Prairie Bluff Public Golf Club
Prairie Bluff Golf Course in Lockport stretches across 237 acres of gently rolling hills covered with native prairie grass. The course has a links-style layout that can play much tougher depending on the wind speed that day. Overall though, the course is player friendly enough for any skill level. The layout is open with few trees and the fairways are wide and forgiving, taking away some of the intimidation provided by the bordering rough. There is also water on the golf course, but the hazards that come into play aren't overly strenuous. You can still expect some challenges from the minimal but strategically placed bunkering. Besides the golf course, Prairie Bluff is known as one of the area's hidden gems for its outstanding restaurant, which is known especially for the barbecue brisket.
|White (W)||72||6054 yards||74.8||126|
|Red (W)||72||5326 yards||70.8||118|
|Gold M: 73.5/129||413||369||183||544||401||161||448||549||392||3460||387||426||524||146||421||609||438||182||414||3547||7007|
|Blue M: 71.0/123||371||339||168||513||367||142||431||488||375||3194||362||402||500||129||362||539||418||170||390||3272||6466|
|White M: 69.1/119 W: 74.8/126||342||315||138||479||335||131||407||453||358||2958||345||382||483||124||340||507||402||140||373||3096||6054|
|Silver M: 66.2/112||319||271||120||466||297||109||338||424||285||2629||332||363||450||105||277||443||347||130||340||2787||5416|
|Red W: 70.8/118||314||266||115||461||292||104||333||419||280||2584||327||358||445||100||272||438||342||125||335||2742||5326|
Food & BeverageBar
Available FacilitiesClubhouse, Banquet Facilities
Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Illinois (2016 #19)
Great Experience Great Course
My time spent at Prairie Bluff was great from my treatment in pro shop to conditions everything was great. It doesn’t hurt this course that I was just treated beyond poorly at another local course!
I have only played a few Roger Packard courses, but after this one I am going to seek more of them out. The green sites at PB are
Very well done and have a mixture of grass and sand bunkers as well as being full of undulation! The rolling terrain and surrounding prairie bluff park add to the aesthetic of the round.
Must play if in the Windy City burbs!
In very nice shape
See my review below from 2020. Surprised there's been only one review since mine posted. Really nice conditions.....traps maintained, good green speeds, fairways decent (there's divot mix on the carts but few people bother to use it) and rough was proper length. Course was running hard and fast with the lack of recent rain. Funny but had the very same issue as 2020. Grounds crew mowing noise....again following us around the course. Way too prevalent. Recommend the course but slather on the sun screen there's almost no shade to be found.
Fun links track with the long retired Stateville Prison in the background. The conditions for late November were quite good and the mildly undulating greens rolled pretty well. On just about every par 4 or par 5 hole you can grip and rip it as it is very expansive. If I owned this place I would make some more cool bunkering both in the fairway and around the greens. Bunkers in the fairway could really help frame some of the holes and add more of a strategic challenge.
I would also change the name to Chained Links and make a logo with two convicts chained together and running with a golf club in their hands!
A pleasant surprise
It had been at least 5 or more years since I last ventured to Prairie Bluff. Usually it was cost versus a slightly higher cost at nearby Mistwood that kept me away or they had a really full tee sheet. Now Mistwood is ridiculously expensive and not worth it. Folks are friendly and want you to have a good experience. Got a $43 senior rate....and that's about the right price point....a tad expensive but the course conditioning made up for it. Course is in very good shape.....Prairie Bluff is a really different experience from other Chicago courses.......there are virtually no trees and none are being planted so it's a great change of pace....awesome clear vistas. The wind howls and comes much more into play as you trade funny Blues Brothers lines with your playing partners with Stateville prision in the distance. Drawback is on sunny days you fry like bacon.....no shade to speak of. Also have to downgrade because of maintenance staff.....they followed us around mid-day for at least 6 holes in a row with loud equipment and the landing areas in most all of the fairways are completely sopping wet....so your ball plugged or didn't roll out as much as it should..every fairway lie was a crapshoot.....you couldn't count on consistent fairway ground conditions anywhere.. Greens had the right speed and rough cut to proper lengths. Solid 4 stars and along with Whitetail Ridge makes my top surprises list this season. Highly recommended. $40-$45 value. Any more than that I have to question.
Enjoyable round -- finally some maintained sand traps!
Played the front nine as part of 9 and dine. The fairways were in great shape. The rough was cut to a level that was challenging, but not frustrating to find balls. I have played a couple times a week in the south Chicagoland area since COVID re-opening. It seems nearly every course has decided that maintaining sand traps is no longer required. Not here. It was late in the afternoon and the sand traps were groomed and very playable. Kudos to Prairie Bluff!
The included dinner afterwards was excellent. All choices included seem to be a great value.
Nice Course and Well Maintained
The shape of this course was top notch. Fairways, greens, and traps were well maintained. Staff was great and the course was fun. You can take in Statesville in the background which adds intrigue to the backdrop. You can’t go wrong here as the course provides challenges, but is approachable for an array of skillsets.
Best course in the area!
