Many of Robert Trent Jones Jr.'s works come at resort courses, but he has some metro-area standouts. Chicagoland's Prairie Landing made our 2021 Golfers' Choice list.
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4.7
446 Reviews (446)
5 Stars
277
4 Stars
131
3 Stars
23
2 Stars
9
1 Stars
6
Conditions
4.7
Value
4.4
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.4
95.5%
Recommend this course
414 out of 446 reviews
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4.6
27 Reviews (27)
5 Stars
20
4 Stars
5
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.7
Value
4.3
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.4
92.6%
Recommend this course
25 out of 27 reviews
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4.7
72 Reviews (72)
5 Stars
55
4 Stars
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3 Stars
3
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.7
Value
4.4
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.7
95.8%
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69 out of 72 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6950 yards
Slope 136
Rating 73.2

Prairie Landing Golf Club has received acclaim ever since first opening in 1995, including a four-and-a-half-star rating from Golf Digest. This West Chicago course will make you feel as though you've been transported to a seaside links course in Ireland. The prairie-style layout closely follows the tradition of classic links golf courses. Robert Trent Jones II designed the course, fully utilizing the rolling terrain. He incorporated large, undulating greens and rolling bent grass fairways. Vast swaths of native grasses stretch along the fairways and strategically placed bunkers frame the greens. There is also contoured mounding to contend with. The golf course finishes with a memorable par 5 that features fairway bunkers on the left followed by a carry over a lake to a well protected, high bowled green. Prairie Landing also boasts a practice facility that includes a driving range with target greens, four practice holes, and a nine-hole chipping and short-game area.

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Course Details

Year Built 1994
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season March Through November
Architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. (1994)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "Prairie Landing Golf Academy"
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Amex MasterCard Visa Discover card(s) Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Appropriate golf attire.

Food & Beverage

Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Accolades

Reviews

4.7
446 Reviews (446)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 21
Patio Dining 9
Dinner 8
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 38
Water Hazards 36
Undulating Greens 35
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 37
Locals 21
Entertaining Clients 20
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 46
Worth the Drive 33
Near the Airport 12

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Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Course is in great conditions late in the season

Course is in great conditions. Fairways and greens are well maintained. It was nice that starter let us out earlier so we can finish the round.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 7
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Great Track!

Very nice course, well manicured, greens roll true and fast, some very challenging holes, clubhouse restaurant was excellent.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Great

Played in late October so conditions were cold wet and windy. The course was very green and pretty. Extremely hilly on the fairways and the greens. I felt the front 9 was a little tighter off the tee, but the back 9 opened up a bit more and I really enjoyed the layout. The greens were pretty huge, which left for some really long putts. The sand was surprisingly very soft. Too soft actually. But overall fantastic course and will definitely come back next year for a mid season round.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 27
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 11
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course

Was a little over watered. Green were nice recently aerated but with the super small punches so it was barely noticeable....excellent range and practice area. Overall I give it a rating of 9.....If it wasn't so wet it would be a 10.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Good experience

the shocking surprise was two practise holes. creative and generous.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 13
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fun & Challenging

This is a really nice course and can challenge golfers of all skill levels…especially playing the tips! Pretty interesting layout with lots of movement and potential hazards if you are not careful. This is a course you will appreciate taking a cart on, which by the way are newer models equipped with gps and other features. If you can get a hotdeal for a good price, this is a great option to try out. Overall, I would rate this as one of the top public courses in chicagoland, which has an interesting style. Only downfall I see to this course is that it can get quite noisy. There are train tracks nearby, along with a private airport that is literally next door and clearly visible on some holes. During the round, I heard about 2-3 trains and around 6 planes/private jets taking off overhead. Although this was somewhat distracting for a brief moment, it is something to be aware of.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 18
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great Golf Experience

Beautiful fairways lined by prairie, rolling contours and well placed traps makes for a challenging and fun day of golf. A great value for a wonderful course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 51
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

About once a month I drive an hour to play this course. If I lived within 20 minutes, I'd probably look into a membership.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 24
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 15
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

poorly managed

This course had been a top course in IL, currently so poorly managed. They have sand and soil bottles on the golf carts but instruct players they are only to be used on the tee boxes, do not fill divots in fairways???? makes zero sense. There were so many divots in the fairways, had to continually move the ball out of a divot.
Certainly the potential to be a top course again, needs new management, start by getting rid of the guy from the airport admin!

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 20
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 43
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

What has happened here?

This track used to be so nice. Most of the course is in decent shape but the greens were horrible. I equate these greens with Orchard Valley, where there are no many ball marks and miscellaneous bad spots that make these greens just about unputtable. You have to get lucky to make a putt out here. In addition, our GPS did not work in the cart and we had to switch carts after 9. When I called in they said "just find a ranger on the course and they will help you get it going". Well I called when we were on the 4th hole and no ranger was around until 8 and he couldn't get it working either. When you are cart path only, you definitely need the GPS yardage on the cart to get an idea of what clubs to traipse across the fairway. We got a Hot Deal at $65 and I wouldn't pay a penny more to play here ($65 was too much). Unfortunate because I like this track...

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
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