Course at Aberdeen, The
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|White M: 67.4/122 W: 68.3/120||338||295||364||325||458||101||298||145||466||2790||444||122||341||235||385||501||365||143||344||2880||5670|
|Burgundy M: 68.3/120||289||260||333||298||425||79||269||124||429||2506||400||101||325||206||276||445||327||130||233||2443||4949|
Avoid on Monday mornings
See my review of 4/29/18 noting improvements. Aberdeen overall is in good shape and vastly improved from the last few seasons. Green sites and fairways are excellent. Even the sand traps are okay except the ones they are eliminating or just letting grass over. The tee boxes.....horrible....were not designed large enough so the green tees (which almost everyone except low handicappers should play to enjoy yourself) are complete mine fields.
They have senior league on Monday mornings. Was told our 5 hour round was the result of a group in front of them. BS - the group we played behind was at least a hole behind their league and were complete turtles. In fact their groups were all spaced out so perfectly they never had to wait to hit a golf shot.....and it was patently obvious they were doing it on purpose.....on Par 4's and 5's the leading group would be on the green already and Par 3's they never waited to play.....I'd kill myself if I had to play with them...never a thought of ready golf carts doing circles 5 minute ball snipe hunts on almost every hole. One guy paced off every putt regardless of length and then stood over his putt for 1/2 a minute. If these guys ever got around any course in less than 4 1/2 hours it would be a complete miracle.
The folks at Aberdeen are very friendly and welcoming they want to make sure you have a great experience. They were really nice apologized and offered to make it up to us. Unfortunately their "members" don't care about that.
Close to 4 star conditions nice flow and routing to the track.....downgrading to 3.25 stars due to pace/tees/turtles. $30 value.
Great course but needs a bit of management
This was a lovely course. It was fun to play, a bit challenging, and well maintained. The biggest issue was that we saw the drink cart 3 times and the ranger only once. Pace of play was extremely slow and when the ranger came by they didn’t seem to be concerned that there were three groups on a par 4. The issue was one group going very slow. Our group met the group in front of us on literally every hole from hole 6 on.
South suburban gem
Layed out in a housing area of Valparaiso, this course is a challenge for all golfers. There is wetland hazards that make you think about how you want to plan your next shot. There was only one hole that had some standing water around the green, and I don't think it was planned. Other than that, it was a fun, challenging course. Will definitely play there again.
This was my first time experiencing this level of difficulty in a course and I was pleasantly surprised. It was somewhat of a reality check for me because I had never lost so many balls since I was a beginner! Overall a great course!
The course has seen better days
The sands traps lacked sand and drainage, 4 days after a 1.50” rainfall a majority of traps were still filled with water. Even the traps with no water didn’t have sand throughout, more like ground rock. Some tee boxes need to be leveled and the ball wash and garbage cans should be at least next to the back tees for the day. Finished the front nine in two hours to find a twosome jumped in front of us, told the ranger (Andy) to find out why they let them out. Never got a straight answer, added 20 minutes to back nine. The general manager (Jim) needs to get a handle on the operations and put some time and money in getting the traps up to a acceptable standard. I would encourage Jim to have the ranger to watch players who fail to fix their ball marks on the green, my son and I fixed at least 50 ball marks on the green besides our own. The cart paths were not bad at as stated in other reviews and I did see they did work on them throughout the course. With all this being said Aberdeen is still better than most courses in NWI.
Good for the money!
First time played course, but played with father-son that played it before. That helped. Staff very friendly. Went out of their way to accommodate. I understand recent change of ownership is working "to bring it back.". Progressing from what I saw. Trying it again tomorrow.
Gotta hit the fairways
You gotta hit your fairways. A couple of yards separates a great shot from a lost ball..greens are nice and true without being super fast..staff and facilities are great!!
The bunkers are not really bunkers anymore but the greens are true and hold iron shots. Cart paths have had work which was needed so slowly but surely it’s getting trying to get back to what it used to be
Outstanding, as usual
Course was very wet due to heavy rains in the morning, but the course played wonderfully. Staff and amenities were outstanding, like they always are.
