444 Eagle Ridge Drive, Galena, Illinois 61036, US
(815) 777-5000
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About Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa

Located 150 miles west of Chicago, the Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa is a 6,800 acre recreational, residential and resort community six miles southeast of the historic town of Galena, Ill. Golfers come for the challenge of 63 holes on four courses and accommodations at a charming inn or more than 250 villas and distinctive homes. The 15,000 square feet of meeting space and beautiful conference homes cater to corporate groups, banquets and weddings. Other features include award-winning restaurants, the Stonedrift Spa, and an incredible selection of outdoor activities such as skiing, biking, hiking and horseback riding trails, as well as tennis, hot air balloon rides, and boating and fishing on the 225-acre Lake Galena.

Facts

Price Range$$$, $$
Property Class★★★★
Acres6800
Year Opened1977
Number of Units100-300

Amenities

RestaurantsCasual, Bar
Room TypesRoom
PoolIndoor
Fitness CenterYes
Practice FacilityYes
Banquet SpaceYes
SpaYes

Services

Kids ProgramYes
Room ServiceYes

Rules

Is the resort pet friendly?Yes
Is resort stay required for a tee time?No

Golf courses at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa

Reviews

3.4
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2.0
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Perfect weather
Used cart

Disappointing Experience

My group played four rounds and the pace of play each day was absolutely terrible, twice over 5 hours. There was never a ranger anywhere in sight. That alone ruined our experience. The North, South and General all offer challenging layouts and fast greens. Unfortunately, the tee boxes and fairways are poorly maintained in many areas, and the sand traps are in total disrepair on many holes. Also, the carts do not have GPS, nor do they have coolers, club washers or club covers for inclement weather.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Previously Played

NOT worth the price!

I played this course many years ago and recall it being different (Much better layout).... Perhaps there has been a change? For $50/9 holes, it is NOT worth the money! The fairways and rough were not manicured and the sand traps??? TERRBLE! Greens were OK. For $50 you don't even get a few range balls to hit! ... I would not reccomend.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

not worth $135

we played 4 different courses on our trip out to Galena: Wolf Hollow in Lena, the General, Eagle Ridge North, and Eagle Ridge South. The greens on the General were the slowest of the bunch. Not what you expect when you pay $135. Very depressing to hit a putt that goes half way to the hole.....uphill had nothing to do with it. we mentioned to the club cleaning guy at the end of the round; he says he hears this all the time. they refuse to do anything about it. go figure. I won't go back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Most enjoyable Eagle Ridge course

I was on a guys' golf trip using a stay and play package. I would play the South Course again in a heartbeat. On many holes you can miss on one side of the fairway and still be able to find it, unlike the General. The holes have character and I didn't mind a few quirky ones. There are holes where you can relax and not be stressed about missing the fairway by 5 yards and losing yet another ball, as at the General. The North Course was a good track and my second favorite of the 3. The greens slope quite a bit.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 159
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 25 Contributor
Chicago Advisor
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Eagle Ridge Resort (The General)

The Good: The crown jewel of the Eagle Ridge Resort, Roger Packard & Andy North's track has more of an northern Michigan feel than western Illinois. Rugged design has impressive vistas and elevation changes, with some eye-popping Par 4's and Par 5's. Fantastic course conditions and excellent, large undulating greens. Very nice clubhouse with locker rooms and a full gourmet restaurant. Superb staff will get your day started off great and monitor pace of play. Guest and replay rates are very good.

The Bad: Fairways can be a little too moist. No driving range or short game practice area on-site is a huge minus given the quality of course. No GPS. Too many forced carries and small targets for the mid-high handicapper. Rates at nearly $150 for public play is a little steep. Par 3's aren't overly memorable.

The Verdict: "The General" is a Top 5 public golf course in Illinois. One could argue with better practice facilities it could be the most complete golf experience in the state.

Best Hole(s): The Par 5 6th is mesmerizing with a theater of woodlands engulfing the hole. The Par 4 #13 is an absolute brute with a great view of the Galena territory in the background.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 159
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 25 Contributor
Chicago Advisor
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Eagle Ridge Resort (North)

The Good: The cornerstone course at Eagle Ridge Resort is a Roger Packard design that has stood the test of time. Very interesting track that winds through woodlands and puts a premium on iron play from uneven lies. Excellent Par 5's, a postage stamp downhill Par 3, and one of the more beautiful Par 4's you'll find. Good course conditions and slick, tricky greens. Decent clubhouse and practice facilities. Good rates for guests and packages.

The Bad: While locals will say the course is "open", the hilly routing is very difficult for the 15+ handicapper. Too many blind tee shots. Several forgettable Par 4's. Not a $100 golf course. No GPS is a negative.

The Verdict: The second best course at the Eagle Ridge complex. Lots of character and sporty enough to keep all golfers interested.

Best Hole: All the Par 5's are great, but the downhill Par 4 7th has a great view of Galena Lake over the trees.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 159
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 25 Contributor
Chicago Advisor
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Eagle Ridge Resort (South)

The Good: Fun, sporty track is the second course built at the Eagle Ridge Resort. Roger Packard routing meanders through woods and over creeks that makes the course very tight off the tee. Some great risk-reward Par 5's, nice variety in Par 3's and a great closing hole. Very nice course conditions and receptive greens that putt well. Nice clubhouse and very friendly staff will make the experience enjoyable. Good value if you are a guest at the resort.

