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3.6
196 Reviews (196)
5 Stars
49
4 Stars
95
3 Stars
31
2 Stars
10
1 Stars
11
Conditions
3.4
Value
3.8
Layout
4.1
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
4.0
Amenities
2.9
76.3%
Recommend this course
162 out of 196 reviews
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3.5
25 Reviews (25)
5 Stars
9
4 Stars
4
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.0
Value
3.6
Layout
4.0
Pace
3.9
Amenities
2.8
StaffFriendliness
4.3
60.0%
Recommend this course
15 out of 25 reviews
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3.7
63 Reviews (63)
5 Stars
17
4 Stars
27
3 Stars
8
2 Stars
7
1 Stars
4
Conditions
3.5
Value
4.0
Layout
4.2
Pace
4.0
Amenities
2.9
StaffFriendliness
4.4
76.2%
Recommend this course
48 out of 63 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 6724 yards
Slope 126
Rating 71.7

University Park Golf Club (formerly known as University Golf Club & Conference Center) boasts one of the most popular championship courses in the Chicagoland area. The golf course has been a local favorite since it first opened in 1962. The original design by Lawrence Packard received an update in 2004 by Greg Martin, but the classic character of the layout still remains. The course wanders across gentle rolling terrain, providing elevated tees and undulating fairways. Water hazards come into play on half the holes, including on the 17th, University Park Golf Club's signature hole. This intimidating par 3 requires a tough carry over water to an elevated green. Miss it and you'll be faced with the nearly impossible task of getting up and down. The difficulty doesn't let up with the final hole, an uphill dogleg par 4 with a sloped, elevated green and water on the right.

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Course Details

Year Built 1967
Golf Season Year round
Architect Larry Packard Greg Martin (2004)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Meeting Facilities, Conference Facilities, Banquet Facilities, Locker Rooms

Reviews

3.6
196 Reviews (196)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 14
Patio Dining 12
Brunch 11
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 11
Water Hazards 10
Plays Long 6
This course/club is great for:
Locals 18
Seniors 13
Beginners 11
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 16
Worth the Drive 11
Convenient to the City 8

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Skill Intermediate
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3.0
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Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
2.0
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Not recommended

Very disappointed with this course. From top to bottom, this course was in terrible condition. Fairways were not cut clean. Outside of fairways were also uncut. Sand traps had over growth of weeds. Greens either had patches of dead grass or actual weeds which made every putt bounce.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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Reviews 40
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
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Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

Course needs much attention

Although a decent layout with ample tee box choices, the course has obviously been neglected over the past year since last here. Fairway grass is long. Fairways have clover, fescue and other invasive weeds infestation. Sand traps are overrun with weeds and otherwise very “un”-sandy. Greens have weed growth, are long, and do not roll true. The rough grass is impossibly long and balls just a few feet off the fairway are buried. Finding rough balls takes forever and contributed to a much longer than necessary time of play. It’s too bad, but U.P. Is off our play list for the remainder of this year. Not worth the reasonable $24 hot deal rate.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Hit straight

Course is in excellent condition. Greens a little too firm. Rough is challenging. New owners doing a great job with maintaining this golf course. This place deserves more play!!

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

Great value for the price point.

This course has fantastic character, challenges and forgiveness. High recommend putting this on your list to play this year.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
2.0
Previously Played

Great Course in Really Bad Shape

I'll start off by saying that I have played University Park half a dozen times in the last year or so and never had an issue until my last recent outing there. The layout is great, the staff is great, and the pace of play is typically pretty good too. For the price it has been one of my favorite spots to play in the Chicago area.

With all that being said, though, the course is (or was when I was there a week ago) in really bad shape. The rough is absurdly long and thick--8-10 inches in some spots. After losing three drives that were hit just a few yards from the fairway we left after only a few holes. University Park was literally swallowing golf balls and I wasn't willing to spend my afternoon on a search and rescue mission for shots that should be pretty easy to find...

When I went to request a refund (which to their credit they agreed to) the staff in the pro shop said their mower had been broken for over a week. Makes sense. What doesn't make sense is that they were charging full price for a course that was nearly unplayable. I'll be back when they have their mower fixed but if I were you I'd call and make sure before booking or you're in for a long round.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course in Horrible Shape

The rough had grass 8 to 9 inches tall. The greens were littered with debris. According to the staff the rough lawn mower has been broken for three weeks. No notification prior to playing of these deplorable conditions. Balls two feet off the fairway takes 5 to 10 minutes to find. This is the worse condition that this course has been in, in over 15 years. Absolutely unplayable. There is a reason that it isn’t crowded. Terrible terrible terrible!!!! Refunds should be the norm.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 13
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good course for the price

Good course wide open course. Not much trouble ! The rough is very high you must stay in the fairway.. also green need to be cleaned off.

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Cut the Rough!

My group plays U.P. 4-5 times every golf season. This is the first time this year. Not a lot of people out today. Maybe 10 cars in the lot. The fairways were in good shape and the greens were okay except for a couple of 'holes' in them. The main issue w had with the course was the rough! It really lived up to its name! If you were wayward on your drive it was 50-50 that you would find your ball. I lost 2 balls today and my group lost maybe 6-7. None O.B. nor in the water.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Windy day. Course is in great shape. Greens are in great shape. Not too crowded so we played in under 3 hours. Staff is probably the nicest group of people around.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Hidden Gem

Course is in great shape and they are flexible for a single golfer

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 79
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

Good course, well maintained

I have played this course over many years, and it has been renewed by new management. The course has many challenging holes, that require measured shots. A great course, with good rates.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Love this course

Absolute great course. The play is a little slow on Monday mornings because of league play...

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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