Golf Review: Conway Farms Golf Club – Lake Forest, IL

There is always something special about walking the fairways of a course with ties to the PGA Tour. There is a certain feel, or vibe that you get, that you’re part of something historic. The walk at Conway Farms is no different. 

With its grand opening in 1991, Conway Farms is still considered a young course by all accounts. The Tom Fazio design has been home to many amateur championships, but most recognizably played host to the FedEx Cup Playoffs, BMW Championship, in 2013, 2015, and 2017. Hosting winners like Zach Johnson, Jason Day, and Marc Leishman. 

Conway is an immaculate private club and the amenities are very special. As you walk onto the practice facilities at Conway it feels like you could spend hours owning your craft. A huge range and world-class short game facility makes this a perfect setup for all levels of players. 

I’ve got to admit, stepping on to the first tee I wasn’t quite impressed. Nothing really blew me away about it. You’re teeing off right behind the clubhouse and patio, but it was a sort of bland hole, just a little short dogleg right. The second hole the same, and the third hole right after that. But then, things get interesting and start picking up from there on out. One of the most impressive parts to me was that the course just kept getting better as you went, in all aspects. The hole designs got better, the shotmaking and demand increased, and even the views picked up with high vistas and views of the great American flag waving by the clubhouse in the distance.

In all regards, Conway is a difficult test. Coming down the stretch, your game will be tested to the max. Long, demanding par 5’s and 4’s, mixed in with a 230-yard par 3, make up your last six holes. The only break you have coming in is the 334-yard par 4 15th, which is guarded by water all along its left side. One of my favorite holes on the property. A short, tough golf hole, that almost makes making a birdie imperative for your scorecard. With the surrounding golf holes, this is the one hole coming in that can give you a break, but unfortunately it will also sneak up and bite you very quick. 

Conway Farms is a legendary golf course, and I believe it will continue to be a staple on the PGA Tour. I definitely did not see Jim Furyk’s 59 during my round there, and the pros have been going low at Conway in recent years, but I believe the course can be set up for a challenge very well. It’s just the pros are so damn good!


Hole 8 Par 5 600 yards
Hole 11 Par 3
Hole 15 Par 4. The test is right here. Give it a rip for the green and give the water a test, or lay out to the right and give yourself a flip wedge. There is also a pro tee on the left side of the trees. Make them carry the entire water to layup or go at the green.
The difficult Hole 16 Par 4 466 yards uphill
The approach on Hole 18 Par 5. A creek winding through the entirety of the hole.

Published by golfcourseraterguy

Sports fan with a passion for golf, basketball, and the Chicago Cubs.

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