A view from a fairway at Bonnie Brook Golf Course.
GolfPass Icon
Rating Index Rating
Tooltip Information Icon
4.5
272 Reviews (272)
5 Stars
160
4 Stars
96
3 Stars
12
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
3
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.7
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.3
96.4%
Recommend this course
265 out of 272 reviews
Read Reviews
Average Rating
Avg Rating
4.4
10 Reviews (10)
5 Stars
5
4 Stars
4
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.7
Value
4.7
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
5.0
90.0%
Recommend this course
9 out of 10 reviews
Read Reviews
Average Rating
Avg Rating
4.6
54 Reviews (54)
5 Stars
38
4 Stars
13
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.8
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.8
94.4%
Recommend this course
51 out of 54 reviews
Read Reviews

About

Holes 18
Type Public
Style Woodland
Par 72
Length 6640 yards
Slope 128
Rating 72.3

Bonnie Brook Golf Course, known amongst locals as simply "The Brook," is one of the most popular public courses on the North Shore. It has even been ranked as one of the top 50 public golf courses in the Chicagoland area. Designed in 1926 by James Foulis, the course has a classic feel to it with challenges that have withstood the test of time. The layout sprawls across a scenic natural landscape accented with gently rolling hills, tall native grasses, and sparkling lakes. The north branch of the Waukegan River also meanders through part of the golf course. The Bonnie Brook layout offers enough of a challenge for advanced players with narrow, tree-lined fairways and subtly tricky undulations throughout the spacious greens, but it is a round that is player friendly enough for any skill level to enjoy.

Book a Tee Time at
Bonnie Brook Golf Course
Powered by GolfNow.com

Course Details

Year Built 1926
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Open: 4/01 Closed: 12/01
Architect James Foulis (1926) Bob Lohmann

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

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

Food & Beverage

Bar, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Meeting Facilities, Conference Facilities, Banquet Facilities

Accolades

Reviews

4.5
272 Reviews (272)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 15
Patio Dining 7
Course Challenges Include:
Undulating Greens 12
Thick Rough 11
Water Hazards 9
This course/club is great for:
Locals 13
Seniors 11
Walkers 11
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 16
Worth the Drive 12

Numbers based on reviews tagged with attribute.

Advanced Filters
Overall Rating
Recommended
Handicap
Age
Type of Golfer
Gender
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times 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 33
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

The Brook truly is Bonnie!

Starts with a great rate to walk on a picture perfect Sunday afternoon in early May. Warmly greeted, as always, by the staff. Whether it is the club house, starter or Bar staff, everyone is always warm and welcoming.
This is a nice track tucked away not far from Lake Michigan. This means that on a good day, you get the benefit of a cooling wind coming in off the lake.
Course was in superb shape. Greens were true and had a consistent speed, somewhere between medium and fast. Fairways, Tee Boxes and hazards all well maintained.
I am a Big Fan!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Default User Avatar
Commented on 05/11/2023

Wow! We are so happy you enjoyed your round, nowibo772! We look forward to seeing you again soon at Bonnie Brook Golf Course.

Played On
Reviews 28
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Slow!!

We started before our time and our 3rd as on time. Pace was great then slowed at 5. Then we were 2 tees backed up at 6. And it got even slower after that! We made the turn and some how 6 carts went to the 10th tee in front of us and we asked the starter what the heck was going on! He was young and had no answer. After us complaining the new manager told the 12 to wait till we tee’d off. But it got even slower. They need some fairway bunkers and leave the second cut longer. They are removing so many trees that the difficulty is lessening!!! Just my 2 cents.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Default User Avatar
Commented on 05/11/2023

We apologize for the pace of play issue you experienced. We always try to keep a great pace when having our golfers on the course. Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback as we will use your review to better the experience going forward. We hope you give us another try in the near future!

Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Default User Avatar
Commented on 05/10/2023

Hi! We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. Thank you for the 4 stars! We aim for a 5-star experience, so we always welcome feedback for improvement. Thank you for playing Bonnie Brook Golf Course.

Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Default User Avatar
Commented on 05/10/2023

Thank you for the awesome rating! We hope to see you again at the course very soon for another great experience, and thanks for choosing Bonnie Brook Golf Course.

Played On
Reviews 8
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
Amenities Good
Default User Avatar
Commented on 05/10/2023

We would love to hear more about your positive experience on our course. Please contact us to share your favorite part of your experience and what we can do to earn that last star! Thanks for golfing at Bonnie Brook Golf Course!

Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Love this course

Front nine is more forgiving and let’s get you in your groove before moving onto a tougher back 9 with a handful of short/tricky par 4’s. The greens are one a true test with a lot of slope. Conditions are always good. Good food in the bar and grill located in the clubhouse. Overall 4.3 out of 5 stars.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Default User Avatar
Commented on 05/15/2023

Thanks for the great review and for choosing Bonnie Brook Golf Course. We hope to see you again soon!

Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Default User Avatar
Commented on 05/25/2023

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Bonnie Brook Golf Course!

Played On
Reviews 3
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
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Default User Avatar
Commented on 11/30/2022

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Bonnie Brook Golf Course!

Played On
Reviews 138
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Default User Avatar
Commented on 11/30/2022

Hi, StevePistol. We would love to hear more about your 4-star experience on our course. Please tell us what we can do to earn that last star, and thanks for golfing at Bonnie Brook Golf Course!

Played On
Reviews 4
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Default User Avatar
Commented on 11/30/2022

We love hearing about our golfers' experiences, JauLing6727975. Please tell us more about what you enjoyed during your round. Thanks for choosing Bonnie Brook Golf Course!

Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Default User Avatar
Commented on 11/30/2022

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Bonnie Brook Golf Course!

Played On
Reviews 28
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Default User Avatar
Commented on 11/30/2022

Hello, tanetherton. Thanks so much for your review. We're so glad you enjoyed your round at Bonnie Brook Golf Course. That's what we like to hear! We hope to see you again soon!

Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Default User Avatar
Commented on 11/30/2022

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Bonnie Brook Golf Course!

Played On
Reviews 22
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fun Course

Fun course in pretty good shape for Fall golf. Not too many leaves to contend with.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Default User Avatar
Commented on 11/30/2022

jimboad2, thank you for your kind words! We hope to see you again at the course very soon for another 5-star experience. Thanks for choosing Bonnie Brook Golf Course.

Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Default User Avatar
Commented on 09/13/2022

Hi, Lorenzo4341020. We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. Thank you for the 4 stars! We aim for a 5-star experience, so we always welcome feedback for improvement. Thank you for playing Bonnie Brook Golf Course.

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Default User Avatar
Commented on 09/29/2022

Hi, aswQalLgtCgwgrXAFUfB. We would love to hear more about your positive experience on our course. Please contact us to share with us your favorite part of your experience. Thanks for golfing at Bonnie Brook Golf Course!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Default User Avatar
Commented on 09/13/2022

We love hearing about our golfers' experiences, steveuhm. Please tell us more about what you enjoyed during your round. Thanks for choosing Bonnie Brook Golf Course!

Nearby Courses
Waukegan, Illinois
Private
5.0
2
Beach Park, Illinois
Public/Municipal
4.0
1
Beach Park, Illinois
Public
4.8878571429
108
Wadsworth, Illinois
Resort
4.0864117647
381
Zion, Illinois
Public
4.1372647059
76
North Chicago, Illinois
Public/Municipal
3.7144588235
319
Zion, Illinois
Public
4.7323235294
487
Gurnee, Illinois
Public
4.1858882353
113
Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
Public
4.0
2
Great Lakes, Illinois
Military
3.5333058824
118
Kenosha, Wisconsin
Public
4.0
2
Kenosha, Wisconsin
Public
4.0
2
Golf Packages
FROM $617 (USD)
KOHLER, WI | Enjoy 2 nights’ accommodations at The American Club or the Inn at Woodlake and 3 rounds of golf at Blackwolf Run (River or Meadow Valleys Course) and Whistling Straits (Straits or Irish Course)
FROM $557 (USD)
KOHLER, WI | Enjoy 3 nights’ accommodations at The American Club or the Inn on Woodlake and 4 rounds of golf at Blackwolf Run (River & Meadow Valley Courses) and Whistling Straits (Straits & Irish Courses).
FROM $127 (USD)
GRAND RAPIDS/KALAMAZOO | Enjoy 3 nights’ accommodations at Quality Inn – Battle Creek and 3 rounds of golf at The Medalist Golf Club, Angel’s Crossing Golf Club, and The Grande Golf Club.
FROM $147 (USD)
GRAND RAPIDS/KALAMAZOO | Enjoy 3 nights’ accommodations at FireKeepers Casino Hotel and 3 rounds of golf at The Medalist Golf Club, Riverside Golf Club, and Binder Park Golf Course.
FROM $167 (USD)
GAYLORD | Enjoy up to 3 nights' accommodations at The Loon Resort’s Lodges at The Ridge and up to 4 rounds of golf at The Loon Golf Resort - Lakes, Loon, & Ridge Courses.
Now Reading