Great value at 35.00
Making a Comeback
The course is under new ownership & management. A welcome change considering it was in decline over the past few years. The clubhouse staff and PGA professional were extremely friendly - made you feel welcome and that they were genuinely glad to have you play their course. Course conditioning was very good considering it was early in the season. The greens, despite being recently aerated, were rolling at a good speed and true. Will definitely return as the season progresses and the course continues to improve.
Improvements noted but still a ways to go
They routing/design of Aberdeen is excellent...always a fun play. Under new management (the dreaded Billy Casper I think) they have been making some improvements to the overall course. Some new bridges installed and a very dangerous cart path on the 16th has been roped off. They have filled in and in process of eliminating several sand traps (left fairway traps on #2 and right traps near water on #10 2nd shot observed and there could be others I didn't notice.)
Folks in the clubhouse very welcoming and post round we were asked what we thought of the course....nice touch. Before they disappear suggest you buy a Groupon twosome.....a really good deal....which includes 2 hot dogs and two domestic brewskis.
Greens were micro aerated about a week ago.....they are in fairly decent shape and pretty speedy. A few bumps and with the micro aeration the short down hillers are a tad wobbly. I'd give the course another couple of weeks of growing and the greens should be in really decent shape. A number of "new" big fringe areas around several the greens.....so a few of them are losing a bit of size. The being said I believe the greens/greensites have improved and will continue to do so.
Sand traps on this course are in need of an extreme renovation. Lots of rocks and dirt. If you're in one take a free drop. All of them need new sand and drainage.
Tee boxes....sparse and patchy. The are cut short but again need repair/renovation as many of them are far from level. They could be really really nice tee boxes leveled/re grassed. Fairways are in pretty decent shape.
Decent clubhouse, range with nice practice area no locker room or showers. You do have to schlep your gear from the car down a flight of sometimes slippery stairs to load on to a cart.
Overall at this time 3 stars plus. Recommend because of the quality of the routing/challenges and design. Once the greens recover from the aeration (well needed) pump up another 1/2 star. Was a 4.5 star course several years ago....here's hoping the Casper team doesn't screw it up even more. Definitely worth a play at least a couple of times a season.
Aberdeen is making its comeback
The course conditions went to trash for a long time but with the new ownership and course maintenance team they've hired it's looking promising for the only 5 star course around me without driving an hour or more away.
cold & wet mid november
not unexpected weather changes . The course wwas in great shape and many improvements noted, Cant wait to see the changes for next year, really great staff.
Best course in the area
It was a chilly day but course was in great shape, bunkers needed a lil tending but a definate must play if in the area
My husband and I have been playing Aberdeen for about 3 seasons now and we have watched it go from a beautiful high-end course to what I sadly now call a muni aka municipal course. We realize it's changed hands but the starter needs to do his job when out on the course. How does he let two foursomes go out before letting us tee off and then when driving the course and passing us and just waving, knowing well, that we're stuck behind 8 horrible players! It took us 3 hours to finish the front 9. When we got to hole 10, we waited 20 minutes watching the 8 bozos in front of us, spray multiple balls all over the course and out of bounds. We turned around and left. Went and played somewhere else! Course conditions were not good either.
Played after a heavy rain so there was not a lot of roll on the fairways. The course has a nice layout with beautiful homes surrounding it. Fairways and greens in excellent condition. Nice rolling terrain and interesting holes. Pace of play was excellent....we got our round done in 3 hours. I recommend this course especially if you can take advantage of a hot deal.
It used to be a good place to play
Quit after 9,which was 3 hours long. Used to have good service and amenities but now it is no more than a run down muni.
Good golf course. . Tee boxes were a little rough but it is end of the season so to be expected
country club declines into a municipal mess
should have known for $10 and lack of cars in the lot that something was wrong The Aberdeen I remember was full of cars and people hitting balls on range waiting to tee off. There was none of that,should have known when pro shop was empty and
no one to help with bags. Course was in questionable shape as grass was burnt,greens with lots of ball marks,grass and weeds growing in the bunkers that were like concrete. The fairways on some holes had quite a bit of standing water on them and they allowed carts which made it really messy,in addition almost every cart path and bridge seemed to be broken,(the spot between 16th and 17th hole was broken and not marked,not very safe).I WILL NOT RETURN HERE. I wish all the best to
new owners and Billy Casper golf to breath some life into Aberdeen because it needs it!!!