Marengo Ridge Golf & Country Club

4.1132588235 4.1 stars from 5 (168)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6654 yards
  • Slope: 129
  • Rating: 72.5
  • Layout

  • 9106 Harmony Hill Rd, Marengo, Illinois 60152, Mc Henry County
  • (815) 923-2332
  • (815) 923-6228
  • www.marengoridgegolfclub.com
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Year built: 1963
Architect(s): William J. Spear (1963), Bob Lohmann
Type: Public
Greens: Bent Grass
Fairways: Blue Grass
Golf Season: Open: 3/01 Closed: 12/25

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6654 yards 72.5 129
White 72 6293 yards 70.9 125
Gold 72 5690 yards 68.2 119
Red (W) 72 5368 yards 71.5 125

Marengo Ridge Golf Club opened as a nine-hole course in 1963. Spread across rolling, wooded hills, the course was crafted by re-purposing an old farm. The working cattle barn was even renovated to become the clubhouse. As the golf course garnered a local following, a new nine was added in 1990. The more than 25-year difference between when the two nines were constructed give the course a unique character. The layout seamlessly blends modern techniques and classic design. The distinct topographies of each nine add even more variety. Marengo Ridge Golf Club's original nine holes weave through mature trees while the newer holes are more open and links-style. There are several tricky doglegs throughout but it isn't overly punishing if you're errant. You'll also face several water hazards and strategically placed bunkers.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.1 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.9 stars from 5
Value: 4.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 168 Reviews
5 stars:
46
4 stars:
102
3 stars:
13
2 stars:
4
1 stars:
3

recommend this course

161 out of 168 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive in the 'burbs   Great for locals advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views   Challenges include water hazards bunkers elevation changes   Great for drinks patio dining watching the game  

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jknieja's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2019
Previously played Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Hidden Gem"


rkramdenii's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/18/2019
Previously played Walked Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great value. The staff is very attentive to the players.

Well worth the extra distance to travel.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"The course is a nice place for average golfers"


nicholasvalenti1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/15/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I enjoy coming here, it’s reasonable prices and nice layout make it nice to play.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Hidden Gem"


DaveE45's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on

Found this course almost by accident and glad we did. Friendly check in and got straight out. Course in good shape and the greens rolled really well, the fastest we have played so far this year.

Pace of play was interesting, on the front nine it suddenly got slow around hole 6 as we caught the ladies day group, and a five some at that! At the 8th tee by what I assume is the owner’s house the owner apologized and said he had called in! Anyway the pro arrived on 9 with the good news that it was their last hole, even better news we hadn’t been charged the senior’s rate and he funded the difference. Back nine pace was great.

Really recommend this course if you are in the area.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Do yourself a favor."


Lou4485804's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/05/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good value, bring your GPS and watch subtle breaks in greens and you’ll enjoy your round in the Fox Valley


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



uDZYY2164DZ's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/06/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great course. Park like views"


Charles4228122's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/05/2019
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Reviewed on

I love this course and pace of play is good. Its all you need and more. Plus the club house staff is terrific.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



u081651390's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/27/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in okay condition. This early in the year it’s hard to expect much. I’d like to come back later in the year because it was a fun layout.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



Steven9337426's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/03/2019
Previously played

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Slow play"


gyauch's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/22/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was crowded so play was slow. Probably due to a group of 6 in front of us. Lots of new/beginner players most Asian


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from #MarengoRidgeGC on 09/26/2018:

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a 4-star review and share your feedback with us. We apologize that your recent experience may have been affected by a slow pace of play, but we hope you were still able to enjoy the day with us. Come back to Marengo Ridge Golf Club for another round soon!


paulstrzala's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/01/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from #MarengoRidgeGC on 09/05/2018:

Paul, thank you for the 3-stars and sharing your feedback with us. We hope you enjoyed your recent round and that we can welcome you back for an even better one at Marengo Ridge Golf Club soon.


u600533991's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/01/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from #MarengoRidgeGC on 08/16/2018:

Thanks for the kind feedback and 4-star review! We appreciate your comments regarding our course and staff. Come back to Marengo Ridge Golf Club again soon!

