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.
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.
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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