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3.3
98 Reviews (98)
5 Stars
14
4 Stars
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3 Stars
23
2 Stars
13
1 Stars
14
Conditions
2.8
Value
3.5
Layout
3.5
Friendliness
3.9
Pace
3.4
Amenities
2.7
61.0%
Recommend this course
62 out of 98 reviews
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3.0
37 Reviews (37)
5 Stars
5
4 Stars
10
3 Stars
9
2 Stars
7
1 Stars
6
Conditions
2.6
Value
3.2
Layout
3.5
Pace
3.4
Amenities
2.7
StaffFriendliness
3.8
51.4%
Recommend this course
19 out of 37 reviews
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3.1
40 Reviews (40)
5 Stars
7
4 Stars
10
3 Stars
9
2 Stars
7
1 Stars
7
Conditions
2.7
Value
3.2
Layout
3.5
Pace
3.4
Amenities
2.7
StaffFriendliness
3.8
55.0%
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22 out of 40 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6742 yards
Slope 124
Rating 71.4
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Course Details

Year Built 1918
Golf Season Open: 4/01 Closed: 11/01
Architect Dick Nugent (1987)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies No
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire required.

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Reviews

3.2
98 Reviews (98)

What Golfers Are Saying

This course/club is great for:
Locals 6
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 7

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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
2.0
First Time Playing

Poorly maintained

The greens have so many ball marks, it's almost impossible to play a green without someone in your cousins having an impacted putt. You can't really tell where the fairway starts and the rough ends. 95% of the course was near rock dry but there were a few random soggy spots. My golf cart had duck tape over rips on the seat.

The staff was friendly. The bratwurst was pretty good. The golfers were diverse and laid back. If you aren't a good golfer, you won't be judged. If you just want to shoot your 105, get a tan, and have a relaxing day, you can do that here. You may have to wait a bit to hit your ball when it's on an adjacent fairway, but that you won't be the only one.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
1.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Walked

SLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW

First 9 holes took 3 HOURS!! At the turn I told the manager and even the the slow foursome still had not teed off on 10 he said nothing. I was laying down on the 12th hole t box having already been on the course for 4 HOURS!! After 5 minutes I looked up and the foursome in front of us hadn't moved AT ALL. It was going to be a 6 1/2 hour round!! I walked off. Never will I play there again!!!

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Challenging course, slow pace of play

The course offers enough challenge for all skill levels. Deep rough and undulating greens keeps you on your toes. Fairways and greens are in rough shape. Pace of play is 4.5-5 hours. Overall, it’s a fun course for a decent price.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Joe Louis review

The course was not as bad as some of these reviews claim. I played for my first time, and enjoyed the course. The rough is a bit deep, and does need a thinning, but the rest of the course is just fine. The greens are tricky and different at every hole, great city course, beginner or not. I played from blue tees and did fairly well. Would play again

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good for forest preserve

Not bad, fairways had some dirt/dead areas but greens and tee boxes were good.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Poor condition

The fairways are trashed, burnt out, patchy and basically worse than hitting from the rough. Don’t play here... especially for $38z

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Play early

Had a 7:30 tee time, had a great round.. very slow though

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Bad Time

Couldn’t tee off until an hour after our tee time because they didn’t have enough carts available. Ran out of food AND beer so an employee went to the store bought a case of beer and resold them for $5 per 12oz. can.

This course should be $15 per golfer for 18 holes. $40 for the round per golfer and they couldn’t get anything right. Not a shocker considering it’s in South Chicago.

Had a good time but will never return.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

A fine design left to pasture...

I appreciate the history of this course, and I played it 13 years ago during a visit to Chicago. These days, it's a typical facility managed by Billy Casper Golf -- classic design with horrible playing conditions.
The weather has been dry in Chicago, but the bunkers are an unplayable blend of hard-packed clay & mud. I know the golf business is tough, but this is mismanagement.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Save your money!

Upon arriving to the proshop/food pickup desk, there was no greeting by the staff. I had a prepaid tee time for 18 holes with cart through golfnow, but the young woman at the desk was adamant I had to pay for a cart and that I surely did not sign up for a cart. She refused to listen to me or look at my phone that had the reservation and receipt on it. It was the Most unprofessional experience I’ve had at a golf course. She finally looked at my confirmation and said you’re all set, without any direction on how to obtain a cart or where to go. The course overall is in horrible condition with narrow holes that are hugging each other. When you need fences between holes you know you’re at an awful course. The fairways and rough are the same length without any change in length. Balls are constantly being sprayed onto the hole you’re playing by neighboring golfers. The greens have divots all over and are in poor condition too. Overall, I’d never play here again even if it was free. Horrible experience

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great value

Friendly staff, well maintained, and an overall great value.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
First Time Playing

Not for Advanced Golfers

This course is mainly for beginners. I was maybe expecting a more championship style feel (maybe that was my mistake) considering the length of the course, it definitely disappointed.

To top it off, our Saturday morning round was plagued by slow play (wAiting 5-10 minutes every single shot).

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Great value

Course was in the great shape and has a nice layout. Would recommend to others.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great value

Very well kept course with a nice layout. Would recommend to others.

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