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3.8
150 Reviews (150)
5 Stars
49
4 Stars
71
3 Stars
16
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
10
Conditions
3.7
Value
3.6
Layout
3.9
Friendliness
4.1
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.3
77.8%
Recommend this course
127 out of 150 reviews
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4.2
34 Reviews (34)
5 Stars
10
4 Stars
20
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.9
Value
3.7
Layout
3.9
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.4
StaffFriendliness
4.1
91.2%
Recommend this course
31 out of 34 reviews
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3.7
50 Reviews (50)
5 Stars
14
4 Stars
23
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
6
Conditions
3.6
Value
3.3
Layout
3.8
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.1
StaffFriendliness
3.8
76.0%
Recommend this course
38 out of 50 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6589 yards
Slope 124
Rating 71.3

Situated on Chicago's scenic North Shore, Lake Bluff Golf Club has become a "must-play" destination in the area. First opened in 1968, the course has a classic layout with front and back nines that are very different. The front nine provides a gentle start. The terrain is mostly flat and the holes are straightforward. As you move onto Lake Bluff's back nine there is more up and down and consequently the challenges are greater. Don't get too comfortable on the first half of the golf course because you'll need your wits about you for the second. Trees line the narrow fairways and the tricky greens all slope in one direction or another. Accuracy is essential. Water doesn't come into play but the doglegs and strategically placed bunkers provide plenty of challenges.

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Course Details

Year Built 1968
Fairways Blue Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Open: 4/01 Closed: 12/01
Architect Bob Lohmann

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper attire is required.

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Illinois (2015 #21)

Reviews

3.8
150 Reviews (150)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Patio Dining 7
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 11
Thick Rough 11
Undulating Greens 11
This course/club is great for:
Locals 18
Walkers 13
Beginners 9
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 19
Worth the Drive 16
Convenient to the City 7

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Reviews 81
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Nice golf course and I love it

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 81
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
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Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing

Great Day for December, Amenities Absent

I really enjoyed the course, but during the Covid crisis I had hoped that my playing partner and I could use individual carts as we don’t live in the same place. We got a firm no-go even after offering to pay extra.

I have been playing three times a week during the pandemic and this is the first course with no indoor restrooms available, just a not very appetizing port-a-potty..

The greens and fairways were in good shape for this time of year. Many tee box markers were absent and distance markers were hit and miss. Their electric carts don’t have GPS installed.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Jim

Nice to be able to play in early December in Chicago.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 81
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great muni course

I have played this course several times this year. Always I’m great shape from tee to green-immaculate!!

Staff always friendly and always on time as far as tee times. Sometimes even ahead of schedule

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 16
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Best public course in the area

For the price, this is the best public course north of Chicago. Greens are in great shape and the fairways were the best I’ve seen. Staff is super friendly which is always a huge plus!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
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 Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good value if you want to travel north

Fun and forgiving course, good value for money, interesting lay out and terrain, reasonably well maintained.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Good Track but Pricy

I have played LBGC for a long time now. Got a Hole in One on #13 back in the late 90's . The Golf Course is in decent condition with spongy but yet fast ,clean greens and excellent fairways . Most of the holes are straight forward but there are a few that can make you think ( ball placement) . Bunkers like most this year on most golf courses have been neglected ( covid probably). I would not pay the $51 to play this GC though. There are much better Tracks up the street like like Bonnie Brook, Bitter Sweet , Shepard's Crook to name a few . I guess if you see a Deal on GN for $38 or whatever do it!! . Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad golf Course what so ever. I just can't seem to justify their regular price. GPS ? nope. Half Way house or Food/Bev Cart? nope.

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Slightly over priced

Nice course layout. Good pace of play. The golf carts however- barely worked. Had to play w cart mechanics to get it to start-up every time. Course is over priced by $10-20 IMO

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Fine Place

This was my first time at Lake Bluff and it was very nice. The course was moderately difficult with a decent layout.
The pace of play at 8:30 AM start was good and the weather could not have been better. The only issue I have with the course was that the greens could have been in better shape. I will play there again.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Not organized

There was no starter so everyone started when they wanted with no regard for scheduled tee time. 2 foursomes that was supposed to start after us, started before us. Pace of play was slow since there was no ranger to make players aware they were leisurely walking before and after their shots. Did not play all 18 holes because pf the waiting time and had to skip a couple of holes behind a slow group.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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