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4.6
140 Reviews (140)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
1
1 Stars
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Conditions
4.6
Value
4.8
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.5
99.6%
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137 out of 140 reviews
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4.6
26 Reviews (26)
5 Stars
17
4 Stars
8
3 Stars
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2 Stars
1
1 Stars
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Conditions
4.5
Value
4.7
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.6
100.0%
Recommend this course
26 out of 26 reviews
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4.6
49 Reviews (49)
5 Stars
30
4 Stars
18
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
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Conditions
4.6
Value
4.7
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.6
100.0%
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49 out of 49 reviews
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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.

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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

4.6
140 Reviews (140)

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

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Reviews 81
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 12/07/2020

Hello, Pengjianliu. Thank you for visiting us at Bonnie Brook Golf Course. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 12/07/2020

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating, u314160078140! 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 19
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
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 Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 12/07/2020

Hi byungsong, thank you for the 4 stars. While we wish we could know more about your round, we are happy to see you enjoyed your time at the course. Thank you for the feedback and we hope to see you soon.

Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Commented on 12/03/2020

Hi, Bobams. Thank you so much for the great review. We are glad you had an incredible time, and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks for choosing Bonnie Brook Golf Course.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fall golf

Fall golf at its best. Conditions were great for fall. Barely any leaves around which made the ball easy to find. Always a great course to play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented on 11/23/2020

We are so happy you enjoyed your round, rvaleros! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course

Always fun to play this course. Great layout. Extremely great value for money. Highly recommend playing here

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 11/19/2020

Thank you for your review, Bobams. We will pass along your positive experience to our team at Bonnie Brook Golf Course. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Decent Course!

With 70 degree weather we decided to get a round in. Wanted to try Bonnie and it was was a good decision. The course was is good shape. The Greens were aerated recently but it really didn’t affect the putting. Pace a play was good. The layout was ok. Lots of holes really close to each other but not too bad. The price was great $35 for 18 and cart. We would ply again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 11/12/2020

Thank you for taking the time to review us wannabe23. Your feedback is valuable, and we look forward to delivering you excellent service again soon. Bonnie Brook Golf Course thanks you!

Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 11/17/2020

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating, speedskating1! 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 24
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Great Fall Conditions

The course was in great condition for the Fall. Special mention to the groundskeeper for keeping the course and greens in great condition. Friendly staff greeting golfers and staff who were considerate of golfers while they were working.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 11/12/2020

Hi u000002647233, thank you for the 5-star review. We appreciate your nice comments about the conditions of the course and our staff. It's nice to hear our hard work is paying off. We hope to see you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 19
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 11/12/2020

Hi byungsong. Thank you so much for the great review. We are glad you had an incredible time, and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks for choosing Bonnie Brook Golf Course.

Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Walked

A wee Bonnie walk

Had been told that the greens were to be aerated Nov 3 but arrived to find they already had been. Overall , greens not a good as normal but not as bumpy as you'd think. Course was in great shape for as late in the year and number of rounds played there, Kudos to the course for their great maintenance efforts.
The wind was up so the course played longer and harder.
Good course to work the ball left and right on.
Really enjoy this track!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 11/02/2020

Your feedback is important to us, nowibo772. Thank you for sharing your 5-star experience. We look forward to seeing you again at the course soon! Thanks for choosing Bonnie Brook Golf Course.

Played On
Reviews 35
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented on 10/29/2020

Thank you for visiting us at Bonnie Brook Golf Course. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Best kept secret in Lake County

A course that is perfect for every type of golfer - you just don't find many of these types around. I love the history of this Club - and it has alot of charm. Unusual layout with only one Par 3 on the back night - only 3 total. It has numerous tee boxes that allows players of all skill level to play. It is a challenging enough course for me to play from the back while my son-in -law and daughter can play the white tees. Another great sign is that it isn't fill with water hazards where the novice player loses 8-10 balls a round.

Fun set up on holes - outstanding greens and locations for pins that bring false fronts into play - forcing you to hit towards the middle of the greens on some of those front pins. On 9 and 18, you need to stay below the hole in order to score. Good location of bunkers and the course is well maintained. What I also love about this place is the way the locals and regular players treat this golf course - they respect it and treat it like a private club.

I play BonnieBrook, Thunderhawk and Sheperds Crook on a regular basis. These are 3 unique courses and they are all excellent. What I love about the Brook is bringing family members out here to spend time with them on a course that is fair for all of us when it comes to skill level. I cannot take them to the other two - too hard.

Only negative is the driving range. It is a bit short and the quality of the golf balls are beyond bad. Trying to work around the little creek should be looked at in order to flatten this facility out a little. It is an eyesore to a great facility. At least you do have one here - Shepperd's Crook doesn't have this. Would also be nice to have a chipping green but I know room could be an issue. Shrinking the putting green and locating this between that and the driving range could be an option.

Regardless - this is the best thing going in the town of Waukegan - just a fun place to play. I really love this course.

Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 12/11/2020

Hi, Kwhitlock80. We appreciate you leaving a review and rating us. We will inform the entire team, so they know their hard work is paying off. We look forward to having you back at Bonnie Brook Golf Course!

Played On
Reviews 19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Wonderful Golf Course

Our first time at this course and surprisingly a great course. Course in great condition considering most other courseS are hard and dry. This course is absolutely fantastic! Greens in great condition. Perfect 18 holes with 2 par 6s in the front and 2 in the back. Challenging holes with trees on the left and right side of the fairways so best if you are able to hit straight down the fairway. Water comes into play In some of the holes. Impressive golf course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 10/26/2020

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating, ggmyg! 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 6
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented on 10/12/2020

Thank you for visiting us at Bonnie Brook Golf Course. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

Played On
Reviews 19
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 10/12/2020

Hi Edetgen. 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 8
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 Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 10/06/2020

Hi, Bobams. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time at Bonnie Brook Golf Course. We look forward to seeing you on the course soon for another 5-star experience!

Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 09/30/2020

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating, aissap! 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 7
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 09/28/2020

Hi jtrusk23. Thank you so much for the great review. We are glad you had an incredible time, and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks for choosing Bonnie Brook Golf Course.

Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 09/28/2020

Hi, u000006502950. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time at Bonnie Brook Golf Course. We look forward to seeing you on the course soon for another 5-star experience!

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