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3.3
118 Reviews (118)
5 Stars
18
4 Stars
39
3 Stars
28
2 Stars
16
1 Stars
17
Conditions
2.9
Value
3.4
Layout
3.5
Friendliness
3.9
Pace
3.3
Amenities
2.7
64.1%
Recommend this course
74 out of 118 reviews
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3.1
10 Reviews (10)
5 Stars
2
4 Stars
3
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.2
Value
3.0
Layout
3.5
Pace
2.9
Amenities
2.8
StaffFriendliness
4.1
60.0%
Recommend this course
6 out of 10 reviews
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3.1
54 Reviews (54)
5 Stars
8
4 Stars
15
3 Stars
14
2 Stars
9
1 Stars
8
Conditions
2.8
Value
3.1
Layout
3.6
Pace
3.3
Amenities
2.7
StaffFriendliness
3.9
55.6%
Recommend this course
30 out of 54 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

3.3
118 Reviews (118)

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 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Hidden Gem

The course is in great shape! Went out @8:45am - finished @ 11:45am. I have been playing this since last year. I had played it years ago but forgot about it , now I call this my home course

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Pass

Paid $45 for 18 and it’s not worth the money. Left after 9 because the rate of play was so bad. Had a foursome rushing us from behind all day and that’s after we let a guy walking play through. Literally the guy walking tee’d off on a par 3 as me and my buddy were putting, so that was fun.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 2
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Not worth the price tag

Played there today and I would expect more for the $50 price tag. Course is not in great condition. Only a few traps have playable sand and the yardage markers are tough to locate.

The staff was nice and pace of play was decent but the 33 for the round and 17 for a cart was a bit too much for me.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
e47081be-0680-56f0-9a9a-e3883606dd96
Commented on 03/26/2021

Thank you for your review. We are sorry to see that you did not have an enjoyable experience at our course. Please know that we take customer feedback seriously and reach out to us directly if you would like to discuss your experience further.

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Slippery Greens, So Much Fun

This place is a ball! Reaching the hole can be easy due to fair length and wide fairways. But around and on the greens the fun really starts. Hole placements range from dead middle on flat spots to feet from the fringe on a steep patch of grass. Bring your best short game if you want to score well. The greens reward a nice touch and punish the heavy handed with the wedges and putter. Aside from the actually game, the staff is friendly, the brats are grilled to order, and the place is just a short drive from both Indiana and Chicago. The pace can get slow as public courses do, but I’m sure my personal experience is due to a great day of weather and everyone deciding, like I did, that “The Champ” course was worth a visit. And I can assure you, it was.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
e47081be-0680-56f0-9a9a-e3883606dd96
Commented on 03/30/2021

Thank you for your review! We hope to see you back again soon.

Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great value course

Love playing here with my buddies. Everyone here is always so friendly

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
e47081be-0680-56f0-9a9a-e3883606dd96
Commented on 10/19/2020

Thank you so much for your review, Matt! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed the course with your buddies. We hope to see you back soon.

Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Cold weather
Walked

missing a lot of grass and black dirt on lots of the fairways

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Joe Louis

6th time at this track this year at 630am, best time to get out there to beat the rush. Track is exactly what you pay for, there are some long challenging holes but don't expect any pristine lies in the fairway. I'll see you again next season Joe Louis!

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
e47081be-0680-56f0-9a9a-e3883606dd96
Commented on 10/19/2020

Thanks for your review! We value your feedback and hope to see you back again soon.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Seen Better Days

$17 per person for a cart. What a rip off. The course was OK at best. Too many unrepaired divot marks on the greens to count. A few of the fairways were just dirt, not even dead grass. After reading reviews of the course for this season i was skeptical to spend my money here, but was convinced by someone who’s played here before. But after our round here neither if us will be back.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

great place to play

wonderful day to play on a almost great course. still no sand in the traps nd the tee boxes need work. everything else was good

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
e47081be-0680-56f0-9a9a-e3883606dd96
Commented on 10/19/2020

Thanks for your review! We value your feedback and hope to see you back again soon.

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
First Time Playing

Decent distance/bad teebox and fairway

Course maintenance was lacking, but still plenty playable. Pace of play is poor and starter operations could be improved.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Absolutely Unacceptable

As we were finishing up the last half of the back nine we were told by members of the "clubhouse" that we had to end our round as it was too dark to play.... it was 6pm and still light out! He then went on to state that he was the only one there and had to get out of here to go do something else. We paid for a full 18 holes of golf and were terribly disappointed when we weren't allowed to finish our round. This is unacceptable as they should either, not be offering 18 hole reservations between the times of 4pm and 5pm if they don't allow us to finish. I would like a refund to compensate our time driving out to this course and not being able to play what we fully pre-paid for an 18 hole round of golf.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
2.0
First Time Playing

Poorly maintained

The greens have so many ball marks, it's almost impossible to play a green without someone in your cousins having an impacted putt. You can't really tell where the fairway starts and the rough ends. 95% of the course was near rock dry but there were a few random soggy spots. My golf cart had duck tape over rips on the seat.

The staff was friendly. The bratwurst was pretty good. The golfers were diverse and laid back. If you aren't a good golfer, you won't be judged. If you just want to shoot your 105, get a tan, and have a relaxing day, you can do that here. You may have to wait a bit to hit your ball when it's on an adjacent fairway, but that you won't be the only one.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Walked

SLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW

First 9 holes took 3 HOURS!! At the turn I told the manager and even the the slow foursome still had not teed off on 10 he said nothing. I was laying down on the 12th hole t box having already been on the course for 4 HOURS!! After 5 minutes I looked up and the foursome in front of us hadn't moved AT ALL. It was going to be a 6 1/2 hour round!! I walked off. Never will I play there again!!!

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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