Harborside International (Port) - Illinois - USA

Harborside International Golf Center,
11001 South Doty Avenue East,
Illinois (IL) 60628,

  • +1 312 782 7837

  • Brian Dutler

  • Dick Nugent

  • Lane Stephens

Alister MacKenzie is known for several iterations of the “boomerang” green, and Dick Nugent was determined to create his own version, or several, at the Port Course at Harborside International.

The most notorious example, perhaps in all of golf, is the par three at No. 15. This 60-yard long green curves like a crescent around an enormous waste bunker. Most won’t even notice the sand portion however, for the enormous anchor-shaped surface that exists to play into the complex’s nautical theme.

Players will finally get a taste of actual water at the following hole, when they play the short par four, with a green that sticks out into the Harborside Marsh Pond. No. 17 is a Cape-style par four, but interestingly relies more on a large sand hazard more so than the pond to enforce its strategy.

Finally, the par five No. 18 plays along the water most of the way down, and ultimately reaches the second boomerang green on the property. Of course, this one is connected to the closing putting surface at the Starboard course, so odds are you won’t be playing to the left side from Port.

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Description: Designed by Dick Nugent in the mid-1990s, the Port course at the 36-hole Harborside International Golf Center is a links-style layout set close to Lake Calumet, where all the bunkers were renovated by Lohmann Golf Design in 2017. Rating: 4 out of 10 Reviews: 1
Brian Moran

While Starboard definitely overshadows it, Port is definitely worth playing. Its the more challenging of the two loops, winding its way over larger man made, garbage filled dunes. The front nine is overall really solid and a great after work option for a late nine. The back has a few goofy holes, especially the weird 15th, which you've probably seen before. The hole features an anchor shaped island in the waste bunker that is the calling card for the course, but plays to a narrow green that isn't readily accessible with a long iron. 17 is a pretty cool hole with a dogleg over a large beach bunker that tempts the player to bite off as much as he or she can chew.

April 19, 2021
4 / 10
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