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19433 Renwick Rd
Lockport, IL  60441-2899
United States
P: (815) 836-4653
F: (815) 834-4256
www.prairiebluffgc.com
Prairie Bluff Course

18 hole regulation length course

Municipal golf course

72 par | 6,857 yards | 122 slope

72.1 rating | Bent grass


Prairie Bluff Golf Course


The 18-hole "Prairie Bluff" course at the Prairie Bluff Golf Course facility in Lockport, Illinois features 6,857 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72.The course rating is 72.1 and it has a slope rating of 122 on Bent grass. Designed by Andy North/Roger B. Packard, the Prairie Bluff golf course opened in 1998. Steve Lunde manages the course as the Director of Golf Course Operations.

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Reviewed August 20, 2012

Very convenient course, since it is less than a mile from the Pace #832 or #834 buses that bring you out from the Joliet Metra station. So for those of us without a car it is one of the few excellent Chicagoland courses that can be easily reached using transit and a short walk. Recommend weekdays when you can virtually walk on, and play at your own pace.

Reviewed May 17, 2010

The course is nice but a little over-priced. It was was in great shape! The greens were true and well maintained. The holes are all unique. You don't feel like you are playing the same hole 18 times. I am glad I played it but usually like a little more for that price.

Reviewed July 20, 2009

Found the course to be almost boring. Carved out of a cornfield with a scenic views of more cornfields and the Big House in the distance, Stateville prison, home to Joliet Jake. Par 3's were almost cookie cutter one to the next and lacked any imagination or variety. Being a cornfield in a previous life, lacked any defined elevation changes. Played on a weekend and the pace of play was OK. Actually poor for how busy it was. I was able to get a round in under 4 hrs. Lucky considering the other posts. The caliber of play here and in some of the other surrounding muni's is about the same, bring a helmet.

Bev cart service was scarce, pro shop stocked with the usual items. Ajoining resturaut features typical bar food fare.

For the quality of play, I find the course to be overpriced compared to other courses in the area. Several other better courses within a short drive of here. If you have to play here, try catching it on a weekday or at twilight.

Reviewed May 22, 2009

Reviewed July 07, 2008

The course layout is ok. The staff really don't care about the public and the cost of golf is way over priced. this is a park course that should be no more than $50 on the weekends. I highly would not recommend.

Reviewed May 17, 2008

Reviewed October 09, 2007

Reviewed August 20, 2007

I had the pleasure of playing this course on a Friday afternoon, while visiting from Philadelphia, Pa. I found the staff to be very pleasant and accommodating. I played this links style course on a day with a light breeze, and the course played easy and relaxing. I believe this course would play harder if the winds where up even slightly. The course was well maintained and generally in excellent condition. The greens rolled extremely true and where well maintained. The fairways where wide and well marked for yardage, the roughs where lower than expected and generous, especially for a links course. Tee boxes and traps where very well maintained. My only complaint would be that the local golfer, the groups we played behind had little respect for fellow golfers and often hit multiple balls and practice putts, in addition to spending long periods searching for lost balls in deep prairie grass beyond the already generous rough, which slowed play. I think the rangers should enforce and the players need to respect the rules of golf etiquette. This would allow a better pace of play and provide a very nice experience for everyone. We played the front nine in just under 2 hours while the back night played in 2 ½ hours, more due the groups in front, rather than the course layout. We could have easily played this course in less than 4 hours, on a Friday afternoon if the golfers would have followed golf etiquette and showed the proper respect for the game and fellow golfers.

Reviewed July 29, 2007

I really want to love this course, but I can't.
I grew up in the area close to this course and after driving from Chicago, for a game of golf, courtesy of my wife, I was pretty stoked.

First, to agree with earlier posts the course is fairly easy. The course is well maintained, it's the only place I've played that you can loss a ball in the regular rough that isn't that tall, just lush stuff. And you will play a 5 hour plus round on the weekend!

Where I have to disagree is that it's a good value. Sitting at the Tee box or standing on the fairway for 5, 10, sometimes 15 minutes is BS, for $60, not including, driving range balls, food & drinks. When golf rangers hassle my wife & I about how far along we are, by looking at the time we paid, not our tee time is ridiculous. Especially when the same old cigar smoking ranger was spending most of his time looking for balls in the rough along #4, while the guys in front of us were playing from the blues and not getting their tee shots past the ladies on almost every hole.

When we showed up to start, the ranger said there was a good chance we wouldn’t finish 18 because the pace was at 5 1/2 hours & they have to clear the course by 8:15. The worst part is this is an on going thing that they acknowledged as happening every weekend and was caused by, to many resident permit golfers, overall extremely high hadi-cappers and the threat of being sued again for harassing people. Yes, some woman who was told to pick up the pace, sued the course, so now they don’ say anything. If that doesn’t tell you about the quality of people at this beautiful course, this will I had at least 2 different people pick up my Nike balls and try to claim my way-ward drive as a lost ball. I golf at Chicago public course and even the characters there don’t steal my balls.

With the mental part of the game being huge in golf, you'll just get mad playing here and your game will be affected. I say avoid this place like the plague. This was the first place I’ve ever considered walking off the course without finishing when the weather was great.

Reviewed July 15, 2007

I've played Prairie Bluff at least 50 times because it is probably in the top 5 values in the greater Chicagoland area. While it appears to be a fairly easy course, it can be quite challenging from the tips as the wind is ALWAYS a factor. Big plusses here are the conditioning (helps to be built on farmland) and the walkability...it might be the easiest course to walk in Chicago as well. Minuses are the pace of play (maybe they should start the course on #10 to avoid the backup on the Par 3 third hole) and the pointless rangers who appear to do nothing but drive around looking for lost ProVs.

I would recommend this course to anyone looking for a nice round at a great price...but try weekdays if you can to avoid the 5+ hour round.

Reviewed June 30, 2007

NIce course but wide fairways and fairly simple

This course is a very good value for Chicagoland. It is not very long from the blues and reasonable from the tips. Well-manicured. However the fairways are wide and the course is pretty easy as there are not many trees and no water that really comes into play. The rough is thick but again the fairways are extremely wide. Good course

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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 Marcus V. 14 50 36 06/24/10
2 Jose C. 16 57 41 04/13/10
3 Jeff D. N/A 60 60 08/25/07
4 Stan J. 27 92 65 08/12/08
5 Stan J. 27 95 68 08/05/12
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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
36 Jim K. 19 95 77 02/21/17
67 toshinori I. 18 104 86 10/06/13
41 Jody A. 7 85 78 09/27/13
27 Stan J. 27 102 75 08/04/13
42 Stan J. 27 105 78 07/28/13

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Prairie Bluff Golf Course

Golf Only facility

50 tees driving range

18 regulation holes

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Course Staff

Steve Lunde, Director of Golf Course Operations
Scott Lunde, Golf Professional
Luke C. Strojny, Superintendent
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