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2359 N 35th Rd
Marseilles, IL  61341-9509
United States
P: (815) 496-2301
Bourne Course

18 hole regulation length course

Public golf course

72 par | 6,355 yards | 123 slope

70.0 rating

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Bourne Golf Course

The 18-hole "Bourne" course at the The Bourne Golf Course facility in Marseilles, Illinois features 6,355 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 70.0 and it has a slope rating of 123. Designed by Dick Wherli, the Bourne golf course opened in 1990. Dick Wherli manages the course as the Owner.


Time5am - 9pm
Price $0 - $500
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Reviewed May 12, 2012

Everyone has thier idea of the course, I normally play the courses around my house due to easy to get to. However, I am excitded every year to play the Bourne. I only play 2-3 times a year and it always a blast. It is like having your personal golf course because you will literally only see maybe 4 other people (not groups) on the course at a time, and you are kind of lucky if you do see them. There is alof of elevation changes if you play from the Gold Tees. Playing from the white tees is kind of like you just wasted your gas and time to drive out there because the white tees take away so much of the greatness the Bourne has to offer. The course it self to me is difficult, I do not hit the straightest drive all the time so bringing extra balls is always wise. The wildlife you might see on the course and the cliffside tee boxes make up for some of the rougher fairways. The greens are usually in great shape, not beat up like most of the courses I normally play at. The price of play on the course is great for what you get. $40.00 for 18 on a Sunday where every place else is around $60 and packed.

You will not be dissapointed in the Bourne, just bring some bug spray.

Reviewed August 29, 2011

Reviewed July 20, 2009

Played this course a few days ago for the first time. It is everything the previous reviews indicated. A beautiful place to play golf. The holes are spread out, its like you're all by yourself on almost every hole. The friendly staff readily gives valuable tips to help you navigate the course and avoid the many pitfalls and hidden hazards. Several tees are (very) elevated and provide views you don't usually see in Illinois. Some holes look like you're at St Andrews(not in West Chicago), others remind you of Augusta. The fairways are good, not excellent, but the greens are very nice and well kept. People have mentioned a lack of maintenance but owning and caring for a few acres myself, I can tell you that a LOT of work has gone into this place and it shows. My hat is off to the groundskeeper here. We were very pleasantly surprised and plan to return as soon as possible. Definitely worth the drive. Actually I considered not telling anybody about it just so it might stay as uncrowded and homey as it is.

Reviewed July 11, 2009

Playing The Bourne is like going on an African safari. You have to give a whole day to it because it is far and you need to bring provisions like water, extra clothes, snacks, extra balls, and a golf scope because finding the yardage markers is difficult. Tired of crowded golf at your local muni? Go out to The Bourne and breath the fresh air and take in the rolling woodlands. Wait for the deer to cross your fairway before you hit. This is not your regular golf, it is a little on the rough side. To me it was a very challenging course because I think the architect purposely designed the craziest holes he could put together. Many holes have elevated tees but if you hit a good drive the approach shot is ordinary. My biggest criticism is that the second shot or the approach shots are kind of ho-hum. The staff was extrememly helpful and friendly. I was out on the 16th hole when a rainstorm began and I was lost out in the 750 acres of The Bourne and they had to come out and get me. They take good care of you because they know their golf carts (they laughed at me when I said I was going to walk) are not the best.
So play the Bourne and get your mojo back! Credit cards NOT accepted.

Reviewed February 10, 2009

Ok, I'm not a golfer. I'm an ex-employee but not a disgruntled one so I'm not out to trash this place. The Bourne is sort of the anti-golf experience if your idea of golf is what commercial golf typically is. It's like school-yard stick ball is to MLB. The whole idea of it is not to give you the slick unnatural perfection of today's golf courses. Golf originally wasn't played on those perfectly maintained surfaces you know so well. This course was created as something of a return to the old days, hence the name taken from golf's UK ancestry.