"Always a pleasant experience"


HOTSPOTTS's avatar
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Illinois Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/29/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

We enjoyed an under 3 hour round on a perfect Sunday afternoon - booked the 1st time after their Superintendents Revenge scramble so the course completely cleared out after the last group finished on the 1st green. Flagstick positions for this round were at their most difficult however they were very fair....just tucked with several cut in difficult positions near the edges with lots of slope. Overall Marengo is in decent shape....greens are just fine. Sand traps were pretty crusty and do need some work but has been the case for several years. Tee boxes are okay but need a tad of attention. The fairways have been cut a tad too short and are patchy getting sparse in areas some areas the ball just doesn't seem to sit up well....not normally the case...my opinion they need to let the fairways grow out a little. Very welcoming folks and they care deeply about your experience. Range off grass and a locker room showers in the basement. No gps on cars bring a laser/garmin. Nice bar and decent food post round. Always a solid consistent affordable 4 star play and a track I always want to play at least once or more a season. A top 20 affordable gem in Chicagoland.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from #MarengoRidgeGC on 07/31/2018:

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us, as well as the 4-star review. We truly appreciate your comments as our staff is committed to providing our golfers with a valuable golf experience, and they will be shared appropriately as we work on continuous improvements. Thank you for choosing Marengo Ridge Golf Club and we hope to have you back again soon!

"The course has good people working for it"


u593179207's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/29/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The courses in really nice shape the pin placements today we're kind of crazy, I played 18 holes in three and a half hours.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from #MarengoRidgeGC on 07/31/2018:

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a 4-star review and share your feedback. We're glad to hear you enjoyed your recent experience with us at Marengo Ridge Golf Club, and all of your comments will be shared with our staff. Come back soon!

"front nine tough"


Neebish's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/10/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

front nine is difficult with a lot of water, back nine is easier.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from #MarengoRidgeGC on 07/16/2018:

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a 4-star review. Your comments will be passed along to our staff for any improvements, but we hope you still enjoyed your recent round with us! Come back to Marengo Ridge Golf Club again soon.

"Water water everywhere"


usz2bu0's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/06/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Unfortunately, we played the day after a storm came through and the drainage was not very good. 90% of the bunkers were filled with water. I lost 2 balls in the bunker water. The other issue were the fairways. The grass was a little sparse for my liking.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from #MarengoRidgeGC on 07/16/2018:

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a 3-star review. We're sorry to hear your recent round was affected by the rainy weather, but your comments will be passed along to our staff for any possible improvements. We hope you were still able to enjoy the day with us at Marengo Ridge Golf Club, and that we can have you back for a better round soon.


Thomas5352969's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/06/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from #MarengoRidgeGC on 07/16/2018:

Thomas, thanks for the 4-stars! Come back to Marengo Ridge Golf Club again soon.


John7393's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/28/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from #MarengoRidgeGC on 07/02/2018:

Thank you for the 5-stars, John! Come back to Marengo Ridge Golf Club for another great round soon.

"Drainage"


er5016DR's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/27/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Coarse drains exceptionally well after heavy rains.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from #MarengoRidgeGC on 07/02/2018:

Thank you for the 4-star review and sharing your feedback with us! We hope you had a great day with us and can make it back to Marengo Ridge Golf Club for another round soon.

"Really enjoyed the course"


paulstrzala's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/19/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Was wet but we knew that before we purchased. Really nice course


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from #MarengoRidgeGC on 06/22/2018:

Thank you for the 5-stars! We appreciate your understanding regarding the recent weather conditions and hope you were still able to have a great round with us at Marengo Ridge Golf Club. Come back again soon!


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