Joe Louis Golf Club
|Red (W)||72||5189 yards||68.6||115|
|Blue M: 72.2/128||324||359||422||154||544||439||603||158||345||3348||374||384||386||175||519||547||425||145||439||3394||6742|
|White M: 70.2/123||305||331||391||143||506||414||577||139||328||3134||348||365||367||153||498||518||401||126||408||3184||6318|
|Red W: 69.6/118||250||273||315||121||399||334||466||119||265||2542||291||309||303||131||425||421||323||106||338||2647||5189|
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.
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!!!
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.
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
The fairways are trashed, burnt out, patchy and basically worse than hitting from the rough. Don’t play here... especially for $38z
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.
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.
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
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).