A view of a green with a bunker on the right at Bonnie Brook Golf Course
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4.5
118 Reviews (118)
5 Stars
57
4 Stars
53
3 Stars
7
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.7
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.5
99.6%
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115 out of 118 reviews
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4.5
27 Reviews (27)
5 Stars
15
4 Stars
11
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
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Conditions
4.7
Value
4.7
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.6
100.0%
Recommend this course
27 out of 27 reviews
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4.5
27 Reviews (27)
5 Stars
15
4 Stars
11
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
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Conditions
4.7
Value
4.7
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.6
100.0%
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27 out of 27 reviews
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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

Food & Beverage

Bar, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Meeting Facilities, Conference Facilities, Banquet Facilities

Accolades

Reviews

4.5
118 Reviews (118)

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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Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
First Time Playing

Great course, awful pace, inattentive staff

Course was amazing. In great shape and loved the layout. Teed off at 330 and didnt finish. Finished 17 holes and drove back in the dark at 8. Pace was awful. Additionally we were told a bev cart was out but we never saw it once. Called pro shop on 5 (1.5 hours in) and they said "oh she should be out there". Also never saw a ranger to address slow play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
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Commented on 09/02/2020

Hi u805355603, it's great to hear you enjoyed your round at the course. We apologize for the pace of play issue you experienced. We always try to keep a great pace when having our golfers on the course. We also apologize for the absence of the beverage cart. Thank you for the feedback. We will use your comments to improve course visits.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Wonderful round!

Full disclosure, I played well, so I’m sure I’m a little rosy eyed. But we teed off at 9:30 on a Saturday, and never waited to hit a shot. We were never pushed by the group behind us. Finished the round in less than 4 hours. Course was in excellent shape. Greens were very true, and ran well. Very good speed to make putts, but downhill putts can still be dangerous. Interesting layout, especially on the back. A ton of character. Staff was friendly and helpful. Friendly, attractive beverage cart girl. All in all, it was a fantastic round. I can’t wait to go back!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 08/24/2020

Wow, we are so happy you enjoyed your round, u2447649! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 21
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once 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
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great condition

Everything about the course was great. The conditions give you a nice lie. I had to use every club in my bag. Great course

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 08/11/2020

Hi u3604860. Thank you so much for the great review. We are glad you had an incredible time, and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks for choosing Bonnie Brook Golf Course.

Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
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Commented on 08/11/2020

Hi Bigpappahenry. Thank you so much for the great review. We are glad you had an incredible time, and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks for choosing Bonnie Brook Golf Course.

Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Course

I love playing here. it's a fair course. My only grip is an over grown tree in front of hole 15 tee box. It does not make sense.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 08/20/2020

Hi Nathan3587232. We appreciate you leaving a review and rating us. We will inform the entire team, so they know their hard work is paying off. We look forward to having you back at Bonnie Brook Golf Course!

Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 08/03/2020

Thank you for visiting us at Bonnie Brook Golf Course. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 07/29/2020

Hi u369000145. We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. Thank you for the 4 stars! We aim for a 5-star experience, so we always welcome feedback for improvement. Thank you for playing Bonnie Brook Golf Course.

Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Great Round on a wonderful course

I have never played Bonnie Brook before and all I can say I will be back soon. The greens were fast and the fairways were in great condition. A nice test of golf.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 07/28/2020

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating, u2969325! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Bonnie Brook Golf Course!

Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Good Park District Course

The greens were fast the course in very good shape. No cart service observed either time I played which was not great since it was very hot each time.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 07/20/2020

Hi Golfjonz, thank you for your review. It's great to hear you enjoyed your round at the course. We also appreciate the feedback on the cart service during your visits. We will work on making sure there is cart service the next time you visit.

Played On
Reviews 18
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 07/21/2020

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating, changseoksoo! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Bonnie Brook Golf Course!

Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

First time play, very nice and will return.

Excellent course layout and conditions, clearly it is important to ownership that course maintenance is maintained.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 07/13/2020

Hello, lahern1957. We appreciate you leaving a review and rating us 5 stars. We're delighted to hear how much you enjoyed the pristine course conditions. We work hard to provide an exceptional experience, and it's very satisfying to hear from golfers like you who appreciate our efforts. We will inform the entire team, so they know their hard work is paying off. We look forward to having you back Bonnie Brook Golf Course!

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 07/10/2020

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating, jamiewamsley! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Bonnie Brook Golf Course!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great Value

Love this course. Great muni, front is open, back gets challenging. Well maintained and just a real good all around value.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/22/2020

Hi Karzwoo. We appreciate you leaving a review and rating us. We will inform the entire team, so they know their hard work is paying off. We look forward to having you back at Bonnie Brook Golf Course!

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser

Great course just north of the city!

Great course, staff, and layout. They truly make sure it’s a great experience for everyone involved. Won’t be the last time I play here!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 06/15/2020

Hi u7652728. We appreciate you leaving a review and rating us. We will inform the entire team, so they know their hard work is paying off. We look forward to having you back at Bonnie Brook Golf Course!

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Played On
Reviews 55
Plays A few times 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 06/01/2020

Thank you for visiting us at Bonnie Brook Golf Course. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

Played On
Reviews 74
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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Commented on 08/25/2020

Thank you for visiting us at Bonnie Brook Golf Course. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Great Public Course

I don't think there is another public course in the area that is as prestine as Bonnie Brook! Very well maintained and the staff is very nice. Some of the fastest greens around. The pace of play could be a tad better though.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 08/18/2020

Wow, we are so happy you enjoyed your round, u425616589! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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