Was this review helpful? In 1897 it was the first club outside the Northeast to host the US Open and it was also the first club to employ bent grass greens. Take in aerial views of one of the most exclusive clubs in America — Chicago Golf Club. Finally, you have the short Cape hole short 14th at 356 yards which has plenty of challenge in it. Nine is a par 4 of 403 yards and is one of two holes to incorporate a pond. These books are usually found only in the best clubs but are well worth the price. The front of the green is open once again and this time there are two bunkers on both sides and one at the back of this “beaker” shaped green. Chicago’s opening hole is well-known to be the best opener in Illinois and is a very challenging uphill par-4, where you need to hit two solid shots to start your round off on the right foot. After all, the city needed a golf course for the visiting VIPs. A day at Chicago Golf is a long remembered treat. Chicago Highlands Golf Club Tee Times - westchester IL | TeeOff.com 1.855.383.3633 For me, it ranks just behind Fishers Island and National Golf Links despite both of these courses having far superior land and views. Larry Berle. It is a terrific finishing hole where someone is likely to either win or lose their match if arriving tied at the tee. It's a very good and demanding golf hole. From the understated clubhouse to the superb conditioning of the course. the club voted in 1922 to retain Macdonald’s legendary protégé, Seth Raynor, to The Chicago Golf Club is a below-the-radar, historic course located in Wheaton, Illinois, due west of Chicago. On that day the course was wet due to a spring of heavy rains and my host was unsure if it would be open. This is a brilliant golf course. From here through eighteen the greens are basically 31 yards in depth. Two bunkers have been removed from the front of #8’s green. See other reviews from Mark White. It is a fabulous short hole. Architect: C.B. Founded in 1892, Chicago Golf Club is one of America’s most exclusive clubs and today it is still intensely private. Chicago Golf Club is a delight but also a real test of golf. Finally, the book includes an overhead photo of the original routing (also hanging inside the clubhouse) which was very much along the boundary of the club in a clockwise manner going out and then counter-clockwise coming back in. I note that some current architects/reviewers only rate Chicago as an 8. So essentially the course is the same as it was when it opened in 1923. In 1894 it moved to its present location at Wheaton and it became the first 18-hole course in America, designed by the daddy of American golf course architecture, Charles Blair Macdonald. The first hole is 450, the second hole is 440, the third hole is 219 and the fourth is 536. 25W253 Warrenville Road Wheaton, Illinois 60189 (630) 665-2988. The club staged many early championships, including the US Amateur, US Open and the Walker Cup. I have been fortunate to play Chicago Golf Club numerous times, most recently on May 3, 2019. Navigate the fairway and the approach shot is uphill and semi-blind to a classic punchbowl green. In a suburb of Chicago called Wheaton, Chicago Golf Club is the first 18-hole course in America with a very small membership. Bunkers surround the entire hole. The green has a ridge in the middle with various smaller depressions in this green. There are two fairly short par 4's (#5 at 320 yards and #14 at 350 yards) with the remaining par 4's playing between 400 and 465 yards. Welcome to Wilmette Golf Club. Chicago Golf Club, one of the five founding members of the USGA, is home to a championship course that ranks with the world's best. It’s unfortunate that this amazing course is so difficult to play but with 125 members it will remain one of the America’s best-kept architectural secrets. Chicago Golf Club was founded in 1892 and at the time was located in Belmont, Illinois. How many golf courses can say that? Macdonald didn't think trees made a good hazard. Off the Fringe, “Golf’s best short read.” The award winning newsletter, sent twice monthly, that provides an unconventional perspective on the golf … There is a bunker on the right 60 yards short of the green which is surrounded on all sides except from the front by additional bunkers. Before I begin my review, I will offer a “commercial” for acquiring a book from the pro shop that provides a history of the club. The green has bunkers that are the length of either side and is slightly raised sloped back to front with a ridge line nearer the middle. British architect Harry Colt. Another feature of note is that there are hardly any trees on the course, but plenty of fescue to penalize shots hit well off line. Respond to above review  Was this review helpful? Walker Cup. Chicago Golf