With eight holes routed around five lakes and Long Run Creek, there’s no shortage of aquatic challenge on the course at Big Run Golf Club, where Harry B. Smead set out the well-bunkered fairways in 1930.
Big Run is the wildest piece of land I've ever seen in the state of Illinois, and its unfortunate that the course has had constant rumors of closing. Its an old school course that features dramatic holes routed over the hills, through trees and around the meandering creek. It reminds me somewhat of poor man's Olympia Fields, occupying an interesting piece of land with an old school field. It features so many things you wouldn't normally see, like the wild 600 yard par 5 ninth and the dramatic par 3 7th that plays straight uphill. The three Dick Nugent par 3's that are mixed in makes the routing lose a little steam but its still a really cool place. If some money and a good architect were put into the course it could be something reallyyyyy special.