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.
Solid course. Incredibly hilly and the layout isn't always efficient at times so walking can be a challenge. Course was in great shape with lush rush and manicured fairways. Just over 6600 from the whites with most of the distance coming on the two huge par 5's that close out each nine. Seems like every shot has some sorta elevation to deal with and gives the par 3's something to think about. Most greens are elevated and well guarded by bunkers. You'll get some challenging looks off the tee boxes especially no 5 where you'll be hitting through a goalpost of trees. The course is loaded with mature trees so it pays to be accurate and consider less than driver on a few holes, especially the tempting no 10 where long hitters can go for the green or wind up in heavy jail. The par 5 9th has one of the most rolling fairways I've ever seen where even a 300yd drive leaves you 300 out and leaving perplexing decision of where to land your second shot if you want to find a flat lie. Course has partial paved cart paths so knowing where to go can be a bit confusing at times.
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.