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Black Sheep (1st & 2nd)

Black Sheep (1st & 2nd)

Sugar Grove, Illinois
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Patrick Koenig
01/05
Patrick Koenig
Sugar Grove, Illinois
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  • Address2S610 Seavey Rd, Sugar Grove, IL 60554, USA

A few keen golfers, who wanted their own private male-only members club with an unpretentious and casual atmosphere, set up Black Sheep Golf Club in 1999. They enlisted a former Ohio State golfer called David Esler to fashion 27 holes that would rival the best inland links courses in the US.

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Patrick Koenig
01/05

140 acres of native prairie grasses and wild flowers were planted throughout the former 285-acre farmstead on which the 27 holes were routed. The aim was to restore the land to mirror the pre-settlement landscape of Native Americans and the result is rather impressive.

Highlights on holes 1-18 include the short par four 5th (which is played across water to a very small target) and the 191-yard 16th (where the green sits behind an expanse of wetlands, water and sand). Totally unlike any of the parkland courses found close to Chicago, Black Sheep is a welcome modern addition to the golfing landscape of the Midwest.

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