Courses: A look into The Glen Club, one of America’s best layouts

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The state of Illinois is one of the greatest golfing destinations in the world. Sure, that might be me being slightly biased since I live here, but it’s true. A perfect blend of great private and public courses, Illinois isn’t short of greatness, and The Glen Club is an example of that greatness.

The Glen Club is a track in Glenview, Illinois and is always highly ranked as one of the best public courses in America. With an interesting layout designed by Tom Fazio, and glimpses of the Chicago skyline in the background, it makes for an epic round.

At over 7,000 yards, The Glen Club is a course that will test every club in the bag. What will strike you immediately about the design, is that there are enough bunkers to catch errant tee and approach shots but it’s not overdone.

This helps eliminate the intimidation factor while also presenting a fun challenge for club-wielding warriors. The routing is interesting as you start with a nice blend of holes. Your round starts with a par-5 followed by two par-4s, a par-3 and another par-5.

The par-3 fourth hole is the beginning of the one of the best collection of par-3s in the state of Illinois. One of the many pretty holes on the course, the fourth has medium sized green and two bunkers waiting to catch your tee shot if you arent’ careful. Enjoy the view as you place your ball on the elevated tee.

Snap a pic. One of the most picturesque holes on the course, the par-3 fourth.

 

The most fun courses present unique challenges and changes throughout a round. The Glen Club’s front nine does a great job of keeping things exciting.

Speaking of fun, the ninth, tenth and eleventh holes are about as good as you can get and it’s all about accuracy. The ninth hole is a par-3 with a large green to aim for but you have to watch out for the pesky bunker that’s relaxing in front of it.

The tenth is the shortest par-4 on the course at 333 yards from the back tees. Short par-4’s are among the most exciting holes in golf, as they make you think heavily about your tee shot.

Are you going to try and hit a mammoth tee shot that’ll leave you with a short iron to the green? Or will you go with a 3-wood off the tee and leave yourself with a mid-iron second shot? That’s the fun that short par-4s present at the tenth at The Glen Club is plenty fun, with a bunker hiding on the fairway and two small ones around the green.

Arguably the toughest hole on the course, the par-3 11th is an epic way to continue your back nine adventure. You are forced to hit over some water if you want a good crack at birdie.

However, you can aim for the short fairway, and pitch yourself onto the green as well, but you’d have to hope that the pitch ends up near the pin. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a bogey. But, aiming for the flag from the jump is much more rewarding if you execute well.

 

The beautiful but challenging par-3 11th

 

One of the most fascinating holes is the par-3 17th, which rounds out The Glen Club’s rich collection of short holes. The 17th is almost a clone of the 11th, so in a way, it’s like getting a second date with destiny.

It’s shorter than the 11th and also only has one bunker so it’s less intimidating. However, you have no room to the right off the tee, so you can’t play it safe so it’s “spray and pray” in hopes that your ball finds green and not blue.

The 18th hole, a par-5, is one of the best finishing holes in the state, and being designed by a legend like Fazio, it shouldn’t come as a surprise. The most exciting hole on the course, you’ll have an opportunity to flex your muscles off the tee, and if executed to perfection, you’ll have a shot to reach the green in two.

However, you’ll have to be cautious of the pond on the right and the bunkers that are near and around the green on the left. If you’re accurate, you’ll have an excellent chance at birdie, and you’ll finish your round at one of the country’s best public courses with a smile on your face.

So there you have it! A little look at The Glen Club, a Chicago golfing gem that continues to be appreciated by many golf enthusiasts who live here, and those who visit. The fact that’s a public track makes it that much sweeter of a golfing destination.

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LOOK: This may be the most beautiful golf hole in the world

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What makes golf so awesome is where it takes us. It takes us to places we’d otherwise wouldn’t even dream of. I’d like to present to you, the “Cliffhanger” sixth hole at Greywolf Golf Course in Canada, the most beautiful hole in the world.

 

There’s a ton of gorgeous holes in golf from the 12th at Augusta and the seventh at Pebble, to the ninth at Turnberry and the 14th at Pine Valley, there is an insane level of gorgeous in this sport. But, the par-3 sixth at Greywolf designed by Doug Carrick may take the cake as the most magical place to hit a tee shot.

 

It’s unique in that, you must carry your shot over the forest to land on the green. This is while the tee box and green are perched high above giving you incredible views of the mountains and forest.

 

 

 

This hole incorporates the wilderness into your game so much, that it feels like you’re either, playing a round of golf in a dream, or you’re on a golfing adventure of a lifetime. This may sound like I’m going over the top, but in terms of pure beauty, it’s hard to top this hole.

 

On top of that, it’s an excellent, dramatic hole design. You feel like you’re about to duel with the designer, Carrick who easily created one of the greatest par-3’s in the world.

 

It’s more than just a hole that’s easy on the eyes, it’s a design that requires the right strategy. Not only do you have to carry the small portion of the forest, but you have to make sure the ball doesn’t balloon over the medium-sized green. Oh, and there are two sneaky bunkers chilling out in front the green so take care.

 

All in all, golf course design is a form of art, which is why it’s so easy for us to cling to it. The Greywolf Golf Club is one of the most breathtaking and well-designed courses in the world, and it may just feature the world’s most beautiful golf hole at number six. Oh, one last thing; Greywolf is a public golf course, so anyone can tackle this amazing track and its awesome par-3 sixth.

 

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Horse Course at The Prairie Club is one of golf’s best short tracks

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The Prairie Club has become one of the very best public golf courses in the country. Located in Nebraska, it has joined legendary courses such as Sand Hills and Wild Horse as tops in the state.

One of coolest things about TPC is that it features an awesome short course called “The Horse Course”. The 10-hole par-3 track was designed by Gil Hanse and Geoff Shackelford and has been an instant hit since it opened.

The fascinating thing about the course is that there are no tee boxes. This is because you can play the game of “H-O-R-S-E” hence the name of the course. Without any tee boxes, you and a friend can flip a coin, play rock, paper, scissors, etc to decide where to tee off.

This implements fun into golf in a whole new way. Not only that, being a par-3 course, you get to experience an exciting layout that affordable and less time-consuming.

Even if you’re playing solo, having no tee boxes gives you the chance to tackle each hole from numerous spots. It’s golf without limits so you can tee it up from anywhere and aim for any hole.

 

 

The contouring of the greens are outstanding and the bunkers beautifully placed. On top of that, the course can be enjoyed while taking in the lovely classic Nebraska scenery.

What makes The Horse Course a game changer in golf is that it takes the simple principles that make a sport like basketball so beloved, and they are implemented in the course. Basketball and soccer are so wildly popular because they are extremely accessible and affordable to play.




The Horse Course scratches off all of the boxes like most par-3 courses, except you can get ridiculously creative with how you play. It’s a testament to golf’s incredible versatility, and Hanse and Shackelford nailed it with this design.

The Horse Course is not only one of the best short courses in the United States, but one of the best in the world. It’s a course that can have a lasting impact on the sport forever. Grab your irons and wedges, it’s time to play.

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