I am a scratch golfer who enjoys playing early in the morning at a fast pace. Our fore some was the forth tee time of the day and we walked 18 holes in 3 hours and 50 minutes. We never waited on a shot and didn't hold anyone up so pace of play was as good as it gets.
The layout of the course is fantastic, no homes and areas that make you feel like you are in Wyoming verses northern Illinois. The overall condition of the course was outstanding except the sand traps were very wet.
This course all but lost their greens a few years ago but after a lot of effort by the current staff, they are now really top notch poa anna greens that are firm and run around 10.5 on the stimp meter. The greens are huge with a lot of undulation so be ready to play a lot of break on all of your putts and do not go above the hole on any front pins or you will really have you work cut out for you. I heard some complaints about the green speed being too slow but I really don't think most people could putt very well on these huge undulating greens if they were much faster than they are right now. The greenskeeper would also lose about half of his pin positions if the greens were much faster due to the undulation. It really didn't take very much to adapt to the slightly slower greens and I enjoyed the challenge of putting greens with a lot of break.
The practice facility is also top notch with new range balls, bent grass hitting areas and several chipping greens with sand traps. A few more targets to shot at different distances would be nice but this is truly a first class place to warm up or practice.
October 17, 2017
“The Pine Meadow staff is absolutely fabulous both on the course and in the shop and in the dinning room. your entire team is spot-on nice, helpful and couldnt be nicer to be around...congrats”
Ted, Lake Forest, Il. October, 2017
I have been coming to Pine Meadow for the last 5 years, and with the exception of 4-5 years ago when the greens were not that great, they are in great shape today. In fact the whole course was in great shape. I really love this layout. As long as you keep the course conditions like they were today, I’m here.
Greg, Northbrook, Il. September 17
I want to let you know I had a great experience, course was in great shape, staff was friendly and informative, explained the nuances of the course and how to get around without getting lost. I will definitely come back next time I am in town.
Paul, Colorado, June 2017