A view of a green with water coming into play at Makray Memorial Golf Club.
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4.2
416 Reviews (416)
5 Stars
196
4 Stars
146
3 Stars
46
2 Stars
16
1 Stars
12
Conditions
4.1
Value
3.8
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.1
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.3
80.3%
Recommend this course
348 out of 416 reviews
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4.2
87 Reviews (87)
5 Stars
40
4 Stars
34
3 Stars
7
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.1
Value
3.8
Layout
4.6
Pace
3.8
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.1
82.8%
Recommend this course
72 out of 87 reviews
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4.2
95 Reviews (95)
5 Stars
44
4 Stars
36
3 Stars
8
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
3
Conditions
4.1
Value
3.8
Layout
4.6
Pace
3.8
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.1
82.1%
Recommend this course
78 out of 95 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 71
Length 6903 yards
Slope 139
Rating 74.5

Makray Memorial Golf Club (formerly known as Thunderbird Country Club) is a public course that has been open since 1962. To commemorate 40 years of great golf, the course was remodeled and revamped in 2002. The renovations improved its playability and also made it more challenging. The championship-caliber layout features strategically placed bunkers, including some Scottish-style sod-faced ones, and tricky water hazards on several holes. The hilly terrain offers both challenging elevation changes and scenic views. The golf course finishes with a long par 5 that plays across a canyon of berms to a narrow fairway. Further accuracy is needed to reach the well guarded green surrounded by high berms, a pot bunker to the left, and a deep, steep bunker to the right. In addition to the course, Makray Memorial G.C. boasts an extensive practice facility with 1 1/2 acres of grass teeing ground, two putting greens, and a short-game area.

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Course Details

Year Built 1962
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Architect ILT Vignocchi (2002) Bob Lohmann

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - $20 - $30
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code No blue jeans. Collared shirts for men, although mock turtlenecks are acceptable. Shorts no shorter then 3 inches above the knee.

Food & Beverage

Bar, Grill

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Illinois (2016 #22)

Reviews

4.2
416 Reviews (416)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 25
Patio Dining 17
19th Hole Scenic Views 14
Course Challenges Include:
Undulating Greens 35
Elevation Changes 26
Bunkers 25
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 34
A Weekend Splurge 13
Entertaining Clients 13
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 31
Worth the Drive 22

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Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Great round of golf

Wonderful course, every hole is interesting and presents a different challenge. And the food in the restaurant is fantastic! One of my favorite places in the area.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Test your Game

Fun course to test your game on. Make your club selection Carefully. watch out for roll backs from the crowns. Have fun.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
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First Time Playing

You’re not that guy pal

Greens were bumpy and played super fast. If you’re going to go for a 11+ stimp at least make sure they role true. 4 foot uphills putts rolled off the green behind us multiple times. Not an enjoyable round.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Deceptive

Paid $70 to pay course on Monday! No notice that tee boxes and greens were aerated recently.

Greens were in horrible condition dead spots with lots of bare spots.

Crews were on course spraying all fairways during our play. Blue chemicals on balls and shoes the entire time. White foam all over Fairway from sprayer. Looked like golf balls…and with cart path only. Made it hard to find ball and gauge yardage.

No chargers in golf cart for phone, etc.

In general not a pleasant experience for what I consider a high price for 18 holes in these conditions and no notice that conditions would be that way.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 11
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 53
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Go Play Mackray!

Like any golf course if you stay in the fairway, can get on in regulation and putt you score well; if not this is one of the most challenging golf courses particularly the greens are very small and fast, and the sand bunkers are very strategically placed.

But overall very fun course, I will definitely be back to visit lay again.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 15
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Won't play again

Aeration on greens and some fairways. Rangers everyewhere but did not concern keeping pace of play..

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good course

Its definitely a course that should be on your top list in the Chicago suburbs. That being said, tee boxes were horrible and fairways were a bit beat up. Just looks like its been a busy year there. Greens are a lot of fun. Not sure if its worth a $10-$20 premium compaeed to other courses that are close.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 11
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 23
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Golfers

Almost a 6 hour round . They did an awful job of making an effort to speed up play . Course always fun to play and nice fast greens

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Perfect example of a course that should close.

The day started with a 9:50 am tee time. We ran into a bot of traffic and called the clubhouse and said we where on our way and will be ready as not to delay tee off.
We arrived @9:47am and where ready to go as the started said we where late and now it’s 10:27am. Ok I get it but then we find out the 2 foursomes in front of us where 10;10 and 10:25 but since one of them was a worker at the course they let them go off early. That was still ok with me and my son but they where so slow and on some holes we waited 25 to 30 min!!!! The pace of play was so slow and even though they had plenty of staff not one ranger pushed them to pick up the pace. We where told it’s all backed up in front of them. We finally had enough and headed to the car after the 11th hole. The worse part is when we headed back once we passed the 2 foursomes in front of us the next three holes where empty!!
Guess if you know someone that works there your ok.
Unfortunately I’m forced to play this neglected course for a business outing in a couple of weeks but will definitely put this as one course to never play again.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Rained out

After 5 holes we were called in due to lightening. I was unable to get a replay chit because I booked through golfnow. Course person told me I would have to work through you but none of the contact options allowed me to send you a message. The golf course was fine. What do I do now?

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 11
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

2nd round at Makray

Makray is a fantastic course, made even more so by the fact that it's public. I would highly recommend this course to every golfer, and look forward to playing it again soon!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course staff less than helpful

Be sure to play the appropriate tees for your skill level. So don’t beat yourself up off the tees - The greens will give you many 3 putts! So don’t expect to score very well! Definitely stay beneath the hole on approach shots. Course gets lots of play so many divots in fairway and big ball marks on the greens. Just be willing to fix them as you play through. Round took 4:10 to play and we waited on every shot so pretty good pace except some slow golfers somewhere on the course.
Lots of fun and will play again.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
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