BIG RUN GOLF CLUB (1-815-838-1057)
Chicago Golf Course Review
Big Run Golf Club is a C.H. Muelenford/Sneed time-honored design that was built in 1930, and has rightly garnered a 4-star rating from Golf Digest Places to Play. The course
features hundreds of tall oaks along a layout that includes abundant fairway and greenside bunkering (46 in total), with water in play on 8 holes. Over the years, renovations and
improvements have been made, enabling Big Run to maintain a lofty status as one of the area's top championship courses.
Four sets of tees play to distance and slopes measuring 7025 yards/142 slope, 6650 yards/138 slope, 6250 yards/132 slope, and 5420 yards with a slope rating of 130. Anytime
the slope tops 140, golfers should realize that they are in for a stern test, and this is certainly true at Big Run. Tree lined fairways, strategic sand traps and water plus quick sloping
green complexes certainly will challenge all levels of golfers to play to their handicaps - but the natural beauty and wonderful conditioning make the experience extremely
enjoyable. The terrain is very rolling, with elevated tees playing to elevated greens the norm.
Amenities on property include a clubhouse with pro shop, restaurant/lounge that is open daily for breakfast and lunch items, and banquet/outing facilities that can accommodate
100 people. There also are nicely appointed locker rooms with showers for men and women. There is a practice green for putting, but no driving range on property.
Color coded flags indicate the day's hole locations (yellow - front, white - middle and orange - back). Standard on all carts is a new system called Cart Link which is provided by
The Laser Link people. The system is a hand held unit attached to the cart which is a Laser that shoots exact distance to the pin instead of a quadrant like the GPS systems.The
Kirby making system is also in place on the fairways, with yardages marked every 25 yards from 200 to 100. The course is hilly and plays long, and golfers will often have to play
more club than the distances on the Cart Link suggests, to reach the raised, sloping putting surfaces. Players will encounter large, mildly undulating putting surfaces, frequent
rock walled ponds, and strategic bunkers near the greens and along the well conditioned fairways. There are some extremely beautiful par threes, including holes 13 and 16,
which feature elevated tees and water hazards.
Big Run is a big golf course - affording players with ample opportunities to let the Big Dog fly. A deft touch is also necessary around the greens, creating the need for both power
and finesse. Most golfers will use every club in their bag. If you appreciate hilly layouts and lots of elevation changes as we do, you will love this course! For more info, visit our
page for Big Run Golf Club with direct link to their website by clicking here.