Makray Memorial Golf Club

1010 S. Northwest Hwy
Barrington, IL 60010
Pricing: $25 - $50
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Makray was originally known as the Thunderbird Golf Club for years, but was closed and rebuilt in 2002. It's located in the northwest Chicago suburb of Barrington, on Northwest Highway near the Deer Grove Forest Preserve.

Parkland style of layout with tree lined fairways, the occasional water hazard, and plenty of traps, challenging, but fair and interesting to play. Bent grass from tee to green with a good variety of interesting holes where strategic and risk/reward types opportunities are offered. The fairways are somewhat narrow, well defined from the higher, thicker rough. It was designed by Harry Vignocchi and plays to 6,900 yards from the black tees, 74.1/132 ratings.

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Posted by: Marco

May 31st, 2010

Not a bad track but some FUNKY holes. There is a nice par 4 but because it's a dog leg right, the home owner sued the track and won so they moved the tees up and it's now a par 3. So many better the areago play Foxford...if you haven't played it, you'll wonder why and put it on your list of must plays!

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Posted by: Seamus

May 9th, 2010

We found Makray to be a very challenging course, in good shape, but expensive. The first five holes are a tough way to get the round started, but they do have a good range to warm up on. Nice strong finish, especially 18, with a lot of risk/reward opportunities throughout the course. It's not one the must-plays in Chicagoland, but maybe second tier of a number of courses you might play.

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Posted by: SeanM

Oct 19th, 2009

One of my favorite golf courses in the area. The greens were very good as usual, the tees were real good as well, and the fairways were excellent overall - just a few bad areas in some low spots. I think this course is a real good choice, in particular for the mid range handicapper, since it is fairly open on most holes. Overall this golf course is a very good bargain, and judging by the difficulty in getting a tee time, I beleive I am in the majority who feels this way.

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