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2802 123rd St
Blue Island, IL  60406-1574
United States
P: (708) 385-1994
F: (708) 385-1996
Meadows Course

18 hole regulation length course

Municipal golf course

71 par | 6,549 yards | 120 slope

70.7 rating

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Meadows Golf Course

The 18-hole "Meadows" course at the The Meadows Golf Club of Blue Island facility in Blue Island, Illinois features 6,549 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The course rating is 70.7 and it has a slope rating of 120. Designed by J. Porter Gibson, ASGCA, the Meadows golf course opened in 1994. Ted Ruthenberg manages the course as the General Manager.


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Reviewed June 27, 2014

The Meadows Golf Club of Blue Island 1994 - 2014

Rest in Peace

Much like anything in life, once you remove the heart and soul, all you are left with is a corpse that will wither and die. The Blue Island city officials, powers that be, puppet masters, and behind the scene players have essentially stripped this club of the main reason the clientele has chosen to make this their club of choice. They have shown themselves to be two faced, backstabbing liars and cowards. Attempts to discuss this situation with them in a professional manner have been met with ignorance. The old saying goes, "You can't fight City Hall" is true if you are not given the forum to state your case. What has been built over the last 20 years will cease to exist as new management takes over. The new managements failure to understand it's customer base, needs and wants will lead to this demise. Removing key and vital employees will only hasten this demise. It is disheartening to know that the tireless efforts of past and present employees will all go for naught. Flower arrangements and Martini's are not what your casual golfers are looking for in a golf course. I can only wish you the misfortune and lack of success that will be due to the new regime. To the new management - during your downtime have yourself a martini, I hear that they go well with a slice of humble pie that will be served to you in the near future.

This review or preview into the future of this course is based mainly on experiences that I have had over a 20 year period playing this course. What was at one time a place to relax and enjoy the friendships made, has turned into a very uncomfortable setting. Don't try to bring in a doughnut or bag of chips or the newly hired "food nazi" general manager will give you the third degree on how you obtained said items. Our league of over 18 years has left and will find a more suitable course which understands the needs of a golfer and the experience they wish to have on a weekly basis.

Reviewed September 27, 2013

I honestly laughed at the last review of a guy who had an issue with booking a tee time. This course is a Chicago gem (guy probably plays 2 times a season). This course is very well maintained, the fairways and greens are in fantastic shape. They had rangers out moving the pace (played 18 in under 4 hours). Will play this course again soon.

Reviewed October 10, 2012

Wow I have never been so disgusted with a course in my life. The experience might have been as bad had it not been for the fellow at the desk. He was rude and acted if I was bothering him by checking in for my tee time. I would have turned around and walked right out had I not purchased a groupon for this so called golf course. First of all, I called and called and called to try and book a tee time but nobody was answering the phone. I finally got fed up with getting an answering maching and booked a tee time through THEIR website which in turn booked it through golfnow. When I went to check in, first off the fellow didn't even greet me, snatched the groupon and tolf me too bad I can't use that because I booked through golfnow. I explained to him that the only reason I booked through them was because it was through THEIR website. He kept tell me it's not his problem he wasn't the one not answering the phone. He finally agreed to except the voucher for the round of golf that I had already paid for and did not say another word to me. I asked him about a key for the cart and he stated, againg with an attitude, that their already in the cart and rolled his eyes. The course itself was fair at best, but with this kind of staff I would advise any golfer to stay far, far away from this place. Don't waste your money to play at a place where they treat you like garbage. I golf 2-3 times per week during the summer months and have never in my life been treated like this at a course.

Reviewed July 30, 2012

Death march on the weekend; either way overbooked or attractive to terrible golfers. Course has dry spots, cart paths are terrible, greens are in pretty good shape. However, great value! From greens fee ($30 for 18 w/ cart via to the beer cart ($3.50 for a pint of coors light) to the grille ($12 for 2 hot dogs, chips, and domestic bottles), great bang for your buck.

Reviewed May 24, 2012

Reviewed May 27, 2011

Lots of short Par 4s that challenge you to cut corners for big rewards

Reviewed October 15, 2010

course is getting in a better and better shape.

Reviewed April 29, 2009

Great Pro. Friendly, helpful staff. Some bare spots, but greens are always in fantastic shape. All in all a great bang for your golfing buck.

