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4.7
210 Reviews (210)
5 Stars
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3 Stars
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2
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Conditions
4.6
Value
4.7
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.6
99.3%
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4.6
10 Reviews (10)
5 Stars
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Conditions
4.6
Value
4.8
Layout
4.6
Pace
3.7
Amenities
4.6
StaffFriendliness
4.6
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4.7
43 Reviews (43)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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Conditions
4.7
Value
4.8
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.7
StaffFriendliness
4.8
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43 out of 43 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7158 yards
Slope 133
Rating 73.5

Owned and operated by the Byron Forest Preserve District, Prairieview Golf Course sits on a scenic stretch of land that overlooks the Rock River. The layout will test different skills with plenty of variety, offering both open, links-style holes and tight, tree-lined holes. The design takes advantage of the rolling terrain, incorporating the varying elevations into the large and undulating greens. The breaks can make the greens hard to read and they're made even more challenging by more than 60 bunkers strategically places along the borders. There are also water hazards in the form of ponds and a meandering stream that come into play on five holes. In addition to the course, there is also a 15-acre practice facility with a driving range, two putting greens, and chipping and pitching greens with two bunkers.

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Course Details

Year Built 1992
Fairways Bent
Greens Bent
Golf Season Open: 4/01 Closed: 10/31
Architect William J. Spear

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - $16
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes - $3

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Discover
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Appropriate golf attire.

Available Facilities

Banquet Facilities

Accolades

Reviews

4.7
210 Reviews (210)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 13
Watching the Game 10
Patio Dining 8
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 14
Elevation Changes 14
Undulating Greens 13
This course/club is great for:
Locals 13
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 13
Advanced Golfers 12
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 17

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Crowded

Prairie View is a fine course, but I was there on a nice day during the final week of their season and it was jammed. Almost 2 1/2 hours for the front 9 so I gave up at that point. Understandably, I suppose, the grill was offering only hot dogs and candy. I do look forward to playing there next year.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
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Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 10
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

The course has great features

I have played Prairie view several times and I think it’s a great course and layout. Great bar and restaurant.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 17
Skill Intermediate
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I Recommend This Course
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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5.0
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Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
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Handicap 0-4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 11
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Hot weather
Used cart

Best Value in Illinois

The course is well maintained, and the large greens have little slope but are quick. The golf and bar staff are friendly and courteous, but the course could use a ranger to keep people on pace.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Course needs a ranger

The two foursomes in front of us were extremely slow and showed no golf etiquette. A ranger should have spoken to them . There were a couple of times that the group behind us and our group were waiting on the tee box at the same time for the fairway to clear.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
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Plays Once every three months
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5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times 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
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Reviews 6
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Top of the Line for the Value

Great amenities, new club house and unique driving range. Great course layout that is challenging but fair, we have played twice now and will definitely be back!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Worth the drive

There are not too many golf affordable courses with excellent country club style conditions. The large greens are quick and a fair test for all akill levels. I've played the course a couple of times in the past month and benefited by scoring well in dry conditions. The driving range and putting green are great practice facility for before and after the round. Staff is friendly, modest food selection with good prices and replay rates are available for only $20.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

What happened

Prairie view is what I would call my home course. It’s a fairly long most of the time beautifully maintained course. This last time I went you could definitely tell that the drought conditions has taken its toll. Unfortunately I was there a week prior and opted to golf at another local course because it was worse than this week. For as long as I’ve known and grown up in this area Prairie View has always been know for its course management, but not of late. I also understand that everything has gone up in price, the increase on the cost of the round doesn’t seem or feel like it’s worth the money. For the value, course layout and maintenance, along with the amenities offered, I can definitely go to another course without driving out of my way to get a better value. Hope the powers that be can get it together at Prairie View.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
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 169
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 100 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Based on Golf Advisor ratings, we made a weekend trip of golf courses around Rockford, IL. This was a challenging course with fast greens and great conditions.

CONDITIONS: Despite the drought going on in Summer 2023, the course was in great shape. The greens ran quite fast and true… it was fun putting on them. The tees and fairways were in good condition (given drought considerations). The bunkers were in great shape, and I appreciate they don’t put rakes in them… just use your shoe to tidy up your “mess.”

VALUE: You’ll find this course talked about as one of the best values available. It is! I’m not going to tell you what I paid to walk on a Friday morning, mostly because the tee sheet was already full and this course doesn’t need more people fighting to get on! :)

LAYOUT: This is, IMO, the one drawback of this course. The front 9 plays thru trees on flatter land to the north, while the back 9 play over hills and ridges to the south. This is great, and provides variety in terms of topography. However (and we played the White tees), there wasn’t much variety in terms of yardage. 11 of my 14 approach shots (not counting par 5s) were a 7- or 8-irons. All of the par 3s played to the same club, and except for #13 (which is a beautiful tee shot) all looked the same and went in the same direction. Maybe a Blue/White tee combo would help allow golfers to use a wider variety of clubs. This course is walkable.

STAFF: Very friendly and helpful. Thank you.

PACE: As a 2some we walked behind another 2some (they were in a cart) and a bunch of 4somes. Still, we finished in just under 3hr 30min. Fantastic!

The conditions at Prairieview are excellent, and the staff was great. It is probably the best value I’ve ever got in terms of playing golf.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 60
Handicap 0-4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Course!

What a great course! We played this on our way back to Milwaukee from a weekend trip to Galena/Silvas and for under $60 riding 18 mid-day weekend this may be the best deal around. Teeboxes, fairways, and greens were in perfect condition. We had a drought going on, so some of the outer edge areas were a bit brown, but that's just a testament to the grounds crew and the work they put in to keep the course in great shape! Will absolutely play this course again if/when in the Rockford area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
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 42
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

course worth the ride, liked the layout and exelent course conditions and surroundings

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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