River Heights Golf Course blends traditional and links-style holes that straddle the banks of the Kishwaukee River and bring water into play on every hole after the first. The course’s wicked 10th hole sports two aquatic hazards—the river, which guards the the green, and a pond on the right side—in addition to a bunker on the left side. Many consider this the hardest hole, but the third rivals it with a pond-guarded green at the end of a fairway bordered by the river and a copse of trees. The fairway's length can make or break a golfer’s game, especially when wind kicks up or a golfing buddy lets out an ill-timed sneeze.
The DeKalb Park District manages the course, ensuring that its carpets of bluegrass flourish. The clubhouse gives players a place to lounge on a wraparound patio and deck, sipping drinks and telling tales of the time they saw Tiger Woods bend a 9-iron into a pretzel.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,528 yards * Course rating of 70.8 * Slope rating of 118 * See the scorecard and hole details * Three tee options