Best golf courses: Around Chicago

Chicago's architectural experimentation and innovation is regarded the world over. How do the designs of golf courses here compare to the awe-inspiring skyscrapers dotting the city's skyline? An instant recommendation would be Cog Hill Golf & Country Club featuring four championship golf courses, with excellent tree-lined fairways, several ferocious bunkers and a number of water hazards. Others include the two British links style courses at Harborside International and Olympia Fields Country Club, a private club and one of Illinois' finest championship layouts. To make the most of your golfing trip, and to help in your planning, you can look up the location of the best courses in Chicago on our customised maps.

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

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Arthur Hills & Steve Forrest

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

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Uncle/nephew team of George & Tom Fazio.

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

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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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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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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.
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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).

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.
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Chicago
Nugent, Dick

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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

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

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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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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
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Kavanaugh, Ken

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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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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.
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Jones Jr, Robert Trent

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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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Chicago

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Jerry Rich (RHF's owner) & Greg Martin

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
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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
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Raynor, Seth

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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.
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Chicago
Jones Jr, Robert Trent

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Chicago

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Robert Trent Jones Jr.

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