Founded as Briergate Country Club in 1921, when C. H. Alison set out the original golf course, the club was renamed as Briarwood Country Club in 1958. The Illinois Open was held here for the first time in more than fifty years in 2017.
The 18-hole layout at Stonewall Orchard Golf Club in Grayslake is a late 1990s Arthur Hills design which is a well-respected test of golf, having hosted both US Open Sectional Qualifying and PGA Championship Qualifying.
The course at Ruffled Feathers Golf Club is a Pete Dye/PB Dye co-design that brings water hazards into play at sixteen of the holes on the scorecard, including all nine on the inward half.
Featuring bentgrass fairways and greens, the course at Blackstone Golf Club in Marengo weaves its way past twenty-six acres of wetlands. All told, thirteen holes come into direct contact with these beautiful, yet unnerving hazards.
Originally set out by William Diddel in 1923, the course at Sunset Ridge Country Club was renovated by Rick Jacobsen in 2004. The now defunct Western Open, one of the PGA Tour’s oldest tournaments, was held here in 1972.
The Port course at Harborside International Golf Center opened for public play in 1995, with the Starboard course following a year later. Both 18-layouts are Dick Nugent designs, constructed in the style of traditional links courses.
With eight holes routed around five lakes and Long Run Creek, there’s no shortage of aquatic challenge on the course at Big Run Golf Club, where Sam Sneed and C.H. Muelenford set out the well-bunkered fairways in 1930.
Unveiled in 1998, the course at Mistwood Golf Club was recently renovated by original architect Ray Hearn. Fairways are routed around a 65-acre lake with water – in the form of creeks, wetlands and ponds – coming into play at every hole.
Donald Ross laid out the Oak Park Country Club course in 1914, the year the club was founded, returning six years later to make revisions. Rick Jacobsen renovated the layout in 2008, installing new bunkers and expanding greens.
The sporting centrepiece of a 616-acre residential community, the 18-hole public course at Bowes Creek Country Club is a Rick Jacobsen design that first opened for daily fee play in 2008.