The Glen Club – Played October 2016
- Rankings: Golf Magazine Public #72
- Location: 2901 West Lake Avenue, Glenview, Illinois
- Year: 2001
- Architect: Tom Fazio
- Course Access: Public
- Walking Rules: Carts Available
Score Card Information:
- Gold: 7,186 yards, Par 72, 75.4 Rating/142 Slope
- Blue: 6,727 yards, Par 72, 72.8 Rating/135 Slope
- Silver: 6,062 yards, Par 72, 70.2 Rating/128 Slope (Men’s), 76.1 Rating/138 Slope (Women’s)
- Red: 5,324 yards, Par 72, 72.0 Rating/129 Slope
I needed a good night’s sleep after playing Butler National. Luckily, I got it and was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for The Glen Club the next morning. It was chilly, but I can brave a little cold for a great golf course.
The Glen Club has an interesting story regarding its construction. It used to be a Naval Air Base with a total difference in elevation a whopping three feet. It is not like that now! There are some holes with 40 feet of elevation change. Tom Fazio was a perfect choice to sculpt the land.
The club features a hotel and other amenities right on the property just outside of Chicago. It is a great piece of property. I was happy to play the course a few days before the Cubs won the World Series. They were flying the W in the parking lot for sure!
Hole 1 – 543 yards – Par 5
Fazio starts you off with a long hole that is difficult for most to reach in two. Luckily, the fairway is quite wide for those first tee jitters.
This tee shot plays down the hill providing an opportunity for a longer drive. The bunkers up the left side are in play.
A big drive is needed on this dogleg to the right. It is obvious to avoid the cluster of bunker, but not as easy when you are trying to rip a driver.
I really liked the optics of this hole. It is tucked into this little area and surrounded by the low-slung trees. You have no more than a short iron and you feel as if you can make birdie here.
This is a long and tough hole that most will not be able to reach in two. The trees on the right are in play so the drive must be aimed properly.
This is a difficult tee shot with trouble on both sides. The fairway runs out much quicker on the left than it appears. A great line is to take it over the tree seen straightaway.
This long hole requires a power fade off the tee due to the trees seen here.
This hole gives you lots of options off the tee. Long hitters can go for the green, but a bail out is offered to the fairway for average length players.
The challenge is right in front of you on this hole. The green is very large commensurate with the length. A fade works best to avoid the front bunker.
I love a short par 4. A drive up the right side is the best line if going for the green.
This hole plays long with all the trouble to the left. Bunkers can save some indifferent pulls, but wayward shots to the left will most likely end up wet.
The tee shot is wide open on this dogleg left. You can swing freely.
So far you have probably seen that most of the fairways are well framed by the rough. The drive should be taken left of the bunker.
I really liked this hole. The drive is best played up the left side of the fairway. A good drive can allow you to get home in two.
This tee shot can be difficult depending on how long you want to hit it. A simple shot of 200 yards will leave you in great position.
The 16th is a long and uphill hole. The bunker seen here is very much in play.
The last short hole is a great one. There is a bailout to the right as you can see, but plenty of trouble everywhere else. Beware of the miss left.
The Glen Club is not going to give you an easy test on your last hole of the day. Instead you get a long par 5 that is not reachable for most players. The clubhouse is a good aiming point.
Despite the cold temperatures, I had a great time playing at The Glen Club. It’s always fun to see new courses and play them with a friend. Chicago has a lot to offer for public golf. I have only scratched the surface and can’t wait to get back.