Is This Really Illinois? Eagle Ridge Soars in Scenic Galena

By Jim Zuccarelli [caption id="attachment_1009" align="alignleft" width="300"]Eagle Ridge 4th Hole - South Course Eagle Ridge 4th Hole - South Course[/caption] The drive west on Route 20 offers occasional glimpses of the increasingly majestic views as the topography gradually changes from farmland flat to the rolling hills of the Galena Territory in the northwest corner of Illinois. Upon arriving at the vast Eagle Ridge resort property, the thick woods, rock outcroppings and steep elevation changes made me wonder if I had somehow took a wrong turn and left Illinois, as what I found is unlike 99.9% of the state I’ve called home my entire life. (more…)

Golf Course at Marquette Park a Vintage City Option

By Jim Zuccarelli Marquette Park 3rd HoleThe golfing options within the city of Chicago are surprisingly limited, with only 144 holes of public access golf available to the 2.7 million citizens. By contrast, my current hometown of Lemont (population 16,000) has 126 holes inside its borders. I grew up just 2 blocks beyond the west edge of the city in Oak Lawn, and one of the courses I frequented as a teenager was the 9 holes at Marquette Park. This layout at 67th & Kedzie is the southwest side outpost of the 63 holes currently operated by the Chicago Park District. (more…)

Winds of Change in West Chicago

Prairie LandingPrairie Landing’s $1.6M Makeover

Conveniently located less than an hour from downtown Chicago, West Chicago’s Prairie Landing Golf Club is a championship 18-hole golf course designed by world renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Prairie Landing was recently rated 4.5 stars by Golf Digest and features expansive grounds, an unmatched practice facility and first class banquet and meeting facilities. With recent upgrades to the course, dining, wedding and catering program, come see why Prairie Landing is recognized throughout Chicagoland as a premier destination for golf, dining, and events of all kinds. (more…)

Ross Inspired Ravisloe a Windy City Treasure

By Jim Zucarelli Windy City Public Golfer’s Guide Ravisloe - 1st HoleAnyone who watched the Men’s or Women’s 2014 U.S. Opens at Pinehurst #2 were treated to the golf course architectural genius of Donald Ross, arguably the most revered and accomplished designer to have worked on American soil. According to the Donald Ross Society, 13 courses in the Chicago area from 1913 to 1921 were either new creations or redesigns by Ross. All were private clubs until 2008, when Ravisloe Country Club in south suburban Homewood was sold to veterinary surgeon Dr. Claude Gendreau and became a public fee facility. (more…)

Course Review – Downer’s Grove Golf Course

By Jim Zuccarelli [caption id="attachment_776" align="alignleft" width="300"]1st Hole Downers Grove Golf Couse 1st Hole Downers Grove Golf Couse[/caption] After turning from Haddow Avenue into the parking lot of the Downers Grove Golf Club, it quickly became apparent that this course is extremely proud of its important link to American golf history. Established in 1892 as the original home of the Chicago Golf Club, the addition of nine holes the following year made it America’s first 18-hole course, and the signage at the entrance, the front of the scorecard and every nook and cranny of the prairie style clubhouse reinforces these facts. Founder and architect Charles Blair Macdonald moved the club to a new site in Wheaton in 1895, and that resulting course still exists as one of the most exclusively private and revered courses on the planet (currently ranked 26th on Golf Digest's World rankings). (more…)

It Ziehms to Me: Asian Watch Party was vital for International Crown’s future

Len Ziehm on GolfBy Len Ziehm The first International Crown concludes Sunday at Caves Valley, in Owings Mills, Md., but a Saturday gathering that wasn't held anywhere near the course will have a more direct bearing on how the event plays out at Rich Harvest Farms in 2016. Jerry Rich, in the forefront during the Crown's creation, hosted a Watch Party for nearly 200 members of Chicago's Asian community at The Stonegate in Hoffman Estates. Big-screen televisions flanked both sides of the speakers' podium, ethnic food and beverages were offered and Crown memorabilia was available. Rich and his staff hosted smaller gatherings for other ethnic groups in the days leading up to the inaugural staging of the global team competition, but Saturday's was the big event that Rich most wanted. (more…)

Cog Hill #4 Lives Up to the “Dubsdread” Reputation

By Jim Zuccarelli Cog Hill 4 3rd HoleI felt a touch of nervous excitement as I stood on the 1st tee at Cog Hill #4, the fearsome "Dubsdread" course that has hosted 20 PGA tour events since 1991.  It's been many years since I last visited, but "Dubs" was an annual stop before the notoriety, and the subsequent increase in greens fees, exceeded my golf budget.  But the $100 twilight rate that the Jemsek family offered for 2014 convinced me that it was time to make a return.  My first swing produced a weak drive down the right side of the dogleg left par 4, but a solidly struck 4 wood, a chip to 10 feet and a barely missed par putt and the subsequent tap in bogey had me off to a decent start.  But after one hole, it was apparent that this was not the same course that I had filed in my memory. (more…)

Eaglewood Resort Reconditions Golf Course – Restores Scenic Beauty and Playability

By Andrea Schnorr, Eaglewood Resort New Renovations Restore Course to Outstanding Quality The grass may not always be greener on the other side, but the newly renovated Eaglewood Resort & Spa golf course certainly is. The wooded, scenic Eaglewood 18-hole Golf Course, located 35 miles west of Chicago in Itasca, Ill., is back to excellent condition with lush fairways that promote outstanding play for even the most discriminating golfers. After multiple years of renovation, the newly reconditioned Golf Club at Eaglewood marks a return to the quality and playability of years past. Stately 100-year-old oak trees frame the lush, green fairways that reward players with accurate fairway play thanks to lower height cut of grass. The green collars have also been transitioned over the past year to become a part of the greens, giving the player more opportunity to take advantage of scoring. (more…)

Eaglewood Resort Reconditions Golf Course – Restores Scenic Beauty and Playability

By Andrea Schnorr

New Renovations Restore Course to Outstanding Quality

ITASCA, Ill. - The grass may not always be greener on the other side, but the newly renovated Eaglewood Resort & Spa golf course certainly is. The wooded, scenic Eaglewood 18-hole Golf Course, located 35 miles west of Chicago in Itasca, Ill., is back to excellent condition with lush fairways that promote outstanding play for even the most discriminating golfers.

After multiple years of renovation, the newly reconditioned Golf Club at Eaglewood marks a return to the quality and playability of years past. Stately 100-year-old oak trees frame the lush, green fairways that reward players with accurate fairway play thanks to lower height cut of grass. The green collars have also been transitioned over the past year to become a part of the greens, giving the player more opportunity to take advantage of scoring. (more…)