Club is a 18 hole Private golf facility located in Warrenville, Illinois. It’s very easy to understand why C.B. To some people, old fashioned is a cocktail; to others it’s a lifestyle. This is a magnificent course that deserves all of it's honors and accolades. Note I’m not suggesting these courses are similar just that they have this very old school feeling, very few trees and tons of width and wide open spaces. See other reviews from Richard Smith, Respond to above review  I rate all of these courses more highly than Chicago because their land is better and they have a higher number of superior holes. time, the architect of Sunningdale, at the club’s request, tweaked the design Going down the fairway is another bunker on the left and right. While Wilmette Golf Club's total yardage is only less than 6,400 from the back tees, it plays to much greater length. A “principle’s nose” bunker is 75 yards from the green so it should not be in play. I am a big Biarritz fan but prefer when it is incorporated in the putting surface. A beautiful thing about a links style course like Chicago Golf is that the incredible design is guaranteed to remain timeless as you don’t have to fight overgrown and encroaching trees altering the design of each hole. The green is basically surrounded by bunkers. They are very large, and have an infinite variety of false fronts and run offs that require precise approaches to get the ball close to the hole. The first four holes contain the one, three and five handicap holes. A common cliche is saying how it feels like you are back in the 19th century when playing a course this old, but that is truly the case at Chicago Golf Club. There is a bunker on the right side of the fairway pinching in which only comes into play for the longer hitters. This dogleg right has two fairway bunkers right and one left that is 250 yards out. George Bahto commented as follows in The Template holes abound. The green depth is 33 yards. 2020 Chicago Golf Club Memberships. The book also includes an overhead of the routing in 1991. The fairway is angled off to one’s left but the hole is straight. Single day packages start at $89. The green is perhaps the quickest on the golf course. The large green sloping right to left has deep bunkers on all sides but the left side is the deepest that one must avoid. Chicago was also one of the five founder members of the American Golf Association, which was subsequently renamed the USGA. For that day and with that technology, it was a very difficult test of golf and winning scores were often several over par. Menu & Reservations Make Reservations . The holes are magnificent, and are quintessential Macdonald/Raynor. Playing Chicago Golf Club is one of the coveted invitations in all of golf. The land for which Chicago Golf sits is mediocre at best which only further evidences the genius architecture. altered for over 20 years with the exception of a few suggestions by famed U.S. Open, ???????????????????????????????????? The classic Redan 7th hole which at 211 yards is no bargain, and not nearly talked about enough as a fabulous Redan. Five is a par 4 of 320 yards and the first chance to breathe. My favorite course in Illinois, is always a treat to play, and I never have any complaints. CGC ought to be part of an educational program in the US to teach new and experienced superintendents what they should be striving for. There is a bunker on the right but its early and should not be in play. 1 person found this review helpful There is an ongoing debate as to whether or not this is America’s first 18-hole golf course. I have played it with shorter rough as well as knee-high rough. Why you ask? News & Updates. The better side to approach this hole is from the left but one has to clear a large bunker hitting 190 yards. Instead you have a true "inland links" feel to the course. It's something about feeling all alone with nothing to worry about that makes it so special. The Redan hole, # 7, is as good I dare say as the original at North Berwick. Seven is the redan hole and it is outstanding at 207 yards. Your email address will not be published. One unique feature I noticed at Chicago Golf Club is that at a par-70, there is no sequence of more than 2 par-4s in a row, a key feature supporting the tremendous balance held throughout the round. In conclusion, Chicago Golf Club is unquestionably a top 10 course in the USA on my overall list. Was this review helpful? Cantigny Golf Course. Fifteen is a mid-length par 4 of 393 yards but often plays directly into the wind. 7 Nights 7 green fees. 10 Marriott Dr Lincolnshire, IL 847-634-5935 . Pinehurst Resort - The Carolina Hotel 4 stars. Take a caddie and I suggest playing in the summer. There are two fronting bunkers before the chipping area that provide eye