I admit that I think the owner is a jerk, not strictly because I worked there - I knew of him years before and he's something of a name in Naperville. He has buttloads of money too. His whole intention of building the golf course was as a place of recreational golf for him and his buddies, to get away from the showy environment of most clubs. Out in the middle of nowhere in a beautiful natural seting. Extremely peaceful and challenging. Real golf that requires real skill in the real world, rather than just the right grass at just the right length and a game that's more about business meetings and wearing the most expensive shoes and using the most expensive clubs and inpressing all your friends with your ability to spend money at a pro shop. The Bourne is about the game. If you need the other stuff you'll be sorely disappointed.

Anyway, the original intention was for it to be a private personal place, not a public course. It was at the urging of others that he decided to open it to others. At the time I worked there they had just completed the first nine holes and were beginning work on a few more. I haven't been there since then, but at least back then things were relatively well-maintained within the spirit of the back-to-basics mentality of the place. But even then they were never big on service to the customers. For the owner it was more about having his own course than making the public happy. And while many might grumble about that, I respect him for it. Again - it's not about all the other crap. It's only about the game and the environment. Once you lose your expectations of being catered to and impressing everybody with your purchases, you'll be blown away at how beautiful and peaceful the setting is and just how frustrating a round of golf can be however good you think you are.

As for the fees... believe me, he's not making any money on this place. The fees are more to offset the cost of maintenance than anything, and despite what you see as a lack of maintenance, a lot of work does go on there. If you want pristine to the point of unnatural, go elsewhere. you'd be happier closer to a TGIFridays or something anyway.

The pro-shop is a joke, the restaurant is actually really good, the carts get you from point to point even if they don't look like they will. Just relax and enjoy it.

Reviewed June 25, 2008

Gentlemen, gentlemen. Please understand, the individual that owns this course has no intention of satiating the interests of those who would pursue the "perfect round of golf". The owner as I understand it, is quite tired of the plastic atmosphere that exists at most golf courses today, and would rather just have a place to bop in on from time to time to knock the white ghost around. Hence, the landing strip. Why he opened it up to outsiders is beyond me. Enjoy it for what it is. Simple, country golf. Heck, one time, they even let me take my dog with me in the cart. So, if you want to avoid the crowds, see some nice scenery, and lose a few balls, come to the Bourne. If you want a buttoned-down, stiff-collared, pant-creased, spit-shoe polished golfing experience, go to Springbrook in Naperville.

Reviewed June 15, 2008

This course has it beautiful scenery but for the course itself is not the best. The carts seem to have many problems and no one seems to be worried about them. I feel they are not safe to be driving and they need to finish the course so you can golf and enjoy the country setting. They seem to just be too busy doing to many things at once. Would be great to get someone in there that owns or runs the place and want the place to improve. I will not go back again till they finish or lower the rates till it is finished being worked on. The so called pro shop leaves alot also, for you to think about. And I have to agree what is it with not accepting credit cards.

Reviewed April 18, 2008

My apologies but the review "hackaway" has made but he must be just that! Absolutely this course is a work in progress, located in the middle of no's quiet and very peaceful. It's seems expensive for the conditions you are dealt with but at the same time it's a outstanding difficult "old school" test and you'll end up being a better golfer because of it. Get the deal that includes dinner afterward...the food in clubhouse is very good and the folks there are really nice. I played the course 4 times in 2007 and definitely plan on going back a few times in 2008. Don't expect to score well, just enjoy it and laugh. Incredibly scenic, and a fun, really really quirky routing. Some holes seem unfair or maybe not for the par intended and you'll know what I mean if you decide to play it. You'll lose some golf balls in high roughs especially on 15 and 16. You have to play this course more than once to really understand it, club properly and avoid some obvious and not so obvious pitfalls. The greens are slow but better than a Chicago Park district course. And yes there's clover in the fairways, no distance markers, bad lies, trees in the middle of some fairways but it's like going back to the way golf used be prior to 1980 when a golfer (not hackaway) had to play by feel, had pine trees for approx 150 yard markers and that was it...and relied on previous experiences on that course. Zero sand traps on the course and they don't need them. It's not this overgroomed, GPS crap demanded by the likes of hackaway who must have perfect conditions every time and then take 6 hours to play with their finger up their nose. Note I've played well over 100 different Chicago area courses and get in at least 50 or more rounds a year so if you really enjoy the game of golf this is one of those truly different experiences, a gem in the rough and is definitely worth a few rounds. So you don't get "lost" when finishing the 9th...directly behind the 9th green is the ladies 10th tee. Take a look to your right...that's the 10th hole with bunch of trees in the middle of the fairway....go up the cart path left of the ladies tee back toward the clubhouse and keep turning right and you'll find the 10th tee box up top of the bluff. Suggest you man up and try it!! Don't mind yourself about the course conditioning...just enjoy the quiet, the scenery and the quirky yet exciting routing.