Easily my favorite course in the area. The holes are challenging, but enjoyable to play. The layout is amazing so the next hole is not far away. Conditions are great, barely any weeds, and the greens are rolled out several times a day. For the price to play, this is a great course. Has a country club feel for a public price.
Fine links course
I played course on a windy and cool day. Course I’m fine shape for early spring and staff was very nice. Course have nice layout that made you think on the. Tee box It had its share Of fun shorter Par 4 s and some longer Par 5s. Nice greens. The only down side Is distance of this course just out side Joliet I had fun and I will make the drive again If they have a good golf now rate
For December 26th, course was in great shape. Cart path only. Par 3s tees were moved forward to protect tee boxes from damage. Par 4 and 5s had no tee markers. Greens and fairways were in great shape. Restaurant and bar fully operating.
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are you kidding me????????
On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, the heartless jerks that run this place kick us off the course because we brought a few beers in our bag. We were on the fourth hole, keeping pace, respecting the cart path only rules, etc. I've been playing golf my whole life and have never, ever had this happen. What a bunch of complete d-bags!! I will never play there again. They could have just told us to pour it out and we would have had no objection. Even the ranger that kicked us off said he and his buds always bring a cooler.
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This course was clean Fair and
Nice. A can’t miss course
Hi, thanks for the great review of your round at Prairie Bluff Golf Course! We love hearing about our golfers experiences and hope to have you back again soon!
Quality Golf Every time
I have played Prairie Bluff roughly a dozen times over the years at various times during the year. Conditions have always been good from tee to green and the staff has always been kind, courteous and helpful.
Notable this time around were the greens.Our group found them to be in excellent condition for mid September. Nicely cut and rolled. Firm and true. Couldn't ask for any better really. The clubhouse has a full service restaurant with everything you could want in a relaxed atmosphere. It's a great place to hang out after a round.
It's always good to know that when you go to Prairie Bluff, you're going to get quality golf every time.
Well done to all at Prairie Bluff for doing things right!
Hello, Eric. We appreciate you leaving a review and rating us 5 stars. We're delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your recent round with us and the pristine conditions of our course. We work hard to provide an exceptional experience, and it's very satisfying to hear from golfers like you who appreciate our efforts. We will inform the entire team, so they know their hard work is paying off. We look forward to having you back again soon at Prairie Bluff Public Golf Club!
Well maintained, LUSH green rough and fairways
Awesome links course that stretches out to 7,000+ yards from the tips. We were second group out at 7:30am and we were a twosome. We followed a foursome and they were nice and fast. We finished in 3 hours and 5 mins! Fantastic pace for foursome in front of us!
Lots of neat elevation changes, couple tee shots to semi-targeted landing spots. Good drivers of the ball should score well on this course. If you can hit 230-250 yds straight you will/should score well from white tees. Adjust yards up for further tee boxes.
We will definitely definitely play here again. Lots of caring maintenance staff out there. Rangers were out there as well. Course in EXCELLENT shape. So very lush GREEN rough and green everywhere. Gem for a park district course, wow!
Hello, chicagoster. Thank you for taking the time to review the course and rate your recent round with us! We're glad you found the pace of play during your round excellent. We work hard to accommodate everyone who visits our course and to best control pace allowing everyone to finish in a reasonable amount of time. We are glad to see you also rated the course conditions and our staff to be great during your game. Thank you for playing Prairie Bluff Public Golf Club. We hope to see you again soon.
Great condition and a good challenge
The course is in really good shape. Picturesque in parts. The fairways are quite wide but if you go off them then the deep rough is chest high so say goodbye to your ball. So it's fair but very unforgiving in that respect. Unlike many public courses in the area the bunkers are actually sand and you can play a proper bunker shot. Has a nice bar and patio. this was my first time there and I will definitely be going back.
Scott, thank you for taking the time to rate your recent round with us. We are very pleased to see that we were able to provide you with the 5-star experience we strive for! We hope that you are able to come back again for another amazing time with us at Prairie Bluff Golf Course! We'll see you on the course soon!
Very nice course with more than just flat and straight holes. Not extremely hard by any means but much better than your normal run of the mill course. Will be back.
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Wet and Windy!
Today marked my first visit to the course, and I knew today's conditions would be a bit iffy following heavy AM thunderstorms that dumped a ton of rain on the course.
While I didn't score as low as I would have liked for my first visit, the course left a good impression on me. There are some nice holes with subtle elevation changes for a course in the Chicagoland area. The most difficult aspect of the course today was the wind intensity that picked up after about 6 or 7 holes, and remained a challenging factor due to the wide open layout of the course. While I thought the greens were smooth and rolled fairly true, my two playing partners advised that most of their previous visits had experienced the greens rolling to a much faster degree.
I look forward to returning here in the future to post a number in the 70s rather than my disappointing performance today!
Played on a day with 25 mph gusts that made it very, very challenging. The course was in very good condition and would like to return on a less windy day.
Love this course
This course has very good greens and is always playable rain or shine
Hello, We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. Thank you for the 4 stars! We aim for a 5-star experience, so we always welcome feedback for improvement. Thank you for playing Prairie Bluff Public Golf Club.