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

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Father/son team of Pete & P.B. Dye
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).
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Chicago
Hills & Forrest

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Arthur Hills & Steve Forrest

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

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Arthur Hills

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

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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
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-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Chicago
McIntosh, Coghill, Lee & Roquemore

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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).

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

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
Rich & Martin

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Private club

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Chicago

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Jerry Rich (RHF's owner) & Greg Martin

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

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Chicago

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Original design by William Langford & Theodore Moreau (1922); restored by Bobby Weed (2015).

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-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
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
Weibring, D.A.

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Chicago

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D.A. Weibring

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

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Private club

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Chicago

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No.1 course: designed by Tom Bendelow (1924).
No.2 course: original design by Tom Bendelow (1927); renovation by Rees Jones (2017).
No.3 course: original design by Tom Bendelow (1928); redesign by Rees Jones (2003, 2009).

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Chicago
Macdonald, Charles B.

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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.
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Chicago
Coore & Crenshaw

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Chicago

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Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw

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

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Chicago

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Dick Nugent

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Chicago
Hurdzan/Fry

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Chicago

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Hurdzan/Fry Design (Dr Michael J. Hurdzan & Dana Fry).

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

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Chicago

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Ken Kavanaugh

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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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 II, Robert Trent

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Chicago

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Robert Trent Jones II (lead designer Bruce Charlton).

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

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Chicago

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Robert Trent Jones II (lead designer Bruce Charlton).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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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
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Chicago
Packard, Roger

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Chicago

Designer

Roger Packard in collaboration with Andy North.

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