USEFUL REVIEWS

Review: Stoney Creek Golf Course – Oak Lawn, Illinois

August 1, 2016

Overview:

Stoney Creek Golf Course is a full service public golf facility just south of Chicago.  Along with a par 65, 18-hole course, additional offerings include a driving range, golf simulator and even a miniature golf course.  The golf course checks in at 5,000 yards from the back tees, and while it won’t stretch the use of your entire arsenal of clubs, it still provides plenty of challenge for your short game and will certainly test your accuracy off the tee.

Course Condition:

We played this course on an early Sunday morning, teeing off just after 7am. The course felt a bit lush, perhaps still holding some moisture from the passing systems the day before in addition to the usual morning dew. Bunkers were a bit saturated and some were just downright unplayable. While the greens were soft, they did have quite a bit of undulation and the Sunday pin placements provided a good challenge.  Overall there was minimal water in play, however there are a decent amount of bunkers scattered throughout the course protecting the greens and fairways on the longer holes.  We did notice the grounds crew plowing the bunkers later on in the round, apparently starting on 18 and working their way back to the front, so perhaps a later round may have provided better conditions out of the sand.

Pace of Play:

We chose an early tee time hoping to make it out before the crowds, however the short course and reasonable price surely attract the locals throughout the weekend.  The course layout is also not conducive to quick play, as the multiple par 3s littering the front 9 have you waiting a bit at each tee box for the group ahead to finish. The delays were never more than a few minutes, but likely added 30 minutes to the round.  That being said, the par 3s were, however, a fun departure from the usual course layouts, providing plenty of opportunities for on-course games.  Short game challenges: Closest to the Pin, Snakes, Rats and Gophers (see our Useful Games section for more information) made each hole interesting to say the least, and any delay on the tee box only added to the pressure of the next shot.

Clubhouse/Staff:

The clubhouse is small, with a minimal restaurant and pro shop.  Not many options for food at the turn, and the beer selection is quite limited.  The beverage cart only made its way to us on the back nine, but that was due to our early tee time.  As I mentioned before, there is a driving range, practice green, golf simulator and miniature golf course for those looking to practice off the course.

Price:

The standard weekend rate is $36 for residents/$40 for non-residents with cart. There is a twilight rate of $30/$33 respectively after 3pm.  We found a deal on GroupGolfer.com for $20 which included a bucket of range balls. Other deals may be found for certain tee times throughout the year on Golfnow.com.

Overall Value:

With fair course conditions, plenty of par 3s, challenging tee shots, and additional facility amenities, this course offers an enjoyable experience for all levels at a reasonable price.  The ability to shoot low and constantly challenge your foursome in short game competition make this a decent alternative to your normal round, especially if you can take advantage of a discounted rate.

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