The Takeaway: Boasting more character in the design than most PGA Tour courses, TPC Deere Run is a gem hidden in the Midwest. With public access, exceptional conditioning, and plenty of elevation changes to enjoy; it is a must visit when in the Illinois/Iowa area. Grade B+
Designer: D.A. Weibring in 2000
Cost: $49 - $189 (cart included) Click for current rates
Phone Number: (309) 796-6000
Course Website: Official Website - Visit TPC Deere Run's official website by clicking on the link provided.
Directions: Get here! - 3100 Heather Knoll, Silvis, Illinois 61282 – UNITED STATES
What to Expect: Admittedly, I was surprised how much I liked TPC Deere Run. I suppose my expectations weren't that high because the course hadn't surfaced on any national Top 100 Public rankings recently, the course wasn't in a location garnering recognition, and the name reminded me more of farming equipment than a top tier golf course. Couple all of that with the fact that TPC Deere Run has never been one of the higher acclaimed PGA Tour stops, and I just hadn't made it a priority to get there. Fortunately, when I committed to a golf trip to Iowa via Chicago, TPC Deere Run was a natural stop along the way. The course has SO much more character than I ever imagined. I had visions of flat corn fields being near the border of Iowa, but quite the opposite is true with fantastic undulations and movement throughout the property combined with architecture that is superior to many PGA Tour locations. The opening four holes completely captured me and the finishing three holes are a perfectly compelling conclusion to a tournament course where you want to create some drama. While the middle stretch of the course is solid, it doesn't draw you in like the start and finish is able to do. Course conditions at this tree lined course are exceptional, particularly for a public access track, and players are given the option of walking or riding; though most will ride. With movement throughout the property, enjoyable scenery along Rock River, and great conditioning, TPC Deere Run is well worth the 2 ½ hour drive from Chicago to play.
By the Numbers
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 16th Hole – 153 Yard Par 3 –
Best Par 3: 3rd Hole – 183 Yards –
Best Par 4: 4th Hole – 448 Yards –
Best Par 5: 2nd Hole – 551 Yards –
Birdie Time: 14th Hole – 357 Yard Par 4 –
Bogey Beware: 9th Hole – 485 Yard Par 4 –