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post #1 of 18
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I'll be traveling almost all of October. Two weeks in the Chicago area, and a week in NYC. Assuming I get at least one nice weather day, I'd like to check out a course or two in both cities.

 

What do you guys recommend, and are any locals interested in meeting up for a round while I'm there?

post #2 of 18

Well in the Chicago area I recommend these two course, only cause I have played them. They are a bit north of the city.

 

http://www.oakgrovegolfcourse.com/

 

http://www.shepherdscrook.org/

 

I don't know how far away from those you are staying but both are great to play! If you feel like driving to the lower half of Wisconsin the Lake Geneva area has some great courses. I may be interested in meeting up with you for a round depending on the day, just let me know.

post #3 of 18
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Originally Posted by sigfan2340 View Post
 

Well in the Chicago area I recommend these two course, only cause I have played them. They are a bit north of the city.

 

http://www.oakgrovegolfcourse.com/

 

http://www.shepherdscrook.org/

 

I don't know how far away from those you are staying but both are great to play! If you feel like driving to the lower half of Wisconsin the Lake Geneva area has some great courses. I may be interested in meeting up with you for a round depending on the day, just let me know.

 

I'll be in Schaumburg during the weekdays, and Chicago on the weekend. 

 

We'll see if we can plan something!

post #4 of 18

first of all, for reference, here is the top 10 public courses for Chicago last year http://www.golf.com/courses-and-travel/best-public-golf-courses-illinois-2012

 

going to this course for my bachelor party/day

 

number 9 and 10, on the list and are on the same property.

 

 

http://www.harborsideinternational.com/coursephotos.html

 

 

 

edit: if you're near Schaumburg, I've heard good things about Fox Run

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first of all, for reference, here is the top 10 public courses for Chicago last year http://www.golf.com/courses-and-travel/best-public-golf-courses-illinois-2012

 

going to this course for my bachelor party/day

 

number 9 and 10, on the list and are on the same property.

 

 

http://www.harborsideinternational.com/coursephotos.html

 

 

 

edit: if you're near Schaumburg, I've heard good things about Fox Run

 

 

 

I live not far from Schaumburg so I know a fair amount about the golf in the area.  I played Fox run earlier this year, and its nice, but nothing special.  Schaumburg Golf course is probably nicer.  Bensinville has White Pines which is one of the more popular public tracks. 

 

It totally depends on your price.  Seven Bridges in Wood ridge (about 20-30 minutes from you) is very nice.  Bridges of Poplar Creek (very close) is a fun course with lots of water, very short par 71 or 72. 

 

Are you planning a week day round / weekend round?  How much do you want to spend?  Harborside is on the south side of chicago, probably 60-75 minutes from Schaumburg. 

 

Cantigny has amazing grounds, a friend got married there last year, we have never played but it was very pretty to look at. 

Cog Hill on that list is simply amazing, and they have 3 other courses that are also very nice.

 

You will still have good weather in October but you might need to plan for cool mornings / early evenings.  If I am available, I would likely be willing to join you for a round (depending on which course and how expensive it is)
 

post #6 of 18
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I live not far from Schaumburg so I know a fair amount about the golf in the area.  I played Fox run earlier this year, and its nice, but nothing special.  Schaumburg Golf course is probably nicer.  Bensinville has White Pines which is one of the more popular public tracks. 

 

It totally depends on your price.  Seven Bridges in Wood ridge (about 20-30 minutes from you) is very nice.  Bridges of Poplar Creek (very close) is a fun course with lots of water, very short par 71 or 72. 

 

Are you planning a week day round / weekend round?  How much do you want to spend?  Harborside is on the south side of chicago, probably 60-75 minutes from Schaumburg. 

 

Cantigny has amazing grounds, a friend got married there last year, we have never played but it was very pretty to look at. 

Cog Hill on that list is simply amazing, and they have 3 other courses that are also very nice.

 

You will still have good weather in October but you might need to plan for cool mornings / early evenings.  If I am available, I would likely be willing to join you for a round (depending on which course and how expensive it is)
 

 

I'm open on price and week/weekend. I'll probably be in Schaumburg during the week, and Chicago during the weekend, and can do either. If I drive, I'll have my clubs, otherwise I'll just rent or something.

post #7 of 18
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I'm open on price and week/weekend. I'll probably be in Schaumburg during the week, and Chicago during the weekend, and can do either. If I drive, I'll have my clubs, otherwise I'll just rent or something.