candy but should not be in play. The green is elevated with the right pin position being the most challenging due to those fronting bunkers. The wind is usually in one’s face on this hole so another club (or two) is often required. There are undulations throughout the green. There is a small pot bunker on the front left but it is actually about 30 yards short of the green. No matter how you analyze your round at Chicago Golf Club, you’d be hard pressed to find a single negative take away from your experience and the course. A tree to the left of the green was there in 1992 but is now gone and a single bunker on the left has been replaced by bunkers on all sides. Consistent with Chicago's big greens generally, it probably has the largest green of all the classic Redans. If one can avoid the large bunker on the right and the smaller one of the left then a short club can be used for the approach. Later, C.B. This punchbow-likel green of 41 yards is thrilling to play although not as pronounced as many other punchbowl greens. The 2nd hole offers no let-up at all, it's another par-4 and stout test of 481 yards that played into the wind, for which I did not reach in two shots. But that's not the case. Respond to above review  You’ll note that each of my top 6 has a common theme, playability balanced with challenge, fun, and superb architecture. USA. A series of five smaller bunkers have been added to the one larger bunker on the right side. Macdonald built a home bordering the course, one of his masterpieces. Set of 8 Chicago IIII Tour 944 DB Irons 3-9 & SW - Dynamic Stiff Steel Shafts RH You have now played to another corner of the course similar to the third hole. Macdonald, now an honorary member after relocating to New York City, pushed for Seth Raynor to do the renovation, primarily using the plans drawn up by Mr. Macdonald who rejected Colt’s routing as having too many similar holes. Other than lengthening the course to 6710 yards, it is amazing how nearly all of the bunkers and greens are both in the same place and in the same shape and length. The holes are defined by the rough, excellent bunkering, and some of the most magnificent green complexes I have ever played. The longer hitter can easily carry the large fairway bunker pinching into the fairway from the left. This particular punchbowl is moderate and far less deep and dramatic than others I have seen and fits a 465 yards uphill hole perfectly. The green is once again surrounded by bunkers with the exception of the opening. The oldest course in the Chicago area is the Riverside Golf Club which was designed by Charles MacDonald and opened in 1893. A smaller mound on the right side can lead to an uneven lie. Four has the tee shot playing as a slight dogleg left. Opens, but that was many years ago. Of the final fee, the cost of the acquiring, freighting and spreading manure was four times the cost of Mr. Raynor’s fees. The fourth hole is one of the two "Cape" holes, the other being the 14th. The biggest difference between Chicago golf club and the other Raynor courses I have played, was the speed of the greens. Like at Pine Valley, there are no frills. Going long over this green is discouraged due to the tilt away from you. There is minimal service in the clubhouse, and the snack shack at the turn is self-serve on the honor system: Take what you want and write it down. By the 1920s, Macdonald felt the golf course needed redesign. The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Resort 5 stars. It’s a 465 yard slightly uphill straightaway hole with strategically placed fairway bunkers that define the hole. Golf Packages in United States. Get directions, reviews and information for Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, IL. Was this review helpful? The green is 49 yards in depth! Respond to above review  The course lost many of its fairways and some of its greens, which were just growing back. The green is surrounded again on all sides with deep bunkers to a green sloped back to front with depressions in it. Macdonald laid out the first 18 hole golf course in the United States. In this book there are some very interesting facts including: the club once had corn on the land, in 1918 the sale of corn raised $1000. Others would perhaps call out a few courses in Scotland such as the Old course or Carnoustie while others might mention Kingston Heath. I have hit as much as a six iron on this hole on a very windy day…..which only made it to the front bunker. These 6 “favorites to play” courses are all part of my overall top 10 list of best courses in the USA. The plateaued green has a substantial fall-off to the left. It is a very large green so choosing the right club to allow the ball to release and run is critical. The two par-5 present nice birdie