Thanks Reggie for making me feel welcome. My first time at The Champ. I look forward to seeing you and your great staff again
11 months ago
Super friendly staff, everyone took the time to great us (it was our first time) with a big smile. Starter was very friendly and took the time to explain the course and some of the local rules. The woman in the clubhouse who handled our greens fees and beverage needs was also very friendly. Even the gentleman who we returned our cart to was friendly and had some good stories to tell! The course itself is a hidden gem; wonderful classic traditional layout that was very challenging yet fair. (the greens are well mounded and contoured, very interesting!) . There were a few small areas of wear here and there, but overall i really liked the course. More golfers need to come down to this course and support it, you won't be disappointed.
10 months ago
Played Saturday at 10:15am. Given the amount of rain we had Friday nite, the course was in tremendous shape. Fairways were 2/3 dry, and the greens rolled true. That is the good.
Pace of play though...horrible. There was a 16 person bachelor party in front of us. The front 9 took about 140 minutes to play. Not quick, but not terrible for a 10:30 tee time on a Saturday morning either. The ENTIRE party stopped for lunch and beers at the turn, which means we had to wait for all 4 groups to go off on the back before we were able to start #10. Of course the starter was sitting about 100' away on the first tee, saw this going on, and did nothing to speed things along. So we said to hell with it, and played as a 6 some on the back 9. Outside of the 10th tee, the foursome behind us did not have to wait for a single shot of theirs. In fact, we were off of the 18th green as they were just driving up to the 18th tee, which gives you an idea of just how slow they were playing.
Also, it was 85 degrees with 100% humidity and EVERY single water jug on the course was empty. This is just pure laziness and/or pinching pennies at its absolute worst. I play Forest Preserve courses generally at least a dozen times a year, but its getting hard and harder to justify giving them money, and more importantly devoting 6+ to a round of golf as nothing is ever done about the pace of play at these courses.