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4.6
91 Reviews (91)
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Conditions
4.4
Value
4.8
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.7
99.5%
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88 out of 91 reviews
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4.6
7 Reviews (7)
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Conditions
4.4
Value
4.9
Layout
5.0
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.9
StaffFriendliness
4.9
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4.7
9 Reviews (9)
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Conditions
4.6
Value
4.9
Layout
5.0
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.9
StaffFriendliness
4.9
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Style Woodland
Par 72
Length 6640 yards
Slope 128
Rating 72.3

Bonnie Brook Golf Course, known amongst locals as simply "The Brook," is one of the most popular public courses on the North Shore. It has even been ranked as one of the top 50 public golf courses in the Chicagoland area. Designed in 1926 by James Foulis, the course has a classic feel to it with challenges that have withstood the test of time. The layout sprawls across a scenic natural landscape accented with gently rolling hills, tall native grasses, and sparkling lakes. The north branch of the Waukegan River also meanders through part of the golf course. The Bonnie Brook layout offers enough of a challenge for advanced players with narrow, tree-lined fairways and subtly tricky undulations throughout the spacious greens, but it is a round that is player friendly enough for any skill level to enjoy.

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Course Details

Year Built 1926
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Open: 4/01 Closed: 12/01
Architect James Foulis (1926) Bob Lohmann

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

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

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Reviews

4.6
91 Reviews (91)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 15
Patio Dining 7
Course Challenges Include:
Undulating Greens 12
Thick Rough 11
Water Hazards 9
This course/club is great for:
Locals 13
Seniors 11
Walkers 11
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 16
Worth the Drive 12

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pleasantly Surprised

I have always know where this course was, but never played it. The fairways were excellent and the greens were soft although a few holes seemed slower on the greens than others.

All in all, a very nice course. We will be back

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
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5.0
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Great, friendly course

A fun, friendly Sunday afternoon. The course was in great shape. The layout is great, there are enough challenges to keep me interested and enough room to keep me from frustration.
Great course!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
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I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Very slow pace

Beautiful weather, course was in great shape considering the amount of rain over this summer. Greens were very quick and pin placements were in very challenging spots.

Play was very slow - two deep on some of the par 3's and we had to wait on every shot. Round was 5+ hours and basically took up the whole day for us.
Two suggestions:
1. Invest in a marshall on the course. Find the group that is slow and have them skip a hole to speed up play. Let that group go back to play the hole they skipped at the completion of their round.

2. A lot of the golf balls at the range are very old. May want to check which ones should be retired. Bad look.

I love this course nd 99% of the things about it. Great to have the grill working outside after the 9th hole!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
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Previously Played

Course was still very wet but the staff are doing the best they can.

Conditions Poor
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
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5.0
Previously Played

The Jewel of the northern suburbs never disappoints.
The course is in pristeen condition. Never have a bad experience playing here. Glad it's also so close to home. Can't beat the Brook for a great day golfing. Gotta try the burgers when you're done!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Stat

Great course for the value. I would highly recommend.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Almost like a country club

Great muni. Well maintained with a variety of holes that make you use a lot of the bag. A lot of trees but not pinching you. Very little water in play. Well groomed fairways with moderate sized greens that present a challenge.
Great clubhouse. Stayed after the round for the Friday night buffet. Great food at an awesome price. Dining room overlooks the course. Very nice!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Crown jewel

Bonnie Brook is one great place to spend a day.
Course is tough but fair, staff is accommodating and friendly. The price is very affordable and the venue is one of the best here in Lake county.

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

Great track

Old beautiful course in the North suburbs. Bent grass tee to green, good range, great putting green, friendly staff, great clubhouse, very good food. Layoit is fun and challenging, some good elevation changes. Definite must play if in the area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

The jewel of the North

Of all the courses in northern suburbs, Bonnie Brook is by far the best value. Excellent layout, friendly accommodating staff and price make this the favorite of mine and a lot of other people. Pace of play can be a pain, especially on the back nine,but a lot of that is due to some tricky holes back there. My buddy and I play just about every weekend. We love it !

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Well maintained

Very easy play, wide fairways and smooth transition to greens, always like playing this course

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

In the middle of an old neighborhood

I grew up in the area and never played this course. I wish I would have experienced this sooner. Well kept and challenging. Going back again soon.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Illinois Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Old School Parkland - nice

The Brook was in decent shape late season. They aerated a couple of weeks ago and the greens have recovered nicely. It's a pleasant course with a driving range and slightly overpriced beverages. No carts allowed in the lot. Grilling food outside at the turn is always a nice touch. The front nine is pretty straight forward with a nice dogleg left par 5. The meat and challenge of the course starts at the 10th with a long par 4 and then the course gets a tad "stupid" and really tight with target hit and hope tee shots on the the 11th, 12th and 13th. Even the tee shot on the par 5 14th has to be fit between a couple of large trees. And then your tee shot on 16th requires another "lay up" short of a creek. All in all it's a decent place worth a play once or twice a year. I like the old school layout with hills and dales but inward holes while interesting aren't designed extremely well...a few too many targety tee shots for my taste. A nice uphill finish on 18. 3.75 stars upgrading to a four as it's well maintained.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 11/06/2017

Thanks for playing at Bonnie Brook! We appreciate the 4 stars and the honest review.

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Great Lake County Course

Course is in great condition for this late in the season. The carts are well maintained, the starter was super friendly and knowledgeable. The layout of the course is easy to follow with little cross fairway issues with people playing from the other direction.

They have an incredibly nice beverage cart person that has several great drink options and snacks if you wanted to purchase something. The clubhouse is really nice with a super friendly staff.

Good course for the money. Not sure you will find a better value in the Northern Illinois/Southern Wisconsin area.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 11/06/2017

Thank you so much for the flattering review, particularly of the staff. We really appreciate your business and hope you'll be back soon so we can have a shot at earning that 5th star!

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 11/06/2017

Thanks for the 4 star review!

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