opportunities but slip up and a double bogey awaits. Chicago Harbor – Articles pertaining to the history of the harbors and life along the Chicago River. Share your experiences! There is another long “knife-like” bunker on the left from 180 to 225 yards out with a smaller bunker on the right at 220 yards. There is a short bunker left but the more dangerous bunker sits on the right at 255 yards. Below is a list of Chicago private country clubs, semi-private and public golf courses offering membership and actively seeking new members. They are some of the most affordable golf options in the city and there is enough diversity among all the courses for players of all skill levels to enjoy. I have played this hole when the grass is very high and it changes the look completely to where the fairway appears as a ribbon/island before you. Three bunkers are on the right ending at 180 yards off the tee with a single bunker left at 225 yards. Located a 40-minute drive due west of downtown Chicago, here in the leafy suburb of Wheaton a small and exclusive handful of members play on one of Charles Blair Macdonald's most sublime designs. The land the course sits on is almost a perfect rectangle, similar to the shape of numerous greens. The course was built in 1894 and is one of the five founding clubs of the USGA. Thus, it is a bit of an enigma in the world of golf. This course plays fast around the greens while slight elevation to the raised green complexes. Is it possible that a course consistently ranked in the top 15 on nearly every list could be underrated? The Chicago Golf Club was founded in 1892 by Charles Blair Macdonald. Building the redan at Chicago required one to build a green that is elevated and then make the required slope to the hole. This large green is angled right to left around that front left bunker. Twelve is a par four of 440/414 yards reversing the direction of eleven. Was this review helpful? layouts. Chicago Golf Club – A brief history of the one of the most important golf clubs in the United States. The longest course is Harborside International Golf Center, which is 7,166 yards. Fronting the rectangular green are two bunkers prior to the chipping area with bunkers left and right. This routing appears to have utilized not quite half of the available land; even the polo field (now the practice range) looks small in comparison to the unused land. The course was built in 1894 and is one of the five founding clubs of the USGA. The Road hole, #2, and the Biarritz, #3, are hard but wonderful golf holes. Holes 1-4 are very difficult, and I am usually happy if I can bogey those. This hole has a high elevated green with a green that is difficult to hold as it has a false front that feeds balls back onto the fairway. My long hitting friends usually par the hole whereas I simply do not want to start with a double bogey. Very close to absolute perfection. It was built at 6545 yards, par 70 and is essentially the routing and holes used today. Chicago Golf Club 25W253 Warrenville Rd Wheaton IL 60189. Chicago Golf Club has hosted three U.S. This is the hole that I find requires the most thinking on the course based on the quality of one’s game on the day. to help keep the quality of the course competitive with some of the more modern Chicago Golf Club offers everything one would want in a golf course in terms of the combination of fun, interest, strategy, difficulty, great golfing corridors, exacting green contouring, and excellent placement and shape of bunkers. Sixteen is the final par 5 at 525 yards and is the opposite of the only other par 5 on the course as a dogleg right with trees going down the right side all the way to the green. USA. Another bunker is on the right 260 yards up the fairway with three smaller ones as you near the green, all of which are near or in the center of the fairway. The club itself redefines understated and old school in the best of ways. Plus, the wide open views of the course bring you back in time to old style links golf. This golf course is one of the largest in the Chicago area. The club recognized in 1913 that it needed to improve the second golf course (first one was built in Belmont). Chicagoland Golf, Streamwood, Illinois. Chicago Golf Club. Augusta National, Royal Melbourne West, Oakmont, Shinnecock Hills, Trump Turnberry and a few others come to mind. The routing is superb with holes going in every direction imaginable and the balance of holes is captivating for the entire round with no let up. It’s amazing what McDonald and Raynor did with a largely nondescript piece of property. Lemont, Illinois, 28 miles southwest of downtown Chicago. In 1928, Bobby Jones was the Walker Cup playing captain and he posted an amazing course record 66, which drove team USA to an emphatic 11-1 