Chicago’s Best Public Golf Courses

Chicago is known for having some of the best public golf courses in the country. There are many that are so beautifully designed and well-maintained you may even think they are private courses! Channel your inner Bubba Watson and practice your swing!

Cog Hill

via Flickr user Dan Perry

via Flickr user Dan Perry

This club, and more specifically the Dubsdread course, is ranked among the top 100 golf courses in the country. It channels a private club vibe and measures 7,554 yards. The back tees are not for the faint of heart and the the fairways are impeccably manicured.

Glen Club

via Glen Club

via Glen Club

While you’ll have to shell out a hefty price to play at this club, it’s well-worth it, as it was designed by Tom Fazio. Once an air naval station, these courses are incredibly natural-looking and pretty challenging.

ThunderHawk Golf Club

via ThunderHawk Golf Club

via ThunderHawk Golf Club

Just north of The Loop, ThunderHawk boasts the first Audubon Signature-certified public course in Illinois. It spans over 7,000 yards which run through forests, marshlands, and prairies. Designed by Robert Trent Jones II, it features amazing attention to detail and a stunning 18th hole.

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