Located in Silvis, Rock Island County, the course at TPC Deere Run lies on the north bank of the Rock River, where it operates as a member of the Tournament Players Club network of private and public golf facilities.
Designed by Illinois native D.A. Weibring, this layout has hosted the John Deere Classic since the year it first opened for play in 2000, with Paul Goydos posting the course record of 59 in the first round of this PGA Tour event ten years later.
Before the course was built, the 385-acre property had gone through a number of different uses – from farming to coal mining to horse and cattle breeding – and each of the holes have been named to reflect the rich heritage of the land.
D.A. Weibring has been quoted as saying: “It has all the things I think you’d like to have in a golf course. There are elevation changes, great views and scenery, hardwood trees. You have the Rock River complemented with small ponds and deep ravines… and best of all, there’s no real estate.”
Great venue in Quad Cities with huge appeal. Sweeping elevation changes, beautiful setting and perfect conditions. With five different tees to choose from the TPC Deere Run can be an enjoyable experience for all ranges of golfers.
The strength of the course is in the par fours which comprise the toughest handicap holes. Each has a different challenge to overcome from tough driving hole to difficulty on approach shots. All four par threes are strong with shot making being the priority instead of length.
TPC Deere Run is a blast to play. It boggles my mind how low the pros shoot here as I always seem to have trouble. There really are not any weak holes here. Some of the most memorable play right along the rock River.
I've played TPC Deere run a number of times. I live in southern Illinois (St Louis Metro East) so its not a far drive. There is a reason I've traveled up to the quad cities several times to play it. It's simply a great golf course. The scenery, conditioning, layout, and entire piece of property is fantastic. Along with Wild Horse in NE, I find this to be one of the best values in golf. I've never paid more than 100 bucks to play it, and its always been immaculate. We even played it one year the week prior to the John Deere classic. All the grandstands were up and it was kind of a fun experience for us. The finishing 3 or 4 holes are all great. The views of the river on the front and back are perfect for showcasing the beauty of the Midwest. I've played 5 TPC courses and this is my favorite. I hope if you've ever thought about this trip, you pull the trigger. You won't be disappointed.
I only have great things to say about Deere Run. In terms of routing, bunkering, conditioning, and scenery, it’s a world-class golf course. It’s more of a typical modern course, so the green complexes are not for the most part anything unique or spectacular like a Mike Strantz course for example, but D.A. Weibring and his team really built a fantastic golf course overlooking the Rock River.
The best and most memorable parts of the course are #1-#5 as well as #14-#17, almost all of which overlook the river in some fashion. The opener is a tight dogleg left par four with bunkers galore, but #2 is where the course really gets going on a downhill par five that temps the player to attack either the well-protected green or a narrow layup area. #3 is my favorite par three on the course – it’s up a massive slope to a semi-blind green sloping away on nearly all sides, which is not the type of par three usually seen on modern courses. #4 is a spectacular long dogleg right par four with a tree bisecting the fairway, and the stretch finishes with the medium-length par four #5 which plays to a green which heavily slopes from back left to front right.
The course meanders away from the river views, but manages to stay interesting – there isn’t a weak hole on the golf course, really – until it reaches #14, a devilish short downhill par four that tempts the user to attack the green when the smart play is to lay up. #15 is an uphill par four that plays more difficult due to swirling winds coming from the river. #16 speaks for itself as the signature hole of the course, a short par three overlooking the river, as seen on TV at the John Deere Classic. #17 is a great par five: super narrow tee shot, reachable in two shots, all sorts of options when it comes to attacking the green or laying up depending on where the pin is. #18 is a strong par four, but it feels very plain after the previous four holes.
This course is a great asset to the Quad Cities area and in my opinion is one of the better public access courses in the Midwest. While the course gets plenty of publicity due to its being a PGA Tour host, it still feels overlooked or underrated. It’s a very enjoyable course to play and is well worth the trip.
Played October 19, 2013