Only had time for 9 holes at Highland Park this afternoon while traveling through Illinois. The clubhouse guy suggested we play the back nine because of heavy play on the front. The greens and tee boxes were fairly well maintained but the fairways were mostly spotty, rough and dry. The back nine layout played short and was nothing exceptional with mature trees, several tight fairways and two small scummy ponds. Next time I think I'll chose a different course while in Bloomington.
My school team always practiced at Highland, so I am overly familiar with the course. It has tons of trees (which they actually reduced this year), a couple patches of water, and adequate sand traps. Lots of hills - one hole in particular is just gorgeous because you stand at the tee box and can look down over the entire hole to the pin. 18 hole course - the back 9 is more difficult than the front 9. It is not a particularly long course, but the hills get tiresome if you walk. I am not sure how much it is - $30 for 18 holes? I always played for free. No real rush here unless you go on a weekend morning, so you could get by golfing a twosome, or simply not always be rushing and the waiting as the pace of play would depend on the groups around you. Old course - 1960s maybe? You can tell because of the maturity of the landscape and age of the clubhouse, but everything is kept up-to-date. Highly recommend for a family or friend outing. Not as up-scale as say Ironwood or the Den, but a nice change of pace and worth the money.