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3.5
161 Reviews (161)
5 Stars
29
4 Stars
60
3 Stars
33
2 Stars
19
1 Stars
20
Conditions
3.2
Value
3.7
Layout
3.8
Friendliness
4.2
Pace
3.5
Amenities
3.0
73.1%
Recommend this course
110 out of 161 reviews
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3.3
11 Reviews (11)
5 Stars
3
4 Stars
2
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.2
Value
3.2
Layout
3.6
Pace
3.3
Amenities
2.7
StaffFriendliness
4.1
63.6%
Recommend this course
7 out of 11 reviews
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3.7
35 Reviews (35)
5 Stars
8
4 Stars
16
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
3
Conditions
3.4
Value
3.9
Layout
3.9
Pace
3.7
Amenities
3.1
StaffFriendliness
4.4
80.0%
Recommend this course
28 out of 35 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6742 yards
Slope 124
Rating 71.4
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Joe Louis - The Champ Golf Course
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Course Details

Year Built 1918
Golf Season Open: 4/01 Closed: 11/01
Architect Dick Nugent (1987)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies No
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

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

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Reviews

3.5
161 Reviews (161)

What Golfers Are Saying

This course/club is great for:
Locals 6
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 7

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Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Hot weather
Walked

Good course, slow pace of play

Like all Forest Preserve courses, it's in good shape. However, there was a cluster of groups waiting to tee off on the first hole, and it didn't get any better from there. This is a course where driver isn't always (or even usually) your best option, but try telling that to everyone pulling it out on every tee box and hitting their ball either into another fairway, into high grass, or out of bounds. Five hours to play the round was not fun.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Could be awesome

Cut the grass don’t jam the course and I have cheaper prices for whats out there!

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Love Joe Louis

We had perfect weather. The course is not overly challenging. I actually got my best 9 hole score on the back 9. I do love coming here.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Solid spot

Great place, good price. Nice staff. I even left my phone and they held onto it for me!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser

Terribly maintained

This course is in such poor shape I will probably never play it again unless I get word they have turned it around. I would blame the Supt. But it’s likely not his fault. I imagine Cook County is not funding the course with proper staffing levels or capital needed to properly maintain a golf course

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Very Challenging Track

Very nice course. Staff was very accommodating despite the large number of golfers there.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Great staff

The Joe Louis staff and course are always a pleasure. Even on a rainy day they made it great. Staff was super professional!!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
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 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Much improved

Exceptional Weather for Early October in Chicago
I have not played The Champs course in Serveral years due to poor conditions.Today I was pleasantly surprised . New golf carts with USB PORTS ,The staff was professional in their enforcement of The state of Illinois Covid-19 mandates .The Greens were freshly cut and rolled.a few bunkers needed maintenance, but heck its a Muni Burgers,Dogs and Brats. Were Hot off and outdoor grill. Our Tee times were Honored in fact we went off 9 minutes early. Pace of play was good..I'll be back!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Horrible Management!

Management at this course is extremely awful, staff are unprofessional…we have an early tee time but the “manager” said that we could only play the back 9 because of a tournament even though we booked the first tee time of the day!

Arrived at our tee time to find the pro shop & course closed. Management showed up late and pushed us to the back nine because they showed up late. I would not recommend this course at all. Not worth the money & the sand traps have rocks in them. Definitely not worth the money.

We did not enjoy our round here at all.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Great Day

Beautiful day at The Champ. Staff friendly and helpful . Greens good. Pin placement diabolical. Fun time

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Little known Gem

Joe Louis "The Champ" is one of the Forest preserve district courses in the Chicago area that, because of it's location in the South side of the Chicago area, is often overlooked. but if you are looking for value for your golf dollar, this course is hard to beat. The layout offers a good test without being overly penal and has a good variety of holes. The course is well run with a friendly staff and a nice outdoor grill for food at the turn. Course conditions can vary based on the weather (how much rain they get) but the grounds crew works knows where to put in the effort and works hard to keep the greens in generally very good condition. Green fees are very reasonable for the overall course and golf experience. Our group plays here regularly and if you haven't played it you should definitely give it a try.

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

Holiday Golf

Pace of play was really slow. Overall the course was in good shape, but the bunkers need attention.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
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