Reviewed October 12, 2008

This course is a classic case of you get what you pay for. The rates are real low and so is the quality of the course. Some, not all of the staff have a attitude problem, like they don`t want to be there. There are a LOT of bare spots where grass will not grow in the fairways. The cart paths are falling apart. There is not a blade of grass to hit off of at the range. I do have to say the greens are in pretty good shape.

Reviewed July 08, 2008

Excellent course for the cost, and the rangers are real laid back. If you looking to practice on some shots or wanna just relax with a nice wait staff this is the course.

Reviewed June 29, 2008

Reviewed March 28, 2008

this golf corse is nice the food is great and the service is also. For the golf corse yeah there are some rough patches but the place is well maintained great holes. The price is great to not exxpensive at all. Makes you want to go every week.

Reviewed July 17, 2007

A good solid 4 star course. It's public and it's cheap. Never seems to be a wait either. Nice rolling hills and tall grass rough, makes for some challenging holes. The Par 5 15th is a great example. Water only comes into play on 5, maybe 6 holes, but the rough will steal some of your balls for sure.

Reviewed February 12, 2007

What staff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

All I gotta say is wow I was blown away by the Meadows staff. Such a friendly group, and super acomodating. The girls their were out of this world. My bartender Lori really took my breath away. When I first entered the bar I didn't really know anyone and Im kinda as shy guy. Lori made me feel right at home. She took me aside and made me feel like a man. I have to say after that I could not take my eyes off of her. The rest of the staff was equally pleaseant. On another ocassion I met Art the friendly janitor. He at first seemed like a grumpy old fart, but then once we go to talking I really bgan to like him. The kids outside really wen out of their way to help me with my club. When I offered him a $50 tip he refused to take it but he did take the 20 i later offered him. There was also a special bartender named Corey. Everybody in the bar was all over her but she gave the most attention to me. I mean she got my drink first out of all of the guys. She said hi tooo. The food at the course was also amazing. A very young lady named Kolleen made me the best bowl of chili with cheese on it. All in all I think that everybody on the south side of Chicago should go check this place out.

Reviewed July 24, 2006

Some rough patches, but you can't beat the price, Nick.

On a early Sunday morning, four of us arrived at the Meadows Golf Club. We were greeted by a friendly staff in the clubhouse. We paid 29 each for green fees w/cart...pretty cheap. Since we had a few minutes before our scheduled tee time, we hit a few balls on the range. Didn't care for the range. Hard to find a good area to hit from and hated the sand underneath the grass. As we made our way to the first tee, we were surprised to see so many carts lined up. It turns out our scheduled tee time wasn't scheduled at all. There was no starter there (don't know if this is the norm), but we were annoyed just the same. To our delight, however, the pace of play was brisk and the 1st tee issue became a non-issue.
On the scorecard, it looks like this could be a long, difficult course. Don't worry about that. In fact, my entire group shot their best rounds of the year here. Sandtraps are hard to find here as are real trouble spots. The fairways and greens were in really good shape. Greens were a little slow, perhaps. Tees were nice, but need to be cut lower. Where there was grass in the rough it was fine...where there wasn't...oh boy. Every here and there in rough, there would be these patches where there wasn't any grass at fact, it looked to be asphalt...yes, asphalt. Now it wasn't could just roll your ball to a grassy area, it was just crazy to see.
Prepare for a lot of "blind" with someone who's been there before or learn to mark your ball well. Also, yardage markers could be more prevalent...especially around par 3s.
At the end of the round, we were all in agreement: The Meadows is fine and the price is right. Yes, we'd golf there again...just wouldn't bring the boss. We finished our round with a couple cheap beers in the clubhouse served by some nice-looking bartendresses.


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  • Latest Scores
  • Overall
Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 ryan P. 16 45 29 07/01/08
2 Richard V. N/A 39 39 08/21/08
3 DARRYL R. N/A 52 52 04/30/11
4 Vincent J. 37 100 63 07/01/07
5 anthony M. 18 81 63 08/08/11
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17 Jason R. 37 110 73 06/21/16
20 bradley T. 33 109 76 08/17/15
20 bradley T. 32 106 74 05/07/15
20 bradley T. 33 112 79 04/30/15

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About The Meadows Golf Club of Blue Island

The Meadows Golf Club of Blue Island

Golf Only facility

29 tees driving range

18 regulation holes

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Course Staff

Ted Ruthenberg, General Manager
Mark Schmitz, Golf Course Superintendent

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