A view from a fairway at Bonnie Brook Golf Course.
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4.5
216 Reviews (216)
5 Stars
122
4 Stars
81
3 Stars
10
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.7
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.3
98.8%
Recommend this course
212 out of 216 reviews
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Average Rating
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4.3
4 Reviews (4)
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
3
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.8
Layout
4.3
Pace
4.8
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
5.0
100.0%
Recommend this course
4 out of 4 reviews
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4.6
54 Reviews (54)
5 Stars
36
4 Stars
16
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.8
Value
4.8
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.7
100.0%
Recommend this course
54 out of 54 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

4.5
216 Reviews (216)

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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Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Solid track in Waukegan

Bonnie Brook is an enjoyable golf experience. The staff and players are very pleasant. The course layout is general good with a number of doglegs and overhanging trees. The rough was fairly punitive this time. The greens have some tricky slope as well. I have played her before and plan to return again soon.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 05/26/2022

Hello, u513253197. 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 2
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
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 Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 57
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
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Previously Played

Fun challenging course

I have played her many times and because of the layout you never get tired of this course . Many fun tee shot where you have to place your ball short or over a hazard. It keeps you thinking . It was a cold windy day so only a couple of us on the course so play was quick. I was surprised that give the wet conditions the green were still very good. I will be back in the spring

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 11/17/2021

Hi, uUAQJ7930UA. 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 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 11/10/2021

Hi, tajsyed. 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 11
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Best value course in an area of great courses

This is an old time Country Club feel to a course that is outstanding from tee to green. Rough was long - a true penalty for missing the fairways. Greens roll very well. Food service and staff are outstanding. This is one of the best kept secrets in the far North suburbs as you have other courses like Thunder Hawk and Sheppard's Crook not to far away. This is the jewel of Waukeganites and they are proud of it.

Only issues are 3:
1. Upgrade the driving range if possible
2. The need for new range balls on occasion
3. Somehow go on a campaign to educate golfers to fix ball marks. Great greens but they get pounded from people not wanting to bend over. Maybe invest in ball repair tools to give at the first tee and have the starter go through how a player fixes them. You do get new players out there and they don't know. Fix your mark and 1-2 more on every green - that should be the slogan.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 10/21/2021

Hi, Kwhitlock80. 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.

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Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 10/11/2021

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating, u782367701! 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 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Bonnie Brook Golf Course

A hidden gem in the area, and a challenging course.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 10/11/2021

Hi, u000001822202. 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 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
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Commented on 10/05/2021

Hi, gmarvy. 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 Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 10/04/2021

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

Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Pleasant surprise

This was my first time playing Bonnie Brook. The course was fun and in great condition. Except for a couple of tricky short holes, the layout was a fair challenge. I will definitely return.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 09/30/2021

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating, u513253197! 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 Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

challenging but fun

I played this course all summer and through out the season this course has been in great condition. Thru heat and rain the ground crew has kept this course in terrific condition. The greens are in terrific shape considering its late fall. The greens are very challenging with the flag placement always on a little mount.
Fun course .

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 10/08/2021

Hi, ggmyg. 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 20
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 09/27/2021

Hi, FANTACHU. 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
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 09/20/2021

We're glad you enjoyed your 5-star experience with us, u314162058894. Please comment or reach out to our team in the golf shop to let us know more about your round at Bonnie Brook Golf Course!

Played On
Reviews 12
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

One of the Best public courses in Lake County

We love the beautiful course here . Very well kept, friendly staff and can be a challenging play for different levels of golfers. This is one if my favorites in Lake County and I will keep going back!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 09/14/2021

Hi, hmltnj. 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 24
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Solid Performer

I keep on coming back.
Nice track, well maintained with a fantastic staff.
Would like a little more speed to the greens.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 09/03/2021

Hello, nowibo772. 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 6
Skill Intermediate
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 Excellent
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Commented on 08/31/2021

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating, martyhalston! 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 12
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Beautiful course

I recommend this gem of a course in Waukegan for all levels of players. Twilight golfing was less expensive and absolutely the most beautiful time of day. The greens can be a little challenging but that makes it fun. Over all the course was in very good condition. Drink carts came around frequently and food was available.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 08/23/2021

Hello, hmltnj. 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 14
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
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Commented on 08/18/2021

Hi, Hyungshikkim. 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!

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