that on some of the par 4s, the Silver tees were placed way up at the Bronze tee box, effectively making many of these par 4s 80 to 100 yards shorter and well under 300 yards in length. The course should strive to set their tee markers so that the advertised distances are close to what the card shows. Otherwise, tee selection is based on erroneous information and that can affect the player's game.

Otherwise, we had a nice day at the course and we'll return again, especially at the GolfNow rates.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


Commented on 09/25/2015

We really appreciate you taking the time to leave your review and for playing at University GC&CC! We will inform our staff to audit the yardages from the tees mentioned and get a more accurate reading. We're so glad you enjoyed the course and the hot dog and found great value in playing here. Happy to hear it was fun and challenging!


"Good greens"


Hackamungus's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/14/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Overall an average course considering layout and conditions but the greens were surprisingly smooth and fast. Definitely would play again for a hot deal!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 09/25/2015

Thank you for playing at University GC&CC! We appreciate your honest feedback and your opinion on the course. Glad you loved the greens too. Come back soon!


"greens in good shape."



3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/07/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice course. Slow play killed the round... need to have a ranger on course pushing folks along.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 09/25/2015

We hear you! Thanks so much for you feedback it is important to us. We have informed our staff regarding the pace of play issue and will address it. Hope to see you again and we're glad you liked the golf course. Come back soon!


"U.V Park"


uVLIQ8265VL's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/28/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I enjoy playing this course it is always in good condition


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 09/25/2015

Thank you for your feedback and we're so happy to hear you loved the conditions and the course. Looking forward to seeing you on your next round!


"Great deal for the price!"


u000007594800's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/26/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in pretty decent shape. The fairways were nice and the rough was pretty recently cut, but the greens were pretty slow. It was a course I would definitely play again. Especially if you go after 2 and get the $20 deal.


Pace of Play: Good

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


Commented on 09/25/2015

Thank you for playing at University GC&CC. We are so happy to hear you found good value in playing here and a great deal in the afternoon. Always book online for the best rates! See you again soon.


"staff excels"


Wesley7598015's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/15/2015
Previously played

Reviewed on

Very friendly and professional. I will always continue to play this course and recommend to others.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 08/25/2015

Wow! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the course and loved our staff - we love our raving fans as well. Come back and see us again soon! Thanks so much Wesley.



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