 

When exactly will you be in town?

post #8 of 18
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When exactly will you be in town?

 

From Oct. 6th to Oct. 16th I believe.

post #9 of 18
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From Oct. 6th to Oct. 16th I believe.

 

Does that put a kink into the October 5 plans?

post #10 of 18
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Does that put a kink into the October 5 plans?

 

No, I won't fly out until at least the 6th. 

post #11 of 18

If you can run a bit south of Chicago, I highly suggest George Dunne, its a great course and reasonable price.

post #12 of 18

Only because no New Yorkers have answered you yet (because all NY'ers are jerks!! ;)) I guess I'll try.  I know nothing about any courses super close to the city, but I do know that it's not an unreasonable train ride out to Hempstead or Farmingdale on Long Island where you could play either Eisenhower Park (they have at least 2 decent courses - one that the Senior Tour used to stop at) or Bethpage.

post #13 of 18
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If you can run a bit south of Chicago, I highly suggest George Dunne, its a great course and reasonable price.

George Dunne is managed by Billy Casper Golf but owned by Cook county (the same county that the city of Chicago resides in)

 

Highland woods which is close to Schaumburg is also a nice course, and they often run deals for under $30 Monday-Friday 12pm to 2pm.  It is a nice course, not very difficult, some fun holes.  They also allow walking. 

post #14 of 18

My swing is in tatters, FUBAR, I am this close to quitting for good and am afraid to even step on a course. Maybe if the situation is better in October, we can meet up if you'd like. Meanwhile, I would not recommend playing any of the NYC munis unless you like slow play or the potential for a 7 hour round. Yes, seven.

 

Definitely play Bethpage. If you take the commuter train - take the Ronkonkoma line to Farmingdale, cab ($5-$7) to clubhouse. Some other of my favorite public courses in the area are The Links at Union Vale north of Westchester and Neshanic Valley in NJ if you have a car and are willing to drive 1-1.5 hours.

 

If you need any transportation details, ask away. NYC is a chaotic place, a little information will make things easier.

post #15 of 18

For a taste of NYC golf life, check out:  http://www.legitimategolf.com/

post #16 of 18

for nyc, your choices are going to largely depend on having a car

 

if not, the easiest place by subway is van cortlandt

next would be dyker in Brooklyn

and lastly Bethpage by LIR and cab

 

if you do have access to a car, then there are so many more options!

post #17 of 18

If you're going to rent a car in NYC, you might consider joining Zipcar. There's startup fees, but worth it for the convenience and you can use it in US and Europe.

post #18 of 18

For the record I golfed in INSANE golf course on Saturday. Its called Big Run in Lockport, Il.

 

dear lord. my local shop owner told me before I went there you have to be a frickin' mountain goat to play there. Man was he right.

 

It was grueling. Beautiful course with a lot of hills. A LOT.

 

 

 

    Tees     /     Hole 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   Out  
    Championship 375   415   435   160   540   465   153   380   610   3533  
    Regular 360   400   410   145   515   420   130   365   605   3350  
    Senior 345   385   390   125   500   360   110   345   600   3160  
    Par 4   4   4   3   5   4   3   4   5   36  
    Handicap 11   5   7   17   9   3   15   13   1    
    Ladies 345   300   320   125   435   360   110   345   450   2790  
    Ladies Par 4   4   4   3   5   4   3   4   5   36  
    Ladies Handicap 7   9   13   17   5   3   15   11   1    
   
    Tees     /     Hole 10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18   Out  
    Championship 300   425   415   225   400   600   200   370   540   3495  
    Regular 305   410   400   185   375   585   175   355   530   3320  
    Senior 280   345   385   145   360   560   150   340   525   3090  
    Par 4   4   4   3   4   5   3   4   5   36  
    Handicap 18   4   8   10   12   2   14   16   6    
    Ladies 280   345   305   95   275   450   110   340   430   2630  
    Ladies Par 4   4   4   3   4   5   3   4   5   36  
    Ladies Handicap 14   6   8   16   12   2   18   10   4    

 

USGA Course Rating and Slope
    Tees   Yards Rating Slope Front 9 Back 9
    Championship 7028 74.4 138 37.3/135 37.1/141
    Regular 6670 72.7 134 36.4/130 36.3/138
    Senior 6250 706 128 35.3/123 35.3/133
    Ladies 5420 71.9 128 36.2/128 35.5/129
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