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4.3
88 Reviews (88)
5 Stars
28
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
2
1 Stars
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Conditions
4.4
Value
4.5
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.6
Amenities
3.8
99.5%
Recommend this course
85 out of 88 reviews
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4.3
7 Reviews (7)
5 Stars
3
4 Stars
3
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Conditions
4.5
Value
4.4
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.9
Amenities
3.5
StaffFriendliness
4.4
100.0%
Recommend this course
7 out of 7 reviews
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4.2
10 Reviews (10)
5 Stars
3
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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Conditions
4.4
Value
4.3
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.7
Amenities
3.5
StaffFriendliness
4.6
100.0%
Recommend this course
10 out of 10 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 6403 yards
Slope 117
Rating 70.3

Crystal Woods Golf Club dates back to the 1950s when it was opened as a nine-hole, par-37 course called Bit O’ Heather Golf Club, which it was known as until 1967 when the course was renamed and completely redesigned, which included the addition of another nine. The par-72 course that exists today tumbles across a variety of elevation changes that range from subtle to dramatic. The golf course is mostly wide open, putting it at the mercy of the prevailing winds. On particularly blustery days, Crystal Woods Golf Club is quite demanding. The 12th is the course’s signature and it even has a reputation for being the most difficult hole in McHenry County. It’s tempting to be distracted by the beautiful view from the elevated tee but this tough hole requires your full attention. The double-tiered green rises dramatically from front to back, often demanding three or more putts.

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Course Details

Year Built 1957
Golf Season Open: 3/01 Closed: 11/30
Architect Bob Lohmann (1989) William Langford (1957)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

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

Reviews

4.3
88 Reviews (88)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 8
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 14
Water Hazards 9
Elevation Changes 8
This course/club is great for:
Locals 14
Seniors 9
Advanced Golfers 6
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 12
Worth the Drive 7

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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
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I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice golf course

Nice course, not a lot of out of bounds, I still loose balls in the fairway though.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 1
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Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
3.0

Wet

Love the course. Played here before. Recent rains and covid 19 made it difficult to play but I give staff a thumbs up for efforts. I will play here again

Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing

Great Value

Respected COVID-19. No need to enter clubhouse. Pay online, confirm at walk up window with plastic partition to protect from respiratory transmission. Rest room had touch-less dispensers and toilet flushers.

Great course to walk. Not to hilly not to flat, cart paths helped pushing.

Greens and fairways were in great condition.

Friendly staff, friendly golfers.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

This course surprised me, in a good way. The fairways are very skinny, but first cut is wide and doesn't punish at all. Beautiful course, especially for the money

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fall golf

Very good fall golf experience. Greens were in excellent shape.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Perfect weather
Used cart

Golf in July

I was there to work on my short game and I spent time at the range working on the wedges and short irons. I did enjoy playing with another couple and the course was in good shape the greens were very good and not too fast. I shot a very good back nine which help the experience.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 15-19
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 Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Crystal woods golf club

I have always liked to play crystal woods club for at least couple dozen years now.
Layout is always changing relative to weather.conditions and time of year. Very well maintained by professional staff .
One of my very favorite courses to play in
McHenry county.
Do yourself a favor and play soon. Great value.

John K

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Good course and good pace

Had a 9:00am tee time and got out on time and had no issues at all throughout the round with pace. Course was in good shape and the greens were pretty quick. Overall good course and good pace!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

run of the mill

get what u pay for ... nothing bad to say greens r fine just dont expect pebble beach

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Previously Played

Bad day

Fairways like cement, lack of rain or watering. Very slow that day, very slow play. Slow players did not let us through. Of all the years I played this course, this is the first time I had this problem. Usually this place is in great shape

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Staff is "by the Book". They walked up to my cart, and opened my cooler, filled with ice, as they thought we brought beer. They didn't ask what it was, just opened my stuff. Then paired us with a random, even though we went out for a birthday outing.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Not as friendly anymore

I'll never play here as a single again. They claim that their deal with GolfNow makes them have you ride in the sa,e cart as w
However you are paired with. Last time I was forced to ride with a cigarette smoker, and it was very unpleasant. No other GolfNow booked course makes you do this. Staff seems very unfriendly.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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Commented on 08/12/2017

I have have been asked to ride with a guy who smelled like brewery and a blind guy I had to be his eyes (ridicules).sad to say this happens at numerous courses. Golf now a serviice hired by the management company but is disliked by its employees.
I have complained to golf now and they have aploizied and sent me golf balls.
I have had to drop off my playing partner one after nine. Just stopped took his bag off and left. I guess he left because I finished the round alone in the cart.

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