victory. He had his protegee, Seth Raynor, do the work and in 1923 a new course was born. There are beautiful hardwoods throughout the property, but none of the trees come into play. Other interesting items in the book are that one member, previously a 3 index, essentially gave up the game while middle-aged and was granted approval to ride his horse at any time on the course. USA. I have it ahead of the rest of Mr. Raynor’s/C. On much of the course, we played on dead grass, nearly on dirt. The green is very squared with only a lonely bunker well behind the green that belongs to the eighteenth hole. Thirteen is another short par 3 of 149 yards to an elevated green as you play close to Charles Blair Macdonald’s former home on the other side of the boundary. The green is tilted upwards at the front and then substantially right to left. There are not many courses I make that statement. Enjoy no booking fees on all Chicago Highlands Golf Club tee times and save up to 50% off today. A small bunker is on the left and right while once again a bunker is placed at the entire backside. You could argue that there are far more “beautiful” courses than Chicago Golf Club and you would be correct if you are referring only to the natural land where other top rated courses either have the ocean with regards to Pebble Beach, Cypress Point, National Golf Links, or some of the best land in the world for golf such as Augusta National or Shinnecock. The green once again is squared. You’ve undoubtedly just played one of the best courses in the world that has everything to offer and checks every single box for a pure gem; regardless of what boxes you may have on your list of criteria for a great course. Last Thursday I had the great fortune to spend the day playing Chicago Golf Club. The Long Island Sound surrounds the entire course. Old fashioned course design, everything in perfect condition and simply the finest rare beef known to man. 2 Reviews (630) 665-2988 Website. Order Online Tickets Tickets See Availability Directions {{::location.tagLine.value.text}} Sponsored Topics. 0 people found this review helpful Chicago Golf Club offers a difficult start. Basically the “rounded” greens have been removed. MacDonald / Seth Raynor Year: 1894 / 1923 . Chicago Golf Level Two Iron Set 2-PW+SW / RH / Stiff Steel / mm4197 They understand what 99% of US golf courses don’t which is that golf is meant to be played in firm and fast conditions. I had the good fortune to play Chicago Golf Club. Peninsula greens that seemingly were meant to be exactly where they reside. This is a very difficult hole from the back tee. I know I listed a lot of favorites, but that is how good the course is. Respond to above review  It is a fantastic illusion. This one that has very subtle undulations to it. An old farm land that’s relative flat and boring with 18 of the finest holes in the entire United States. Full course details for Chicago Golf Club, including scores leaderboard, map, printable scorecard, weather, reviews, and ratings. The course plays to par 70 with only 2 par 5's, so the length of 6846 yards from the back tee and 6571 from the middle tees is somewhat deceiving. Was this review helpful? Learn More. The edges of the greens have been sharpened and made slightly bigger such as #8, #9, #13, #17 and #18. The greens are magnificent. The club has … Eight is a par 4 of 443/413 that plays as a dogleg left. Now that we have the history covered, we can talk about the golf course. He was heavily influenced by his love of the game as it was played in Scotland and preferred firm and fast conditions without trees. Was this review helpful? Seventeen is either a long par 4 or shorter one at 465/382. The 7th Redan hole is a very good rendition of a Redan hole. Take in aerial views of one of the most exclusive clubs in America — Chicago Golf Club. It doesn't really look like most other American courses, most of which are tree-lined (unless they are links-style and near the water). from € 1996 per person. Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa 4 stars. Log in. Chicago Golf Club has a number of firsts to write home about. 3 Reviews (630) 665-2988 Website. It is not the typical “Biarritz” hole due to the location of the swale but it is still a very good test of golf. One hits over a very small rise with the land falling away slightly to the left. In my group which included three guests, all three of us putted off the first green and into a bunker. The bold line off the tee will reward the player with the easier approach, while safe areas to play the tee shot can be found but lead to the more difficult approach. You can see CB Macdonald's old house from the 14th tee, and his presence is felt throughout the course. 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