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3.6
461 Reviews (461)
5 Stars
141
4 Stars
183
3 Stars
72
2 Stars
33
1 Stars
32
Conditions
3.2
Value
3.5
Layout
4.3
Friendliness
4.0
Pace
3.6
Amenities
3.2
69.3%
Recommend this course
356 out of 461 reviews
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Average Rating
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3.6
78 Reviews (78)
5 Stars
25
4 Stars
22
3 Stars
15
2 Stars
9
1 Stars
7
Conditions
3.3
Value
3.6
Layout
4.3
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.3
StaffFriendliness
4.1
73.1%
Recommend this course
57 out of 78 reviews
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3.7
107 Reviews (107)
5 Stars
38
4 Stars
30
3 Stars
20
2 Stars
10
1 Stars
9
Conditions
3.4
Value
3.7
Layout
4.4
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.4
StaffFriendliness
4.1
74.8%
Recommend this course
80 out of 107 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7028 yards
Slope 142
Rating 74.6
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Big Run Golf Club
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Course Details

Year Built 1930
Fairways Blue Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Harry B. Smead (1930) Dick Nugent (1986) Ken Killian (1982)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range No
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

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

Available Facilities

Banquet Facilities

Reviews

3.6
461 Reviews (461)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 34
Watching the Game 7
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 67
Undulating Greens 58
Plays Long 53
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 58
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 35
Locals 26
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 61
Worth the Drive 39
Convenient to the City 7

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3.0
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Every once in a while...

I like to come out here every once in a while just for the challenge and keeping my distances in check.. this is by no means an easy course but the conditions definitely don't make it any easier. The elevation change is what keeps me coming back despite my gripes with the dead grass and constant clovers/weeds.. pretty much the only reason to play here and the only reason I ever recommend it to anyone. Whenever I book a round here I always brace myself for at least 5+ hours because it gets so brutally slow and it's impossible for them to control.

I keep hearing this place used to be super nice back in the day. The course definitely needs attention but would totally need to shut down operations for over a year to make it worth the money again. I couldn't imagine playing here regularly and I am so thankful my home course is not like this one. But despite my gripes it will not keep me from coming back here every once in a while...

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Challenging course

Very Challenging course. They need a mid day rat, on the weekends. It is $70 until 3pm, then goes down to $45. Takes about 4.5-5 hours to get through. hard to do if you start at 3pm. Fairways need some work. I will go back

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
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Honest review

Greens are in great shape. That's about all that was taken care of. Most fairways were weeds, all the rough was weeds. They sell the tee times too close together. I understand it's a business but how much will you make if I don't go back ? This was a nice course back in the day but now it's not being cared for as it should.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
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First Time Playing

Park District Worthy Course Conditions (if that).

This is legitimately the only time I’ve reviewed anything. I am disappointed that it is a negative review about a golf course, but I hope this review helps out anyone that has hope for this course and is considering it for a weekend round.

The title of this review speaks for itself; fairways are practically non-existent and are full of concrete-like dirt and dead grass. Even if you have a nice shot off the tee, forget trying to hit a clean fairway shot as you’ll have to pick it clean as if you were hitting out of a fairway bunker. Greens were spongy, tee boxes were beat up, and the small encounter that we had with the course staff was unenthusiastic. $70 for this course is about $40 too much. Save your money and play a course like Arrowhead or Klein Creek.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Say goodbye to an old friend!

Played here for the first time in 5 years. I was unaware of the conditions, apparently due to an imminent sale of the property.
What a shame to see such a beautifully maintained course left to weed/clover. Greens are soft and long, tinted green for some reason and so slow it's almost a joke.
Minimal attention is being given, there are dead trees all over and it feels like a depressing movie.
Sorry to see it go but in my opinion - already GONE!
So long Old Friend!

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great layout

Bad tee boxes
Horrible fairways
Slow greens
No cart girls

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap Don't know
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

This course used to be fantastic

One can see this course has been up for sale for a few years. Surprisingly the bunkers were in fantastic shape. The fairways, however, haven't had a weed control treatment for years.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 11
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
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Previously Played

Costly

Course was rough and dried out. Greens needed a little help.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Bad

For $70 per round you don’t expect the fairway bunkers to be full of weeds. The condition of the fairways was mediocre at best. The greens were very slow.

It’s a shame because the course layout is super picturesque with rolling hills and elevation changes. A lot of the holes are really good looking from the tee box and the right amount of water is in play.

The real kicker though was they shut the food window before 4:30. We teed off at 2pm on a busy Sunday afternoon and the grill window was shut when we made the turn. We had to go into the bar to get the food which took 15 minutes and another 5-8 minutes to settle up.. We were 4 grown men in or approaching our 40’s so a hot dog literally takes 30 seconds to eat once it is in our hands. Eventually we made the turn only to met with a ranger complaining about the pace of play and complaining that we did not eat on the move.. Well, we were not the ones who closed the food window.

Also the bar area and restrooms were straight out of the 60’s with no recent updates.

For $70 would not recommend. Much better options available for this price.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Big rundown

Layout is straight forward overall but the trees and hilly terrain make it fairly challenging. The amenities of the course are in need of upgrading such as cartpaths, ballwashers, and on-course porto-pottys. Many of the sandtraps are in very poor condition. No driving range for warmups.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
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Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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