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|Short Tee M: 65.1/109 W: 66.1/111||386||306||250||371||331||130||285||133||345||2537||346||104||270||430||310||186||328||364||405||2743||5280|
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Beautiful, majestic, shot maker delight
Every avid golfer has to come play this. Once you do, you will want to play again. Listen, this is not your typical course. I thought the course was in amazing shape. Is it a country club? No, but it’s a country club in the country... Every hole is fun because you’re trying to hit the right type of tee shot, which for most holes is a butter cut. #10 is a blast off the cliff. #17 will give you all you can handle with a draw tee shot and a fade approach. Such a beautiful natural, meandering course with tons of elevated tee shots. Could not recommend this course more. And yes, the routing is definitely tricky, but for and extra $20, they send you out with a Sherpa.. Play this course!
Open for play
Because you need a cart to navigate the crazy routing The Bourne did not open until this past Friday the 29th of May. The course was in fantastic shape....each year it gets better and better as well as quirkier.....if that's really possible. See my review below dated 9/12/17 for more details. If you love golf adventures you have to come play this place. No frills they have beverages for sale in the clubhouse and sometimes hot dogs. Range and practice putting green. It's worth a trip for me at least once a season. Call ahead normally it's not crowded but you need to check.....$35 weekdays, $45 Sat/Sun/holidays. Worth every penny in my book! Highly recommend.
Starting with the positive, This is a great piece of land for a golf course. There are several Extremely elevated Tee shots, that alone make it worth the price.
Pace Of Play - Has been good whenever I played it as I have never seen it crowded.
Course Conditions - Not bad, I don't recall bare spots or crab grass. Greens are somewhat slow.
Off-Course Amenities - None I would suggest.
Value For The Money - Fairly priced for the location.
Staff Friendliness - Not much interaction to give it a rating.
Course Layout - Here's my beef. This piece of land could benefit from a professional architect. The amateurish layout suggest it was drawn on a cocktail napkin. I found yardage markings to off greatly. Couldn't trust GPS even.
I would suggest bringing a scope to play this the first time and each time thereafter.
Primitive and Rustic
If you're reading this review and are thinking - The Bourne? I've never heard of this course. It's just far enough out of the way and close enough to be one of my favorite Chicagoland hidden secrets of fine cost effective golfing adventures. Read my previous review below if you're intrigued and want to go on a safari.
I'm pleased to report that the maintenance of the course is even better than last year. Grass is growing on all the tee boxes, the fairway grasses continue to get better and better with definition and the greens are rolling fairly swiftly and true and were recently sanded with pure white sand/double cut!! The course is extremely beautiful with wonderful topography/elevation changes. You'll be in shock and awe. Worth the $35 during the week. If you want to experience golf the way it was years ago this is the place to do it.
You do have to play this place a few times to get the hang of what shots you need to pull off. No sand traps. First timers will definitely get lost trying to navigate around this track and it has an extremely quirky fun routing. Standing on the 16th tee let this sink in - the 18th tee is close to a mile from you. Provision up no water jugs on the course. Make a day of it. I highly recommend this place.....it's just awesome in my book!
Best shape ever - fun in the country
Simply put The Bourne is a throwback gem and fun to play. Quiet (no planes/trains/autos) with a natural 4 foot waterfall on the 11th, a fun quirky, easy to get lost, trees in the middle of fairways, up and down routing, no sand traps just pure golf like the way it should be. $35 weekdays, $45 weekends...no specials, no twilight. Worth every penny.....call ahead and make sure you don't need a tee time (most likely you won't). Show up - hit a few balls on the range, chip and hit a few putts on the practice green and head out on an adventure you'll never forget if you've never played here. You won't be disappointed. Well maintained and while the length of the putting green grass is a little slow shaggy it's just like when you played in the 60's and 70's. Hit your putt to get it to and past the hole. 4 stars well maintained and a 5 star layout. Just a joy that a course like this exists. Bring your Garmin.....yardages are tough to come by...,,,
PROS- a different experience, worth a 45 min drive, great views, elevation changes, value
CONS-outside of 45 min drive not worth it, long round, course construction, lost alot of trees due to storm, greens kind of iffy
Overall I like it its different.