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3.4
146 Reviews (146)
5 Stars
23
4 Stars
57
3 Stars
31
2 Stars
16
1 Stars
19
Conditions
3.2
Value
3.7
Layout
3.8
Friendliness
4.2
Pace
3.4
Amenities
3.0
70.5%
Recommend this course
99 out of 146 reviews
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Average Rating
Avg Rating
3.7
36 Reviews (36)
5 Stars
7
4 Stars
20
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
3
Conditions
3.5
Value
4.0
Layout
4.1
Pace
3.6
Amenities
3.3
StaffFriendliness
4.5
83.3%
Recommend this course
30 out of 36 reviews
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Avg Rating
3.7
39 Reviews (39)
5 Stars
8
4 Stars
21
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
4
Conditions
3.5
Value
3.9
Layout
4.0
Pace
3.6
Amenities
3.2
StaffFriendliness
4.5
82.1%
Recommend this course
32 out of 39 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

3.4
146 Reviews (146)

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 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 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
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
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
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 Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Poor
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 33
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice 18 holes Near City

Course was in good shape. Some dry spots in fairways but greens were in good condition. Only con I’d say is the layout because holes are practically side by side so hearing “Fore!” is quite common, gotta keep your head on a swivel.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
e47081be-0680-56f0-9a9a-e3883606dd96
Commented on 08/17/2021

Thank you so much for your review! We are happy to see you enjoyed our course. We value your feedback, and hope to see you back in the future.

Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice Course/Value

Nice course for cost. Nothing over the top but decently taken care of. Some fairways could use some work. Only downside was some ricochet that made it onto the course and gave us all a nice little scare

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
e47081be-0680-56f0-9a9a-e3883606dd96
Commented on 08/17/2021

Thank you so much for your review! We are happy to see you enjoyed our course. We value your feedback, and hope to see you back in the future.

Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Staff

I play this course 3 times a week, the course is well maintained. The staff is friendly and professional especially Jimmy, he has always been very courteous and helpful with questions about the course and if you catch him outside the club house he is willing to give you good advice about playing the game.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
e47081be-0680-56f0-9a9a-e3883606dd96
Commented on 08/17/2021

Thank you so much for your review! We are happy to see you enjoyed our course. We value your feedback, and hope to see you back in the future.

Played On
Reviews 14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fun course to try

I had a fun time playing this course. Condition was better than average! Course layout was a little suspect, holes were stacked on top of each other and the bunkers were rock pits. Other than that it was a fun round of golf.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
e47081be-0680-56f0-9a9a-e3883606dd96
Commented on 08/17/2021

Thank you so much for your review! We are happy to see you enjoyed our course. We value your feedback, and hope to see you back in the future.

Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Great Place

Always a good day at The Champ . Mr. Chess and his team are first rate. Loving the new carts.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
e47081be-0680-56f0-9a9a-e3883606dd96
Commented on 08/18/2021

Thank you so much for your review! We are so glad to hear you enjoy our course and wonderful staff. We look forward to having you back in the future.

Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

The Champ

Great course great staff . Friendly and helpful staff. Shout out to JImmie Chase Scooter and Ernie for a great time

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
e47081be-0680-56f0-9a9a-e3883606dd96
Commented on 08/18/2021

Thank you so much for your review! We are so glad to hear you enjoy our course and wonderful staff. We look forward to having you back in the future.

Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Waldo pepper

Great course! Players need to fix their ball marks on the greens!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
e47081be-0680-56f0-9a9a-e3883606dd96
Commented on 08/18/2021

Thank you so much for your review! We are happy to see you enjoyed our course. We value your feedback, and hope to see you back in the future.

Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser

Needs work

Although the area took a lot of rain but still the course was terrible. Fairways needs a lot of work. Tee boxes were equally bad. Greens were in good shape.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
e47081be-0680-56f0-9a9a-e3883606dd96
Commented on 08/18/2021

Thank you for your review. We take customer feedback seriously and are constantly working to improve. Please reach out to us directly if you would like to discuss your experience further.

Played On
Reviews 13
Handicap 20-24
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

OK public course. Will return

Starter was disorganized and let a two slow groups of 8 people out without a tee time just before my group.

Course overall was in ok condition given the large rainstorms the night before. Almost all the bunkers were unplayable due to standing water. Greens were great although the pin positions were a bit goofy. No terrible dry brown spots or torn up areas. The trainyard is loud as heck, but oh well.

Overall I like this course and will come back cause you can't beat the price, closeness to the city, and the fact that it was set up easy enough to allow me to shoot into the 80s for the first time. Also I only lost one ball because there aren't many OB areas which is nice for my game as well.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Fairly Easy
e47081be-0680-56f0-9a9a-e3883606dd96
Commented on 08/18/2021

Thank you so much for your review! We value your feedback, and hope to see you back in the future.

Played On
Reviews 19
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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