Donald Ross has a number of Par 69 courses in the Rhode Island area (most notably Wannamoisett), but there are a few examples outside of New England as well. The Indian Hill Club, north of Chicago, is one.
This course, however, is a Par 69 for its total lack of property. The course measures a mere 6,200 yards from its back tees. Part of that small yardage is a small excess of par threes (five), including back-to-back 141-yarders at the turn.
That’s hardly the most curious instance of back-to-back holes with the same yardage at Indian Hills, however, as Nos. 14, 15 and 16 have yardages of 426, 427 and 427, respectively.
The showstopper, literally, comes at No. 18, a par four that measures 447 yards. Those final 150 yards feature 11 sizable bunkers, so that those who may have pooh-poohed the short yardage of the course have something to think about before they leave.
Those who appreciate Golden Age golf architecture in the Chicago area will appreciate the name of the creek that flows across the property: Skokie Ditch.