Reviewed April 01, 2008

Normally I wouldn't go on to write a bad review about a course, but I got to say that this was the most pathetic excuse for a golf course. Lets start from the begining, We arrive at the course go in to pay and they do not except credit/debit cards, cash only. There is an ATM in the lobby! Ok $50 is not a bad price for a weekend rate, I thought. Go out to the driving range to hit a small bucket to practice, very basic range, but the ground was too hard to even put your tee in without breaking a few first. Maybe the course is better I thought. Nope tee box 1 is just as hard. Tee off go down the fairway, I noticed it is not even grass, they have Clover fairways. WOW! The rest of the course didn't get any better outside of the scenery which was pretty nice. Don't waste your time or your cash on this pathetic course.

Reviewed March 29, 2008

I agree with the other reviews. Spectacular elevated tee boxes. Course lacks maintenance, greens were shaggy and slow. Overpriced for the condition of the course, but worth it for scenery. I would suggest a range finder for this course as it is poorly marked. Some of the holes are layed out a bit awkward.

Reviewed October 15, 2007

I played the Bourne in mid-October for the first time and found it to play difficult. The course is a work-in-progress which is apparent from the construction equipment seen throughout and the excavation being done even on the Sunday we played. The landscape and vistas are awesome, not someting No. Illinois golfers are used to seeing. Lacking, however were yardage and hazard markers. Nine of the Bourne's eighteen holes are doglegs so distance management is critical. Many of the greens are elevated but were easy enough to hold. Still, knowing exact or even approximate yardage to the green was essential.

The greens were shaggy so putting was a challenge. Tee boxes were worn and were in need of repair.

This course could be a jewel if some basic maintenance were done.

If you intend to play the Bourne, bring plenty of golf balls and a yardage finder; but leave the driver at home.

Reviewed June 15, 2007

Roller Coaster

I have lived near this course for a very long time, but I have never played it until the other day. I found myself in a rollercoaster of tranquil and awkward excitement! I played the course without the comfort of buddies. Just me and the course. At times the course seemed well layed out but other times it was very awkwarked but I was still intrigued in it. I don't care one bit about the somewhat unkempt look, but that is what golf is suppose to be like, and I have always felt like I strike the ball much better in thicker grass. Ya the course seems a little over-priced, but it's worth it if you play it every once in awhile. Whenever I asked about the course to people who have played the course they say it is very tight, but when I played it, it wasn't all that bad. Sometimes the course makes you have to play small golf, but every course should do that, instead of letting people rip it off the tee. Don't get me wrong, I love to give a ball a ride, but that is one of my strong points, so I need that challenge of just placing a ball. There still are holes that you get to rip the ball though, I suggest playing the yellow tees, because most of them are set really high in the unimaginable hilly landscape, due to the fact that the area around is nothing but flatlands and cornfields. So I lost a couple of balls during the day, but I found a couple of balls too, and that's just golf.


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  • Latest Scores
  • Overall
Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 Andrew S. 16 55 39 09/23/07
2 John K. 31 105 74 09/06/08
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Golf Course Information

About The Bourne

The Bourne Golf Course

Golf Only facility

10 tees driving range

18 regulation holes

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Course Staff

Dick Wherli, Owner
John Baldwin, Superintendent
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