The Bad: Greens can be a little on the slow side compared to the other courses. Lack of driving range is a big minus. No GPS and not many yardage markers. The Par 5 16th is tricked up. Overpriced at $115 for public play.

The Verdict: The South course is no "ugly duckling" to The General and the original North. A very enjoyable golfing experience if you like target golf.

Best Hole: The closing, downhill Par 4 can erase a great round or give you a great topic of discussion at the 19th hole.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing
Poor weather
Used cart

What amenities?????

This course is supposed to be the cream of the crop. When you pay $135 to play golf you expect high quality treatment from the starter, rangers, on course beverage/food cart, yardage indicators, etc. When we booked our tee time, the starter neglected to inform there was a play day ahead of us to the sum of 8 4-somes. We never would have played. It took 6 hours to play 18 holes on a course that had one drink cart who quit that day and did not have a ranger on the course to monitor pace of play. We watched all day as the playday searched in 4 foot grass 30 yards off the tee on a hole to hole basis, leave trash on the course, damage the course, etc. I will never play any course at Eagle Ridge in Galena, IL again. I highly recommend Lacoma golf course in East Dubucque, IL and Woodbine Bend Golf Course just west of Stockton, IL. Everything you expect for your dollar is accounted for at these clubs.

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Eagle Ridge South

Some of the greens were being aerated which is expected this time of year. Otherwise the experience was excellent.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Gem of a Course

Truly a gem, The General course is cut through the beautiful, rolling hills of Galena. Spread out nicely, the course really takes advantage of its landscape. It's hard to believe you're even in Illinois while on this course. Conditions were good but not excellent and for over $100 a round I would expect pristine. None-the-less the course is beautiful.

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

North course

Course was in good shape and so early in the season it was almost empty. For some reason range balls were not part of the package.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

great variety of holes

wooded course, must be straight or your score is going up !!! can"t wait to play it again. and beat the holes that beat be!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Best course in Eagle Ridge. Golfnow made it possible to play the course without costing me alot of money.

One of my favorite courses! Challenging with incredible scenery. A must play if staying at Eagle Ridge.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great Views!

I have heard people refer to the General as "gimmicky" with some of the holes being a little extreme with elevation and a few blind tee shots. I am not a golf course design expert, but I think it is a beautiful course with some spectacular views/holes. It's a little costly but deals can be had if you stay at the resort or look on Golfnow. The General can be challenging but not overwhelming. And if you find the general too tough, head to the North course, which has some great views of Lake Galena and tends to eat a few less golf balls. Both courses are definitely worth playing and gorgeous in the fall!

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Interesting course

This was an excellent course. It was well maintained. It had interesting and challenging hole. I especially like the variety of hole on this course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course with terrific vistas

Great views and vistas with very challenging holes interspersed with manageable holes. When you are done you will feel a satisfaction if you shot a decent score. Greens are quick with a lot of undulation so get your ball in the correct spot and your score will benefit mightily! Flat lies are basically a rumor so learn to play with the ball well above or below your feet or else! One of our favorite layouts.

GW Johnson

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course, kind of pricey though.

Played the course as a single on a Friday AM - teed off at 9 AM and played behind a twosome. Played two balls and sometimes three when time permitted. Greens were incredible! Rolled like a pool table top - took a little getting used to but i adjusted quickly. The conditions were great, and the views outstanding. The rate was reduced by 30% because i was staying at the resort and was $100 as a result. That's kinda pricey for me but i had a $75 gift card so it was much more palatable. I would love to play the course again, but probably would play twilight so that the rate isn't so expensive.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

One of 3 great choices for golf in Galena

The north and south courses were in excellent condition. Didn't play the General but it was likely pristine. All are challenging and fun although on the pricey side for this rural area. Thankfully, Golf Now made it a real bargain but tee times were very limited. Another gripe is the lack of driving ranges and extra costs to use.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Best course in Illinois!

The General is a fine example of outstanding golf. Even though it rained the day proceeding our arrival, the course was in great shape (cart path only). I have played several other notable courses in Illinois including Cog Hill & Weaver Ridge and The General continues to amaze and impress, truly earning its status as a Top 100 course. The greens roll fast, but true, and generally speaking have less break than you would think. The elevation changes often with most holes playing significantly uphill or downhill. A special note of interest: the carts are basic and do not include GPS or a ball/club cleaner (which I would expect from a course of this caliber). Definitely a course to be enjoyed by the straighter hitters as hitting in the rough will often result in a lost ball or an unplayable lie. Very challenging tee to green, but with four levels of tee boxes I believe this course could be enjoyed by the intermediate to expert golfer. If you are a beginner or consider yourself a novice, definitely add this to your bucket list, but do not attempt to play until you get better!

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

The course was in very good shape. A little wet because it had rained.

The south course winds thru valleys with wide fairways and reasonably large greens. The greens and fairways were in good shape for being aerated recently. The houses along the fairways blend in nicely with the landscape. Difficulty of the course is average if you play the tees suited for your game. Playing back tees make the course difficult.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Difficulty Moderate
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