Best golf courses: Chicago

Chicago: the table below provides brief details about the top golf courses in and around this city. Each golf club has been visited and/or researched by Where2Golf. Click on the course name below to discover more. The course ratings below range from 5 highest, to 2 lowest. They attempt to provide an indication of the golfing experience you might expect at the course (based on its design, condition and surroundings). Hover your cursor above the Rating Key below for the rating definitions.
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Chicago
Hills, Arthur

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Chicago

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Arthur Hills & Steve Forrest

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Chicago
Fazio, George & Tom

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Private club

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Chicago

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Uncle/nephew team of George & Tom Fazio.

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Chicago
Packard, Roger

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Chicago

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Original design by Roger Packard (1989), updated by Jacobson Design (2003).
Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Chicago
Macdonald, Charles B.

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Private club

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Chicago

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Original design by "the father of American golf course architecture" Charles Blair Macdonald (1893); improved by Seth Raynor (1923).
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Chicago
McIntosh, Coghill, Lee & Roquemore

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Chicago

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No.2 Ravines: David McIntosh & Bert Coghill (1929), later redesigned by Joe Lee & Rocky Roquemore / Also at Cog Hill: No.1 Blue: David McIntosh (1927) / No.3 Red: Dick Wilson (1963) / No.4 Dubsdread: Dick Wilson & Joe Lee (1964), later redesigned by Rees Jones (2008).

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Visitors welcome
Chicago
Wilson, Lee & Jones.

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Chicago

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No.4 Dubsdread: Dick Wilson & Joe Lee (1964), later redesigned by Rees Jones (2008) / Also at Cog Hill: No.1 Blue: David McIntosh (1927) / No.2 Ravines: David McIntosh & Bert Coghill (1929), later redesigned by Joe Lee & Rocky Roquemore / No.3 Red: Dick Wilson (1963).

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Chicago
Langford & Moreau

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Private club

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Chicago

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Original design by William Langford & Theodore Moreau (1922); restored by Bobby Weed (2015).
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Chicago
Packard, Roger

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Chicago

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Roger Packard in collaboration with Andy North.
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Chicago
Packard, Roger

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Chicago

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Roger Packard
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Chicago
Packard, Roger

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Chicago

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Roger Packard
5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Visitors welcome
Chicago
Fazio, Tom

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Chicago

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Tom Fazio

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Chicago
Nugent, Dick

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Chicago

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Dick Nugent

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Chicago
Nugent, Dick

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Chicago

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Dick Nugent

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Chicago
Doak, Tom

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Private club

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Chicago

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Tom Doak

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Chicago
Bendelow & Jones

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Chicago

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No.3 course: original design by Tom Bendelow (1928); updated by Rees Jones (2003, 2009). No.1 course designed by Tom Bendelow.

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Chicago
Bendelow & Park Jr.

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Chicago

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North course designed by Willie Park Jr (1923); modifications by Mark Mungeam (2014). South course designed by Tom Bendelow (1915) and renovated by Steve Smyers (2007).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Chicago
Kavanaugh, Ken

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Chicago

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Ken Kavanaugh

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Chicago
Flynn, Lee, Roquemore & Jemsek

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Chicago

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Original 9-hole course laid out by Cardinal Mundelein and extended to 18-holes in 1929 by William S. Flynn. Course significantly redesigned and remodelled by Joe Lee, Rocky Roquemore and Joe Jemsek (1985).

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Chicago
Jones Jr, Robert Trent

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Chicago

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Robert Trent Jones Jr.
Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Chicago
Rich & Martin

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Private club

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Chicago

Designer

Jerry Rich (RHF's owner) & Greg Martin

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Chicago
Dye, Pete & P.B.

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Chicago

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Father/son team of Pete & P.B. Dye
Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Chicago
Raynor, Seth

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Private club

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Chicago

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Seth Raynor

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Chicago
Hills & Forrest

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Chicago

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Arthur Hills & Steve Forrest

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Chicago
Jones Jr, Robert Trent

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Chicago

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Jr.

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Visitors welcome
Chicago
Weibring, D.A.

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Chicago

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D.A. Weibring
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Chicago
Coore & Crenshaw

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Chicago

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Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Chicago
Hurdzan & Fry

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Visitors welcome

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Chicago

Designer

Dr Michael Hurdzan & Dana Fry

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