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4.5
282 Reviews (282)
5 Stars
182
4 Stars
73
3 Stars
19
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
3
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.3
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.3
93.7%
Recommend this course
260 out of 282 reviews
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4.8
33 Reviews (33)
5 Stars
29
4 Stars
2
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.4
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.8
97.0%
Recommend this course
32 out of 33 reviews
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4.5
57 Reviews (57)
5 Stars
43
4 Stars
6
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.2
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.7
93.0%
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53 out of 57 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7754 yards
Slope 142
Rating 78.1

Spread across 218 acres, the Ron Kern-designed Purgatory Golf Club is the longest par-72 course east of the Mississippi River. Nevertheless, the course is set up to be enjoyed by all, with six different sets of tees ranging from more than 7,700 yards all the way down to just under 4,600 yards. Bunkering is one of the club's defining features, with more than 130 coming into play. Nowhere is this more apparent than on the par-3 17th, where eight massive bunkers almost completely surround the putting surface.

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Course Details

Year Built 2000
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Ron Kern (2000)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire required.

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Accolades

Reviews

4.5
282 Reviews (282)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 16
Patio Dining 6
Watching the Game 6
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 38
Undulating Greens 29
Plays Long 20
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 26
A Weekend Splurge 22
Locals 14
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 22
In the 'Burbs 20
Convenient to the City 8

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I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 28
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Plays A few times a week
3.0
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SLOOWWWW

The pace of play was awful! It’s generous to call it slow! The greens were bad to due to recent airation…which would have been nice to know BEFORE the round.

It was slow…miserably slow. People hitting into your group slow because the 4 slowpokes in front refused to move or step aside. There were at least 2 open holes in front of them so ….

As much as this place charges…one would think a ranger may be on course. But…alas…no. Perhaps SLOW play is another thing they do to make the course difficult? It is called Purgatory after all.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Bring your A game!

Amazing course. A must play. Great amenities, staff and instruction.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 16
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Purgatory is Heavenly

Very challenging but a great treat. Course is in great condition, greens are near perfect.

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
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Can you give 5 stars for the scariest course?

Literally a great course but man was it a doozie! Bunker heck is more like it! Bring extra golf balls!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Avoid hot days

Literally baking in the sun. But the course is excellent

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 15-19
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Bunkers

This course has 120+ bunkers. It rained for a few days before my round so I expected wet fairway and bunkers. Being able to hit bunker shot would be the key to play this course so I would not recommend playing here when it's wet, but we still had fun. Course difficulty is above average so this course is fun for low to mid handicappers. I highly recommend to people who likes challenging course.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played

Been Better

I've played this course for the past 6-7 years and I almost feel like it's skating by on it's past successes. I'll say most the tee boxes and fairways live up to the $80 price tag however outside of that there are some issues. The cart paths are in horrific condition which leads to the other problem of rutting all over the rough areas. Really need to invest in some path upgrades imo. Outside of that there are some greens that were pretty shocking certainly lead by 13....what is that about?!?! Anyway, for the cost, average value at best.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

This place is really really good. It’s one of my favorite places to play. Pace of play has been great every time I’ve ever been here which is huge for me

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
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 Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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